Easter road death toll climbs to 36

2013-04-03 00:00

THIS year’s Easter holidays road death toll for KwaZulu-Natal was pushed up in a horrific accident on Monday, it was revealed yesterday by KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, in a press statement.

Thirty people had died over the weekend and on Easter Monday, another six people tragically lost their lives in a horrific accident on the N3, near Hammarsdale, bringing the toll to 36 people. In 2011, there were 43 fatalities on the province’s roads during Easter and last year, 30 people died in road accidents during the same period.

Police said the names of the victims killed in Monday’s crash were being withheld until their next-of-kin had been informed.

Yesterday, traffic was backed up causing a three-hour delay on the N3 as police carried out further investigations to determine the cause of the crash.

Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said it was believed a Mazda had lost control resulting in a BMW rear-ending it, causing a chain reaction in which a Mercedes-Benz and motorcycle became involved.

Six people died on the scene and eight sustained injuries and were taken to Hillcrest hospital.

Mchunu expressed concerns that more than 30 people were killed on provincial roads over the Easter period. He condemned reckless drivers who disregarded traffic rules. “I would like to send my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased. I am deeply shocked after learning about this horrific accident. It is unacceptable that six people were killed in one accident.”

“This accident happened as we are mourning the death of more than 30 people who were unnecessarily killed over the weekend. We are of the firm view that these accidents are caused by people who are violating the law.”

Mchunu said drastic measures needed to be taken to address the issue. He said the report of the Easter weekend accident fatalities indicated that most drivers on the road still disregarded the rules of the road as more than 50 people were arrested for drinking and driving, more than 135 vehicles were suspended and 394 people were arrested for driving without a driver’s licence.

Easter road death toll climbs to 36

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