Six killed in head-on collision in Ixopo, KZN

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Six people have been killed in an accident involving two light motor vehicles and a minibus on the P68 road outside Highlands at Ixopo in southern KwaZulu-Natal.

It is believed that one of the vehicles tried to overtake a minibus and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

Provincial Department of Transport Spokesperson Thuba Vilane says all occupants of the minibus sustained multiple injuries and were treated on scene and have been transported to Christ the King Hospital at Ixopo for further medical attention.

“Reports suggest that a Mazda 323 with three occupants was trying to overtake a minibus taxi on a sharp bend when it collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota Corolla also with three occupants. Sadly all occupants of the two vehicles died on the scene including a mother, father and an infant.  The minibus taxi was also involved in the accident. MEC Nkonyeni sends her heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.  The MEC says most accidents occur as a result of human error,” says Vilane.

Three killed on N2 

On Saturday, three people were killed and four others injured in a multiple-vehicle pile-up on the N2 between KwaDukuza and Zinkwazi on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

A vehicle was allegedly trying to overtake multiple vehicles when it lost control and hit a truck, which in turn crashed into several vehicles. The truck which was transporting alcohol lost its load after which looters helped themselves to it.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said the looters hampered paramedic’s efforts to treat the injured.

“On the N2 between Stanger and Zinkwazi were multiple vehicles have been involved in the collision including a beer truck. Seven people have been affected, three of which have lost their lives a further two patients are critical whilst two more are in a serious condition. IPSS medical rescue and advanced life support paramedics are working to manage the scene which is being hampered by looters who are ridding the truck of its cargo. It is alleged that a vehicle was overtaking multiple vehicles when it lost control and hit the truck which in turn struck several cars. Traffic on both lanes are being affected, north and south bound.”

Cyclist killed

Traffic on the R102 at Tongaat north of KwaZulu-Natal was severely affected on Saturday morning after a motor vehicle struck eleven cyclists, killing one and leaving three others injured.

Paramedics said it’s alleged that the vehicle was overtaking several cars on a blind rise, resulting in the vehicle ramming into a group of cyclists, resulting in one of the cyclists being pinned under the car and dragged for several meters.

Limpopo accident

The N1 near the Baobab Tollgate between Musina and Louis Trichardt in Limpopo was closed due to a collision between two heavy-duty trucks and a car. Motorists travelling between the two towns were re-routed to roads in the Tshipise farming area.

The number of fatalities was yet to be confirmed. The cause of the collision was not yet clear.