Be alert! Accidents hurt! Seven accidents in seven days

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Piet Retief Car Accidents

From Monday the 22nd of March until Sunday the 28th of March there were seven accidents that happened in and around Mkhondo. A total of nine people were seriously injured and 12 individuals had minor injuries.

On Monday the 22nd of March at 17:15 on the Ermelo road a white Volkswagen was travelling about two kilometres from town when the driver allegedly did not look before entering the N2 and collided with a white Opel that was travelling from Piet Retief towards Ermelo. Three people were seriously injured and three only lightly.

On Tuesday the 23rd of March at 16:00 a light blue Toyota was travelling from Pongola towards Piet Retief when the driver allegedly tried to avoid another vehicle in front of him and swerved out which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Two people had minor injuries in this accident.

On Thursday the 25th of March at 16:00 three cars (a white Mahindra and two white Mercedes Benzes) were travelling from Pongola towards Piet Retief while a white Volvo was travelling in the opposite direction. The two Mercedes Benz vehicles were in front when the Mahindra overtook the Mercedes Benz that was in front of him. He then tried to overtake the second Mercedes as well but saw that there was traffic approaching. He tried to return back to the lane in between the two Mercedes Benzes. He could not manage because there was no space. He tried to avoid a collision with the Mercedes Benzes but, collided with a Volvo that was heading in the opposite direction. One person was seriously injured and another only slightly. This portion on the road is extremely dangerous and becomes very slippery when it’s wet.

On Friday the 26th of March at 14:40 a driver of a grey Toyota lost control of the vehicle on Gerhard Böhmer Weg. The reason is unknown. One person sustained minor injuries.

On Saturday the 27th of March at 20:00 a blue Toyota was travelling from Piet Retief towards Pongola when the driver overtook another vehicle and collided with a white Man truck. Three people were seriously injured and one person sustained only slight injuries.

Another accident that took place on Saturday the 27th of March involved a few vehicles. A white Powerstar was travelling from Pongola towards Piet Retief and a white Toyota travelling in the opposite direction. The white Powerstar allegedly lost control and collided with the white Toyota. Another white Toyota slowed down due to this accident and then a white Isuzu collided into the rear of the Toyota. A Volvo then collided with the Isuzu. Two people sustained serious injuries and three only slight injuries.

On Sunday the 28th of March at 07:00 a charcoal coloured Chevrolet was travelling from Ermelo towards Piet Retief when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The reason for this is unknown. One person was slightly injured.

This information was provided by Mr Anton Nortjé, Head of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit.