Heavy carnage on KZN roads at weekend
IT’S BEEN a weekend of carnage on KwaZuluNatal’s roads. Since Friday, a spate of accidents has left five people dead and 38 injured, among them two policemen and two paramedics.
In the most recent crash, paramedics were treating patients at the scene in Mooi River yesterday. At the time of going to print, no details were available.
Also yesterday, two paramedics were taken to hospital after a vehicle collided with their ambulance at the intersection of Stanger and Sandile Thusi (Argyle) roads in Durban. Both sustained minor injuries. A summary of the other accidents follows:
Twenty people were injured when an articulated truck, a minibus taxi and a car collided on the N2 south-bound near Umgeni Road on Friday morning.
Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the truck slammed into the side of the taxi, which was travelling in the same direction, before coming to rest on the grassed median. The taxi then apparently fell on to its side after going through the roadside barrier.
“The driver of a car was unable to avoid the taxi and slammed into the vehicle’s exposed undercarriage,” he said. All passengers were stabilised.
A teenager was killed and five others seriously injured when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Qashana Khuzwayo (Shepstone) and Bram Fischer (Ordinance) roads, central Durban, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Wicks said it appeared that five occupants of a bakkie – two people in the front and three on the open back – had been travelling into the city after an evening out at a local nightclub, when they collided with a VW Golf.
“The three people on the back of the vehicle were thrown out as the bakkie spun out of control before coming to rest against a traffic light,” Wicks said.
A teenager, who was one of those on the back, died at the scene. The four other occupants, and one of the five occupants of the Golf, sustained serious injuries.
At about 11.30pm on Friday, an accident involving two vehicles and a minibus taxi left one person dead, two critically injured and 11 others needing treatment. The accident occurred on the R61 near the Sea Slopes off-ramp on the South Coast.
Wicks said it appeared that a Toyota Corolla had collided with a VW Golf before hitting the taxi. Thirteen people were in the taxi at the time.
The driver of the Golf was uninjured, but the driver of the Toyota died at the scene. Two of the taxi’s passengers were taken to hospital, critically injured.
Also on the South Coast on Friday afternoon, one man was killed and another seriously injured when their vehicle went through the median of the N2 highway near Hibberdene and collided with an articulated truck.
In the Midlands town of Nottingham Road at about 8.30pm on Friday, two men were killed and another injured when a bakkie and truck collided.
Paramedics found the bakkie lying on its side, with two men trapped inside. A third man was found nearby. Both of the trapped men were declared dead at the scene.
Wicks said the driver of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) “is lucky to be alive” after the vehicle slammed into the side of a timber truck on the N2 highway near Stanger.
The driver of the truck had apparently tried to make a U-turn, blocking the lanes of the highway.
“The driver of the SUV failed to brake in time and collided with the fully laden trailer. Paramedics arrived to find the crumpled SUV lodged beneath the frame of the truck. The seriously injured driver was treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital. Both he and the truck driver are in a stable condition,” Wicks said.
Two policemen were seriously injured when their patrol van collided with a car at the intersection of Old Airport and Rana roads in the Prospecton area on Friday at about 8.30pm.
Both sustained possible head and spinal injuries and were taken to Amanzimtoti’s Kingsway Hospital.
One man was critically injured when his vehicle spun out of control and hit a light pole on North Coast Road, Durban, at about 7pm on Friday. He was taken to Addington Hospital.
The driver of a vehicle that overturned on the N3 highway near the Pavilion Shopping Centre yesterday was taken to a local hospital. It is unclear what caused the accident.