800 die on roads so far this December

2011-12-26 17:57

Johannesburg - Approximately 800 people have died since the beginning of December on South Africa's roads over the festive season in December, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) said on Monday.

Spokesperson Ashref Ismail said the RMTC counts the festive season as beginning on December 1 until January 11, with the current toll over 800 deaths.

Meanwhile, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said sixteen people lost their lives over the Christmas weekend in accidents attended to by the paramedic service.

She said the service attended to nearly 200 accidents over the weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two men were killed and another critically injured after a bakkie crashed into a tree in Krugersdorp.

Saturday evening saw a spate of accidents.

Two people were killed, including a four-year-old child, and 13 others injured after a taxi crashed into a concrete barrier at the Jan Smuts turn-off from the M1 in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

In Kempton Park, a woman died after a head-on collision. On the R42 in eastern Johannesburg, a man was killed and two others injured after a bakkie rolled. One woman was killed and a passenger seriously injured after a motorbike crashed into a lamp post and wall in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Meanwhile in Boksburg, three people were seriously injured when a car was split in two after hitting a tree.

Four taxi accidents

In Randburg, two men died and two others were seriously injured after a side on collision at the Lion Park Crossing in Randburg. One man was killed after a head-on collision between a car and a truck on the R81 in Polokwane, with eight injured in two other accidents in the province.

On Saturday morning, two people were killed, including a child, and three others seriously injured after a 4x4 and a car collided head-on near Nelspruit at Schoemanskloof Pass on the N4 at around 9am.

On Friday, the road carnage began with two men killed and three injured in Underberg after a taxi and a car collided head-on on Friday morning.

Two accidents took place near the Kroonvaal Toll Plaza on the N1 on Friday.

One man was killed and another seriously injured after a bakkie rolled near the toll plaza.

In a separate incident, thirteen people were injured after a taxi rolled in the same vicinity.

Thirty people were injured in four taxi accidents throughout the day in Pietermaritzberg on Friday.

A man was killed and two others sustained serious injuries after a bakkie rolled on the R33 in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Jackson said ER24 attended to approximately 30 accidents throughout the country during the day on Christmas Sunday.

- SAPA
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