EASTERN CAPE – Seven people have died and four others were injured in a three car pile-up on the N2, between Graham’s town and Port Elizabeth on Tuesday at around 08am.
Police spokesman Captain Mali Govender told eNCA.com they would be investigaing a possible case of culpable homicide against one of the drivers involved in the accident.
Govender said a car travelling from Port Elizabeth suffered burst tyre, causing it to swerve into oncoming traffic. This car then collided with two cars travelling from Grahamstown.
“The cars were sent for inspection to find out what else might have caused the accident.”
Chris Botha, spokesman for Netcare911 said paramedics arrived at the scene and found people still trapped in the wreckages.
“The paramedics established that seven people had tragically died on impact. One of the deceased was a child aged around two who was still seated on the driver’s lap,” said Botha.
“Four people with minor injuries were stabilised and transported to various hospitals in the area
This incident adds to a number of road crash fatalities across the country in the past week.
Shocking beyond any understanding RT @TrafficSA: Nationwide – 34 people killed in 6 major collisions on SA roads since Sunday
— N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) September 2, 2013
On Friday, seven people were killed in an accident on Louis Botha Avenue and over the weekend, a suspected speeding bus crashed in Melmoth, KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend, killing nine young girls. The girls were returning from the annual Reed Dance ceremony.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters described the weekend crashes as tragic. She called everyone to action regarding safety on our roads.
She said, “This carnage on our roads must be brought to a stop. All of us as South Africans have to join hands and bring it to a stop. We need to form and sustain partnerships between government and civil society to win this war against the road carnage.”
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