Six dead in Durban pile-up

2013-04-01 21:56

Johannesburg - Six people were killed in an accident on the N3 outside Durban on Monday evening, paramedics said.

A motorbike and three cars, a BMW X3, Nissan, and a Mercedes, collided shortly before 20:00, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

One of the three cars involved had been ripped in half and bodies were lying in the road. Wreckage was strewn over a "good 150m" of the north-bound N3, before the Hammarsdale offramp.

All lanes of the highway leading to Durban had been closed to traffic.

The cause of the accident was not known, Banks said.

  • Emmanuel Roodt - 2013-04-02 02:15

    SO sad to read about this. All the best to those families. Sad Sad day indeed!!

  • Grace Nicolas - 2013-04-02 05:34

    So sad, all the best to the families.

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 05:34

    BMW again! I rest my case! Condolences to all the families.

      Cecil Els - 2013-04-02 06:31

      Drivers are matter the car...

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 06:58

      I beg to differ the car that you are driving influences your attitude.

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-04-02 07:22

      @Lynn - Audi drivers are much more aggressive

      Sanet Odendaal - 2013-04-02 07:34

      People with BMW's think the road belong 2 them. They force u into the yellow lane if u don't let them pass u! Yes,its not only BMW drivers,but they are the worst of them all!

      Wendy Barnett - 2013-04-02 07:40

      Thando - bull. Don't generalize , I drive an Audi

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 09:04

      I agree with all of you Mercs, Audies and BMW's are a living nightmare on any road.

      Anthony Spruyt - 2013-04-02 09:36

      Lynn: A woman again! I rest my case! See what I did there? Sanet: You sound like one of those people who refuse to keep left when not passing/overtaking. They love to sit in the right hand lane because: A) I like driving in that lane B) I am going the speed limit C) I am oblivious (doing other things than concentrating on driving - phone, makeup, yapping...) and then cry when others get fed up with them. Road rule #1: Keep left, if you actively keep left then you will be highly unlikely to experience being pushed off the road, rear ended or getting a head on with another overtaking vehicle.

      Tums Down - 2013-04-02 09:41

      Its got nothing to do with the car and all to do with the drivers. Most taxis are not BMW/Merc/Audi... Most tAxis are Toyota, so Toyota drivers are the worst????

      marc.klynhans - 2013-04-02 10:31

      Oh please. How can you blame an accident on drivers who drive a make of car? Accidents happen. Go youtube some videos of accidents. Most of the time no one caused anything, the accidents just happen due to bad luck.

      marc.klynhans - 2013-04-02 10:32

      I assume you were there and saw that the BMW caused everything?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2013-04-02 10:45

      Really? I never knew the mini bus taxi's were made by BMW. They cause more accidents than any other vehicle on SA roads, or have you conveniently forgotten this? @ marc. Traffic accidents are very rarely down to bad luck, the majority are down to poor driving, poor vehicle maintenance and badly maintained roads.

  • Sherwyn Ramnarin - 2013-04-02 07:56

    Lynn and Sanet cant afford a BMW hence the animosity....shame...

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 09:35

      Sherwyn you seem to know a lot about me, so tell me what car do I drive?

  • Andre Kolver - 2013-04-02 08:02

    BMW and Merc drivers are more aggressive yes, but I have absolutely NO respect for moterbikes on the road. They are cocky and arrogant and they think that they are god on the road, and that the road belongs to them. They should be banned of the roads! My sympathy for all who lost there lives

      Anthony Spruyt - 2013-04-02 08:36

      "but I have absolutely NO respect for motorcars on the road. They are cocky and arrogant and they think that they are god on the road, and that the road belongs to them. They should be banned of the roads!" There I fixed it for you you ignorant excuse for a human being!

      Bernard Nienaber - 2013-04-02 09:51

      I don't understand why people always generalize, I have a bmw and a motobike but I am nothing like what you just described. Could it be that you are a tad bit jealous because you're still driving your 1400 bakkie?

  • Kevin Bromfield - 2013-04-02 11:10

    Its not the vehicles that people drive that's the problem, its the driver of the vehicle is the problem, obey the road rules stick to the speed limits and there will be a lot less accidents, you shouldn't be going over 120kph, no matter what car you drive, stick to the damb rules of the road!!!!

  • Boledi Rachidi - 2013-04-02 12:22

    It is this kind of behaviour that causes the accidents on the road, it is not about the car you drive.It is all about you and the attitude you carry behind that steering wheel that kills most of us on the road.You should carry a responsible behaviour and have a caring heart. It is about the mind set, not the car you drive. Foucus on you and adhere to the rules of the road and remember, to get there alive. No middle fingures please fellow South Africans

      Samantha Naidoo - 2013-04-02 14:31

      I agree totally, its not about the type of car you drive, its about your attitude!!! So stop the childish bickering regarding the cars people drive

  • Stalin Rudolf - 2013-04-02 12:49

    i drive a BMW in fact i have three, i am considerate and i respect other road users. one problem i have noticed with the BMW is that if your tyres and shocks are not very good the vehicle tends to slip, and it does not handle well at all. i always caution other BMW drivers to be extra careful on the roads more so on wet conditions. my condolences to the affected families and friends

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 13:26

      No offence, but why would you want to own 3 BMW's

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-04-02 13:25

    No Anthony Spruyt I didn't see what you did there, sorry I was putting on my makeup and talking to a friend on my BB. Would you care to explain?

  • Samantha Naidoo - 2013-04-02 14:19

    I was one of the many drivers that had driven pass the horrific accident on the N3 Durban bound last night  just after it had happened i think maybe about 19h30 , at this time we managed to only  see the 1 vehicle that had been ripped into pieces, 2 lifeless bodies on the road, debris from the accident across the road.There was no emergency services at the scene at that time, a  gentleman( a good samaritan)trying to put off a fire from what little that was left of the vehicle with a bottle of water. I immediately contacted 10111 and emphasised the seriousness of the accident. Imagine my shock later that night  on hearing of the muliple vehicles  that was involved in this accident. I still cannot get rid of the images of that accident. My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones. Driving from JHB back to DBN i witnessed drivers speeding recklessly along the N3 not considering their passengers and other drivers that had their families with them, What i do know is that some drivers need to stop racing to their destinations and consider other drivers that obey the rules of the road and abide by speed limits. I definetly think we need more visibility of the traffic department at night not just during the day during our holiday season.

  • Celesté Lombard - 2013-04-02 21:18

    Ladies and Gents, this is serious people have lost there lives and drivers and car manufacturers are getting blamed. People need to start taking responsibility for their actions and not blame everything and everyone else around them. The most important thing to remember here is that ACCIDENTS HAPPEN and MISTAKES ARE MADE. Spend your energy on positive things by trying to make a positive difference than bad mouthing and blaming. I do believe its hard enough for the families that have lost loved ones to come to terms with what has taken place, the last thing they need is to read the comments posted by certain individuals... Not Cool

  • Ian Rowe - 2013-04-07 18:02

    Driving on your roads is like karting....everyman for themselves

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