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Namibia:  65 fatalities on national roads

30th December 2016

Aaron Immanuel, a learner at the Mvula Secondary School at the Omaalala village in the Oshana Region. Photo: Nampa

 Sixty-five fatalities were recorded on national roads from 22 November to 26 December. This shows a reduction of 23% compared to 80 fatalities recorded during the same period in 2015, said Namibian Police Force Force Deputy Inspector-General for Operations, Major-General James Tjivikua in a statement on Wednesday

Of 65 fatalities, 45 were women and 20 men compared to last year when 55 women, 23 men and two of unknown sex died on the national roads. Tjivikua said since the launch of the law enforcement agency’s festive season operations in November, at least 398 crashes and 741 injuries were recorded.

“Most of the crashes were recorded in Khomas (Region) with 32% during 2015 and 33% during 2016.” Tjivikua said 132 crashes were recorded in Khomas with the lowest of three crashes recorded in the Zambezi Region. The highest was 13 fatalities recorded in Khomas followed by Otjozondjupa with 10 fatalities, while Zambezi recorded one fatality and Kavango West and East zero fatalities.

Tjivikua explained that crashes included rollovers and collisions, as well as the involvement of pedestrians, cyclists, animals and fixed objects.

During the same period, NamPol arrested 198 persons for violating traffic rules and regulations, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and driving without a licence.

“We are still focusing on the screening of drivers for alcohol, checking of vehicles for road worthiness and to enhance the visibility of our police and traffic officers countrywide.”

He noted that despite the reduction in the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities, the loss of lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents remain a grave concern. The top cop urged all road users to adhere to the rules and regulations of the road in order to avoid unnecessary accidents.

NamPol’s festive season operations commenced on 16 November 2016 and ends 17 January 2017.

Bloody Christmas: 187 people killed road accidents – FRSC Nigeria

– FRSC says the number of deaths were recorded in 289 road accidents across the length and breadth of Nigeria

– The statement also said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive

Road accidents killed 187 people during 2016 christmas

FILE PHOTO: FRSC says the 187 people were killed in 289 crashes across Nigeria

A total of 187 people died in road accidents during the last Christmas celebrations across Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has revealed. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC said it recorded this number of deaths in 289 crashes that occurred during last weekend’s Christmas celebrations.

This revelation was made by FRSC’s head media relations and strategy Bisi Kazeem to journalists in a statement. Kazeem said the crashes involved 2,185 people with 1,000 people injured, while 998 people were rescued alive.

“In the same vein, 9,619 offenders were arrested for 10,970 offences with 1,426 offenders arraigned in mobile courts. “1,292 people were convicted, while five were imprisoned and 129 of them discharged,” he said in a review of the period.

The statistics, he noted, was recorded during the assessment of traffic situation within the nine-day nationwide patrol along designated routes of the nation’s highways.

NAIJ.com recalls that the FRSC had warned against reckless driving during the yuletide.

It attributed majority of accidents that occur during the festival period to reckless driving and night journeys which exposes travellers to dangers.

Mr Arinze Igwe, the FRSC Ilesa unit commander on Friday, December 23, said night travellers were exposed to the dangers of armed robbers, potholes, grounded vehicles among others causes of accidents.

Ghana: Six deaths recorded during Christmas in Central Region

By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA 30th December 2016

Cape Coast, Dec. 29, GNA – Six people lost their lives in 14 motor accidents recorded in the Central Region during the Yuletide, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has disclosed.

Five of the deaths that occurred at Gomoa Amanfi on the Cape Coast – Winneba Highway, on Tuesday December 27 at around 1210 hours is yet to be captured by the Regional MTTD.

Chief Inspector Johnson Gyabaah, Station Officer of the MTTD in Cape Coast who made this known to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday said the accidents occurred from Saturday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 27.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Charles Obiri, Winneba MTTD Commander briefing the media on Wednesday at Winneba said the accident involved a sprinter bus travelling from Obuasi to Accra with 22 passengers on board.

He said the driver upon reaching Gomoa Amanfi, had a burst tire and somersaulted.

He said one person died on the spot while four others were confirmed dead at the hospital with the rest responding to treatment at the Winneba Trauma Hospital.

Giving the breakdown of the statistics, Chief Inspector Gyabaah said the accidents involved 10 commercial vehicles, four private vehicles and four motor bikes leaving 16 people injured.

He said one of the accidents was fatal; eight were serious while four were minor with two pedestrian knockdowns.

Chief Inspector Gyabaah said Assin Fosu and Kasoa recorded the highest with five cases each, followed by Elmina, which recorded two cases, whilst Cape Coast, Mankessim and Swedru did not record any accident case during the period.

He noted that about 90 per cent of road crashes were as a result of human error, which could have been prevented if the drivers had been a little careful.

He cautioned drivers, especially those who travel long distances, against driving tired and observe all road traffic rules and regulations, to avoid being involved in accidents.

He encouraged passengers to politely call drivers to order or report them to the nearest police check points when they drove recklessly.

9 dead, 13 injured in Mbooni, Makueni County accident

29th December 20169 dead, 13 injured in Mbooni, Makueni County accident

9 people have been confirmed dead and 13 others injured when the driver of the matatu lost control and veered off the road into a ravine in Kwasolo area of Mbooni west, Makueni county.

This, as another 3 people  perished in similar fashion along the Kanduyi Malaba highway after a Nissan vehicle rammed into a stationary lorry.

Meanwhile, the National Transport and Safety Authority stepped up measures by arresting drunk drivers along the Voi-Mombasa highway.

US filmmaker dies in Iganga car crash

By Cecilia Okoth 28th December 2016

David Steiner, an American filmmaker who was killed in a motor accident on the Iganga-Bugiri highway, during one of his earlier filming expeditions. Courtesy photo

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According to media reports, Steiner was travelling with also with his son. Two eighth grade students and two other adults suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to media reports.

According to a source at Hotel Africana, a city hotel where David Steiner, 51, had checked in together with some students from the US, the group was travelling to Mbale district when the accident occurred.

New Vision has learnt that the accident happened near the Iganga Hospital gate on the Jinja — Iganga – Tororo highway. But circumstances under which the accident happened are still unclear.

The group was travelling in a mini bus when it collided head-on with a lorry, sending the minibus into a ditch, according to reports.

 Nine dead in Makueni 14-seater matatu crash

Dec. 28, 2016, 3:00 pm By STAR REPORTER,The wreckage of the vehicle involved in an accident on Tawa-Kikima in Makueni county on Wednesday, December 28. /COURTESY

Nine people were killed on Wednesday following an accident involving a 14-seater matatu on Tawa-Kikima road, Makueni county.

Mbooni West OCPD James Baraza told the Star that the vehicle veered off at a sharp bend on the road and plunged into a ravine.

“The matatu driver lost control of the vehicle at the black spot. Traffic police officers are on their way to the area,” Baraza said. He said those injured in the accident were rushed to various hospitals at Kikima and Tawa.

 This comes after more than 40 people died in an accident involving a canter with flammable substance and some 14 cars at Naivasha. The December 10 accident was blamed on poor signage on the section of the Naivasha-Nakuru highway at Karai trading centre.

‘Carnage’ at fatal Durban accident

28th December 2016

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that paramedics responded to the scene and found carnage.“A single vehicle had left the roadway and collided with a steel structure leaving a man in his twenties entrapped in the wreckage. Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had unfortunately passed away before their arrival,” he said.“The man was declared deceased on the scene. The engine was found some distance from the wreckage,” Jamieson said.

 

 

Ghana: 5 die 15 injured in Winneba motor crash

DECEMBER 28, 2016

Five persons have been confirmed dead in a gory motor crash at the Winneba Junction in the Central region Tuesday. Health personnel at the Winneba Municipal Hospital confirmed the deaths, adding at least 15 persons are receiving treatment.

Road safety experts have attributed the cause of the accident involving a sprinter bus to over speeding. According to Stephen Anokye, the crash was as a result of a burst rear tyre of the bus which caused the vehicle to somersault injuring most of the passengers on board.

“The engine of the bus came out… this should tell you the driver was going beyond the required 100KPH and you can see the car is severely damaged,” Anokye told Starr News.

The injured, according to him, are in stable condition. He has admonished drivers to be cautious behind the wheels this festive season.

Nigeria: Commission arrests 7, 645 traffic offenders in Bayelsa

28th December 2016FRSC at an accident scene (Illustration)

The State Sector Commander urged the commercial road users to steer clear of speeding and dangerous driving.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Bayelsa on Tuesday, said it arrested no fewer than 7, 645 arrest of traffic offenders in the state between January and November.

Mr Wobin Gora, the State Sector Commander, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the offenders violated different traffic rules and regulations.

“The offence include worn-out tyre, failure to use seat belt, fake drivers’ licence and those without a licence. “We have been able to conduct series of mobile court sessions within the months and they have been very impressive.

“FRSC is committed to safer road in Bayelsa, for those of you, who drive carelessly and break traffic rules and regulations; you cannot go unpunished. “Whoever that violates traffic offence will definitely be arraigned and punish accordingly,’’ he said.

Gora, however, urged the commercial road users to steer clear of speeding and dangerous driving. He explained that reckless driving was the major cause of fatality on the highways and within the capital city.

“Before going out with your vehicle, make sure that everything is in order as part of support in promoting safer road across the country,’’ he advised.

Namibia: Collision outside Otavi claims two lives

26 Dec 2016

OTJIWARONGO, 26 DEC (NAMPA) – Two people died instantly after the sedan they were travelling in collided head-on with a sports utility vehicle (SUV) at about 23h38 on Saturday some seven kilometres south of Otavi.
It is alleged the sedan was overtaking a truck on a blind spot when it hit the SUV. The deceased persons have been identified as Henry Denver Barker, 31, and Helena Awases, 26. “Their close family members have already been informed,” said Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa acting regional police commander, Deputy Commissioner Gerhard Uataurua Mavenjono.

He told Nampa on enquiry Monday the accident occurred at a spot clearly marked with a solid white line.Mavenjono said the sedan was coming from the direction of Otavi to Otjiwarongo, while the SUV headed the opposite direction. The sedan’s 26-year-old driver survived the accident with injuries. He was taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.
The SUV’s two occupants, including the 25-year-old driver, also survived the accident with injuries.

Christmas Day road accidents claim 16 lives

by Staff Reporter 26th December 2016

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Sixteen people died in separate road accidents on Christmas Day with a total of 106 road accidents recorded up from 81 witnessed last Christmas holiday.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has revealed that a total of 16 people died in road accidents that were recorded on the 25th of December compared to four who perished in 2015.

