Motorists warned after horror crashes

2015-09-21 09:28
The wreckage of the crash that left five people dead near Ladysmith on Friday night.

The wreckage of the crash that left five people dead near Ladysmith on Friday night. (Supplied)

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MOTORISTS have been called on to exercise extra caution on the roads in the wake of the tragic deaths of five people near Ladysmith on Friday night.

Two women, a man and two children, who are yet to be identified but are believed to be from Johannesburg area, died in an accident on the N11 highway in the Uthukela District near Pepworth when their car veered off a bridge.

Meanwhile, News 24 reported yesterday that two more people died in two separate crashes in KZN yesterday.

In one of them an SUV and a bakkie collided on the R61 between Ramsgate and Southbroom at about 2 am, killing one person and injuring three others. Two victims were freed using the jaws of life.

At about 6.30 am a taxi and car collided on the R102 in Shakaskraal, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

The taxi driver was ejected from the crumpled remains of his vehicle. He died at the scene of the crash.

A passenger in the taxi was seriously injured and another person escaped with minor injuries, Botha said.

Reacting to news of the Ladysmith tragedy yesterday, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu, appealed to all motorists to adjust their driving to prevailing weather conditions.

The car is believed to have crashed through the barriers on the bridge, before landing on a railway track with electrical cables. The car reportedly caught alight, burning the occupants beyond recognition.

According to KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie, when emergency services arrived on scene at about 1 am on Saturday, the car was still burning. The blaze was extinguished by the fire department.

McKenzie said the victims appeared to be two adult women estimated to be about 35 years, a man of about the same age, and two children, a boy and a girl.

It is believed the occupants were from Johannesburg and were travelling in a Nissan X-Trail.

Mchunu yesterday cautioned all road users, saying the wet weather conditions require everyone to adjust the driving habits and be extra vigilant.

“We have ordered our teams to be on the ground and to respond to any emergency situation,” said Mchunu.

“We will also be announcing new drastic measures to curb road accidents next month during the October Transport Month programmes”

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