Three killed, scores hurt in weekend accidents

2011-05-02 00:00

A MAN was killed early yesterday when he was run over by a truck on the N2 southbound carriageway near Umkomaas.

It is believed that he had stopped at the roadside to change a tyre and was struck by an articulated truck. The force of impact threw the man forward, killing him on impact.

In Durban yesterday afternoon 15 people were injured when a car and a minibus collided head-on on Booth Road near the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College in Chesterville. One vehicle allegedly veered into the oncoming lane.

In Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening two cars collided head-on at the intersection of Langalibalele and Chief Albert Luthuli streets, leaving four people injured.

An hour later a second head-on collision occurred in the city, leaving one person injured.

On Saturday afternoon a man was injured coming around the bend on the N3 just before the Nottingham Road off-ramp when he suddenly swerved out of control and went up the embankment.

The 30-year-old man was ejected from the bakkie and landed in the road.

Also that afternoon a man was killed while crossing the N2 northbound carriageway near Mandini in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Indications are that he was struck by one vehicle and then another car passed over his body when he was thrown forward.

In Verulam on Saturday evening 28 people were injured when a minibus taxi and a bakkie — both fully laden — collided at the junction of the R102 and Wicks Street. Both vehicles had entered the intersection and collided, the bakkie slamming into the side of the taxi.

The taxi driver had to be cut free of the vehicle.

In Phoenix, Durban, 17 people were injured, eight of them seriously, when a minibus taxi and a car collided in the junction of the R102 and Northern Drive on Saturday evening.

On the same day on the Bluff, Durban, a woman was killed when her car crashed into a wall. Her car had apparently veered off the road and mounted a curb before slamming into the perimeter wall of a house, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks. She was critically injured and died soon after paramedics arrived.

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