SABC News - KZN accident leaves eight injured:Thursday 25 July 2013

KZN accident leaves eight injured

Thursday 25 July 2013 09:14


EThekwini Metro spokesperson Eugene Msomi says the road is closed, but the scene is being cleared.

EThekwini Metro spokesperson Eugene Msomi says the road is closed, but the scene is being cleared.(SABC)

Eight people have been injured in an accident between two vehicles on the M7 on the outskirts of Pinetown, west of Durban. EThekwini Metro spokesperson Eugene Msomi says there is, at the moment, a traffic backlog at the scene.

Msomi has urged motorists to use alternative routes.

“The accident happened on the M7 East Rand by Belville. Two vehicles were involved which resulted in eight people being injured. Three of them were critically injured. We had to close off the roadway so that the helicopter could pick up the critically injured people. The scene is being cleared and one has been already airlifted to hospital. The scene should be cleared very soon.”

In another accident, on Wednesday night, one person was killed and another seriously injured in a collision between two vehicles on the N2 in the Overberg region of the Western Cape.

The Cape Town traffic service says a car, which apparently experienced a tyre burst, landed underneath a truck just outside of Riviersonderend, killing the male driver and seriously injuring his female passenger. She has been admitted to the Caledon hospital.

Meanwhile, the taxi industry in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape has embarked on a process to improve the services it renders. This comes after a series of fatal accidents involving taxis in the past few months.

Earlier this month nine people lost their lives in a taxi accident on the N2 near Sibangweni outside Mthatha.

Chairperson of the O.R Tambo Taxi Industry, Mabuya Shumayele says: “We are busy as the taxi industry, making arrangements of training our drivers on driving and customer care. We are doing this with the Department of Transport.”

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