Scores die in accidents in Jhb, Durban

2011-11-20 07:34

Johannesburg - Five people died and scores others injured in serious car accidents across Gauteng on Saturday evening, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said most of the accidents could be linked to heavy rains.

A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured when the car they were travelling in left Kliprivier Drive in Turffontein and hit a pole.

A 72-year-old woman was critically injured in a five car pile-up on the Ermelo Road R29 in Strubenvale, Springs.

Paramedics believe the man drove his vehicle into oncoming traffic and caused the crash.

The critically injured woman was treated and taken to hospital, Wicks said.

A short while later a man was killed when his car left Robert Broom Drive in the West Rand. The man was thrown from his car and it rolled over him.

A man was killed when his bakkie left the R55 Summit Road near the R511 junction in Midrand after the car rolled repeatedly.

Two people were killed and 12 others were seriously injured when a minibus taxi and a bakkie collided head-on on the R25 near Springs.

Paramedics believe that a fallen tree forced the driver into oncoming traffic.

One occupant of the bakkie and another of the taxi were killed.

Wicks said 10 people were injured, a woman critically, when a minibus taxi overturned on the M8 Christiaan De Wet Drive in Centurion.

Paramedics believe the driver lost control of the minibus while turning a corner.

A spokesperson for Netcare911, Chris Botha, said three people were seriously injured after a taxi and two vehicles collided at the intersection of Umgeni Road and First Avenue in Durban.

Netcare911 paramedics and rescue vehicles arrived at the scene and after stabilising the injured they were taken to hospital.

And in another accident in Durban, a man sustained serious injuries after his vehicle left the road on the N2 south near Spaghetti Junction in Durban.

The driver apparently lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a steep embankment.

Rescue officers cut the injured man from the wreck.

  • Ian - 2011-11-20 07:59

    and so it starts, drokgatte behind the wheel

      The Real Unskinny - 2011-11-20 08:26

      Why thumbs down? It's the truth. The roads aren't safe this time of year.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-20 09:34

      A score is 20, nice job Editor

      Ettienne - 2011-11-20 09:38

      Must be honest, and say that one should not generalize and say it was dronkgatte. The unfortunate truth is, that many vehicles are not roadworthy, smooth tyres, faulty ball joints etc etc, which contribute to these accidents. And obviously, one of the major factors, is driving ability. Many motorists think that because they have good tyres, the vehicle will have the same control as on wet roads. I was travelling on the notorious Ben Schoeman freeway last night when it was pouring, only to see how close people drive to one another and then some freak who thinks that driving his Audi A4, he criss crosses lanes passing vehicles. So at the end of the day, it all starts with responsibility. Sadly though, lives are lost due to reckless driving by some. Condolences to the families who lost loved ones.

      Dave - 2011-11-20 09:42

      How many bought licences are in this and how many people driving in wet conditions without proper training ?. Some time a cheap bought licence can have a high price and then mix in dronkgatte, bad policeing and windgatte and you have the results you see here

      Ettienne - 2011-11-20 09:43

      Sorry, same control as on DRY roads.....

      Dave - 2011-11-20 09:46

      Sorry, forgot the main one in the mix, taxis.

      Jannie - 2011-11-20 13:21

      HI Ian I suppose you have never broken any traffic law in your life. You seem to be generalising, dronkgatte are an issue, but there are so many more that face our roads

  • Paul - 2011-11-20 08:07

    'Scores' is 5 and more?

      Grant - 2011-11-20 08:34

      A score is 20 (look it up). Also in the bible Psalms 90 : The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-20 08:11

    One has to wonder if alcohol played a part.Talk to the young drivers in your family .Save them and someone else.

  • Xavier7034 - 2011-11-20 08:15

    Please explain " 'Scores' is 5 and more" .....not sure what is meant, and the meaning could be intriguing?

  • dooskop - 2011-11-20 08:16

    Shame the Paramedics NEED XTRA PAY!!!!!!!!

  • Grant - 2011-11-20 08:19

    This whole report is nonsense. The head line reads that scores were killed in Jhb and Durban. Now a 'score' is 20 so if scores were killed the number would have been over 40 instead it was only 5 killed in the whole of Gauteng not just Jhb and none in Durban. Even the number of injured does not go into the 'scores' figure. Best described as sensational reporting at its worst. Do editors not proof read these days?

