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17 die on KZN roads in two horrific crashes

Suthentira Govender Senior reporter
11 people died on the R617, near Howick in KZN on Saturday night
11 people died on the R617, near Howick in KZN on Saturday night
Image: Midlands EMS

Seventeen people, including a police officer, were killed in two separate horror crashes on KwaZulu-Natal's roads on Saturday night.

According to the Road Traffic Inspectorate, 11 people including a policeman died in an accident on the R617, near Howick in the Midlands.

KwaZulu-Natal acting MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Jomo Sibiya is expected to visit the scene  on Sunday.

“Reports suggest that 11 people including a police officer perished on the scene. The deceased involved 10 occupants of a minibus taxi and one police officer who was directing the traffic.”

According to Midlands EMS, paramedics were met with a gruesome scene, stretching about 200m along the road, when they attended the crash at around 9.35pm.

“It is alleged that there was a motor vehicle accident on the corner when a taxi lost control hitting into the barrier causing a secondary accident with other vehicles and SAPS members.”

In another accident involving three vehicles on the N11 near Dundee six people died.


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