Spate of crashes in KZN

2009-11-21 00:00

WET conditions continued to cause accidents on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads yesterday, leading to the deaths of at least three people.

Pietermaritzburg accident response unit Captain Dolf Otto said his team and all emergency services and rescue teams had been busy since yesterday morning attending to accident scenes.

“For now I can count 12 injuries — about six in a critical condition — and two deaths,” Otto said yesterday afternoon.

Among the dead was KwaSani (Underberg) municipal chief financial officer Neil Collins, whose car apparently hit an oil patch on the N3, spun and collided with an oncoming vehicle. Collins was on his way from his office to attend a meeting in ­Pietermaritzburg. Attempts to get comment from the municipality or his family were fruitless.

On Georgedale Road near Cato Ridge a woman was killed and 12 people injured when a minibus taxi slammed into the side of a truck that was making a U-turn.

A collision between a bakkie and a Toyota Corolla left one man dead and another injured on the R617 near Bulwer yesterday morning. Netcare911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when the driver of the Corolla lost control while negotiating a bend, sliding sideways into the oncoming bakkie.

Meanwhile, a seven-year-old Greyville Primary pupil was critically injured after he was hit by a vehicle while crossing Mitchell Road in Greyville, Durban, after school. Wicks said the boy was taken to Addington Hospital.

Two more injuries were reported after a truck and a light motor vehicle were involved in an accident on the N2 near the Inanda Road off-ramp. The truck overturned in the slow lane, causing major traffic congestion.

On the R33 near New Hanover, two men were in a critical condition after a mortuary van transporting a body and a car collided head-on when one of the vehicles veered into oncoming traffic.

Otto said cases of culpable homicide and reckless driving will be investigated.

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