The police have singled out speeding as the major cause of the accidents that claimed the majority of lives lost on Christmas Day. According to statistics from the police, a total of 106 accidents were recorded on Christmas holiday compared to 81 recorded in 2015.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said there were no major fatal road accidents on the country’s highways while most of the accidents recorded involved private vehicles. Chief Superintendent Nyathi appealed to drivers to be cautious on the roads, adding that the police in conjunction with the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe will continue to carry out campaigns aimed at ensuring safety on the roads.

Meanwhile, a total of 6 855 arrests for traffic related offences were made on Christmas Day compared to 7 070 recorded in 2015.

8 Vehicles involved in an accident along Ntulele- Narok road

Several passengers were  Sunday morning seriously injured following a grisly road accident at Ntulele  blackspot along Mai Mahiu – Narok  road.

The accident which involved 8 vehicles occurred when a bus traveling from Kisii to Nairobi lost control and crushed into 7 other vehicles on the road. The injured were rushed to  nearby health  centers where they are being treated.

LDS missionary dies from car accident in South Africa

VIDEO: Kalita Bus accident claims 7, dozens injured

Seven people have been confirmed dead after an accident involving a Fort Portal bound Kalita bus registration UAG 409T  and a truck whose registration is not yet confirmed.

Police confirmed that seven people, on their way from Kampala to Fort Portal, died after the crash in Kyenjojo. Dozens who were critically injured were rushed to Kyenjojo General Hospital.

A video posted online by Eng Nasser Nsimbe shows scenes from Kyenjonjo of desperate rescuers and relatives trying to free those trapped in the Kalita Bus after it crashed. It also shows dazed passengers walking off the wreckage, and several injured. The Kyenjonjo-Fort Portal road is narrow and has several potholes.

(Warning: Graphic images in video below)

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has been given the authority to bear arms, whilst on duty.

Channels TV  reports that this announcement was made by the Corp Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi,who said that the approval came from the Federal Government.

FRSC boss, Boboye OyeyemiFRSC boss, Boboye Oyeyemi

 According to Oyeyemi, this new measure will give FRSC officials the right to protect themselves against numerous acts of violence.

Speaking at the end of the year management strategy session for the parastatal in Abuja, he stated that the need to carry arms is tied to the fact that the agency has lost over 70 officers within one year, in a series of violent attacks by angry motorists.

“The Act gives power to the Corps to bear arms and 5,000 of our personnel have been trained. We are just waiting for the validation of the earlier approval. Sadly, within the one year, we have lost 70 personnel. It is sad to note that some killing and maiming of operatives, including one from a sister agency in close collaboration with the Corps were in the course of official duties. A recent occurrence was the happening in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State where a motorist ran into the Mobile Court in session, killing three operatives almost instantly while a Civil Defence operative died later as a result of injuries sustained in the dastardly act,” he said.

FRSC gets approval to carry arms on duty

The FRSC CEO stressed that this new FRSC Establishment Act will not affect the agency’s ability to provide road safety and security.

Three killed after car collides head on with boda boda along Nyeri-Nyahururu road

 DECEMBER 6 2016

Three people died Sunday evening after a boda boda collided head on with a saloon car at Kimathi along the Nyeri-Nyahururu highway.

The three who were aboard the motorcycle died on the spot. The driver of the car escaped with slight injuries.

Nyeri Central Traffic Base commander Obadiah Rikura confirmed the incident. He added that they are still trying to establish what led to the accident. “At the moment officers are examining the wreckage so it is too early to give a conclusive statement. But I can confirm it was fatal,” said Mr Rikura. The wreckage was towed to Nyeri Central Police.

Bus head-on crash kills 4

By Whinsley Masara

Four people died on the spot while 11 others were injured when an Intercity cross border coach from Zimbabwe collided head-on with a truck in Louis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province yesterday. A Johannesburg-bound Intercity cross border coach from Zimbabwe crashes head-on with a truck in Louis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province

Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe confirmed the accident. He said the bus was enroute to Johannesburg.

“We confirm the accident that occurred around 4AM this morning (yesterday) killing four people on the spot and injuring 11 others. All the injured are admitted to Polokwane Provincial hospital. The coach and the truck were travelling along the N1 highway. We are not able to determine the cause of the accident as both drivers died on the spot. ‘‘The other two people who died were passengers in the truck,” said Lieutenant Colonel Ngoepe.

The Intercity coach driver has been identified as Bekezela Stanford Sibanda (35) of Cowdray Park suburb in Bulawayo.

The names of the other three deceased persons who include the truck driver could not be released as their next of kin are yet to be informed.

Sibanda’s family members said yesterday that they were not comfortable speaking to the media.

An Intercity official in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ms Yolanda Vilakazi said she was not sure of the condition of the injured passengers.

“Officials have gone to the hospital to check on the injured passengers. The information that we got in the morning is that we lost a driver on the spot,” she said.

A passenger who survived the accident unscathed, said she was still in shock because the truck went right through the front of the bus.

“I have never witnessed such a head on collision in my life. I do not know what really caused the collision because like most passengers, I was asleep.

“I was woken up by the noise of the impact, only to find half of the truck in the bus,” said the passenger who preferred anonymity.

Meanwhile, Colonel Ngoepe said another accident that killed seven people on the spot had just happened in Makhado town but the identity of the victims could not be immediately established.

“This brings our death toll today to 11, which is bad for a single day. Drivers need to be more careful on the roads, especially during this festive season that we are approaching.”

In January, four people were killed while 29 others were injured when the driver of an Eagleliner cross border coach lost control resulting in the bus overturning near Louis Trichardt.

Last December, a Zimbabwean woman died while eight others were seriously injured when another Zimbabwean cross border coach veered off the road and overturned near Makhado town in Limpopo province.

The accident came hardly four months after nine Zimbabweans died on the same road when a commuter omnibus rammed into a stationary Zambian haulage truck near Naboomspruit.

The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links the neighbouring country to the rest of Africa.

– See more at: http://nehandaradio.com/2016/12/05/bus-head-crash-kills-4/#sthash.ON96qrqn.dpuf

Western Cape turns to sorcery to cut Christmas road carnage

 Dave Chambers | 03 December, 2016

At Easter‚ the Western Cape transport department used romance followed by a shock in its attempt to crack down on festive season road deaths. For Christmas‚ it’s turned to sorcery.

After the controversial “First Kiss” campaign‚ the Christmas TV ad is called Ubuthakathi‚ which means sorcery.

Pirate taxi driver cheats death

By Whinsley Masara

A pirate taxi driver in Bulawayo yesterday cheated death after he lost control of a Toyota Vitz he was driving while talking on the cellphonevitz

The vehicle careened off Leopold Takawira Street onto a pavement at the Centenary Park before rolling once and landing on its roof.

The accident occurred at around 12 noon as the vehicle headed towards Ascot Shopping Centre. The driver was identified as Stanford Ncube (22). Onlookers told The Chronicle pedestrians scattered in different directions as the vehicle went out of control on the pavement.

They said Ncube struggled to control the vehicle for about 50 metres before it overturned. Witnesses said Ncube initially violently resisted attempts to get him into an ambulance saying he was not injured. “Miraculously, he really seemed unscathed,” said a witness.

Bulawayo Metropolitan Province acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the accident. “We received a report of a man who lost control of his vehicle and was involved in an accident. He sustained minor injuries on his hand and was ferried to hospital.”

Asst Insp Ncube urged motorists to exercise utmost caution on the roads. “As we approach the festive season, we are urging the public to exercise caution to curb the increasing rates of road accidents,” he said. A witness, Mr Ian Dlula, said Ncube was on the phone when he encroached onto the other lane.

“When he realised he was encroaching onto the other lane, he tried to control the vehicle but failed, going totally off the road. He failed to control it and he later said his steering somehow jammed and the car slid off onto the pavement,” he said. Mr Dlula said Ncube is employed by a couple which stays in Cowdray Park. He said Ncube was rushing to Killarney to pick up someone when the accident occurred. Chronicle.

Three killed, 13 injured in Bomet accident

Dec. 02, 2016, By FELIX KIPKEMOIThe wreckage of the Easy Coach bus that was involved in accident at Kamureito on Kaplong-Bomet highway, December 2, 2016. /FELIX KIPKEMOI
The wreckage of the Easy Coach bus that was involved in accident at Kamureito on Kaplong-Bomet highway, 

Three people were killed and 13 injured when an Easy Coach bus collided with a matatu at Kamureito on Kaplong-Bomet highway on Friday morning.

The matatu is to have been transporting family members to a graduation ceremony in Narok county when the accident occurred at about 4am.

Bomet county police commander Leah Kithei said the matatu driver had tried to avoid the oncoming bus.

 

“Preliminary investigations show the matatu driver may have fallen asleep due to fatigue from travelling a long distance,” she said.

Kithei said the drivers of the two vehicles fled after the crash and were yet to be found.

She said those injured were taken to various hospitals in the area and the bodies to the Longisa hospital morgue.

The wreckages were towed to Bomet police station.

13 Dead in Fatal Road Accident Along Ilorin-Ogbomoso Expressway

By Ishola Korede 2nd December 2016 naij

No fewer than 13 persons were killed in a fatal motor accident in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state.

The tragic incident involving one Hummer bus and a heavy loaded truck happened on Wednesday at Otte area, along Ilorin-Ogbomoso expressway.

An eyewitness, whose name was not disclosed, said the accident resulted from over-speeding by the bus driver who rammed into the stationary truck and killed all the passengers in the bus.

The Commissioner of police in the state, Olusola Amore, while confirming the accident said, “a bus load of passengers coming from Kaduna ran into a stationary vehicle and all the passengers died.

“In fact, for now, the trailer has been impounded and we are working to tow the trailer. The trailer is even loaded with goods. “So that we can get the driver and the owner of the trailer to come and answer for the way the trailer was parked before it caused the accident.”

Nigeria: Truck kills four school children, and woman

Posted on Dec 1 2016 by Ola James
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It was a horrible sight yesterday in Warri as a truck carrying sachet water crushed four schoolchildren and a middle-aged woman to death. The incident, which occurred about 8a.m. at the popular mechanic village off Effurun-Warri Road, attracted many sympathisers. Sources said the schoolchildren, whose ages ranged between eight and 12 years, were trying to cross to the other side of the road when the truck ran them over. It was learnt that while trying to avoid the children, the driver swerved off the road and rammed the vehicle into a store.

