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By unknown | Dec 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Eleven people died and 18 others were injured in a road accident involving a luxury SA Road Link bus and a light motor vehicle on the N2 freeway near Hibberdene on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast yesterday.

The latest accident brings to 30 the number of people who have died on the province's roads in less than 48 hours.

On Saturday 18 people died in three minibus taxi accidents on the south and north of the province.

Initial indications are that the bus, carrying more than 70 people, collided witha vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

The bus driver, travelling from Port Elizabeth to Durban, was trying to overtake a truck when a tyre burst.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and collided head-on with a Toyota Camry.

Six passengers in the car and five in the bus were killed instantly.

The injured were taken to Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital.

ER 24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the accident happened in the early hours of yesterday on the N2 south-bound near Hibberdene, 20km from Port Shepstone.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Bheki Cele expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident.

"It is indeed a sad reality that in less than three days more than 30 people have lost their lives due to road accidents in our province," Cele said.

"Consequently our law enforcement will be beefed up to hit hard at those who break the law."

Limpopo has recorded the largest number of road fatalities of all the provinces since the beginning of December.

By late yesterday at least 72 fatalities were recorded in the province.

Nationally the figure stood at 280 compared with 660 for the same period last year.

Department of transport spokesman Collen Msibi attributed the 58 percent decrease in road fatalities to the visibility of traffic police and high law enforcement visibility.

Limpopo is followed by Gauteng with 46, KwaZulu-Natal with 45, Mpumalanga 36, Free State 20, Eastern Cape 19, Western Cape and North West 18 each, and Northern Cape six.


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