8 killed during Easter in Mpumalanga

2013-04-01 07:48
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Johannesburg - Eight people have died on provincial roads in the last two days over the Easter weekend, the Mpumalanga government said on Sunday.

"Eight lives were lost in five separate accidents that happened over the last 48 hours in various roads in Mpumalanga," said spokesperson Moeti Mmusi.

"Two people died when a BMW sedan slammed into them while they were reportedly pushing their Golf sedan out of the way due to mechanical failure on R568 road between KwaMhlanga and Vaalbank around 23:00 [on Saturday]."

Three others died around 02:00 on Sunday morning on the N11.

Mmusi said they were travelling in a bakkie when a BMW that was overtaking another car collided with the bakkie.

The three people who were sitting in the front of the vehicle died on the scene.

"Other three occupants at the back of the bakkie sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Volksrust Hospital," said Mmusi.

"The driver of a BMW has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide. He remains in police custody."

One person died when a driver lost control of his car and it overturned near Reckland farm on the R40 road between Nelspruit and Hazyview.

It happened around 06:40 on Sunday.

"The driver and two other passengers were seriously injured and they were rushed to a nearby hospital. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated," said Mmusi.

Two other people died in the Hazyview area.

One person was killed when two cars collided on the R538 around Masoyi and a pedestrian died when hit by a car on the D1411 road in Makoko.

Mpumalanga community safety MEC Vusi Shongwe asked motorists to be more vigilant so that that everyone would arrive safely.

In 72 hours the provincial government had stopped 16 245 vehicles, 3 483 notices were issued for various offences and 49 vehicles were impounded for being unroadworthy.

Since Thursday 69 drivers had been arrested for drunken drinking.

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