2 killed in 3-car pile-up on N4

2012-01-09 10:05

Mbombela - Two men were killed and five people were critically injured in a three-vehicle pile-up near Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, on Monday morning, a provincial official says.

Mpumalanga spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said the driver of a Nissan 1400 bakkie complained he was tired before losing control of the vehicle on the N4.

"The bakkie veered into the other lane and collided head-on with a Honda sedan coming from the opposite direction," he said.

"A police van that was following the Honda rammed into its back."

The bakkie was travelling from Mozambique to Secunda.

The driver and a passenger died on the scene. Five passengers were taken to Rob Ferreira Hospital.

No-one was injured in the two other vehicles.

Mabuza said the highway had been completely closed to traffic while rescue workers cleared the wreckage.

He advised motorists to reduce speed and take a rest when travelling long distances.

  • John - 2012-01-09 10:43

    Typical standard of driver in S.A. The innocent pay for these guys stupidity, luckily the innocent appear to have survived this one but at what cost?

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-01-09 11:08

    This guy complained of fatigue and yet his passenger was stupid enough to allow him to continue driving?

  • Ettienne - 2012-01-09 11:25

    Once again unnecessary loss of life. Now with our lovely NDOT always advertising how responsible drivers should be, following distances etc, had the Police Van been keeping the correct following distance, they should not have collided into the back of the Honda. Also lets one wonder if the driver of the Police Van was actually looking up ahead as per the 12 seconds and watching what is happening up ahead. Condolences to the families of the deceased.

      Nosiphom - 2012-01-09 13:06

      That was precisely what I was thinking as far as the police van is concerned. It was literally on the bumber of the Honda, tells you that not even law enforcement officers know what the following distance should be. By the way why were the "following distance markers" on the highway where we were expected to "see at least three". As a minimum that gave you an indication of whether or not yoru following distance is in order, and enforcement - the only remedy the RTMC seems to know - would be easier.

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