Deadly weekend claims 26 lives
FATAL FESTIVE SEASON: In one weekend (Dec 22/23, 2012) 26 people were killed and 44 injured.
Crashes on SA's roads killed 26 people, with another 44 injured, over the weekend (Dec 22/23 2012), ending hopes of reducing 2011's toll.
The worst collision was on Sunday on the N9 between Aberdeen and Willowmore in the Eastern Cape. A traffic spokesman said: "A minibus taxi overturned, killing five people and injuring seven."
The driver apparently lost control when a tyre burst.
A pedestrian died in Riverlea, Johannesburg, on Saturday night after being hit by a vehicle and in North West a 34-year-old man died after being hit by two vehicles.
In kwaZulu-Natal, a 25-year-old woman was seriously injured when a car hit her on the N2 in Winkelspruit; reports said she dropped a bag and walked back into the road to get it.
Two adults and four children were hurt when their car overturned just outside Klerksdorp on the road towards Wolmaranstad on Sunday morning.
In Cape Town a man was injured when his vehicle collided with a police van and then a house in Wynberg.
On Saturday Dec 22 19 people, including a one-year-old, were killed.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation said traffic on freeways had decreased by early Sunday, but a spokesman said it was concerning that so many crashes were head-on. He added:
"Even in the most modern vehicles the chances of surviving a head-on crash at more than 70km/h are greatly reduced. The most common injuries in a head-on will be to the spine and brain, with broken bones and even paralysis."
On Saturday (Dec 22) the TRMC reported that 765 people had been killed on SA roads since December 1 and that this high figure would take the overall total past that of 2011.
The RTMC had hoped to reduce deaths by 25% from the 1771 killed on the roads between December 1, 2011 and January 10, 2012.