Three killed, including 4-year-old, in Free State crash

2015-04-03 09:20
A patient is airlifted from an accident in the Free State. (Netcare911)

A patient is airlifted from an accident in the Free State. (Netcare911)

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Bloemfontein - A burst tyre was the cause of an accident which killed three people, including a 4-year-old boy, and left 11 others injured on the N3 in the Free State, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Friday.

Spokesperson Simon Zwane said unroadworthy cars and motorists driving at excessive speeds were the main factors contributing to accidents on the national roads over the Easter weekend.

"We have seen a lot of taxis and buses driving without the necessary permits which have been impounded."

He said 370 unroadworthy vehicles had been impounded in Mpumalanga. Two people had died during an accident in the province, he said.

Three motorists were arrested in the Free State for driving at excessive speeds of 181, 185 and 161 kilometres per hour respectively on the province's highways.

"We are maintaining our visibility on the roads. We are on full alert and will monitor people who break the law," Zwane said.

He said more accidents had occurred in the Free State and Mpumalanga, which had not resulted in any deaths.

On Thursday afternoon around 16:00 two adults and a child died on impact when three cars collided on the N3 near the Frankfort/Vrede off-ramp in the Free State.

Two people were critically injured, seven sustained serious injuries and two people had minor injuries and did not require treatment.

The injured were stabilised on the scene before being transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

A critically injured woman was airlifted directly to a hospital in Johannesburg, Botha said at the time.

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