  • Rob - 2011-11-20 08:30

    Saddness for those injured or have lost loved ones. Annoyance at the stupid loss of life, surely mostly avoidable Yet another sign of the 'collective' mentality that diminishes individua; accountability in favour of society being rhe cause of such incidents. Describing incidents such as these as accidents further erodes accountability. Very rarely are these accidents, by definition something that can not be reasonably planned for and avoidance taken. I challrnge anyone to characterise one of these incidents that really was an accident. Once you get to the point of recognising that you are dealing with incidents now you can decide who is accountable and take appropriate action, STOP CALLING THEM ACCIDENTS they are not divine intervention.

  • Rob - 2011-11-20 08:42

    While we are on this tack...News 24. Your flash advert for Continental tyres includes a picture of a guy driving (well, you could argue weakly that he is stationary and just fondling the steering wheel). But check the dog on the front seat. I don't see any form of harness, more to the point surely animals should be transported in manner that prefenst them from interfering with the driver.......and for the Animal Rights guys, in a manner that minimises risk to them. This looks like a statistic in waiting and you (News 24 are using it to make profit. SHAME ON YOU. Next you or Continental will be telling us about your corporate responsibility programmes.........*****!!!!!!!

  • jmaryke - 2011-11-20 08:57

    Did the person that wrote this read it before posting it?.. difficult to comprehend who died and in which accident....."scores of mistakes".....

  • Rob - 2011-11-20 10:01

    Writer of this news flash please check the batteries in your smartphone or PC to make sure that the maths functions are working. Now add up the number of people killed in Gauteng (looks like five) add to that the number killed in Durban (I don't see any)....But maybe there are more that are not included in the textx. Now reconcile the article's headlin "Scores Killed in Gauteng and Durban". A score is 20, so scores can be no less than two score = 40. WHat is the point of you writing this drivel if I am not going to read it?

  • rogertjenkins - 2011-11-20 12:40

    "scores die in accidents"??? I think you duffed the headline.

  • Dave - 2011-11-20 12:50

    Condolences to all involved, cars "going off the road" and head on's all driver preventable. I drive on average 5000k's a month and everyday I see complete idiots on the road, no one takes any notice of the rules of the road, stop streets, robots etc.. people crawl at 45km/h then promptly don't stop at stop streets or robots! the problem is not speeding on its own its lack of the basic principles of driving. Police mostly sit at their speed camera's but often ignore blantant driving transgretions. Taking my kids to school each morning I could write out at least ten tickets for various offences, no flickers used, crossing white lines, kids standing up on the front seat etc.. the list goes on and on. Unfortunately this causes deaths its actually quite challenging to stay out the way of this idiots. Lastly for all those idiots out there that do not know what to do at traffic circles, you yield to your right!! that means if something is coming round the circle from the right they have right of way!! but you knew that anyway hey! Ahem I have also seen police guilty of these...

  • Winsome - 2011-11-20 13:11

    And the silly season hasn't even started yet!

  • Rob - 2011-11-20 13:28

    Competency of drivers must surely be a big part of the problem. But then consider this: I am sure that I read recently that the Justice Project's 'Ban Blue Lights' petition had acquired 20,000 signatures OUT OF A TOTAL POPULATION OF 500,000 LICENSED DRIVERS. In counterpoint to this RGT's stats indicate that monthly new passenger car sales is running at about 30,000, and that the total population of passenger cars is about 7 million. With 7 million passenger cars being driven by 500,000 competent drivers the mind boggles, and that takes us back to competency. Note also that this comment is limited to passenger cars, taxis and trucks are excluded. If I got the numbers screwed I apologise.

  • Zion - 2011-11-20 14:10

    The term score or scores has two distinct meanings. Scores could mean multiples 0f twenty's that is 4 score is 80 while scores can mean a large number ofanything. So many arguments as to who exactly is causing the road accidents. Firt out of the gate is taxis. My personal observations and experience has shown that younger drivers are a major cause ie male drivers. Young drivers driving expensive vehicles and suv's etc are a major source It is also said: The bigger the bakkie, the bigger the fool behind the wheel. of accidents too. On Friday I had a narrow escape when a young snothead crossed an intersection in a large bakkie without even stopping at the stop sign. He gave me a two finger sign.

  • Julia - 2011-11-20 18:14

    Nice headline, News24. Any idea how much a score is? Hint: 2 x 10 = ? That aside, sad news and typical of our roads :(

      Julia - 2011-11-20 18:16

      Oh, I see plenty (scores) of others picked up on that too. All of us but not the news team..

  • Alan - 2011-11-20 19:50

    An IQ test should be part of the driving test. That would dramatically reduce drivers and road deaths.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-21 09:53

    scores die? a score is 20, so how the heck can this article claim that SCORES died? a basic lesson in english is required.

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