On Thursday, 6 February at around 15:50, a truck driver was travelling from Pongola to Piet Retief when he lost control of his vehicle and collided head on with another truck which was on the way to Pongola.
The wet road was apparently the main reason for the loss of control. One person sustained serious injuries and had to be transported to a nearby hospital by an ambulance.
At 16:10 on the same day, two Hino trucks collided. One driver was transporting passengers. He was on his way to Piet Retief when his vehicle started swerving across the road. He failed to bring his vehicle under control and ended up colliding with another truck, causing him to tip over in the middle of the road. 32 people sustained minor injuries and four major injuries.
On Friday, 7 February, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in Mark Street. The pedestrian was apparently walking on the side of the road when a vehicle came from the front, overtaking another vehicle, and ended up hitting the said individual. The driver of the vehicle tried to stop, but unfortunately she couldn’t avoid the accident.
On the same day, a taxi and a silver Polo were involved in an accident. The Polo’s driver wanted to turn off into a rural area approximately 10km from town on the Ermelo road. The taxi then proceeded to try overtaking the Polo and the result was a collision which left the taxi wrecked, in a ditch next to the road. Seven people were seriously injured and eight people were left with minor injuries. The Officers of the Traffic Department had to make use of the ‘Jaws of Life’ to free victims from the taxi.
On Sunday, 9 February at around 23:45, the driver of a silver Mazda was travelling on the Wakkerstroom road when he swerved to avoid colliding with an animal, which caused his vehicle to overturn. One person was badly injured whilst three people were left with minor injuries.
On Monday, 10 February, a taxi was on the way to Dirkiesdorp on the Driefontein road. A Toyota vehicle supposedly lost control on the wet road and crashed into the taxi before overturning. Two people suffered major injuries and one sustained minor injuries. They were transported to the hospital by ambulance.
This accident report was supplied by Mr Anton Nortje, Head of the Mkhondo Fire & Rescue Unit. For any further enquiries he can be contacted on 079 872 8989.