Weekend accidents across KZN claim 12 lives

2013-05-06 00:00

TWELVE dead and scores more injured.

That was the toll last night after a spate of accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads at the weekend.

The carnage started on Friday afternoon, when a pedestrian was run over by several cars and killed while crossing the N3 near Townhill, but worse was to come on Saturday, when six accidents were recorded across the province.

According to Transport Department spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu, a bakkie en route to Vryheid collided with a car on the P34/2 in the Dundee area at 11.22 am, leaving one person dead and several others critically injured.

At midday, one person died and five were critically injured when a truck and car were involved in a head-on collision on the R74 in the Maphumulo area.

Two accidents on the N3 later that afternoon claimed four more lives.

In the first, three construction workers died and two were injured, one seriously, when their vehicle overturned near the Market Road off-ramp.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said it appeared the vehicle left the road and rolled down a five metre bank. Paramedics found a man and a woman dead at the scene.

Another woman was critically injured and died at the scene while being treated.

A short while later, a woman died when her car overturned near Hammarsdale. Botha said the vehicle rolled several times. The woman was dead when paramedics arrived.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said a 10-year-old child and a woman were killed in a head-on collision involving a small bus and a car on Edendale Road on Saturday evening.

Jackson said the bus overturned and the car, in which the woman, a man and the child were travelling, was extensively damaged.

She said the child was declared dead by paramedics.

Once she was removed from the wreckage, paramedics tried to save the woman’s life, but she was declared dead at the scene.

Mngomezulu said a car overturned on the R103 near Estcourt at 2 am yesterday, leaving two people dead and one injured.

Meanwhile a taxi driver was killed and five passengers were injured yesterday when the vehicle overturned on the P601 near Franklin after a tyre burst.

Mngomezulu said five people were injured when three vehicles collided on the R612 between Ixopo and Donnybrook yesterday morning. She said a truck crashed in thick mist and another truck and a car slammed into the wreckage.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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