Two killed on N2 after bakkie collides head-on with truck

2011-09-15 00:00

TWO people were killed on the N2 between Kokstad and Harding when a bakkie and an eight-ton truck carrying wood collided head-on yesterday morning.

Provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the weather in the area was bad.

She said it is thought that an oil spillage contributed to the accident.

“As much as we caution motorists to be alert all the time on the roads, the spillage contributed to the accident.

“We had to close the road and traffic came to a standstill for about four hours yesterday while cleaning the spillage,” said Mngomezulu.

ER24 said the collision caused extensive damage to both vehicles.

Spokesperson Derrick Banks said the two occupants of the bakkie, a man and a woman in their 50s, were trapped inside the wreckage.

They were declared dead at the scene due to the traumatic injuries they had sustained.

The fire department used the jaws of life to extricate them from the vehicle.

The truck driver and his passenger were unharmed.

This accident brings the number of road deaths in the Kokstad area to 12 in two months.

Ten people, including a three-year-old boy, died between Kokstad and Swartburg on the R617 after a bus and a minibus taxi collided last month.

The National Prosecuting Authority has since charged the taxi driver Themba Mazibuko (45) with 10 counts of murder.

It is alleged that the taxi driver was trying to make a U-turn when the two vehicles collided, killing nine people instantly.

The 10th person died on her way to hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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