The following accident information was supplied by Mr Anton Nortje, head of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit.
For any additional information kindly contact him on 079 872 8989. 30 people were treated for minor injuries, 10 sustained serious injuries, three were critically injured and six people died during the past festive season on the roads of eMkhondo.
On Tuesday 8 December at approximately 14:05 three vehicles were involved in an accident on the Ermelo road, fortunately, only one person was treated for minor injuries. All three of the vehicles were going in the same direction and according to statements taken by the driver of a yellow Bell, the driver of a white Mercedes suddenly stopped in the road to turn but did not give any warning.
The driver of the Mercedes stated that he did make his intention to turn clear. The driver of the Bell collided into the rear of the Mercedes and the driver of a silver Volkswagen then collided into them. On Monday 14 December at approximately 18:00, the driver of a white Fiat supposedly got distracted whilst driving on the Paulpietersburg road and suddenly stopped in the road. The driver of a white Isuzu who was travelling in the same direction collided into the rear of the Fiat.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported, only unnecessary financial expenses. Five people sustained minor injuries in an accident on the Pongola road on Friday 18 December at about 11:40. The driver of a black Mazda lost control of the vehicle after the prop shaft of the car came loose. One person sustained serious injuries during an accident on the Uitgevallen gravel road on Saturday 19 December at approximately 14:20. The driver of a white Mercedes apparently lost control because the brakes of his vehicle failed. On Sunday 20 December one person died and another sustained minor injury on the Ermelo road.
Unfortunately, the details pertaining to the cause of this accident could not be confirmed. At approximately 12:35 on Monday 21 December, the driver of a white Mercedes collided into the rear of another Mercedes on the Pongola road. Apparently, the Mercedes in front suddenly came to a standstill when the driver wanted to turn at an intersection. No injuries were reported. On Tuesday 22 December at about 05:00 one person died and another sustained serious injuries on the Pongola road. The driver of a white Toyota apparently lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. Also on Tuesday at approximately 11:05 the driver of a green Isuzu, who was travelling on the Amsterdam road, lost control after a tyre of the vehicle burst and it rolled. Four people sustained serious injuries and one was treated for minor injuries. On Thursday 24 December at about 04:55 a rear tyre on a white Toyota burst and the driver lost control on the Ermelo road.
Three people were treated for minor injuries. Also on Thursday on the Ermelo road, at approximately 10:10, the driver of a red Toyota apparently failed to signal that he planned on changing lanes, which caused the driver of a white Toyota to collide into the rear of the red Toyota while he was busy changing lanes. No injuries were reported. Four people died and 18 people were injured during an accident on the Mahamba road on Saturday 26 December at about 18:00. According to the driver of the vehicle, he was distracted by another vehicle but, upon further investigation, it was found that the vehicle’s front left tyre had burst and caused the vehicle to roll. The accident is still under investigation due to the high fatality rate. On Monday 28 December at approximately 22:50, the driver of a gold-coloured Ford supposedly lost control and collided with a black Peugeot.
Two people were injured. Three people sustained critical injuries, four were treated for serious injuries and seven for minor injuries during an accident on the Ermelo road on Thursday 31 December at about 18:30. No statement could be taken from the driver of the vehicle and thus the cause of the accident is still unknown. On Friday 1 January at approximately 07:55 on Gerhard Böhmer Lane, the driver of a white Nissan collided into the rear of a white Toyota. One person was injured. It is apparent that many of the accidents were the result of drivers who suddenly came to a standstill in the middle of the road without any warning to other drivers.
If you have to turn at an intersection, please use your indicators and decelerate steadily instead of suddenly stopping. Your reckless behaviour is causing unnecessary injuries and financial implications to other drivers. Thank you to the dedicated men and women of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit who tried their utmost to keep road users safe during the past festive season.