Four killed, 29 injured in crashes
FOUR people were killed and 29 injured in two separate crashes on the N1 and N2 highways yesterday, bringing the province’s festive season road accident death toll to over 100.
Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said a minibus taxi was on the N2 between Albertina and Stilbaai when it tried to overtake another vehicle in the face of oncoming traffic.
Two people were killed, two others were seriously injured and 14 were taken to a hospital nearby with minor injuries.
Africa said the driver of the taxi would, among other charges, be charged with driving a public motor vehicle without a permit.
In the other crash, Africa said, two people were killed and 13 injured on the N1 between Beaufort West and Aberdeen when the driver of a bakkie apparently fell asleep, and lost control of the vehicle.
Close to 200 taxis have been stopped and checked near Beaufort West on the N1 since Operation Fatigue started on Thursday. Four taxis were instructed to pull over and traffic officials took the drivers’ keys and forced them to rest.