SABC News - KZN accidents claim 17 lives within 24 hours:Monday 12 March 2012

KZN accidents claim 17 lives within 24 hours

Monday 12 March 2012 12:44

SABC

Wet and slippery roads have caused two separate accidents on KZN roads.

Wet and slippery roads have caused two separate accidents on KZN roads.(SABC)

KwaZulu-Natal transport and road authorities have called on motorists to drive with caution. The province's roads are wet and slippery due to rain. 17 people have died in two separate accidents on KZN roads in the past 24 hours.

This morning, eleven people were killed in a suspected head-on collision between a truck and a motor vehicle - on the R56 just outside uMzimkhulu. Provincial transport department spokesperson, Kwanele Ncalane, says it's not yet clear how the accident occurred. He warned motorists to be extra cautious as many roads are wet.

Ncalane says: “There is an accident that has just happened on the R56 near the area of uMzimkulu. It is alleged that a truck collided with Toyota venture. It was a head-on collision and nine people died on the scene. We are saying this very painful but we also want caution motorist as many party of the province is raining the roads are slippery. We are appeal to people abide by simply basics rules of the road.”

Last night, six people were killed in an accident on the R33 between Pietermaritzburg and Greytown. A nine-month-old baby was among the dead. Provincial Transport MEC Willies Mchunu has called on motorists to be extra careful on the roads.

The driver lost control and knocked down 7 pedestrians

Mchunu says: “We have repeatedly warned that when rains are falling , when roads are wet , it become dangerous . Drivers themselves should take control of their vehicles and their speed. In many of these instances , we just suspect that , that's the main cause. What was unfortunate is that the passengers themselves were entrapped in vehicles put police did their best to extricate them . Also very saddened that these things are now beginning to happen just before we launch our Easter Weekend Road accident awareness campaign.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo police have opened a culpable homicide case against the driver of a speeding vehicle that killed seven pedestrians at Tshidzini outside Thohoyandou over the weekend.

Police spokesperson, Mbudzeni Tshabuse, says the vehicle veered from the road and ploughed into the pedestrians. Tshabuse says the driver, who was injured, is under strict guard in hospital.

Tshabuse added: “The driver lost control and knocked down 7 pedestrians, the driver and the other two passengers were injured and taken to the Donald Fraser hospital but presently one of the passengers, who is 12 years old, was transferred to the provincial hospital. The driver is being guarded by the police at the Donald Fraser hospital.”

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