PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Karishma.Rampersadh
 
Comments: 0
Article views: 15
 
 
Latest Badges:
 
 

Too manyroad deaths

03 May 2016, 07:48  - Karishma.Rampersadh

BEING a retired traffic officer after many years in the RTI, I read with anguish in The Witness about the horrific accident recently on Townhill where a tanker carrying a volatile substance exploded after crashing into a road-working machine, and ended up killing two people and injuring several others. Only by the grace of God were no other people killed.

At one stage of my career I worked in Estcourt and attended many shocking accidents at the bottom of the notorious Griffins Hill. While stationed in Port Shepstone, I attended a devastating accident where 14 people were killed in Hibberdene in a bus crash, of which seven were decapitated. I also worked in Greytown and attended some terrible accidents on the hill leading into New Hanover from Greytown. Then I was transferred to Pinetown and spent many an hour at Fields Hill removing bodies and debris from the roadway, and then came a second transfer to Pietermaritzburg and once again Townhill became the most feared hill in the province because of its long descent and notoriety for heavy vehicle collisions.

Let’s not forget Van Reenen’s Pass, which has claimed plenty of lives and caused major disruptions to road traffic.

Why did the driver of the tanker that caused the accident on Townhill not use the arrestor bed to stop his vehicle if the brakes failed?

Just by observing the condition of the arrestor bed, it does not look as if it is being attended to. I say this because after a heavy vehicle has driven into it, a gang of workers must rake the pebbles back into place, otherwise they do not have stopping capabilities and become clumped together and sprayed onto the side of the bed.

In short, I say there are too many heavy vehicle operating on our major routes putting motorists lives at stake, and when road engineers plan routes for new roads and highways, they should plan a route where steep hills are avoided even if it does cost more to build. After all, human life is more important than saving money.

LOU CORBITT

Pietermaritzburg

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tafi Mhaka
Donald Trump: a ladies man or a m...

America had two choices: Clinton, an old hand at the game – a smart, composed and somewhat considerate establishment-type leader, or Trump: utterly sexist and racist, boisterous and tough, irrational and larger-than-life at times. Read more...

0 comments 364 views
Submitted by
Noor Davids
CPUT's broken education faculty n...

Higher education spaces are often embarrassing places when the predominance of reason and intellectualism are compromised to protect ego and authority as is the case at CPUT. Read more...

0 comments 785 views
Submitted by
Michael Mondli Hlophe
Nobody has given Mantashe a chanc...

Mantashe could easily find himself as a Deputy President on one or more of the slates if the Ramaphosa/Dlamini-Zuma compromise fails to bear fruit. Read more...

0 comments 286 views
Submitted by
Zane Masson
Freedom tastes of reality Dean Hu...

Mr Hutton is in no position to serve as an unelected proxy on behalf of any racial group, be it black, white or other, especially under the guise of victimhood.  Read more...

0 comments 145 views
Submitted by
Peter Hollander
What kind of game is this?

Everybody knows the Zuptas offered minister positions so that they can make more dodgy business for themselves. So just why did the government not investigate this? Read more...

0 comments 157 views
Submitted by
Daniel Sutherland
History in the making - Will Gord...

If Zuma783 succeeds in replacing Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas at Treasury, all will be lost, and the country will slide over the edge into the abyss. Read more...

0 comments 336 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.