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Easter's grim road toll

By unknown | Apr 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporters and Sapa

The Easter weekend death toll reached 137 yesterday afternoon.

Department of Transport, spokesman Ntau Letebele, said: "Some of the causes of the accidents were due to d runk drivers, drivers not dimming their headlights , changing speed or lanes frequently , ignoring stop signs and driving on the shoulder of the road or towards the middle of the lane."

Some of the most congested roads were the N1 south from Polokwane and the M4 from Mpumalanga to Gauteng because of the ZCC pilgrimage to Moria. On Friday, a bus carrying worshippers to Polokwane rolled next to the church's entrance . Langa said nobody died, but several people were injured.

Yesterday, one person was killed and 11 injured when the bakkie they were travelling in overturned in Brakpan, Ekurhuleni metro police said. The driver lost control after a tyre burst, said spokesman Superintendent Vusi Mabanga.

A total of 102 accidents were reported in Limpopo between Thursday and midday yesterday. These resulted in the deaths of nine drivers, 17 passengers and seven pedestrians, Obed Langa, provincial transport spokesman, said yesterday.

Four people, including a policeman, died following a head-on collision between a police vehicle and a bakkie along the Lesley/Kinross road in Mpumalanga at about 2am on Sunday morning.

The department of transport in KwaZulu-Natal says it will arrest people who drink and walk. This comes after 14 pedestrians were killed on the province's roads, bringing the number of people killed in the province since the Easter weekend began to 26. Many of the pedestrians tested had high levels of alcohol in their blood.

In another incident, four people were killed in a horrific four-vehicle pile-up on the N2 near Port Shepstone. The driver of a bakkie was trying to overtake and collided with a Honda Civic, causing a pile-up with three other vehicles.

In Pietermaritzburg, a 60-year-old woman was slightly injured when a bus ploughed into her house in Sweetwaters on Sunday. The bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a slippery bend .

On Friday two people were killed and 13 injured when a minibus overturned on the N3 at Balgowan.


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