Pedestrian killed, six injured on KZN roads

2009-12-14 00:00

A PEDESTRIAN was killed and six other people were injured in road accidents yesterday morning.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare911 said the man was hit by a car while crossing the Mangosuthu Highway in V Section, Umlazi. The driver and passenger were unhurt.

On the N2 north-bound, four people were injured, two seriously, when the Toyota Tazz they were travelling in was rear-ended by an Audi A4 near Higginson Highway. The Toyota rolled several times before coming to rest in a roadside storm drain. The driver and three passengers were injured and were extricated by Netcare911 paramedics.

The Audi A4 also rolled and landed on its roof in the median. Its driver emerged unscathed.

An accident involving a stolen bus led to a crash yesterday afternoon. Wicks said the bus overturned on the M4 Ruth First Highway, blocking the road, and a taxi crashed into a car that had slowed down at the scene. Thirteen passengers were injured.

Transport Minister ’Sbu Ndebele appealed to road users to exercise extreme caution as traffic volumes increase with schools closed for the holidays.

According to preliminary figures from the department, 186 people (58 drivers, 75 passengers and 53 pedestrians) died from December 1 to 11 this year.

Since December 1, more than 220 drunk drivers have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal.

Among the highest speeds recorded at the weekend was 232 km/h clocked by a 33-year-old motorcyclist caught on the N2 near Scottburgh. He was arrested and released on R3 000 bail.

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