Four die on local roads

2010-01-02 00:00

THE police accident unit and emergency services in Pietermaritzburg had their hands full with a spate of horrific accidents that claimed four lives on New Year’s Eve.

A mother and daughter were killed instantly when their car collided with another vehicle on Bombay Road.

While the cause of the collision is being investigated, it is believed that a VW Polo and a Toyota Corolla travelling in opposite directions collided, killing two passengers in the Toyota Corolla on impact.

Eight people were seriously injured and were taken to Northdale Hospital where they are in a serious condition.

Captain Dolf Otto of the SAPS accident unit said the driver of the Toyota Corolla was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence of alcohol.

It is believed that his wife and daughter were the deceased.

Otto said a case of culpable homicide will be investigated. The man will appear in court on Monday.

In another accident, a man was trapped for hours when his car collided with another vehicle on the Linkfield off-ramp on Thursday night.

Otto said the vehicle slammed into the back of the other vehicle. Paramedics battled for hours to extricate the victim, who is in a serious condition.

Traffic officials had to close the N3 for two hours so the vehicles could be removed.

A pedestrian in Hopeville was killed while crossing a road. Another pedestrian in Muden near Greytown was also killed.

“We are urging people to be extra vigilant on the roads. So many families have lost loved ones due to the recklessness of others,” said Otto.

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