Rainy weather causes havoc on roads

2015-02-03 00:00

WHEN the heavens opened last Thursday, bringing long-awaited relief to farmers and city dwellers alike, havoc also arrived on provincial roads.

Although no fatalities have been reported, many have been left with injuries due to motor vehicle collisions in the wet weather.

A number of fender-benders were reported in and around Pietermaritzburg, and around the province, in yesterday morning’s showers, causing major congestion and bringing traffic to a standstill in some cases.

In one, a collision between two buses at Ntuzama left five people severely injured, KwaZulu-Natal EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

On Sunday, five people sustained injuries in a collision between a car and a taxi on the N11 outside Newcastle.

According to ER24’s Chitra Boda­sing, paramedics found the taxi against a bank, with the car several metres away. The jaws of life had to be used to remove the car driver who was trapped inside the vehicle. The driver sustained critical injuries, while four others sustained minor to moderate injuries.

According to Netcare 911’s Santi Steinman, two people were seriously injured on Saturday in Shelly Beach when their motorcycle crashed into a stationary vehicle on Marine Drive.

Steinman said the motorcyclists told paramedics their bike slipped on the wet roadway.

According to Prem Balram, the head of security company Reaction Unit South Africa, a driver veered off the road in Verulam and crashed into a house below road level on Thursday afternoon.

A passenger and the driver were treated for minor injuries and transported to hospital.

According to a forecaster from the South African Weather Service, little further rain is expected until Thursday, when heavy thunderstorms are expected. The rainy weather is then expected to continue into the weekend.

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