Ten killed KZN road accident at the weekend

2009-06-30 00:00

TEN people were killed and five severely injured in six separate accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads in the past 48 hours.

It is believed that high speed was a contributing factor in many of the accidents.

On Sunday, five people died when three vehicles collided on the R102 near Port Dunford in the Zululand area. According to KZN Department of Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha, reckless driving was the main cause of the fatal accident. She said it was raining hard when the accident happened. “One of the drivers tried to overtake on the barrier line and collided with the other two vehicles.”

A passenger in one of the vehicles was critically injured.

On the same road near Umdloti, two more people were killed when two cars crashed. A BMW was travelling on the M27, from Verulam towards Umdloti, when it collided with a Honda Ballade coming from the N2 offramp. The BMW overturned on impact and the driver died at the scene. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said a passenger in the Honda was trea­ted at the scene but died shortly after being taken to hospital. “He was in a critical condition and paramedics battled to stabilise the patient.”

He was taken to hospital but he died shortly after arri­val”.

Another passenger in the Honda was also admitted to hospital.

In another accident on the M27, a driver and passenger were killed when three vehicles collided after they had failed to stop at a stop sign. The other two drivers sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene before they were released.

Yesterday, one person was killed in a gruesome accident when a delivery vehicle slammed into the back of a heavy-duty truck on the south coast N2 highway near the Umgababa Ultra city. The vehicle crashed into the trailer of a 14- wheeler truck and its front was destroyed. “The passenger was killed on impact and the driver sustained severe injuries,” said Botha.

Firefighters and paramedics worked for more an hour to free him from the wreckage.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.