Road chaos over Easter weekend

2018-04-12 06:04
PHOTO: SuppliedAn overturned vehicle on Seaslopes Avenue.

PHOTO: SuppliedAn overturned vehicle on Seaslopes Avenue.

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THE KwaZulu Private Ambulance team was kept busy over the Easter weekend attending to numerous crashes on busy South Coast roads, according to its spokesperson, Belinda Catchpole.

“On Friday on the N2, Izingolweni paramedics from KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Rescue Services responded to a crash involving four people who were seriously injured and transported to the nearest hospital for medical care. Fortunately there were no fatalities.”

Catchpole said KwaZulu Private Ambulance responded to two separate accidents on Friday evening between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.

“The first was on the N2 at Wilson's Cutting, where a pedestrian sustained moderate injuries and was transported to hospital. The second pedestrian was sadly declared dead on arrival at the scene on the R61 in Ramsgate. On the same evening, another accident was reported on the N2, in Bhobhoyi, resulting in four people sustaining injuries. They were all transported to hospital.”

Catchpole said no fatalities had been reported on the Friday.

“On Saturday afternoon just after 1 pm, there was an accident at the traffic lights near Port Shepstone Hospital. No one was injured. Later in the evening on the N2 in Paddock, a bakkie went off the road. On arrival at the scene the driver, a man in his twenties, died from his injuries prior to help arriving on the scene. The passenger was stabilised and transported to hospital for further treatment.”

Catchpole said it is believed that the men, who are brothers, were travelling from Durban to Umtata, when the accident occurred.

“On Sunday morning just before
9am, 13 people were injured in a crash between a taxi and a another vehicle. No fatalities were reported. Approximately an hour later emergency services were called to Wilson's Cutting where a taxi had overturned. The driver was entrapped and had to be extricated after which he was transported to hospital by EMS.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning Catchpole said there were two separate accidents, about 10 minutes apart.

“One occurred at the Seaslopes Avenue traffic lights where a vehicle overturned. One person was injured and stabilised and transported to hospital by KwaZulu Private Ambulance. The second accident happened near the Southbroom traffic lights and one woman was injured and treated on scene.”

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka confirmed the busy weekend. Mfeka said the car accidents started from Thursday.

“Margate Police received a report of an accident at the R61 Ramsgate off-ramp at approximately 6.40pm. It is alleged that the driver of a white Toyota Fortuner with GP registration had accidentally hit a 47-year-old male who was crossing the free-way in the dark. The man died on the scene.”

Mfeka said the driver had stopped on the side of the road to see if the deceased was still alive, but other vehicles drove over the body, failing to stop.

“A case of culpable homicide was opened for investigation.”

“In a another accident on Friday afternoon, near the Ramsgate off-ramp, a driver of a silver-grey Ford Ranger with local registration was driving towards Margate when he noticed a male wearing dark clothes in the middle of the road. He alleged that he tried to avoid him, but failed to stop and knocked him.

“The deceased is still unknown and the police are investigating a culpable homicide,” said Mfeka.

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