CARNAGE ON SA'S ROADS: The wreckage of a minibus taxi involved in a horror crash on the R612 in KwaZulu-Natal. Eight people were killed and nine badly injured. Image: Arrive Alive
BULWER, kwaZulu-Natal - Eight people have been killed and nine injured in a crash involving a minibus taxi and a truck on the R612 near Bulwer, kwaZulu-Natal.
ER24 reported that paramedics from several ambulance services, among them KZN Emergency Medical Services, attended to two critically injured people. Seven others were in a serious condition.
Police investigating the crash have yet to determine the cause.
RUSH-HOUR TRUCK BAN
In an attempt to curb South Africa's horrendous road-death toll the national transport department believes restricting goods vehicles on public roads during peak hours could improve road safety.
On Thursday (July 16), Wheels24 reported the department’s proposal to ban trucks exceeding nine tonnes from public roads during peak traffic hours elicited a strong reaction from business.
Video: How will heavy truck restrictions affect SA?
If implemented, says the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SA consumers will have to pay more because operators will be forced to put more vehicles on the road.
What do you think of the proposed ban of heavy trucks during peak hours? Will we see a reduction in road deaths? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts.
HORRIFIC CRASH: A crash involving a truck and minibus claimed the lives of eight people and injured nine on the R612 near Bulwer, kwaZulu-Natal. Image: Arrive Alive