Ten killed KZN road accident at the weekend

2009-06-30 00:00

TEN people were killed and five severely injured in six separate accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads in the past 48 hours.

It is believed that high speed was a contributing factor in many of the accidents.

On Sunday, five people died when three vehicles collided on the R102 near Port Dunford in the Zululand area. According to KZN Department of Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha, reckless driving was the main cause of the fatal accident. She said it was raining hard when the accident happened. “One of the drivers tried to overtake on the barrier line and collided with the other two vehicles.”

A passenger in one of the vehicles was critically injured.

On the same road near Umdloti, two more people were killed when two cars crashed. A BMW was travelling on the M27, from Verulam towards Umdloti, when it collided with a Honda Ballade coming from the N2 offramp. The BMW overturned on impact and the driver died at the scene. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said a passenger in the Honda was trea­ted at the scene but died shortly after being taken to hospital. “He was in a critical condition and paramedics battled to stabilise the patient.”

He was taken to hospital but he died shortly after arri­val”.

Another passenger in the Honda was also admitted to hospital.

In another accident on the M27, a driver and passenger were killed when three vehicles collided after they had failed to stop at a stop sign. The other two drivers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene before they were released.

Yesterday, one person was killed in a gruesome accident when a delivery vehicle slammed into the back of a heavy-duty truck on the south coast N2 highway near the Umgababa Ultra city. The vehicle crashed into the trailer of a 14- wheeler truck and its front was destroyed. “The passenger was killed on impact and the driver sustained severe injuries,” said Botha.

Firefighters and paramedics worked for more an hour to free him from the wreckage.

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