Crash toll down, but still 73 die

2007-12-18 00:00

A TOTAL of 89 road accidents occurred over the weekend, which has been described as the busiest so far these holidays.

However, fewer people — 73 — were killed in the first two weeks of this December than last year, when 114 died.

Transport Department spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu advised motorists to switch on their headlights, not just their parking lights, when driving in misty conditions.

One person died and several were injured when a car collided head-on with two mini-bus taxis on the R66 near Umkomaas yesterday, after the driver lost control of his car.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said 17 pedestrians were injured across the province at the weekend.

In a dramatic accident, a tanker driver suffered spinal injuries when his truck, carrying sulphuric acid, overturned.

Botha said firefighters and a team of specialists battled for hours to transfer the dangerous cargo to another tanker.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said a man narrowly escaped death when his vehicle rolled several times before landing down an embankment on the M13 Durban-bound just before Dawn Cliff bridge, early yesterday morning.

"Members of the public who saw the accident were able to free the man before emergency personnel arrived."

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