5 dead as bakkie overturns on N3

2012-12-15 10:36

Durban - Five people were killed and six others were injured in an accident in Ashburton on Saturday, said KwaZulu-Natal emergency workers.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said a bakkie which was carrying 11 people seemed to have lost control and overturned.

"A tow truck responding to the scene rounded the bend and collided into the remains of the bakkie."

Five people were certified dead on the scene.

One person was hospitalised with critical injuries while another five were in a serious condition.

They were transported to various hospitals in Pietermaritzburg for further treatment.

  • gideon.walt - 2012-12-15 10:57

    Hastige hond verbrand sy mond....tow truck skollies

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-15 11:05

    What is it with December month? It seems this month is a death month, as there r so many accidents nd death on the roads during December month.

      khumo.lebone - 2012-12-15 12:28

      There's more stupid drivers in December than any other month. With the driving the way it is in Joburg I'm surprised there's no plus 50 deaths per day.

  • Raai.wie - 2012-12-15 11:26

    Bakkie with 11 people in it must be overloaded as it's not certified to carry that many passengers.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-15 12:11

    I begin to think carnage on the road is like this everyday but they only want to make big stories about it in the festive season. Why?

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-12-21 11:14

      It is not a bad thing, I guess people will be more aware and the be extra careful when driving. as I read these articles they all sound like wake up calls and I aint missing none...

  • gregory.hill.984 - 2012-12-15 12:36

    Want to slow down deaths on our roads. The N1 from jnb to cpt is one of the most traveled roads, especially during December. This road needs to be a double lane highway the whole way. Many times on this road, the street markings tell me I can overtake on a blooming hill or turn, accident waiting to happen. In most developed countries the highway is a double lane, so instead of spending millions on new private jets, amazing luxury households and fancy BMW x5's etc get us better safer roads. Trucks should not be allowed to drive at night, seeing many of them have broken lights etc, in Europe from sundown trucks have to stop. Speeding certainly kills, but so does overloaded and unroadworthy cars, a bakkie has no reason to have 11 passengers..... Potholes...... Yes believe it or not, holes in the road are dangerous, who would have guessed...... People driving without a license,

      earle.francis.9 - 2012-12-15 13:00

      Remember also, that half of the country's drivers have fake licenses!

  • earle.francis.9 - 2012-12-15 12:58

    Tow truck drivers, scum of the earth in SA... low life scavenging bastards!

  • herbert.smith.9655 - 2012-12-15 13:05

    Regulation 247 stipulates that people may be carried on a goods vehicle. THIS IS ABSURD. Bakkies are for goods and goods transport only. When you're in a car, you are compelled to wear a seat belt, even as a passenger. But people are transported like loose potatoes at the back of a speeding bakkie with NOTHING protecting them. Get rid of Regulation 247 and force people to travel b y bus, train or car. Taxis could be the last resort as they are still dubiously dangerous.

      anakin.skyvader.9 - 2012-12-15 14:02

      I also can't understand it. I complained about this on the 13th and now it happened yet again. The ministers of transport are fast asleep in wonderland and only come out now and then to say things like "passengers must wear safety belts". Must we do their jobs as well for them? They are getting PAID to be in these positions but they do NOTHING. They had the entire year of 2012 since Dec 2011 to sort this out but no the same thing keeps happening over and over...

  • markallenrsa - 2012-12-15 19:42

    Agreed, tow truck vultures, the company should be taken to the cleaners, civil suit, the lot.

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