11 vehicles collide on N2 in Cape Town

2011-05-30 09:13

Cape Town - Five people were injured in an 11-vehicle pile-up on the N2 highway in Cape Town, ER24 said on Monday.

Spokesperson Andre Visser said a truck and trailer jack-knifed near the Vanguard offramp.

Nine cars and a minibus taxi collided as a result, injuring five people.

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  • Patriot - 2011-05-30 11:06

    Not surprised that a taxi is involved.

  • hayley africa - 2011-05-30 11:50

    Get a life Patriot! A truck jack-knifed and that is what caused the accident.

      Wes - 2011-05-30 12:53

      Its usually a taxis fault on that road. So get a life yourself

      advurt - 2011-05-31 09:15

      More than likely the taxi did something stupid and the truck tried to stop, jack-knifing in the process.

  • Little Jim - 2011-05-30 12:00

    Its situations like these that should be prevented by the Cape Town traffic services instead of having roadblocks trying to catch people with outstanding fines. The traffic services are on a power trip now that they handed out tens of thousands of speeding fines caught on speed camera. They never pull anybody over except hide behind trees busting drivers for going 70km/h in a 60 km/h zone. Its one big fat money making scheme and it wont even begin to stop the road carnage in this city or country. Law enforcement is all about be out there and showing a rpresence so people dont drining wrecklessly ... its not about hiding behind trees with a camera!!

      Observer - 2011-05-30 12:18

      While I agree with your sentiments, just how would the authorities have prevented a truck from jack-knifing? It was wet and rainy, these things happen. Yes, perhaps the truck should have been driving slower but even at 20 km/h an hour a truck can jack-knife if it has to slam on brakes and ends up sliding on some oil on the road. Not sure what the answer is! But these things do happen all over the world, even where the is presence-policing.

      Clive - 2011-05-30 14:38

      It would be great if everyone drove "wrecklessly", Jim, but the problem is that many drivers are reckless. I agree with you on misplaced priorities and that more enforcement on the open roads is required, but to get the message of zero tolerance (ha! ha!) across, they have to start somewhere. I see drivers travelling at up to 100km/h near my home (60k zone) and hope and pray that they don't kill anyone (except themselves), as the traffic cops are nowhere to be seen.

      Martin-John - 2011-05-31 07:22

      Juat for information sake here. The truck had a tyre burst and then the jack knife took place. Maybe bad driver training for not learning the driver to slam on brakes when a tyre burst but then again, how many times did it happened to this spesific driver and obviously his first reaction was to slam on the brakes. That together with a very wet road caused this unfortunate accident.

  • Denzil - 2011-05-30 12:45

    Little Jim, I could not agree with you more.

  • Clive - 2011-05-30 14:31

    The reality is that most SA motorists do not make allowances for road and weather conditions, and drive selfishly and lawlessly regardless. Clearly the wet weather played a role.

      StoneAngel - 2011-05-30 15:11

      What amazes me more is the number of motorists who cannot even be bothered to put on their lights when it is raining hard - just come from CT BD (by motorcycle) in the pouring rain and I would guess that 20% of motorists had their cars' headlights on and a few driving with parking lights on which is illegal by the way. SA motorists just don't care - they take no pride in their driving.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-30 16:49

      I agree StoneAngel - it’s like they don’t even know the rules of the road. Here's a death wish drive through the Transkei on a misty day - I drive with my warning lights on glowing like a Christmas tree, taxis drive on the wrong side of the road without their lights on and over loaded what is wrong with some people today?!?!

  • K_za - 2011-05-31 10:57

    Let's guess....some car driver or the taxi nipped in front of the truck and hence it jack knifed?!?!?!?!? People can be so stuuuuuupid.

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