Rains cause several accidents in Joburg

2014-01-31 11:33
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Johannesburg - Two people were rescued in Diepsloot after their vehicle was caught in floodwaters as heavy rains fell in Johannesburg, metro police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said no injuries were reported in that incident.

He advised motorists to drive with special care as several accidents were reported around the city.

"Roads were flooded in Klipspruit Valley road and Khumalo street in Orlando West in Soweto. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and can use Ncube drive in Dube as an alternative route," he said.

"Three vehicles were involved in an accident on the M1 near Grayston drive bridge and three more vehicles were also involved in an accident in Kingsway road and Cookham street in Auckland Park," he said.

Five people were critically injured after five cars and a truck collided on the N3 Eastern bypass near Marlboro drive in Modderfontein, paramedics said.

"Paramedics found that a heavy goods vehicle and five motor vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision," said Netcare911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann.

"Four people were found to be in a serious condition while a 75-year-old man was entrapped in his vehicle and found to be in a critical condition."

Minnaar appealed to motorists to be cautious on the roads during the rainy season.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the rainy weather had caused several accidents across Johannesburg in the morning.

"We are on high alert. We will be monitoring all the low-lying areas," he said.

He warned motorists to avoid flooded areas.

"If a road is flooded, take an alternative route. Motorists and pedestrians need to be vigilant," said Mulaudzi.

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