One person has been killed and 17 others seriously injured in a five-vehicle pile-up on the P415 near Mandini on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

Provincial Transport spokesperson, Zinhle Mali, says the pile-up is believed to have been caused by thick smoke from sugar cane that was being burnt in the area. She says the road has been closed and provincial traffic officers are redirecting traffic.

“The cause if the accident as it has been alleged was the thick smoke from a fire in the area which affected the visibility. It was a head on collision between two vehicles and other vehicles were also involved. Injured were taken to Ballito Hospital and Stanger. The road is being closed at the moment. RTI Gingindolvu is controlling traffic in that area.”