Midlands accidents claim three lives

2009-01-02 00:00

After a quiet New Year on KZN’s roads, at least four people were killed yesterday, including a woman flung out of her Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of Alan Paton Drive and Blackburrow Road in Pietermaritzburg yesterday afternoon.

The number of accidents meant a day without rest for the local police accident unit. Captain Dolf Otto said he had been rushing from one accident scene to another.

“I have not stopped and have not had a chance to have a cup of coffee since three o’clock this morning. My radio is going, all three of my phones are ringing and everyone is trying to talk to me at the same time.”

He said he is not sure what caused the driver of the Cherokee to lose control. The car rolled down the embankment after hitting palm trees along the side of the road.

A street vendor said he was about 20 metres away when the drama unfolded. He described it as “terrible … like something out of a movie.

“It happened very fast. But she was driving very fast. She was trying to overtake two vehicles and the last one was a Toyota Run-X. She lost control and bumped into one of the big palm trees and ended up uprooting two of them.”

In the early hours of yesterday morning, just before 3 am, a male pedestrian was hit by a bakkie on the N3 north-bound at Cato Ridge.

Otto said the bakkie was on its way to Gauteng after holidays. The driver was not intoxicated.

At about 9.50 am police and emergency services rushed to another accident in Boston where two vehicles and a motorcycle collided, killing the biker.

Otto said the driver of a Toyota Camry travelling towards Pietermaritzburg collided head-on with the motorcycle while trying to overtake a vehicle towing a caravan.

Five occupants of the Camry were taken to hospital by ambulance and the driver was airlifted, because of the severity of his injuries.

In the afternoon another pedestrian was hurt in a hit-and-run accident in Camperdown.

Sapa reports that two people were killed in taxi accidents on the coast.

One person died and 16 were injured when two taxis and a car collided on Durban’s North Coast Road yesterday.

In another taxi accident, on the N2 highway near Shikishela, one person died and 14 others were injured on Thursday.

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