Traffic round-up as Christmas draws nearer

By Drum Digital
23 December 2013

High traffic volumes are moving on major routes out of Gauteng as Christmas draws nearer, says the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

High traffic volumes are moving on major routes out of Gauteng as Christmas draws nearer, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday.

"There are in excess of 2000 vehicles per hour [on highways]," said RTMC spokesperosn Thato Mosena.

In the Western Cape, traffic volumes were normal on Monday, but there were a number of deadly accidents on the roads at the weekend, said provincial traffic spokesman Jacques Mostert.

On Sunday, a male pedestrian was knocked down and killed on the N1 between Worcester and Touwsrivier.

On Saturday morning, a husband and wife died when they lost control of their BMW on the N1 towards Paarl. The man died on the scene and the woman died later in hospital. Their teenaged daughter was still fighting for her life.

Early on Friday, two cars crashed into an earlier accident scene on the road between Laingsburg and Matjiesfontein.

In the first accident, a head-on collision between two cars resulted in the death of both the drivers, a man and woman.

In the darkness, two other cars then crashed into the scene. One person was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

Limpopo roads and transport spokesman Jimmy Machaka said five people died on Sunday night in an accident on the R579 in Nebo.

A minibus, which was speeding, collided with a car. Five people died and two were injured.

Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal traffic officials said the flow of traffic was steady on Monday.

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