Accidents: Another police officer dies

2012-04-03 00:00

A POLICE officer was killed and his colleague seriously injured when their vehicle reportedly drove into the back of a truck near Hammarsdale yesterday.

The accident was one of four that claimed at least five other lives and left several people injured on KwaZulu-Natal roads.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a Mpumalanga SA Police Service patrol vehicle returning from the Hammarsdale Magistrate’s Court collided with a truck on the Hammarsdale main road.

“A 32-year-old constable who was allegedly driving the police vehicle died at the scene while a 29-year-old student constable was seriously injured and rushed to the Westville Hospital,” said Zwane.

Both sustained severe head injuries.

It is alleged that the police van was following a truck laden with steel from a company in Durban when the two vehicles collided, Zwane said.

“A case of culpable homicide has been opened for investigation.”

Police were unable to release the names of the officers involved late yesterday.

The death of the officer follows an accident on the N2 at Winkelspruit on Saturday that claimed the lives of two police officers, Constable Trevor Moreng and Sergeant Tholakele Hlongwane. The two were based at Maydon Wharf police station.

A police officer from Amanzimtoti was seriously injured and taken to hospital in a separate accident on Saturday.

On the M35 in Killarney Valley (Loftus Park), three people were killed when a fully laden taxi had rolled.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said another two people had severe injuries and the remaining passengers were treated for minor injuries.

On Sunday evening two women were killed in a three-vehicle pile-up on the N3 southbound near the Umlaas Road off-ramp. A light motor vehicle collided with a truck and veered off the road into the path of a tow truck. — WR.

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