The truck hit a woman. It was learnt that the body of the deceased was torn into pieces while two of the children had their skulls ripped open. A witness told our correspondent that the children were caught unawares and could not escape from the accident. “As soon as I noticed the speed with which the driver was coming I decided to jump to the other side of my store; if not I would have been dead by now,” said a woman who narrowly escaped the accident.

At press time, people were trooping to the scene of the incident to identify the deceased. Meanwhile, robbers shot dead a young man yesterday after withdrawing money from a bank on the busy Warri-Sapele Road near the GRA. The incident came on the heels of robbery attacks, abductions and all forms of criminality which have taken over the oil city of Warri in recent time. In the last two weeks, armed robbers have unleashed terror on the inhabitants of Warri, Effurun, Ovwian, Aladja, Orhuwhorun and several neighbouring communities.

In most cases, police in these areas have been overwhelmed and forced to submission by the superior firepower of robbers who are always armed with sophisticated weapons. Consequent upon the upsurge of criminality, especially in Warri and Effurun, residents are now scared to come out early in the morning or go out from their houses from 7p.m.

A young girl, identified as Ejiro Aghedo, met her untimely death when she was pushed out from a moving tricycle popularly known as Keke Marwa. Scores of residents of Warri, Effurun and neighbouring communities have condemned the attitude of policemen in these areas. Majority of those who spoke with our correspondent accused the police of extortion and unethical attitude.

Two killed, 37 hurt in separate accidents at same spot

1st December 2016 By MACHARIA MWANGI

Nyandarua Central OCPD Wilson Kosgei said the driver of a lorry involved in the second accident, that killed two people, was speeding. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

At least two people died and 37 others hurt two separate road accidents at the same spot on Gilgil-Ol Kalou road, hours apart.

The first accident occurred at around 7.30 am when a bus ferrying farmers on educational tour to Tetu in Nyeri County overturned near Ol Kalou town. According to the Nyandarua central police chief Wilson Kosgei, the driver lost control after he braked abruptly to avoid hitting a bump at full speed. “He lost control of the bus and it overturned with 51 people on board,” said the officer commanding police division (OCPD).

The medical superintendent in charge of the JM Memorial hospital Jackson Macharia said one patient was referred to Nakuru for specialised treatment, while five others were treated and discharged. “The other passengers suffered minor bruises and were allowed to go home after they were given a clean bill of health,” he said. Among those injured in the early morning accident was a police officer from Kilimani police station, Nairobi. Mr Kosgei said the officer was also out of danger and had accompanied the group of farmers to the ill-fated trip.

In the second incident that occurred barely five hours later, two people were killed when a lorry ploughed into a motorcycle parked by the road side just metres from the scene of the earlier accident. “The lorry driver transporting cement to Ol Kalou lost control and veered of the road and hit three people. Two of them died on the spot while the third one sustained serious injuries,” said Mr Kosgei.

“Initial investigations indicate the lorry driver was clearly at fault as the stationery motorcycle was parked metres away from the road side,” said the OCPD. He said the vehicle rolled after hitting the three people but the driver escaped unhurt and managed to flee from the scene of the accident.

One person dies, 49 injured in tanker-bus collision in central Zambia

LUSAKA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — At least one person was killed while 49 others injured when a fuel tanker collided with a passenger bus in central Zambia’s Kapiri Mposhi town, the police said on Wednesday.

The accident, which happened along a main road between the towns of Ndola and Kapiri Mposhi around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, resulted in the death of the driver of the Tanzania registered fuel tanker while 49 people from the bus were injured, eight seriously, according to police spokesperson Esther Katongo.

She said the accident happened when the driver of the truck improperly tried to overtake another truck but ended up colliding with the bus which was coming from the opposite direction.

“The tanker driver sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot while his body is in the Kapiri Mposhi Hospital Mortuary. The bus driver and some passengers sustained serious injuries,” she said in a statement.

Zambia has started implementing a ban on the movement of public vehicles at night as a way to curb road carnages.  According to government figures, 1,700 people died from road traffics accidents in the first nine months of this year.

Kindergartener killed and 18 injured in deadly car crash in Egypt’s Beheira

 Wednesday 30 Nov 2016

A kindergarten student was killed and 18 others were injured in a collision between a microbus and a truck in Beheira governorate Wednesday morning, Ahram Arabic website reported. The collision took place in Edfina, Beheira when a microbus carrying 17 kindergarten students collided with a truck carrying bricks.

According to Ahram Arabic website, the microbus driver said he was trying to avoid another car when he collided with the truck. Both drivers and 16 students were injured and transferred to hospitals in Alexandria and Kafr El-Sheikh governorates to receive treatment. The Prosecution is currently investigating the causes of the accident.

Deadly road accidents  take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, which is notorious for poor road safety conditions, badly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

In 2015, a total 14,548 road accidents were recorded by Egypt’s official statistics agency.

Electronic traffic system to monitor cops at roadblocks

by Staff reporter 30th November 2016

 THE Government is set to introduce an electronic traffic sy stem to monitor activities of police officers deployed at roadblocks in real-time, to curb corruption and ensure compliance with traffic regulations.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said the system would detect unlicensed drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, blacklisted vehicles and drivers as well as fake licences. This follows concerns raised against police engaging in corruption at roadblocks. Last year alone, 320 police officers were fired for various offences bordering on the abuse of office through corrupt activities.

“I want to take this opportunity to inform the nation of our plan to introduce the electronic traffic management systems (ETMS), which is now at an advanced stage. ETMS is an integrated computerised traffic system, which curtails the opportunity for motorists and enforcement officers to negotiate terms for resolving traffic infringements,” said Minister Chombo.

“The system has the capacity to monitor activities of deployed traffic personnel throughout the country in real-time, detect unlicensed drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, blacklisted vehicles and drivers as well as fraudulently obtained licences, among several other traffic related issues”.

Dr Chombo said the ETMS could record accidents, generate dockets and gather statistics electronically. He said the measures were meant to reduce corruption in traffic policing and at the same time ensure compliance with road traffic regulations. Speaking on the forthcoming festive season, Dr Chombo appealed to road users to exercise extreme caution and care on the roads. “This will reduce and even prevent road carnage and unnecessary loss of lives, which has become a common occurrence during such periods,” he said.

“l would like to urge vehicle owners particularly public transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy, and not to overload their vehicles and that they should value the lives of the people they carry to avert road carnage,” he said. Minister Chombo urged motorists and the general public not to take unnecessary risks by attempting to cross flooded rivers as this would lead to unnecessary loss of lives. He also implored farmers settled along major roads and highways to take care of their livestock to avoid accidents caused by stray animals.

Minister Chombo also raised concerns over the proliferation of self-styled traditional healers commonly referred to as tsikamundas as well as fake prophets. “We have noted with great concern the increase in cases whereby people end up losing their lives and valuables such as livestock and cash after they fall victim to the trickery of these bogus traditional healers under the pretext of conducting cleansing ceremonies,” he said.

“We would like to warn these tsikamutandas to stop this behaviour of conning people of their valuables. We will not sit idle and watch whilst they fleece the general public. May I appeal to members of the public to report any such cases to the Zimbabwe Republic Police so that these culprits can be brought to book and account for their actions,” he said.

The Minister warned Zimbabweans not to trust all “prophets” saying they risked losing their valuables.

Special needs children injured in Ruimsig taxi crash

 TMG Digital | 29 November, 2016

Image by: ER24

Ten special needs children were injured after a taxi crashed into a wall and overturned on Doreen Road in Ruimsig‚ west of Johannesburg‚ on Tuesday morning.

“ER24 paramedics‚ along with Fire Services‚ arrived on the scene and found the taxi lying on its side in the left lane of the road‚” said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring. Upon inspection‚ paramedics found that the occupants had already climbed out of the vehicle and were now seated on the pavement.”

The driver of the taxi‚ said Meiring‚ was trapped inside the taxi and the jaws of life had to be used to free him. He was said to be in a serious condition.

The children “with special needs‚ believed to be aged between six and 17”‚ were assessed and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries. “Once treated‚ all the patients were transported to Laratong provincial hospital for further treatment‚” said Meiring

Nigeria Mayhem: 4 killed as 4 vehicles crash in Umuahia

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A fatal accident involving 4 vehicles has taken place along the Ubakala in Umuahia south area of Abia state – The accident claimed the lives of 4 people – Some aboard the vehicles are still battling for their lives An autocrash which occurred  along the Ubakala, Umuahia South axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt express way, has led to the death of 4 people.

Vanguard reports that several others who sustained various degrees of injuries were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.

An eyewitness account said four vehicles including a Toyota Hilux van with registration number CG 539RSH, a Peugeot J5 bus marked XA 874 AKW, and a Mercedes Benz tipper with No EGG 555 YG as well as a commercial bus were involved in the accident.

A victim of the accident, Abdulhamid Abubakar blamed the incident on the driver of the the Hilux van who he said was over speeding. “We were four in number in the J5 bus travelling from Lafia,, Nasarawa State to Aba in Abia State, to sell bags of oranges and garden eggs; myself and three of my friends, Husaini Tanko, Imamu Abubakar and Ibrahim Abubakar.

Bravo bus crash kills 3

29th November 2016
THREE people died on the spot while 35 others sustained varying degrees of injuries when a Bravo bus veered off the road and landed on its side near Halfway Lodge on the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road yesterday. The bus crew scrapped the name and logo off the bus and covered it with a plastic sheet as it was being towed to Bulawayo in the morning, apparently so that people wouldn’t notice that it was a Bravo bus.

Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said investigations were underway to establish the cause of the accident with initial findings showing that the driver lost control after the bus developed a mechanical fault. “I can confirm that three people died on the spot while others were injured when a Bravo Tours bus was involved in an accident at 1.30AM,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

“It looks like there was a mechanical fault as the driver heard some noise resulting in the bus veering to the left where it slid on its side and killed three people on the spot. Fifteen were seriously injured while 20 are stable.” One of the deceased is a senior boat captain (name withheld) with a leading tour operating company in Victoria Falls.

The bus was travelling from Victoria Falls to Harare with about 45 passengers. Sources said the crew had earlier on spoken about a loose bar under the bus but ignored it saying it was going to be fixed in Bulawayo.
When it got to Halfway, sources said, the bus hit a pothole resulting in the driver losing control.

