Four killed, 29 in­jured in crashes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - WARDA MEYER

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.

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