Man dies, 13 hurt in N3 crash

2012-02-22 12:31

Pietermaritzburg - A man was killed and 13 people were injured, seven of them seriously, when their bakkie overturned on the N3 near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

"Somehow the driver lost control, went up an embankment and then rolled down. Everyone was ejected from the vehicle," said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

The accident happened at around 09:30 on Wednesday morning in the northbound lane, about 2km from the Midmar Dam offramp, he said.

Paramedics arrived to find a man, in his late 20s or early 30s, had died.

Of the seven people seriously injured, five needed advanced life support. The other five people suffered minor injuries, Banks said.

  • Janice - 2012-02-22 12:51

    Thats one dangerous piece of road, especially when theres mist. RIP.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-22 12:52

    13 people on a bakkie Eish!!!!!!

  • Marion - 2012-02-22 12:54

    RIP young man and may the injured recover fully.

  • TJ - 2012-02-22 13:05

    Please confirm how many people were actually in the bakkie. Even these 14 so far is a LOT!!! Overloading makes it so much more difficult to control a vehicle which in turn leads to something like this! I hope the driver gets charged for this, not only for the death but also for overlading and for those who were injured in the process!!!

      Martin - 2012-02-22 13:41

      is it noy ilegal to carry passengers in the back of a Bakkie?

      trix.duvenage - 2012-02-25 11:42

      I have seen some 23 people on a one and a half ton bakkie in the mids of Johannesburg the other day. That's not counting the four on the inside of the 'bakkie'

  • Nigel - 2012-02-22 13:12

    what the hell are 13 people doing in a bakkie on a highway, the driver should be held for manslaughter, but our government seems to think that this is fine

      Gigo - 2012-02-22 13:38

      Government got nothing to do with this, is an accident.

  • Barry - 2012-02-22 13:18

    Once again brain cell deficency raises its head, 13 people in a bakkie common sense says it's an accident looking for somewhere to happen. Unfortunately just another demonstration of South Africa's stupidity relationship when it comes to road use.

  • Schmee - 2012-02-22 13:25

    When are the traffic cops going to do their jobs and patrol the road between Howick and Durban properly. Every day we see dangerous driving on the N3 but hardly ever a traffic cop. Intercity bus no 3 the other day. During heavy traffic, overtaking at 120km/h using the left-hand lane, around corners where trucks are often moving very slowly or broken down. Had there been one on that day then we would have had another road closure. Loaded abnormal load trucks often exceeding 120km/h. Never a cop in sight. We are sick of hearing that another person had died on this road.

  • Nikki - 2012-02-22 13:43

    What eva happened to all persons travelling in a vehicle must be wearing a safty belt!!! HOLY COW when will the law be enforced and innocent live be saved. I see EVERYDAY bakkie loads of labourers being moved in and about sites on the back of bakkies sometimes standing up holding eachother cause there are so many of them, The DRIVERS must be held to book and convicted to the full extent of the law.... INNOCENT HARDWORKING PEOPLE ARE LOOSING THEIR LIVES... WHEN WILL ENOUGH BE ENOUGH

      Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-02-22 14:12

      Absolutely true what you are saying Nikki I think a few years ago a company lost all its employees in an accident as they were being transported on the back of a bakkie this is illegal anyway but as you say nothing gets done!!!

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-02-25 11:44

    Illegal?? ILLEGAL?? In South Africa??

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