10 killed in Guinea road accident

 27th November 2016

Conakry – At least 10 people have been killed in a road accident in eastern Guinea, witnesses and a security source said Saturday.

A truck transporting cement rolled onto its side while making a sharp turn near the city of Kouroussa.  At least 10 of the 15 people travelling in the vehicle were killed, the sources said. Five others were wounded in the accident.

 Road accidents are often fatal in the West African nation, where many roads and vehicles are in poor condition.

Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir in Grisly Road Accident

  • By BENJAMIN MURIUKI on Sun, 27 November 2016 – 1:38 pm @BenjaMuriuki ben@kenyans.co.ke 

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    Crowd gathered at a crime scene A Member of Parliament (MP) was involved in a grisly road accident that left one dead and two others injured.
  • Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir was driving from a private function in Nyamache, Bobasi sub-county in Kisii, on Friday evening, when he collided with a boda-boda operator who was carrying two passengers.

    According to police, the lawmaker rushed the three to hospital but unfortunately the rider Alex Trina, 27, died at the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital on Saturday morning.

    The pillion passengers Wylkster Maina and Lydia Maina – who are siblings – are receiving treatment in Nyamache Sub-County hospital.

    The MP claimed that “the motorcyclist was driving very fast and before we could know he had hit my car.” An eye-witness identified as Mr Joel Nyabuto said the rider was speeding causing him to veer off his lane crashing into the MPs car.vKisii County police commandant Agnes Mudamba noted that investigations into the incident have begun.

    “It is true that the car belongs to the MP. For now, there is no need of blaming each other until we are through with the investigations,” she said.The police commandant urged motorists to be cautious particularly during the holiday season.

    (Bull bars? No chance for a 2 wheeler – Ed)

8 die in horror crash

by Staff reporter 27th November 2016

Eight people died in the early hours of yesterday when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head on with another truck along the Masvingo-Harare highway. The accident happened at the 43km peg towards Harare.

Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said seven people who were travelling towards Harare in a B2200 Mazda truck with eight passengers encroached on the lane of an oncoming Volvo truck resulting in the head-on collision. Nyathi said seven people in the Mazda died on the spot while the driver of the same vehicle died upon admission at Beatrice Hospital. He said passengers who were in the Volvo truck escaped unhurt.

“Let us exercise caution when travelling on the roads, especially during the night. Motorists should be observant and avoid encroaching into the lanes of vehicles going in the opposite direction,” Nyathi said. “Police are always encouraging and appealing to motorists to plan journeys and where possible, to minimise travelling at night.”

Unconfirmed reports said the deceased included members of the same family coming from a graduation ceremony at the Midlands State University.

Uganda: How do I tell that a car is faulty before buying it? 

26th November 2016

Hi Paul,
What are the things to look out for when buying a used car that has been on the road for some time?

Hello, buying a used car that has been on our Ugandan roads (locally pre used) can be as daunting a task as buying a used car in the bond. There are similar challenges one will encounter such as the need to establish the service and repair history. Has the car had its regular or periodical service actions to renew components such as fuel filters or timing belts?

One would need to know if the car has a major component overhaul or repair for instance the engine or gearbox. This may add value to the car. It is prudent to inspect the car for a possible major accident repair and evaluate its repair needs.

Buying a locally pre used car has a few advantages. It will come tested having been driven on Ugandan roads. If the current owner is a responsible motorist they will have dealt with any major issues or service actions required when the used car left the bonded warehouse.
A locally pre used car may have some improvements or extras fitted by the current owner before putting it up for sale. A keen or enthusiastic motorist will accessorise the car with new mats, alloy wheels, tyres, audio CD entertainment, seat covers etc.

That is a plus you will not find with used cars in the bond. However some competitive bonded ware houses will offer to accessorise their used cars at a cost.

A pre used car can be driven and tested extensively to rule out mechanical or electrical damage at your convenience. The bonded used car may not be easily driven around except in a few cases. There are must dos or boxes you must tick when you are buying the locally pre used car. It is imperative to carry out due diligence checks.

Confirm the true ownership of the vehicle. Sometimes vehicles are sold without full authorisation of the owner by money lenders. You will find problems trying to transfer ownership of the said vehicle. In a worst case scenario you may end up with a stolen car. Confirm that the vehicle has no tax dues with Uganda Revenue Authority, the local city authority parking fees or the previous owner.

Request a road test and permission to let your mechanic examine the car and issue a mechanical status report. A look at the repair history if it’s available will give you confidence to proceed. Also try to ask why the previous seller is parting ways with the car in case the reason is a technical condition.

Get an expert to check if the car has an accident repair history. It is useful to establish the extent of the damage and quality of repair thereafter. A car involved in a severe accident and patched up or put together will never be the same again as it will have drivability issues.

The life-saving mission of Tanzania’s killer taxi bikes

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Image copyright ROSS VELTON
Image captionAccidents are simulated to teach taxi drivers how to give first aid

Tanzania’s motorcycle taxi drivers, often associated with deadly road accidents, are being trained to become life-savers, writes Ross Velton.

Motorcycles used as taxis and known as boda bodas are time-savers for people who need to get somewhere in Tanzania’s north-western city of Mwanza. They seem to be the only way to beat traffic jams. But when you get on the bike and wrap your arms around the driver, you are actually putting your life in his hands.

In the first half of this year, there were more than 5,000 road accidents in Tanzania. More than a quarter of them were motorcycle accidents. Boda boda drivers are often blamed for causing the problems on Mwanza’s roads. They might get you where you want to go quickly, but they have a reputation for driving recklessly.

There are hundreds of them competing for fares, which increases the risk of accidents.A boda-boda drivers in Kigali

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Image captionMotorcycle taxis are common mode of transport in many African countries

But that is also where trainee doctor Marko Hingi saw an opportunity to turn boda boda drivers into true life-savers.

He was inspired by the fact that wherever there is a medical emergency in Mwanza, there is likely to be a motorcycle taxi driver nearby. “We have human beings here and we can use them as volunteers to help,” says Mr Hingi, who works at a hospital in the city.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38018716

Road accidents: 33 killed, 278 injured in one week

25th November 2016

Road accidents: 33 killed, 278 injured in one week 

ALGIERS- Thirty-three people lost their lives and 278 others were injured in 171 road traffic accidents countrywide in Nov. 15-21, National Gendarmerie Command said Wednesday in a report.

The heaviest toll was recorded in El Bayadh (700-km southwest of Algiers) where four people were killed, followed by the provinces of Constantine, Mascara and El Oued with three deaths in each of them, the report said.

The main causes of the road accidents include speeding, dangerous overtaking, careless pedestrians, tailgating and driving on the left side of the road.

Kenya: Two dead, scores injured in freak accident in Ngoliba, Kilimambogo

By Kamau Maichuhie 25th November 2016

The wreckage of Kitui-bound bus that was involved in an accident at Ngoliba in Thika, killing two passengers and injuring several others. Survivors said the bus was being driven at high speed before the accident occurred. (PHOTO: KAMAU MAICHUHIE/ STANDARD)

Two passengers died and scores of others injured after a head-on collision between a mini-bus and a truck on the Thika-Garissa Road at Ngoliba in Kilimambogo. The accident, which occurred at dawn is said to have occurred when the driver of one bus attempted to overtake another bus before it collided head-on with an oncoming lorry that was heading towards Matuu from Nairobi.

Two passengers died on the spot. The driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and was among those rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

According to a survivor Moses Liuka, the bus they were travelling in was being driven at high speed.  Mr Liuka said as the driver was in the process of overtaking the other bus, he crashed into an oncoming truck whose driver refused to give way even after the bus driver tried to persuade him to do so after realising the looming danger.

“We had tried on numerous occasions to raise our concerns in the manner the bus was being driven at high speed but our pleas fell on deaf ears. The main cause of this accident was overspeeding by our driver,” he said. He claimed that the buses plying that route had a history of careless driving with majority of them being operated without speed governors.The driver of the ill-fated bus ran away immediately after the accident occurred.

Geoffrey Mutua, the bus conductor, said the bus was heading to Nairobi from Tseikuru with about 37 passengers on board.  Survivors were rushed to the nearby Ngoliba Dispensary but later transferred to Thika Level 5 Hospital for specialised treatment. A doctor at the hospital said only one passenger was in critical condition with the others being stable. The doctor assured friends and relatives who had flocked the hospital that the facility was well equipped to offer the survivors quality medical care.

A police officer who declined to be named since he is not allowed to talk to the media said they were in hot pursuit of the driver of the ill-fated bus. “It is just a matter of time before we get him. He is likely to be charged with careless driving and causing death of innocent passengers,” said the police officer.

Watch: Drunk driver walks out of crashed car holding half full beer bottle

by Ndou Paul 25th November 2016

Click image to watch

A man in Brietbridge was caught on camera walking out of a car he had just crashed on the 22nd of Novermber this year.

Its not clear how the accident happened but the barefoot man was holding what appears to be a bottle of beer.

He appeared to be in shock as he walked away from the black 1992 Honda Prelude. He then sits down with his head in his hands.

Ghana: Offinso North NDP Chairman killed in accident

According to a statement signed by its General Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Frimpong, and issued by the party in Accra yesterday, the Constituency Chairman, Isaac Mensah, died at 11:30 p.m. last Monday when a Burkinabe cargo truck rammed into the rear of one of the vehicles in the flag bearer’s convoy.It quoted eyewitnesses  as saying the truck hit the vehicle from the rear, causing it to somersault several times. In the process, Mensah was critically injured, while others sustained minor injuries. The statement said the chairman was rushed to a clinic for first aid and thereafter to the Nkenkansu Hospital to stop the bleeding, but he did not survive.It said the Afrancho Police arrested the driver of the truck who had attempted to flee the scene. Meanwhile, the NDP and its flag bearer temporarily suspended their activities nationwide yesterday in deference to the memory of the late Mensah

Kenya: Statistics on accident deaths worrying

 Statistics on accident deaths worrying
Road accident PHOTO; COURTESY

The latest statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority shows that 2,607 people have been killed in road accidents in the country over last 11 months.

This is a worrying trend and things are set to get even worse as we usher in the festive season. Around this time, drivers break all the transport rules in an effort to make a kill as many people are desperately seeking transport to various destinations.

Speeding, reckless driving, overloading, careless driving as well as drunk driving have characterised our roads during Christmas festivities and as a result, we end up losing lives. It is my prayer that all Government agencies charged with ensuring road safety and compliance with the law, including the traffic police department, will be more vigilant this time round. Any driver breaking traffic rules must be charged in court.

