Motorists blamed for five N2 pile-ups

2011-01-25 00:00

RAIN and unsafe following distances combined to cause three multi-vehicle pile-ups on the N2 along the South Coast yesterday morning.

Netcare 911 medics attended to five accidents in two hours between 6 am and 8 am.

A fender-bender at around 6.45 am saw five vehicles collide after a tow truck, which was braking at an accident scene, was struck in the rear by another vehicle, causing the tow truck to spin out of control down the highway.

The driver of the tow truck was flung out of the cab and sustained serious injuries. Medics stabilised the man on scene and then took him to St Augustine’s hospital. His condition is not known.

Netcare 911 paramedics from Umhlanga were forced to race out to another vehicle pile-up on the N2 northbound near the M25 off-ramp just after seven yesterday morning.

Two taxis, two bakkies, and a Toyota Corolla had collided, injuring seven people, one seriously.

While medics were working on scene, rubber-neckers caused an accident on the southbound lane, where two vehicles collided, seriously injuring two.

Netcare 911’s Chris Botha encouraged drivers to exercise caution when travelling in wet conditions.

“Fortunately nobody died in any of the incidents on the N2 yesterday,” said Botha. “Most of the incidents were caused by people not being able to stop quickly enough.”

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