Several killed in Midrand accidents

2012-10-08 09:14

Johannesburg - Two fatal accidents happened on the N1 highway near Midrand in Johannesburg on Monday morning, a metro police spokesperson said.

"There was one accident on the north bound and another on the south bound within minutes of each other," said Superintendent Edna Mamonyane.

"We don't know how many were killed but there were fatalities in both accidents."

She said the New Road offramp and some lanes in both directions were closed to traffic.

The accident happened at 04:30.

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  • gift.mushi.9 - 2012-10-08 09:48

    Said story. Lets take care in the road.

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-10-08 09:49

    To evryone, pls note that Speed kills....................also avoid driving when tired or feeling sleepy.

      bertus.lame - 2012-10-08 09:59

      Not true. I've speeded a few times in my life and I'm still here. And accidents are 99% of the times not that, but human error. Thus, human error kills.

      ariado.myfather - 2012-10-08 10:22

      Agree. Reckless driving kills, not the speed. There is no speed limits in Germany. How many kills there?

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-08 10:35

      Speed contributes towards it. Less time to stop and less time to take evasive action. The faster you are going the bigger the impact, pretty logical actually.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-08 11:08

      Speed does kill in SA!! It may not kill elsewhere. If you have drivers not properly trained in unroadworthy vehicles and you come flying along you wont have time to avoid - you will crash. This is also called breaking the law. Yes this is also human error but speed would also have added to it. Then you get speeding badly trained drivers and you are also driving at will crash if they do something extraordinary....which they do all the time. Beginning & end of the story is you cannot be "un-deaded" even if you have all of these excuses for having the accident. Drive defensive. Now children you can all go out for break!

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-10-08 11:08

      It is the disregard for road signs, that it!!! Speed, solid lines, slow down signs etc...

      bertus.lame - 2012-10-08 13:23

      The point I'm making is that you first need an accident for speed to kill. Hit a pedestrian at 40km/h and that person could be dead; but is 40km/h fast? So first ask the question, why was there an incident (accidents don't exist in my opinion on the roads) in the first place. Perhaps some ignorant driver doing 80km/h in the middle lane, causing people to go around them on both sides and then colliding in front of the slow moving vehicle when they both move to the same middle lane. No accident there, no speed but driver error being the root cause. Same for people on cell phones (I ignore mine when I'm driving) not being aware of their surroundings, they tend to drive slower and slower causing the scenario above. So again, no speed necesseraly involved. Address the root cause and our road killings will lower.

  • herman.vandenberg1 - 2012-10-08 09:58

    Speed! Disregard for the law! Selfishness! Drivers are the problem!

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-08 10:08

    And driver's please do not use bright lights when you drive on the road where other people drives at higher speed. Some people they drive with eye glasses on and accidents may be results. And fast driver do not brighter recklessly when you ask the other motorist to free a way for you because the cant see if it is safe to change a lane.

  • trevor.kuhlmann - 2012-10-08 10:29

    i drove past there and saw a blue toyota corrola which looked like it had collided into the back of a truck(front end crumpled and roof slightly caved in) , there was also a body next to the wreckage

  • goitsemangselemela - 2012-10-08 10:36

    its sad indeed when things are happening like this,speed kills,pls pls people avoid your phones while driving,your bbm and bis and facebook.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-08 11:10

    Our roads have become a nightmare these last few months, I've been crawling to work and back. I pray that families of the lost ones will not suffer greatly and ask that we all just think while we drive and observe following distances.

  • alonso.opinion - 2012-10-08 12:22

    It is not speed as such that kills, its inexperienced and poorly trained drivers that cause accidents, especially when coupled with total disregard for traffic rules & signs and lack of patience. No actually all this are just symtoms, the real cause is the example set by the leaders in the country.

  • NJRDC - 2012-10-08 14:32

    You are all Wrong LOL Speed does not Kill it is the sudden stop after speeding (if thee is one) that kills.

      deelen.pillay - 2012-10-09 05:48

      Speed does kill, but this also applies to extremely slow drivers driving below the minimum speed limit; while using the incorrect lanes.\r\nWhat happened to keep left pass right? News24 also needs to add more facts to their reporting. we all know there was an accident with fatalities, but how was it caused...?

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