At the same time, police officers who collect bribes in order to look the other way while people are killed in avoidable accidents should also face the full wrath of the law.

I also appeal to Kenyans to change this trend where everyone wants to travel upcountry at the same time. Meanwhile, we should stop forcing ourselves into overloaded PSVs as this contributes to accidents.

Biker crashes into pole, dies

24th November 2016

 A BIKER died when he fell head long and hit a pole after his motorcycle developed a mechanical fault along St Albans Drive in Bulawayo’s Parklands suburb.

Aldeny Pullen (26) from Parklands suburb died on Saturday morning — about 500 metres from his home.Bulawayo Acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Abednico Ncube confirmed the accident.

Pullen’s father, Mr Rodney Pullen, said his son loved riding his bike. “My son used to go to Zambia for six to eight weeks and return home for two weeks to spend time with the family. Every time he came back home the first thing he used to do was to take his big bike out for a test drive,” he said.

“He arrived from Zambia on Friday night and on Saturday morning he rode his bike. We heard the noise of the bike as he left home but it suddenly stopped.” Aldeny’s mother, Mrs Meshan Pullen, told The Chronicle that when his friends went to check on him, they found him dead.

“My son died on the spot. It’s a great shock and I don’t know what to say. I had two children, a boy and a girl. Aldeny is gone for good and I’m only left with his young sister who is at university outside the country,” she said.

A witness said the deceased was not speeding but his back wheel jammed, resulting in the tragedy. “He fell and hit a pole that was near the road. Unfortunately, those who witnessed the accident did not phone an ambulance but started to take pictures,” said the witness. Mr Pullen said the family would hold a memorial service for his son on Saturday morning at the Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Parklands suburb before his body is taken for cremation at West Acre.

Wartburg four injured in three vehicle collision

Four people were injured this morning, one seriously, after a collision between three SUV’s on the R614 outside of Wartburg in KwaZulu-Natal.

Paramedics from the ER24 Pietermaritzburg branch arrived on the scene and found all three vehicles in the middle of the road. Three patients were found walking around on the scene while a woman was found in a serious condition, seated inside one of the vehicles.

ER24 paramedics assessed the patients and found that the woman had sustained serious injuries while the three others had sustained only minor injuries.

Paramedics treated the patients and provided the woman with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the woman was transported to Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg while the three other patients were transported to Northdale Hospital.

MUN president dies in crash with Kudu

22 November 2016 President of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), Risto Raimo Sikongo Hausiku has died.

The 35-year-old Hausiku was killed in a car accident on Monday evening after a Toyota Corolla he was travelling in hit a kudu at approximately 73km south of Otjiwarongo on the B1 road. The kudu was also found dead on the spot.

Otjozondjupa police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha said the accident occurred at approximately 19:50 Monday. “He died on impact as his vehicle did not overturn,” Mbeha said, adding that the close relatives of the deceased have been informed.

Two passengers were treated for injuries at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital and are now in stable condition. It is alleged Hausiku and his colleagues were on their way from Tsumeb to Windhoek on official duty.

Also…..Five die in Kunene accident

 22 November 2016

Following the latest mass-casualty accident this weekend a total of 617 people have lost their lives on Namibia”s roads since the beginning of this year. The statistics compiled by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) until 20 November this year indicate that there has been a decrease of 1% in fatalities compared to the same period last year.

According to the Fund there have been 3 601 crashes recorded during the recorded period and 6 180 injuries. These figures indicate a downward trend in crashes by 5% while injuries decreased by 9% in comparison with the same period last year.

The latest mass-casualty accident was reported on Sunday afternoon at Otjerunda, some 25 kilometres south of Opuwo in the Kunene Region and claimed the lives of five people. The accident occurred after a sedan and a pick-up collided on the Opuwo-Omakange road. Four women and a man were killed in the accident, while five others were critically injured, including the driver of the sedan.

Three of those involved in the crash died at the scene of the accident while two died while receiving treatment at the Opuwo State Hospital. Those injured in the crash were transported to the Oshakati State Hospital for treatment. The MVA Fund yesterday expressed its condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and injured.

The Fund also requested the families of the deceased to contact the nearest MVA Fund Service Centre for more information on how to claim benefits.

Motorists suspecting foul play on spot fines must take their receipts to nearest police station

by Stephen Jakes 22nd November 2016 

The Zimbabwe Republic police has warned motorists that if they suspect being cheated at road blocks after being made to pay spot fines they are allowed to go to the nearest police station to check if the receipts they are given are genuine.

A post on Facebook states that the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Inspector Muhoni has brought good news to many motorists who are forced to pay unscrupulous fines by police.

“The police boss has revealed that anyone who is made to pay a fine at a traffic roadblock and is not sure how much he should have paid must immediately take the admission of guilt receipt to the nearest police station and get confirmation if they had been rightfully charged. If over charged they can immediately get their money refunded,” reads the post.

“Sergeant Mujuru who handles National Police Complaints also echoed Muhoni’s sentiments saying that anyone who feels cheated has a right to call the National Complaints Hotline on 04 7036311 where their complaints will be attended to immediately.”

The Zimbabwe Republic Police recently also launched a national WhatsApp hotline where members of the public can register their complaints to the police via Whatsapp. The ZRP National Whatsapp hotline number is +263782475000.

Meanwhile, below is a list of OFFICIAL fines that guilty motorists must pay as far as Zimbabwe Government’s Traffic Regulations are concerned. My Zimbabwe News recommends that you print this charge sheet and keep it in your car.

ZIMBABWE VEHICLE REGISTRATION & LICENSING ACT CHAPTER 12:14

Fail to Display current vehicle licence: $5
Fail to produce documents within 7 days to Police: $5
Fail to produce documents within 7 days to VID: $10
Licence vehicle registered vehicle-all classes: $10
Fail to Display registration mark and Number Plate OR its illegible: $10
Fail to Notify change of ownership – 14 days:$10
No Number plate: $10
No rear Number plate light: $5
No Drivers licence: $20
No Insurance: $10
No white front reflectors: $5
No red read reflectors: $5
No red ‘T’ on rear trailer: $10
Motor vehicle + Trailer longer than 8 Mt: $5
No amber side reflectors @ 4mt – each: $5
No red triangles: $15
No horn, fail to use or abuse horn: $10
No Stopping, No parking, no left or right turn: $5
Proceed against red robot: $20
Proceed against amber robot: $10
Encroach over white line at a robot: $10
Fail to stop at flash lights – Railway crossing: $20
Overtaking over solid white line: $20
Double parking: $5
Stop or park within 7.5 mt. of intersection: $15
Fail to give way to right-uncontrolled intersection: $15
Cut corner when turning right: $10

Fail to:
Signal – slow down, stop turn left or right: $10
Stop – minor accident: $20
Stop – serious accident: court
No headlights, one headlight or no side lights: $5
No headlights or side lights: $10
Headlights causing dazzle: $15
No dip switch: $10
Foot brakes not working: $20
Hand brakes not working at all – max: $15
Unable to keep vehicle static when brake applied: $15
No windscreen wiper: $5
Windscreen not providing clear undistorted vision: $10
No exhaust silencer: $10
Inefficient exhaust silencer: $5
Causing excessive smoke: $10
Leaks of oil and fuel onto road: $5
Dangerous tyre – canvas showing – per tyre: $5

Axles Loading:
1-50: $10
51-200: $15
201-400: $20
+ 400: court
No Safety belt: $5
Spit in or from vehicle: $5
Discard rubbish fro vehicle: $5
Abusive behaviour: $10

Speeding – extra kilometres per hour:
6-15: $5
16-25: $10
26-35: $15
36-50: $20
50+: court

Production of documents 7 days:
Fail to produce Documents: $5
Fail to produce Drivers licence: $20
Fail to produce Insurance: $5
Fail to produce Registration book to VID $10
Police Officers must give rank, name and number.
Spot fines – Form Z69(j) Admission of Guilt.
Form 265 to pay fine at police station within 7 days.
Senior Inspector PHIRI: Public Relations. Nat. Complaints Line: 04 703 631
(24 hr service)
Senior Inspector NCUBE: 077 2719 730 or 071 2769 768
Senior Inspector KANGWARE: 071 2415 491
Spokesperson Traffic Inspector CHIGOME: 077 2965 030

Likoni boda boda riders living in fear of new criminal gang

MONDAY NOVEMBER 21 2016

Mombasa businessman Omar Shallo (centre) with

Mombasa businessman Omar Shallo (centre) with boda boda riders at the Tudor matatu terminus when he gave them free mechanical checks on October 12, 2016. Riders in Likoni are now living in fear after the emergence of a criminal gang known as Gang Star which has been harassing them. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By MOHAMED AHMED Boda boda riders in Likoni, Mombasa County, have expressed fears following what they say is the emergence of a new criminal gang that has been terrorising them using dogs.

The gang, which according to the riders is known as “Gang Star”, is also armed with arrows, swords and other crude weapons. The riders said the gang is targeting to instil fear in them so that they do not carry passengers who come from work at night, leaving them at the mercy of the criminals.

An official of the riders association said the gang operates from 10pm within Shelly, Majengo Mapya, Jamvi la Wageni and other areas. “They have about five dogs that they roam around with and when one tries to escape when they attack, they release the dogs. They are using that tactic because they know many people are afraid of dogs,” said Mr Abdallah, a recent victim of the gang.

Mr Abdallah said he was attacked by the gang last week and was injured on his back. “We have been operating in fear and it has become very hard to work at night.  “Some of the riders have also decided to take law into their hands to battle with that gang,” said Mr Abdallah.

Another victim, Fred Musiya, a boda boda rider who operates within Shelly in Likoni, has not been working for almost two months after the gang attacked him, seriously injuring him.

SLASHED ON THE HEAD

“They attacked me and slashed my head and right hand. They have paralysed my business because I am no longer able to ride my bike. But we are perplexed by the emergence of this gang because they do not even take anything from their victims,” he said.

When contacted, Likoni police boss, Willy Simba, said they are aware of the existence of the gang and are pursuing one known suspected member of the gang. “We have launched our investigations to trace this suspect who is well known and once we arrest him we will be able to get more details about their operations and deal with them accordingly,” said Mr Simba. However, Mr Simba added that some of the boda boda riders have also been working with the gangs in terrorising people.

