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Police officers crash vehicles and two die

2012-03-31 22:20

Johannesburg - Two police officers were killed and another was critically injured when their cars collided head on, on the N2 at Winklespruit, outside Amanzimtoti, on Saturday morning, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department said.

Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said two policemen, one driving in a private vehicle and the other a police patrol car, crashed after one of the drivers lost control of their vehicle.

The policemen in the private car were killed on impact, while the police member in the patrol car was critically injured.

Ncalane said it was possible that heavy rains in the area could have caused the accident.

"We are appealing to road users to be extra careful in the wet conditions," he said.

He said the department considered the accident as "a major blow".

Road accidents such as this robbed the country of skilled people and those who made meaningful contributions to society, Ncalane said.

Police in the province were not immediately able to comment.

Comments
  • Allen - 2012-03-31 22:53

    And the cops think that they are exempt from wearing seatbelts. Make a note of the next cop car you see and the odds are that the seatbelt is a decoration on the B-pillar. It's a pity that they think that they are invulnerable but mostly above the law. Cops - wear your seatbelts - it's the law!!!

      Koos - 2012-04-01 01:48

      Seatbelt don't go around the belly.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-01 06:48

      Stomach in chest out, not stomach out chest in...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-01 07:30

      These are the same Cops , yous call when there is an Emergency. There are alot of good honest SAPS members that put their lives on the line everyday for the General Public like the 3 posters above.

      Leon - 2012-04-01 08:00

      @bluzulu - Many people do not call the police anymore. If we can afford private security firms; we would rather call them. If our income bracket is too low; we go largely unprotected, because the police force is seen as corrupt and criminal themselves. Why call the cops if you fear that instead of once, you'll be victimized once again. I think we have already issued a vote of no confidence in the SAPS; it has just not been formalized yet.

      Leon - 2012-04-01 09:46

      With my post above I offer my apologies to those members of the SAPS (small in number as they may be) who genuinely wishes to protect the public and fight crime, in spite of the logistical, political and mortal nightmares they face. Unfortunately you belong to an organization that has lost it's reputation. I would also out of respect to the deceased like to offer my condolences to the families of the deceased.

      Koos - 2012-04-01 09:46

      In case of emergency I call anyone of my four neighbours. God help the one if they are caught by any of my neighbours. Septic tanks are great.

      Wes - 2012-04-01 11:56

      Allen if I was a Cop I would not wear a seat belt - Reason if somebody starts shooting at me and I need to get out of the vehicle quick I would not like to have to fiddle around trying to loosen the seat belt catch, secondly if somebody was stabbing you im sure you would not like me to fiddle around trying to loosen my seat belt but get out of the vehicle as quick as possible to assist you. Just a thought.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-01 01:16

    Skilled people? Not so skilled when you drive like an idiot...

      Alaina - 2012-04-01 08:11

      Accidents can happen to anyone, especially in bad weather.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-04-01 10:17

      Yes, but in bad weather extra caution is required... I counted 6 accident scenes on the N2 between Umdloti and the old airport yesterday morning (2 involving police vehicles), why? Because so called skilled people drive like idiots, and take cautious drivers with them.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-01 01:39

    So just today on News24's main page, that's 13 dead so far due to road accidents. At this rate, we're going to have to outlaw driving or make it a notifiable illness.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-01 03:03

      Statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation show that fatal vehicle accidents have claimed the lives of 86085 people between January 2006 and December last year. It is estimated that a further 13500 will die on South Africa 's roads this year.

  • Peter - 2012-04-01 07:22

    Driving to Umkomaas from Durban yesterday there were 2 accidents involving police vans - the other was closer to Toti (20km apart). Driving conditions whilst not good (raining) the road is of a high quality. 20 Years ago I refused to go on patrol as the vehicle I was issued was clearly not road worth - shocks, breaks and tyres all U/S. One can only but wonder what the current roadworthy stats and advanced driving skills of our force are like. If its anything like their shooting skills God help them (And us!)

      paul.cowie2 - 2012-04-01 07:49

      I also saw both accidents, and I would put both down to excessive speed in very wet conditions. The one outside Ultra City involved a 4 wheel drive Audi losing control. I hate to think of the speed he was doing in order to lose control at that point. The other one near Winkelspruit was scary as it involve the police van losing control on the northbound carriage and heading across the road into the oncoming traffic. If that happens to you coming from the opposite direction, you don't stand a chance. In the UK, police have to undergo advanced driving lessons before getting behind the wheel - it is high time that was brought into effect in SA, before many more policemen die behind the wheel.

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-04-01 09:32

    Ncalane said it was possible that heavy rains in the area could have caused the accident.....Yeh Right..Blame it on the rain. We dont have enough info on the cause of accident, so let's blame it on the rain.

      paul.cowie2 - 2012-04-01 10:05

      The rain certainly played a part in both accidents. Add to that excessive speed for the conditions,plus drivers who really cannot drive properly and you have the most likely cause.

  • Chulekazi - 2012-04-01 10:47

    RIP Colleages we,ll c u @ our last Home.

  • pieter.minnie - 2012-04-01 12:31

    Not only Police driving as they are! We have the so-called CCPO who jumps stop streets without observation in St. Winifreds without taking in consideration that there are other road users....no hazard lights....no strobe lights....it just gets worse.....so the private security companies are not much better!

  • Harvey - 2012-04-01 15:08

    Generally vehicles with equal weight front and rear have a fatality occurrence of 50 per million registered. This can be attributed to human error. Consistently vehicle with more than 63 percent weight on the front will have 3 times as many accidents. The difference in weight makes predicting a safe speed harder and recovery from a breakaway of the lighter rear almost impossible. On these vehicles keeping the best tires on the rear will decrease the number of accidents http://lossofcontrolaccidents.blogspot.com/

  • Harvey - 2012-04-01 15:09

    Generally vehicles with equal weight front and rear have a fatality occurrence of 50 per million registered. This can be attributed to human error. Consistently vehicle with more than 63 percent weight on the front will have 3 times as many accidents. The difference in weight makes predicting a safe speed harder and recovery from a breakaway of the lighter rear almost impossible. On these vehicles keeping the best tires on the rear will decrease the number of accidents http://lossofcontrolaccidents.blogspot.com/

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-04-01 16:16

    Am still trying to figure out how the "head-on" collision occurred on double lane freeway with a HUGE meridian between north and south bound traffic!!!

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-02 09:26

      Is there a meridian along that whole section? Occasionally there's merely grass separating the two sides, and if you lose control at high speed and end up on the grass you will simply skid onto the other carriage-way and get hit head-on. Secondly if you lose control and the car does a 180 degree, the traffic from your own lane will meet you head-on.

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