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Easter 2013: Carnage across SA

2013-04-02 09:29

TRAGEDY AROUND SA: The North West reports its 2013 Easter weekend death toll at 16 following horror crashes in the provinces.

Four killed in a collision in Upington, six in Durban and five by a drunk driver in the North West... the 2013 Easter holiday took a grim toll in South Africa.

Below are a series of horror crashes reported in the Northern Cape, Durban and Johannesburg from March 28 - April 1 2013:

HORROR CRASH

NORTHERN CAPE, March 28 2013 - Four killed, seven injured

Four people were killed when their car collided with another vehicle 5km outside of Upington. A private ambulance company spokesman said the two vehicles, a VW Polo and Toyota Verso, collided on the N14 on March 28 2013.

Jackson said: "Upon arrival, paramedics found the Polo appeared to have collided with the side of the Verso and then overturned into a tree. The four young adults in the Polo, two men and two women appearing to be about 22, did not survive their injuries and the four were trapped in the wreckage.

“There were no signs of life and they were declared dead."

The occupants of the other vehicle, a family of six, suffered minor to moderate injuries.

TAXI, BAKKIE CRASH

On March 28, a taxi collided with a bakkie believed to have been be abandoned on the N12 near Kimberley. The spokesman said: "The taxi collided with the bakkie with such force that the front of the taxi was left extensively crushed and the driver was trapped in his seat."

The left side of the driver's body, especially his leg, was been crushed by the dashboard.

"Although awake and talking to paramedics, he was in a lot of pain and he was bleeding from his injuries."

The driver, the only occupant of the taxi, was evebntually freed from the wreckage and taken to a nearby hospital.

DURBAN, April 1 – Six killed

Six people were killed on the northbound N3 before the Hammarsdale exit, near Durban on April 1 2013. A motorcycle and three vehicles (BMW X3, Nissan and a Mercedes) collided before 8pm, according to an ambulance service spokesperson.

One of the three cars was ripped in half and “bodies were lying in the road”.

DRUNK DRIVER CLAIMS FIVE

JOHANNESBURG, April 1 - Five killed

Five people were killed by a drunk driver on April 1 2013 in Ledig village outside Sun City, the North West department of human settlements, public safety and liaison reports.

The 35-year-old driver was arrested and was expected to appear in the Mogwase Magistrate's Court on April 2 on charges of culpable homicide and drunken driving.

Spokesman Simon Lesolang Mmope said: "The five who are said to be between the ages of 21 and 30, were all certified dead on the scene"

Mmope reported on March 31 2013 that 11 people were killed on the North West province's roads.  The death toll in the North West has since climbed to 16 by April 1 2013.
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