Two killed in horror crash on N2

2016-03-23 06:00
Photo: ipss medical rescue The blue light escort vehicle that was involved in the accident.

Photo: ipss medical rescue The blue light escort vehicle that was involved in the accident.

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TWO people died in an accident involving KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu’s bodyguard on the N2 near Zinkwazi on Friday night.

Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said the back-up car in Mchunu’s blue-light convoy was involved in the accident.

“We would like to inform you that KZN Premier Mchunu is safe and sound at home.

“We can confirm that the back-up car used by his protector was involved in an accident,” Sibiya told News24.

Sibiya said at the time of the accident Mchunu was home after a meeting in Durban.

News24 reported a credible source with knowledge of the incident as saying: "The lead vehicle in the convoy collided head-on with another car."

"The police officer in the lead convoy vehicle is in a serious condition. In the car it hit, two people were killed and three others have been badly wounded."

KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate Zinhle Mngomezulu said details of the accident remained sketchy.

She said Mchunu’s bodyguard claimed to have been hit by a truck.

“He said he hit a truck but there was no truck. The story is incomplete, we told our officer to wait until police to ascertain [what happened].

“There is a Toyota Yaris and a bakkie driven by a body- guard and a Mercedes-Benz parked on the side of road,” she said.

Mngomezulu said four other passengers in the Yaris were injured.

Mchunu has since ordered an investigation into the accident.

In a statement Mchunu, said he was shocked to learn about the sad passing of two people in the accident. He said there were many unanswered questions and confusing reports around separate accidents along this route.

"It is for this reason that I have instructed my special advisor on good governance, Advocate Linda Zama, to liaise with law enforcement agencies such as the police and Road Traffic Inspectorate [RTI],” he said.

Mchunu said they hoped the police would locate the driver of a truck that allegedly drove away during the accident. “It is important to establish how many people were involved in an accident and whether there are any eyewitnesses who may assist.

“We also want to establish circumstances surrounding a Toyota Yaris which was also involved in the accident resulting in the unfortunate death of two passengers. It is also alleged that a blue car veered off the road into the oncoming traffic,” he said.

Mchunu said he had instructed his office to work with the department of transport to locate the families of the deceased so he could visit them.

"We also want to visit other victims who are in hospital.

“Our hearts are with families and friends of the victims during this difficult period. We want to assure the families that we are taking this matter very seriously and my special advisor will be in contact with all the families, ” he said.

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