Eight dead in N2 head-on collision

2018-02-01 06:00
PHOTOS: KWaZulu Private AmbulanceThe VW Golf in which eight people were killed.

PHOTOS: KWaZulu Private AmbulanceThe VW Golf in which eight people were killed.

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EIGHT people - four adults and four children - were killed in accident on Sunday on the N2 in Southport.

The Southport SAPS were notified of a head-on collision, involving a bakkie and a sedan.

In other media reports KZN police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the two vehicles involved were a VW Golf and Ford Ranger. “A 63-year-old driver [Ranger] was arrested for driving under the influence of liquor and culpable homicide,” said Gwala.

Port Shepstone Cluster police spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel Zandra Wiid said the driver of the Ranger was slightly injured and taken to hospital and was found to be over the legal limit.

“On Monday the driver appeared in Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court and was released on R5 000 bail. The case is remanded to May 18,” said Wiid.

The eight occupants of the Golf were killed instantly and after investigation were identified as Mitchell Roland Mahabeer (36), Titus Mitchell Roland Mahabeer (3), Hannah Rayne Ramparsad (7), Verochnie Ramparsad (31), Isabella Paige Pillay (11), Lorraine Jeneffer Harry (55), Leah Rae Ramparsad (6) and Jesse Myles Mahabeer (21). The KZN Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said he is saddened by the loss of eight lives.

“It’s always worrying to experience the loss of so many lives in one crash. It is most disturbing to note that four of the deceased were children, whose future has been robbed due to negligence and lawlessness. “Our law enforcement agencies had been working around the clock prior to the festive season and during to save lives and deal with law breakers. Our road safety education programmes were vigorously rolled out to advocate for safer roads.”

He said it is clear that the department has to double its efforts to change mindsets on road safety and respect road traffic rules and signs,

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