Easter road death toll tops 150
Johannesburg - At least 151 people died in road accidents over the Easter
weekend, according to preliminary figures released by the Road Traffic
Management Corporation (RTMC) on Tuesday.
"We are currently busy crunching the numbers... at this point in time
we will sit with the number of 151 until we get the full reports from the
various police stations around the country," RTMC spokesperson Ashraf
Ismail told SABC radio news.
One of the biggest accidents was on the road between Rouxville and
Smithfield in the Free State, where eight people, including five children, were
killed on Monday morning.
In the North West, five people were killed in different car crashes.
Four were killed in a head-on collision on Sunday around 22:30 between Odi Hospital
and Klipgat after the driver of a Ford Meteor drove into oncoming traffic, leading
to the head-on collision with an ambulance.
In the second accident, the driver of a VW Polo was killed when his vehicle
collided head-on with a VW Golf outside Vryburg on Thursday night.
The driver who was killed was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the
road when the collision happened.
On Friday, 11 people died on the N4 near Ngodwana in Mpumalanga when two
minibus taxis collided head-on just after midnight.
High traffic volumes
In the Eastern Cape, a two-month-old baby and man died in a head-on
collision outside Uitenhage in the early hours of Friday morning.
A 23-year-old man died in an accident at around 06:30 outside Butterworth in
the Eastern Cape.
In Gauteng, one person died and eight others were injured on the province's
R82 road near Walkerville, when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a bakkie
Another man died when a minibus taxi and a car collided head-on, along
Moloto Road in Pretoria.
Two men died when the bakkie they were travelling in crashed into a tree in
Willowmore, Johannesburg on Friday at 19:00.
In the Free State, a 13-year-old boy was killed in a collision on the N3
near Warden. His parents sustained minor injuries.
The Department of Transport said high traffic volumes were anticipated
across the country, particularly the N1 South from Polokwane to Pretoria, the
N4 West from Nelspruit to Pretoria as well as the N3 from Durban to
Roads were also expected to be busy on Wednesday, April 27 as well as during
the coming long week-end, 29 April to 2 May, due to Freedom Day and Workers