The emergence of the new gang adds the number of notorious gangs which have been giving residents sleepless nights. Among the notorious machete-wielding juvenile criminal gangs in Mombasa County include Kapenguria six, Wajukuu wa Bibi, Young Thugs, Chafu gang, Watalia gang which operate in Likoni, Wakali Kwanza and Wakali Wao (Kisauni), Gaza and Spanish Spatter (Changamwe).

Last week, the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) said it had launched investigations over reports that politicians within the region are funding the gangs for use in their campaigns in 2017.

Road safety everyone’s responsibility

09:32 (GMT+2) Sun, 20 Nov 2016
Road safety everyone's responsibility | News Article

South Africans are urged to be road safety ambassadors as the world today (Sunday) celebrates the 2016 World Remembrance Day for Victims of Road Accidents. 

The CEO of Road Traffic Management Corporation Makhosini Msibi says a lot of people have lost their lives through vehicle accidents, and urges citizens to be cautious as the nation acknowledges those who have been affected.

“It is our joint responsibility to save lives and to take care of others. We urge South Africans to be responsible, and to drive safely. Let us not be participants in knowing and killing our nation”.

The National Traffic Information System recorded a total of 455 856 expired professional driving permits (PDP) between 2015/2016. Provinces, which recorded the highest percentages are Gauteng, followed by the Northern Cape with approximately 47% and the North West with 45.36%.

Msibi also mentioned that they have noted an increased number of drivers who obtained their driving licences fraudulently, and appeals to South Africans to abide by the law.

The World Remembrance Day is marked to remember millions of people who were killed, injured and affected by road accidents worldwide. It is also used to reflect on the burden and costs which road accidents put on families, while advocating for road safety.

Brothers perish in accident on way to grandmother’s burial

20th November 2016

Geoffrey Onjiko 36 who lost his life in accident along Kisii- Keroka highway after a Nairobi bound bus rammed into their car in Kegati area on November 19, 2016. PHOTO | BENSON MOMANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Their journey was cut short by a grisly road accident at Nyosia, near Kegati trading centre, on the Kisii-Keroka highway on Friday morning. They never got to the burial of their 86-year-old grandmother, Ms Plisper Dande, in Rongo Sub-County in Migori County.

They also never got to share with their relatives at their rural home the joys of a trip they had made to the Netherlands last September. The two brothers, Geoffrey Otieno Onjiko and John Ochieng Onjiko, died on the spot following an accident that involved their car and a bus that was headed to Nairobi.

“One day, we all will depart on a journey free of cost. Don’t worry about seat reservation, it is confirmed. The flight is always on time. Our good deeds will be our luggage. Humanity will be our passport. Love will be our visa. Make sure we do our best to travel to heaven in business class,” posted Otieno on his Facebook page on September 9, 2016.

“Best moments in life when you see a loved one pursuing her career to the fullest potential. Great is thy faithfulness,” read another of his post on September 26, 2016 after his wife’s graduation.

“A trip to the ICC Hague was so fantastic,” read another post on the same day. Otieno had also posted the photo of his just graduated wife, Ms Lencer Opiyo Otieno.

Their father, Mr Joseph Onjiko, said his two sons had joined other family members in the Netherlands for Otieno’s wife’s graduation ceremony and had returned late last month to their area of residence in Nairobi.

The cruel hand of death suddenly grabbed the life of the two brothers, aged 36 and 34 years respectively. Otieno worked for Sameer Agriculture and Livestock while Ochieng worked with Jonyako Transport and Services, Nairobi.

LOST TWO PRODUCTIVE MEN

“My two sons are probably with their grandmother now, having met where the dead meet on the fateful Friday,” said said Mr Onjiko.

He said it was double tragedy for the family to lose two productive men at a go as they buried their grandmother.

Their last born brother, 17, and a daughter of their elder sister, 10, escaped death narrowly.

They are recuperating at Jaramogi Oginga Teaching and Referral Hospital and Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu County where they were referred for further treatment from Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“They died young. I am still in shock,” Mr Onjiko told the Nation.

Another brother, Mr George Onjiko, who lives in Kisumu, said the loss of his two brothers has dealt a major blow to their lives.

“We are yet to comprehend what befell us. It is so painful,” he said.

He said he was looking forward to sharing with his brothers their experience in the Netherlands.

“They had just shared with us on the phone what it felt like to be in the land of the ICC-Hague based court, but they never got to give us the real experience face to face …” he said.

Mr Josephat Ongwae, a boda boda operator, explained that the bus swerved to avoid an oncoming car after a Transline Shuttle overtook it.

“The Transline driver overtook the bus and the bus driver tried to swerve off the road to avoid an oncoming Toyota Fielder. He was, however, too late to avoid a collision as the two vehicles collided.


Egypt’s junior wrestling champion killed in traffic accident

 20th November 2016

ISMAILIA, Egypt,  — An Egyptian junior freestyle female wrestling champion was killed in a traffic accident Saturday in the Suez Canal province of Ismailia.

Reem Magdy, 16, who won the bronze medal of Cadet Wrestling World Championships in Sept. 2016 in Georgia, was hit by an unknown car on Ismailia-Cairo highway hours after midnight.

A massive funeral procession was held for the late young champion attended by senior officials including the governor of Ismailia, representatives from the Sports Ministry, lawmakers and others.

Road accidents are common in the most populous Arab country due to lack of highway monitoring systems, poor road maintenance and negligence of traffic rules.

“Egypt loses about 12,000 lives due to road traffic crashes every year. It has a road traffic fatality rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 population,” says a report from the World Health Organization.

ZA: One killed, 23 injured in N8 crash

20th November 2016 Tammy Petersen, News24

A bus and a taxi collided on the N8 near Thaba Nchu. (ER24)

A bus and a taxi collided on the N8 near Thaba Nchu. (ER24)

Cape Town – One person was killed and 23 others were injured in a collision between a bus and a taxi on the N8 near Thaba Nchu towards Ladybrand on Saturday.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said various emergency services responded to the scene, where some of the injured needed to be extricated from the taxi by fire and rescue services.”Sadly there was nothing that could be done for one patient who was found lying on the road. The person was declared dead. One person who was in a critical condition was airlifted to hospital,” she said.Others were treated for minor to serious injuries at the scene and taken to various hospitals by ambulance, while a few of the injured were transported privately. Authorities are investigating.In a separate incident, one person was killed and 17 others were hurt in a crash between a car and a taxi on the R33 in the Mpolweni area outside Pietermaritzburg. Paramedics declared one person dead while the injured sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious.

Who is policing Nigeria’s police?

19 November 2016

Who is policing Nigeria's police?

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Few Nigerians have a good impression of their police force, who are notorious for asking for bribes.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Abayomi Shogunle is trying to change that by setting up the country’s first Complaints Response Unit – the BBC went to see how it works.

Namibia: Tourists warned of dangerous roads

 19 November 2016

The continued spate of mass casualties coupled with horror crashes on Namibian roads had led to our country being slammed in a global report rating countries in terms of the risks they hold for travellers and tourists.

The Travel Risk Map (see above – Ed) for 2017 ranked the most dangerous countries in the world on various aspects including medical risks, travel security and road safety. It is designed to alert travellers and tourists to the level of risk they face when visiting destinations worldwide.

The research reveals that 72% of people believe travel risks have increased over the past year, and that 57% of travellers expect these risks to become even more dangerous next year. Namibia was rated high in terms of road safety risks to travellers meaning that the country’s roads pose a real and tangible danger, and caution should be exercised when using our roads.

The research warns travellers that it is likely that a weak policy and low levels of enforcement contribute to poor road user behaviour and that infrastructure and vehicle safety standards may vary dramatically.

“The careful selection of mode of transportation is of high importance, with a strong preference placed on choosing not to self-drive, and ensuring the vehicle in which you travel is in good condition and has working seatbelts fitted,” the report states.

This concurs with findings in other studies which rank Namibia’s roads among the best in SADC and one report compared the quality of our highways and other routes to the United Kingdom. Low levels of law enforcement have also been blamed for the spate of deaths and crashes on our roads.

At the launch of the annual road safety campaign for the coming holidays, Major-General James Tjivikua, the deputy inspector of the Namibian police said that Namibia is facing a growing pandemic of road crashes causing death and serious injuries to both Namibians and travellers to the country. He made these remarks while launching the 2016/17 festive season intensive crime prevention and traffic law enforcement activities. He referred to a report released in 2014 by the University of Michigan in the United States that rated Namibia as the country with the highest rate of driving fatalities per capita.

The latest statistics indicate that this year there have been 589 accidents in comparison to last year when 614 car crashes occurred, however there has been 112 people killed in these accidents in comparison to last year when 97 people died on Namibia’s roads. (Is this correct? See below – Ed) The statistics also indicate that 584 people were injured this year while last year the injuries were 614.

Meanwhile Namibia was rated low in terms of travel security risk and medium in terms of medical risk. Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Timbuktu in Mali are among the most dangerous places in the world, while the safest countries in the world are Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, according to the research.

Editors Comment:  It was reported, ” Life or death on Namibia’s roads 01 September 2016. The Namibia Sun.  DEATH: Each month more people die in road accidents that could be avoided by obeying traffic regulations and being a responsible road user. On average 56 people have died every month since January on Namibian roads, mainly due to reckless driving and ignoring traffic regulations”.

WHO figures: namibia-stats

Dying to get there’

The sponsors want to save as many lives as possible on Namibian roads this festive season.

18 November 2016

Total Namibia, in partnership with Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), yesterday launched a road-safety awareness campaign with the theme ”Dying To Get There” that is slated for the festive season.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign NMH marketing manager Hennie Geldenhuys said NMH was delighted to work with Total Namibia in ensuring that the public is educated on road safety.

“Every year we at NMH report on the number of accidents on Namibian roads and on the number of people dying on our roads every single day. Even more so this festive season,” he said. “Although Namibia”s road network is regarded as one of the best on the continent, road traffic accidents are the biggest cause of death in Namibia, and causes can be linked to speeding and reckless driving, general non-observance of traffic rules and animals on roads in some cases.”

The campaign will run in the three NMH publications Namibian Sun, Republikein and Allgemeine Zeitung. It is supported by Total Namibia and the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund.

Geldenhuys appealed to the public to take part in the SMS competitions that the campaign will include and said they should be mindful of the campaign messages regarding road safety. (Hopefully when they are not behind the wheel driving – Ed).

