Accident leaves 54 injured

2011-04-25 00:00

FIFTY-FOUR people were injured when a bus they were travelling in overturned and landed down an embankment near Margate yesterday afternoon.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said provincial paramedics and the police rescue team arrived on scene to find patients scattered over the road. After triaging they established that seven people had sustained serious injuries while the remainder had escaped with minor injuries.

“The injured were stabilised on scene and then transported to various hospitals,” said Botha.

This accident is among many since the beginning of the Easter weekend. Other accidents claimed the lives of 13 people.

The deceased include three people who were killed while travelling to Eastern Cape in a minibus. On the N2 near Ingeli outside Harding, their fully-loaded vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a truck. Those injured were taken to various hospitals. Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said this accident was the most serious one in holiday.

Another accident claimed four lives in Nseleni near Mpangeni when two trucks collided.

“Amongst the deceased there is only one pedestrian. Other people were killed when they were thrown out of overturning vehicles around the province,” Mgomezulu said.

“In the same period last year there were 24 people killed in KZN. But remember that the holidays only end on May 3,” she added.

She said the RTI is tightening its grip against traffic offenders.

A clean-up campaign held in Kokstad saw two unroadworthy Roadlink buses being impounded on April 3.

Mgomezulu could not say what was wrong with the buses. Roadlink buses are notorious for being involved in road accidents, and the company was at one stage banned from the province’s roads.

The latest accident involving the company left 20 cars at the intersection of Pietermaritzburg’s Victoria and Boshoff steets and the Metro Car Sales outlet badly damaged.

Roadblocks saw 10 speedsters being arrested on the north and south coasts on Friday and Saturday. Mngomezulu said the highest speed was recorded at Park Rynie when a BMW was caught travelling at 198 km/h on Saturday.

The driver was arrested and had to pay bail of R2 000.

“A 32-year-old motorcyclist was also arrested after being caught travelling at 186 km/h with his brand new motorcycle at Tongaat River Bridge. He was released on R2 500 bail.

“The driver of a fully-loaded minibus was also caught doing 151 km per hour in Groutville in Stanger on Friday. Our roadblocks are continuing and so far 32 061 cars have been stopped, and 5 018 of them were charged with various offences.”

“There were 17 caught driving under the influence of alcohol,” she said.

She said 248 drivers were caught driving without drivers’ licences.

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