Three die in blazing car on N2

2013-06-03 00:00

THE deaths of two people in hospital has brought the death toll of the horror crash at Highflats on Friday to eight.

A lorry driver fled the scene of the collision.

The accident occurred on the R612 between Highflats and Ixopo when a minibus travelling from Durban with 11 occupants collided with a Sappi lorry. Six people died on the scene and two later died at Ixopo’s Christ the King Hospital.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu vowed that law enforcement agencies would not rest until the truck driver was arrested.

“It is accidents like this which are clear examples that people who disregard the rule of law are costing us the lives of innocent people,” said Mchunu.

“We are now instituting a full investigation into the cause of this accident.”

The accident happened just after Mchunu had presented the budget speech for the Department of Transport at the legislature with the theme: Accelerating activism against road carnages and transgressions.

During the budget speech, Mchunu said a Track Team will identify and arrest repeat offenders with outstanding warrants. “This team will even look for traffic offenders at their homes and workplaces. We are of a firm view that punitive measures are needed to address road crashes and fatalities.”

In another incident on the N2 near Mtubatuba, a VW Golf collided with a Fidelity Security vehicle on Saturday night. Three people in the Golf were burnt beyond recognition.

Yesterday morning, a 26-year-old woman was killed and four others injured in an accident on the N3 near Hammarsdale.

The woman reportedly lost control of a Corsa bakkie while travelling towards Durban and the vehicle left the road, went up an embankment and smashed through barriers before colliding head-on with an Audi in which a mother and child sustained serious injuries. The driver of the Audi and another passenger escaped with minor injuries. The driver of the Corsa died at the scene.

The injured were admitted to St Anne’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

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