Scores killed in Mozambique fuel-truck blast

 At least 73 people have been killed 110 injured in a fuel truck explosion in Mozambique, officials say. A badly injured person arrives at Tete hospital following the explosion that left at least 73 people dead. Photograph: Amos Zacarias/AFP/Getty Images

A badly injured person arrives at Tete hospital following the explosion that left at least 73 people dead. Photograph: Amos Zacarias/AFP/Getty Images

A government statement said people had been trying to take petrol from the truck when it exploded in the village of Caphiridzange in Tete province, near the border with Malawi. More than 110 others were injured, some of them critically, it said.

One report said that the truck had crashed and people had been trying to siphon off fuel.

Announcing an investigation, information ministry director Joao Manasses said it was also possible that the vehicle had been ambushed by residents. Government ministers are due to arrive in the area on Friday to oversee the rescue work and the inquiry. The tanker had been carrying fuel to Malawi from the port city of Beira.

Mozambique is one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than half the 24 million population living below the poverty line. It gained independence from Portugal in 1975 but is still suffering from the effects of a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992.

Two dead after Nyamira Express bus rams into private car in Kisii

Nov. 18, 2016 By BENSON NYAGESIBA A file photo of an accident involving a Nyamira express bus on the Kisii-Keroka road on November 6, 2015. /BENSON NYAGESIBA

 

A file photo of an accident involving a Nyamira express bus on the Kisii-Keroka road on November 6, 2015. /BENSON NYAGESIBA

 

The driver of a Nyamira Express bus has gone into hiding after being involved in an accident that killed two people. Two men including the driver of a saloon car died on the spot on Friday after the bus rammed into the car at Nyosia on the Kisii-Keroka road. A woman and child who were travelling with the deceased sustained injuries and were rushed to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Witnesses said the driver of the car was unable to avoid a head on collision with the Nyamira Express bus, KBK 804D. “I saw the bus, which was heading to Nairobi from Kisii, try to overtake another vehicle. Unfortunately, it rammed the oncoming vehicle,” said a man identified as Kepha. None of the passengers travelling in the bus sustained any injuries.

Kisii County Director Disaster Management Julius Tinega said that the mother and her child are in stable condition. The accident let to a traffic snarl up on the highway as vehicles waited for the scene to be cleared.

Niger records 147 road traffic deaths in 9 months

18th November 2016

In 2015, the FRSC had 479 cases of RTC with 1,256 persons injured and 191 deaths.FRSC at an accident scene (Illustration)

 Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Niger says that 147 persons died in road traffic crashes (RTC) in the state between January and September 2016.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Acting Sector Commander in the State, Mr Nma Magana, made this known on Thursday during the 2016 African Road Safety Day and World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims‎ in Minna.

“In Niger state, we have a death record of 147. And the record also shows that for RTC from January to September is 361, with 74 fatal cases and 265 serious cases.”

Magana said the number of injured persons in the period under review was 915, adding that prompt and proper medical care be given to road traffic crash victims to avoid fatalities. It would be recalled that in 2015, the FRSC had 479 cases of RTC with 1,256 persons injured and 191 deaths.

On the issue of speed limit device, Magana noted that no single vehicle had complied, adding that the command had decided to get vendors to educate commercial vehicles on compliance.

“Enforcement proper will start Feb. 1st, 2017 and we are going to do more aggressive enlightenment because it will help reduce the number of RTC to a barest minimum.”

Three Confirmed Dead In Diesel Tanker Accident

Channels Television. Updated November 17, 2016

 

 

Tanker accident, Lagos-IbadanThree persons have been confirmed dead in a diesel tanker accident, as the tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday. 

Although traffic is still heavy as officials are working to ease the tension on the roads, evacuation efforts are however almost over with men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police, all combining resources.

Lagosians who usually ply the route, got up to a very ugly start on Wednesday morning, with the ghastly accident involving goods-laden truck, diesel tanker and some vehicles. As early as 4:30am, traffic already started building-up, in what many thought was the usual traffic, which started last week due to the re-construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to passers-by, vehicles heading toward the axis were diverted to the inward-Lagos lane as officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) cordoned off the outward Lagos-lane. A bus driver giving account of the event said he got caught up in the traffic which he thought was due to the u-turn before Secretariat bus-stop, but on getting to the u-turn, he saw FRSC officials diverting vehicles to the inward-Lagos lane.

Tanker accident, Lagos-IbadanVehicles that were already ahead on the cordoned off lane started making a u-turn to join the inward-Lagos lane on sighting the diesel tanker accident.

Public vehicles that are Mowe-Ibafo bound, are dropping off passengers at Berger bus-stop, refusing to go further due to the diesel tanker accident, with passengers left with no other choice than to trek from Berger to their various destinations.

Another eye-witness who requested anonymity, explained that the failure of the fuel tanker’s brake system caused it to lose control and collided with goods-carrying truck which led to the accident.

35 pigs killed as truck overturns

 17th November 2016

 A haulage truck carrying 198 live pigs overturned at Kuwadzana Round-about, about 12km from the city centre along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway early yesterday morning after the driver failed to negotiate the curve, killing 35 of the swine on the spot.

The driver and his assistant were unscathed while 40 of the pigs were injured in the incident which happened at around 5:30am.

The animals, belonging to one of the country’s biggest pig farming entities, Tripple C (Pvt) Ltd, were being ferried to Colcom Foods for slaughter.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, Tripple C manager Ms Chantell Obendaal said her company had suffered a loss of nearly $44 000.

“This is a big loss to the company. We have lost 35 pigs,” she said. “Some of those that are alive but injured are probably going to be condemned,” she said.

Ms Obendaal said that those killed in the accident would be used as pet feed.

 

Ghana update: Scores feared dead in Pokuase trailer crash

16th November 2016

Scores are feared dead after a trailer crashed into their vehicles off the Nsawam – Accra road at Pokuase, an eyewitness has said. According to the eyewitness named only as Ruth, the long vehicle, heading towards Nsawam veered off the road and ploughed into three Kia trucks, a Ford Explorer and a Taxi cab it was tailgating. A number of people have been trapped in their vehicles under the trailer, she reported. Five bodies have been retrieved so far, according to Ruth.

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At least 13 Zimbabweans injured in accident while being deported from SA

2016-11-16

Harare – At least 13 Zimbabwean nationals were injured when a South Africa home affairs ministry truck overturned in Limpopo during deportation, a report said on Tuesday.  According to The Herald, the accident occurred on the N1 highway between Musina and Makhado towns on Thursday last week.

The vehicle was transporting 18 people who were being repatriated to Zimbabwe after violating South African immigration laws, the report said.  Sources at the Beitbridge border post reportedly said that 12 victims had been treated and discharged at the Musina hospital. The other one, however, remained in hospital and was said to have sustained serious injuries.

The N1 highway linking South Africa to Zimbabwe has over the years recorded a number of road accidents. Last year a minibus transporting several Zimbabweans was involved in a head on collision with a bus near Musina claiming all lives but the driver.

Social and economic effects of road accidents in Kenya

Due to lack of long road driving experience, most accidents occur at this time. Official road accident statistics are incomplete and inaccurate in Kenya. The level of reporting for injuries treated in hospitals is, on the average, less than 50 per cent. Injuries are not always correctly classified by severity in police accident reports.The National Transport and Safety Authority and police are doing a very commendable job to reduce accidents on our roads. For example the Nairobi-Naivasha highway has been known to be a black spot for years but accidents on this road have recently reduced. However, more needs to be done by the two departments to improve safety on our roads.Accidents happen in a fraction of a second but their consequences may last for a lifetime. A large number of road users involved in traffic crashes recover from their injuries, but some of them never recover fully and suffer from some kind of permanent disability.According to a recent study, 25 per cent of those who survive a road crash must be treated in hospitals as in-patients, while 32 per cent are forced to take sick leave from work of between one and three months and another 29 per cent have to remain away from work for more than three months.In addition to loss of life or reduced quality of life, road accidents carry many other consequences to the survivors such as legal implications, economic burden, home and vehicle adaptations as well as psychological consequences.Social disparities in road accident risk are also not very well known. However, individuals who have a low social status are more frequently involved in road accidents than individuals who have a high social status. This tendency applies to all groups of road users. Long-term impacts of traffic injury are poorly documented in Kenya. Little is known about these impacts. There are, however, reasons to believe that an increasing number of people live with lasting impairments as a result of traffic injury.The burden of accidents is borne not only by those directly involved in traffic accidents but also by their families.Road accidents induce costs in terms of both human costs and socio-economic costs. Socioeconomic costs include hospitalisation, long-term care, material damage, production and welfare loss. From a welfare point of view, investigating loss in disposable income due to road injuries is of interest.Drivers who are involved in accidents may suffer a number of adverse consequences even if they are not injured. For example, a driver may be prosecuted for negligence or even manslaughter as a result of an accident. Road crashes are becoming a global crisis and, as such, require comprehensive measures to prevent them, including a better understanding of the social impacts of road-related deaths and injuries.Road crashes can bring about a lot of difficulties on households, both in developed and developing countries. The seriousness of those difficulties will vary considerably because laws, policies and safety nets are country-specific.This is why it is relevant and desirable to better understand the social impacts of road crashes in Kenya. And it is equally important to ensure an improvement on road safety as a way of mitigating its negative effects on poverty reduction and economic growth.

Ghana: Pokuase accident kills 2

15th November 2016

Accident Kills1One of the vehicles involved in the terrible accidentTwo people reportedly died Monday in an accident at Pokuase involving a cement truck and 11 other vehicles.

A number of people also sustained various injuries and were sent to the hospital for treatment.

The driver of the cement truck, which was travelling from Accra to Pokuase was said to have lost control whilst approaching the APC junction and crashed into vehicles parked by the roadside.

Kenya amputation

14th November 2016

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Nigeria: Truck Crushes 7 To Death

November 14, 2016 fatal accident new garage ibadan

Not less than seven people died in Ibadan on Saturday after a truck driver lost control of his vehicle at New Garage area of the town before crashing into retail shops.

An eyewitness said the white truck pictured above crushed 7 people to death instantly while 5 others sustained life threatening injuries.truck crushes 7 to death new garage ibadan

Another witness, Agunla Lanre said the illfated vehicle was coming from the Lagos Ibadan Expressway when the driver suddenly lost control and crashed into a taxi which crushed 7 to death. The fatal accident which happened around 6:20pm on Saturday reportedly left body parts everywhere.

 

7 die as truck, van collide head-on

2016-11-13 

Seven people were killed after a truck and van collided head-on in Pienaarsrivier, late on Saturday night, police said. “Seven people who were in the van died instantly and only the driver survived with serious injuries,” said Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe. 

