Three dead and 16 injured during Easter weekend

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Three dead and 16 injured during Easter weekend

The following information was supplied by Mr Anton Nortje (079 872 8989), head of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit.

On Thursday 1 April at approximately 17:15, one person sustained serious injuries and one was treated for minor injuries after an accident on the Ermelo road. Apparently, the driver of a grey coloured Mercedes Benz swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle which suddenly stopped in front of him and collided head-on with a white Renault.

On Friday 2 April at about 18:50, the driver of a white Colt collided with a cow on the Ermelo road which caused the vehicle to roll. One individual unfortunately died.

Two people died, four sustained serious injuries and one was treated for minor injuries after an accident on the Tafelberg Road on Saturday 3 April at approximately 14:00. The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons and it rolled.

Also on Saturday on Pongola road at approximately 18:00, the driver of a white Toyota supposedly overtook a vehicle on a blind spot and then noticed that the driver of another white Toyota was coming towards him in the opposite lane. Both drivers swerved to try and avoid a collision but drove into each other head-on on the side of the road.

Three dead and 16 injured during Easter weekend. This accident was allegedly caused by a driver who suddenly came to a standstil on the Ermelo road
This accident was allegedly caused by a driver who suddenly came to a standstill on the Ermelo road

The driver who apparently caused the accident fled from the scene. After the first accident occurred, the driver of a white coloured Volvo which was travelling towards Piet Retief, swerved to avoid crashing into the two vehicles of the accident scene and drove into another white Volvo which was travelling in the opposite direction. Four people sustained serious injuries and five were treated for minor injuries.

Our deepest sympathy to those who lost a loved one.

Road accident deaths in South Africa (www.news24.com):

At least 105 people lost their lives on the roads of South Africa during this Easter weekend. Traffic authorities said that approximately 47 people died in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 in Gauteng, 21 in the Western Cape and seven in the Eastern Cape.