Wet weather takes toll on motorists

2013-10-18 00:00

RAINY weather in Durban over the past two days has proved dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

According to Wisani Maluleke, a weather forcaster for the South African Weather Service, the lack of visibilty and slippery roads are some of the causes of accidents in such weather conditions.

On Wednesday evening, the driver of a heavy goods truck lost control of the vehicle and struck four cars and two minibus taxis on King Dinizulu (Berea) Road before coming to a standstill. According to police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane, it is alleged the truck’s brakes failed.

“A case of culpable homicide and reckless driving has been opened at the Berea SAPS for investigations. We can confirm that one pedestrian sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot and six other injured people were transported to several hospitals for further medical treatment,” he said.

Zwane said the name of the deceased cannot be released yet. The injured are aged between 25 and 32. The matter is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Netcare 911 paramedics and other emergency services rushed to an accident scene on the N2 south bound just before the kwaMashu turn-off on the same evening.

Santi Steinmann, spokesperson for Netcare, said: “Upon arrival at the scene we found that a heavy goods vehicle with three occupants had overturned. The driver of the vehicle, who had sustained serious injuries, was trapped in the vehicle and we had to use the jaws of life to extricate the man from the vehicle. The other two men sustained moderate injuries.”

She added that all three injured men were treated on the scene before they were transported to nearby hospitals for further medical care. The cause for the accident is still unknown.

By yesterday morning, traffic reports were received of at least two trucks that overturned, while traffic on Umgeni Road came to a virtual standstill after a six-car pile-up.

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