Seven dead in N3 crash

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Seven lives were claimed on Sunday 10 January when a “horrible accident” occurred on the N3. The accident happened around 18:00 at the S-bend near Harrismith. It was reported that a Toyota Prado was towing a Vito when it lost control and collided head-on with a truck.

Roads and Transport spokesperson, Hillary Mophethe, said that the vehicles were travelling from Mont Rose towards Harrismith whilst the Freightliner truck was travelling in the opposite direction. According to her, the Prado was carrying two males and the towed Vito two females and four males when the accident occurred.

“The victims in the Prado lost control over the vehicle and veered into oncoming traffic. The towed Vito collided head-on with the truck, was pushed out of the road to the near farm and the truck landed on top of the Vito on south bound. The Prado had also overturned on the North bound laybye at traffic check point,” said Mophethe.

The accident took place in heavy rain. Five males and two females sadly lost their lives while a teenage boy who was travelling in the Vito survived the accident with serious injuries and was taken to Thebe Hospital in Harrismith.

“The Department wishes to warn motorists to be extremely cautious when driving during this rainy weather,” concluded Mophethe.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation by relevant law enforcement agencies.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za