Killer road claims yet another victim

2016-11-30 06:00
Three people were injured and two vehicles wrecked through the selfish and irresponsible behaviour of a driver who did not even stop.

Three people were injured and two vehicles wrecked through the selfish and irresponsible behaviour of a driver who did not even stop.

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OVER the years the Greytown/ New Hanover/Pietermaritzburg road has become known as the “killer” road as so many people have been injured and killed travelling along it.
It is dangerous – the standard of driving at most times is appalling – drivers ignore barrier lines, overtake on blind corners and speed, etc.

The daily death toll on South African roads is frightening and even more so during holidays, and with the festive season looming sadly the carnage will escalate.

Regular travellers on the R33 report that there are an increasing number of drivers who selfishly and irresponsibly defy the rules of the road with impunity flagrantly flaunting the rules of the road and safety.

A prime example of this attitude took place last Wednesday 23 November at approximately 4.30pm.
A Greytown driver told the Greytown Gazette: “It was with utter incredulity and disbelief that I witnessed the driver of a white NUR registration panel van overtake a pick-up truck towing a trailer on a solid white line, on a blind corner approximately five kilometres on the Pietermaritzburg side of New Hanover.
“At the sudden appearance of an oncoming car the offending driver swerved in front of the vehicle he was illegally overtaking, hitting the front of it as he pushed ahead to avoid the approaching car. The glancing impact caused the driver of the pick-up to lose control of his vehicle while the driver of the oncoming car slowed down and pulled over in an attempt to avoid the now crazily swerving pick-up and trailer as the hapless driver fought desperately to regain control.”

Within seconds, as the NUR registered vehicle disappeared in the distance, the two vehicles collided, the impact causing the pick-up and trailer to overturn and car to be flung far onto the verge.
All three individuals involved were injured with the driver of the car being taken to hospital and the other driver and passenger treated on the scene.
The offending driver, whose selfish actions and complete disregard for the safety of other road users caused this accident, casually continued on his way, totally uncaring about the trauma, injury and damage suffered by innocent road users because of his irresponsible and selfish behaviour.

The tragic injustice of this situation is that the driver who caused the accident deliberately avoided the consequences of his or her action and will not be held accountable.
Therefore, it is inevitable that this driver will continue driving in this inconsiderate and potentially lethal manner.

Earlier on Wednesday a man lost his life when the truck he was driving rolled off the R33 near New Hanover. It is believed he lost control of the vehicle. ER24 paramedics, and fire services found the truck lying on its side against a fence and discovered the body of a man inside the cab. Rescue services had to use specialised equipment to free the body.

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