It is suspected that a driver fell asleep behind his steering wheel and swerved into oncoming traffic.
On Saturday, 7 March at around 10:00 the drivers of three Volkswagen Polo’s were involved in an accident on the Pongola road. The three vehicles then collided because the driver fell asleep.
Five people died at the scene, two people sustained critical injuries, and one person then died later in hospital. Another person was left with serious injuries and one was treated with minor injuries. Our condolences to the families of those who died in this tragic accident.
On Friday, 6 March at approximately 19:00, the driver of a Ford was travelling from Piet Retief to Amsterdam when he collided with a cow. No one was injured but the vehicle sustained considerable damage.
Also on Saturday, at around the same time, the driver of a bakkie overturned his vehicle on the Amsterdam road. He was towing a boat. No one was injured during this accident and the details surrounding this accident were not made known.
Please be vigilant when driving, keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you and do not drive if you are tired or under the influence of any substance.
5 July – 2019
Ambulance accident caused by grass burning
On Tuesday, 25 June 2019, an ambulance accident took place when the grass was burning next to the N2 Ermelo road.
Before the bmbulance accident, necessary safety precautions were followed by placing workers next to the road, in front of the smoke cloud with flags, to warn drivers to adjust their speed according to the situation. This was to no avail as they allegedly ignored the warning signs and drove right into the smoke at their normal speed.
As they could not see through the thick smoke, the cars collided into one another. In total, 11 cars were involved in this accident. Luckily only one person sustained serious injuries.
Mr Anton Nortje, head of the Mkhondo Emergency Services, is requesting that road users please take extra care when driving during fire season. Pay attention to warning signs placed next to the road and have respect for the emergency services when they are on their way to the scene of an accident.