19 killed in head-on crash

2010-10-25 00:00

MORE than 20 people were killed on South Africa’s roads at the weekend, including 19 people who died on Saturday in a head-on collision between a mini-bus taxi and a bakkie at Franklin near Kokstad.

Logan Maistry, spokesperson for the Transport Ministry, said one of the drivers was unable to negotiate a bend, causing the collison. A further eight people were injured, seven of whom were critical.

Said KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, “It is very shocking and unacceptable that we can lose so many lives on our roads at once … I appeal to all motorists to be vigilant on the road and to exercise patience at all times to curb such accidents.”

Also on Saturday, a man was killed and nine injured when a minibus they were travelling in overturned on Durban’s North Coast Road near the Mimosa Road junction, reported Netcare911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks.

He added that yesterday afternoon a man was killed and a woman seriously injured on Umhlanga Rocks Drive when a bakkie and car collided head-on

Eight people were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in left the N3 Durban-bound carriageway near Peacevale, crashed through the roadside Armco barrier and rolled repeatedly.

On Friday, a further 12 people were injured when two minibus taxis collided on the N3 Pinetown-bound carriageway near Berea.

Spokesperson for the department of Transport, Kwanele Ncalane, said there are many reasons for the high number of accidents this weekend.

“It has been raining a lot in the province, and drivers fail to take instructions and abide by the law.

“Drivers cannot speed when there is bad weather. They are putting their lives at risk as well as the lives of other drivers.”

As part of the “Make Roads Safe” campaign and new National Rolling Traffic Law Enforcement Plan (NREP), Ncalane added, about 15 000 motorists of the 110 000 who have been stopped for police checks in KwaZulu-Natal since October 1 have been charged with driving offences. The most common offence is not wearing a seltbelt.

Two motorists were arrested and detained in the province on Friday and Saturday for travelling in excess of 170 km/h.

“Traffic officers ensure road law-breakers that we will be on our toes,” said Ncalane.

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