The Youth Voice

Car accident kills 3 men between Hazyview and Hoxane

Failure to obey traffic rules, excessive speeding  and general disregard for other road users are suspected to have led to three major crashes that saw three people’s lives abruptly coming to an end over this weekend.

Although the police are still investigating these crashes, human errors could not be ruled out at this stage. Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Pat Ngomane sends condolences to the families of eleven people who perished in three separate crashes over the weekend.  

On Saturday [11 November 2017] morning at about 01h50 on the R536 Road between Hazyview and Kruger Gate near Hoxanne, a sedan lost control and hit a tree. All three men who were in the vehicle died on the scene.  It emerged that the driver of the vehicle was a traffic officer attached to the Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.

Yesterday [12 November 2017] at about 15h00, a side swipe crash involving two sedans, resulted into seven fatalities on the N4 Road at Paardeplaats near Belfast. The Mercedes Benz was driving from Belfast direction towards Middelburg while the Kia was driving on the opposite direction.

There were five people in the Mercedes Benz including the driver and two occupants in the Kia. All occupants in both vehicles were killed on impact.

On the same stretch of road, four vehicles and a minibus taxi collided resulting into one death. Three seriously injured occupants were transported to hospital and ten were slightly injured.

MEC Ngomane says that this is an indication that plans for the Festive Season need to be intensified to curb road crashes.

“We need to start now and put in place intensive strategies as the Festive Season is approaching which is usually characterized by high volume of traffic and increased road crashes. We will also not tolerate any lawlessness as traffic officers will be deployed on all major routes,” he said.