The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport and Community Safety and Liaison says another two people have died in hospital after a multi-vehicle collision on the N3 at Van Reenens Pass between KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State on Tuesday. Three other people had died earlier.

Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says: “Two people died on scene, one died on route to hospital two later died in hospital. This forced serious backlog in terms of traffic because the road was closed for several hours but now it’s open.”

In a separate incident, two people died in a head-on collision involving two motor vehicles on the N3 near the Tugela Toll Plaza.

Ncalane says the department will soon announce plans to increase road safety.

He says: “As the provincial government and Department of Transport we are calling for maximum caution on the roads.”