At least 30 die on roads over Easter weekend

2015-04-07 11:05
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Johannesburg - At least 30 people died and 55 were injured in accidents across South Africa over the Easter weekend, according to figures released by ER24 on Tuesday.

"These are figures related only to incidents attended to by ER24," spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.

"Overall ER24 noticed that the number of emergency calls attended to were lower than 2014."

The emergency service attended to just over 400 collisions across the country this Easter weekend, and while the call numbers were lower , the impact of the collisions was just as profound.

"Where injuries were sustained, these ranged from minor to critical. Incidents included several modes of transport including taxis, trucks and motorbikes," she said.

Some of the accidents ER24 attended to were:

- A collision in which five people died when a truck and car collided on the N5 near Bethlehem in the Free Sate

- A collision between a bakkie and car in which one man was killed and seven others injured on the R34 in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal

- An accident on Villiers Road in the Vaal that resulted in the death of three people. Two other people were injured

- An accident involving a taxi on Dinkleman Road in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal, that left three people dead and 10 others injured

- A collision between a bakkie and taxi that resulted in the death of 10 people on the N1 in Limpopo. Twelve others were injured

- A collision between a bakkie and car in which two women died and two others were critically injured on the R29 near Leandra in Mpumalanga

- A collision between two vehicles that left two men dead and six people injured on the R40 outside of Hazyview, Mpumalanga

"Our busiest branch was Durban followed by Johannesburg North. The third busiest branch was Johannesburg West followed by Cape Town East," Bodasing said.

ER24 urged motorists to keep in mind the number of deaths and injuries sustained over the past weekend. Motorists needed to be patient, not drink and drive, and make sure they were fully rested especially before driving long distance.

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