KZN gets another helping of snow and icy weather

2011-08-16 00:00

ICY weather brought snow to KwaZulu-Natal again yesterday, making the N3 impassable and leaving roads closed in the midlands.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal was closed from 5 am yesterday morning due to the ice on the road. Alternative routes were closed at about 9 am.

The icy roads were hazardous, and 46 farm workers were injured when the truck they were travelling in overturned on the Kamberg road just outside Rosetta.

Paramedics found the injured huddled in the overturned truck in a bid to keep warm amid falling snow temperatures as low as 2°C, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

In another accident a man was seriously injured when his Corsa bakkie slid off the road in thick snow on Van Reenen’s Pass, followed by a truck that also left the road and hit the bakkie.

The man was trapped in the bakkie for the hour that it took Netcare 911 paramedics to travel 30 km to the scene.

When paramedics arrived the patient was still trapped in the twisted remains of his vehicle with serious injuries and signs of hypothermia.

He was taken to hospital in Bethlehem as the roads to the Ladysmith hospital were impassable, said spokesperson Chris Botha.

Impendle residents said snow fell throughout the night.

Thokozani Jili (15) said he did not attend school because of the cold weather, but enjoyed playing in the snow.

Beauty Ndlovu said her house and belongings were wet.

“Part of my roof, which was destroyed in a storm, has been collecting snow and now it is leaking,” said Ndlovu in her rondavel under Ntsanga Mountain, which was covered with snow.

Today isolated showers and cloudy conditions are expected.

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