Long weekend accidents on province’s roads claim 11 lives

2009-08-12 00:00

ELEVEN people were killed and more than 52 injured on KwaZulu-Natal roads over the long week-end.

On Friday on the road to Creighton near Ixopo, a heavy motor vehicle and a Toyota Venture were involved in a collision in which two people lost their lives, three were critically injured and six sustained minor injuries.

On Saturday on the N3 southbound near Midmar, three cars were involved in a collision, that claimed the lives of a five-year-old Rayz Pitout and a girl aged 18 named only as Sonia.

SAPS collision unit spokesman Captain Dolf Otto said two pedestrians died when they were knocked down by vehicles in separate incidents. He said one pedestrian was killed in Eastwood and another while walking along Bulwer road.

On Sunday, two minors and two elderly women were killed when a taxi collided with a truck on the N3 near Hilton. In Kranskop, a motorcyclist was killed when his motor cycle collided with a car.

About 17 accident victims were hospitalised with critical injuries and 34 escaped with bruises.

The MEC for Transport, Community safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu, has condemned the high number of deaths on KZN roads. He urged motorists to adhere to the rules of the road and keep strictly to the legal speed limit.

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