Traffic volumes are increasing on major routes leading out of Gauteng as Christmas draws near. “There are in excess of 2?000 vehicles per hour [on highways],” said RTMC spokesperson Thato Mosena. In the Western Cape, traffic volumes were normal today, but there were a number of deadly accidents on the roads at the weekend, said provincial traffic spokesperson Jacques Mostert. Yesterday, a man was knocked down and killed on the N1 between Worcester and Touwsrivier. On Saturday morning, a husband and wife died when they lost control of their BMW on the N1 towards Paarl. The man died on the scene and the woman died later in hospital. Their teenage daughter was still fighting for her life. Early on Friday, two cars crashed into an earlier accident scene on the road between Laingsburg and Matjiesfontein. In the first accident, a head-on collision between two cars resulted in the death of both the drivers, a man and woman. In the darkness, two other cars then crashed into the scene. One person was seriously injured and taken to hospital. Limpopo roads and transport spokesperson Jimmy Machaka said five people died last night in an accident on the R579 in Nebo. A minibus, which was speeding, collided with a car. Five people died and two were injured. Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal traffic officials said the flow of traffic was steady today.