Two accidents have been recorded on R30 between Bothaville and Orkney. One accident was recorded at approximately 4:30 on Friday morning during a head-on collision on the R30, which left one person critically injured while one person sustained minor injuries.
In a shocking twist of events, just 22 minutes later, another accident occurred on the same road, during which a minibus taxi overturned, leaving one person with moderate injuries, two people with minor injuries and one dead on the scene. All patients were transported to Nala Hospital in Bothaville in the Free State for further care.
Transport minister Blade Nzimande yesterday revealed that light motor cars contributed to 47% of the total crashes on South African roads, light delivery vehicles 21%, minibuses 7%, and trucks 5%. The highest percentage increase was recorded in the Northern Cape with 71%, followed by the Free State with 53% and KwaZulu-Natal with 46%.
KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of fatalities (162), followed by Gauteng at 125. Limpopo and Eastern Cape had 89 fatalities each, while Mpumalanga had 82, Western Cape 81, Free State 78, North West 57 and Northern Cape 24. – Lucky Nkuyane/OFM News