Six family members among 10 killed in horror crash

2014-12-02 00:00

ONE family lost six members, including a child, when a bakkie collided with a truck, killing 10 people instantly on Sunday night.

It is believed the family and friends were rushing a young child to hospital when the accident occurred on the R22 between Mbazwana and Mseleni in far northern KZN.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said a bakkie carrying 14 people overtook a car on a solid barrier and collided head-on with a truck.

“Ten people died on scene and four were taken to hospital. Two are very critical while the other two are recovering,” said ­Mngomezulu, adding the truck driver was uninjured but was traumatised as the ­accident scene was horrific.

She said it had been alleged that a number of alcohol bottles and cans had been found in the bakkie and this might suggest the bakkie driver could have been under the influence, however, this was not confirmed.

Devastated relative Nomusa Ngwane said the family were still in shock and battling to come to terms with the loss. “We are broken,” said Ngwane in between sobs. “This is a difficult time for the family. We don’t know what to do and we are in a lot of pain.”

Another relative, Philisiwe Zikhali, said they are stressed “and emotional and cannot describe the pain we are feeling”.

Transport, Community Safety and ­Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu sent a team to visit the families of the deceased yesterday morning.

Mchunu said the team would investigate the road conditions, the weather at the time of the accident and the state of both drivers who were involved in the accident.

“To lose so many people in one accident is totally unacceptable,” said Mchunu.

“What makes it even more unbearable is the fact that all those who were killed were all related, and the accident was avoidable by simply exercising patience and respecting the road traffic rules. This must be a ­reminder to all road users that road safety is our collective responsibility.”

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