The two men travelling in the truck, which was carrying heavy bags, escaped unscathed. The collision took place just after 22:45 in the R101 between Pienaarsrivier and the Ga-Maubane off ramp. A case of culpable homicide has been opened.  The bodies of those who died are still being identified.

Namibia: 6 people die in accident outside Okahandja 10 injured

13th November 2016

Six people, including Ulitala Hiveluah, former Permanent Secretary of the ministry of fisheries, died instantly in a head-on collision on the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road on Friday.

The Namibian Police Force’s (NamPol) spokesperson in the Otjozondjupa region, warrant officer Maureen Mbeha on Saturday said the collision involved a red Volkswagen (VW) sedan and a Toyota Fortuner, both with Windhoek registration.

The accident occurred at around 20h30 some 50 kilometres north of Okahandja on the B1 road.

Five people, including the driver of the VW sedan, died on the spot, while Hiveluah who had been a passenger in the Fortuner died on her way to the Okahandja State Hospital. The Fortuner had two occupants.

The deceased are 24-year-old Ihemba Elias Hausiku, who was identified last Friday; 24-year-old Kashamuna Kresentia Mundinda; Titus Tavale (28); and 50-year-old Joseph Markus Oarum. The two minors are four-year-old David Ekandjo Asino and one-year-old Selma Ndinelao Asino.

The accident occurred about 33 kilometres north of Okahandja. It is suspected that an Isuzu pick-up that was coming from the direction of Okahandja had overtaken another vehicle on a blind spot. It then hit a Ford Ranger pick-up that was coming from the opposite direction, head-on.

Another pick-up coming from Okahandja then drove into the wrecked Ford Ranger, and due to the heavy impact, the Ford Ranger burst into flames. Mbeha said 10 other people who were travelling in the other two vehicles sustained serious injuries and were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital.

2 vehicles collided leaving 5 injured Mpumalanga

Five people sustained serious to minor injuries when two vehicles’s collided with each other on the N4 direction Pretoria about 90 kilometres from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. The exact detail as to what happened will form part of a SAPS investigation.

When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found that one person was trapped, paramedics worked alongside the fire department to help extricate the injured person out of the wreckage. Once freed, the patient was stabilised and transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

While assessing others, paramedics found one man to be in a critical condition, the man was intubated on the scene and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

The other three that sustained moderate to minor injuries were stabilised on scene and transported to various hospitals for further medical care. Netcare911 paramedics worked alongside various emergency services on scene including the Nelspruit Fire Department.

Namibia update: Six killed in crash

 11 November 2016 Ellanie Smit

Another mass-casualty accident occurred on Namibia’s roads just after midnight yesterday (8th), claiming the lives of six people while 18 others were injured.

The accident that involved 24 people took place about 30km outside Windhoek on the Rehoboth road, close to the Omeya Golf Estate when an Iveco bus hit a cow and then crashed into a tree.

According to a police spokesman, Slogan Matheus, the bus was travelling from Rundu to Noordoewer. Five men and one woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The deceased have not been identified yet. According to Matheus five people were seriously injured and 13 less seriously. They were all transported by ambulance to Windhoek state hospitals.

Matheus said the owners of cattle allowed to graze in the road corridors can be held responsible and charged should it be found that they were negligent and knowingly caused a danger to others.

In this case investigations are still under way.

This is the third mass-casualty accident on Namibian roads in the last week. On Thursday an accident near Kalkveld killed three people and another accident on the Oshivelo-Omuthiya road killed four people at the weekend.

Kenya: CID Officers Die After Road Accident in Embu County

 By MARIKIO MUCHIRI 11th November 2016   marikio@kenyans.co.ke why_0

  •  Two officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations perished on Thursday morning after they were involved in a grisly road accident in Embu County.

    The two – Corporal John Mwangi and Corporal Paul Kurgat – were driving a Salon car along Embu-Kitiri road while returning from Matuu when the accident occurred.

    Upon reaching Muthatari area, they lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a lorry that was parked beside the road. Corporal Kurgat unfortunately died on the spot while Mwangi passed on after being rushed to Embu Level Five Hospital.

    The bodies of the officers attached to the County were taken to the hospital’s mortuary as police officers launched investigation into the incident. According to Embu West OCPD Francis Sang, the DCI agents were headed to Eastern Region Criminal Investigation offices when the tragic accident happened.

    Meanwhile, four people lost their lives while more than 40 others sustained injuries after a 10-storey building under construction collapsed in Kisii town.

    Many of the injured included construction workers and children who are said to have been playing around the area when the building came crumbling.

    A rescue operation led by the County’s disaster management team and residents was launched with dozens of people being retrieved from under the rubbles.

NURTW tells members to obey traffic rules, regulations

NURTW tells members to obey traffic rules, regulations11th November 2016

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Gombe State Chapter, has urged its members to always obey traffic rules and regulations in order to reduce road accidents. The state chairman of the union, Alhaji Ibrahim Bala, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday.

“They should always follow traffic rules and regulations so as to reduce road crashes, protect lives and property, more especially as the festive season approaches,” he said. He said that the union had earlier made efforts by sensitising members of the branch offices on the need for them to always obey traffic rules and regulations.

“We have discussed with the branch chairmen, their secretaries and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the way forward to make sure that we do not record more accidents this season,” he said. He lauded the FRSC officials and Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) for their tireless efforts in sensitising the members of the union to ensure safe driving.

Bala also lauded the Federal Government for rehabilitating roads across the country. He said that the rehabilitation of roads would help to reduce road crashes to the barest minimum not only in the state but the country in general.

9 people injured in a collision Randburg

This morning EMER-G-MED paramedics responded to reports of a serious collision on the N1 North before Malibongwe Drive, in Randburg.

On arrival paramedics found that a total of nine people had been injured in the collision – all sustaining minor to moderate injuries.

While paramedics were attending to the injured, a tenth person was injured after falling down the embankment.

The ten patients were assessed on the scene before being transported to various nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Baby survives, 10 die in Mpumalanga crash

10th November 2016 Miranda Mabaso, News24 CorrespondentIMG-20161109-WA0006

The driver apparently lost control after he took a wrong turn and tried to get back on the right road. “Ten passengers were found dead on the scene, while nine others, including the driver and a tiny baby, were rushed to the Barberton Hospital.” It was unclear if the baby’s mother had survived.

The victims’ families were being notified, Mabuza said. Community Safety MEC Petrus Ngomane was at the scene. He asked motorists to drive cautiously.Ngomane recently visited Mozambique and asked authorities to educate their motorists about road safety, the importance of driving roadworthy vehicles, and adhering to the rules of the road.

MBOMBELA- Road Accident Fund (RAF) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Eugene Watson, has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the commuters who died when a Toyota quantum overturned on the R40 Bulembu Road near Barberton, yesterday.

80 injured in Umlazi bus crash

A bus crash on the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi‚ in KwaZulu-Natal has caused 80 people to sustain minor to moderate injuries on Wednesday morning.Six-injured

A bus crash on the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi‚ in KwaZulu-Natal has caused 80 people to sustain minor to moderate injuries on Wednesday morning.

ER24 paramedics, “along with various other services‚ arrived on the scene and found the two buses still wedged together on the side of the road” says spokesperson Russell Meiring.“Numerous occupants were found seated on the side of the road while some occupants were found climbing out of the vehicle‚” spokesperson Russel Meiring said. He added that a triage area was set up and “paramedics found that approximately 80 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate”.“Fortunately‚ no serious or fatal injuries were reported‚” Meiring said.

Ghana: 2 killed, 17 injured in Bolga road accident

9th November 2016

 A woman and her baby have died, and 17 others injured in a gory accident on the Bolgatanga road in the Upper East region. The incident occurred when the mini bus with registration number GT3638-25 they heading towards Savelugu skidedd off the road, smashing into a tree.

The bodies of the deceased, according to the police, have been deposited in the morgue at the Tamale Teaching Hospital. Also, the injured, added the police, are receiving treatment at the same facility.

The Savelugu municipal police commander, ASP Tawiah Kwadwo William said preliminary probe has revealed the driver, who gave his name as Razak, “might have dozed off” and veered off resulting in the crash.

According to him, the police raced to the scene after learning of the accident from a distressed caller who unsuccessfully tried contacting an ambulance service.

Eight people injured after a bakkie rollied in Randburg

Eight people sustained moderate injures after a bakkie rolled on the N1 South before the Malibongwe Drive exit, in Randburg.

Just after 8am EMER-G-MED’s M03, A01 and A06 responded to the scene.

It’s alleged that the bakkie lost control, after a tyre burst, causing it to roll.

The eight injured patients were seated on the back of the bakkie, and were thrown off the rolling vehicle. They were treated at the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for further management.

Three-bus collision injures more than 30

  CAPE TOWN – At least 32 people were left injured after three buses collided at the corners of Heerengracht and Hertzog Boulevard in Cape Town’s CBD on Tuesday.

ER24 paramedics said traffic was heavily affected due to the collision. They found the three buses parked at the side of the road with occupants spread across the scene.

Mass casualty incident in the CPT CBD on the corners of Heerengracht and Hertzog boulevard involving 3 busses. Please avoid the area.

 A triage area was set up to assess and treat people. According to ER24, paramedics discovered that 32 people had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene.

The patients were treated for their injuries and transported to hospitals in the area for further treatment.

School bus accident on Egypt’s Suez road kills 3, injures 22

Three people were killed and 22 injured on Tuesday in a collision on Suez road between a school bus and a truck, reported Al-Ahram Arabic website.

The school bus driver and two teachers on board were reported killed and 22 students injured.

Deadly car accidents take place on a near-daily basis in Egypt, due to poor road safety conditions, badly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

In 2015, Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500 according to the official statistics body.

According to a global status report on road safety in 2015 published by the World Health Organisation, Egypt’s fatality rate ranked 16th among Arab countries and 109th globally out of 180 countries.

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Tanzania: 18 killed as 3 injured in Shinyanga road crash

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Shinyanga

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Shinyanga Regional Police Commander Muliro Jumanne said the accident occurred at 7:30pm .

Shinyanga. At least 18 people died and three others sustained injuries after two vehicles were involved in a headoncollision at Nsalala Village here on Sunday evening.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, Shinyanga Regional Police Commander Muliro
Jumanne said the accident occurred at 7:30pm . Jumanne said a Toyota Noah car, which
was heading to Tinde from Nzega in Tabora Region, collided on with a semitrailer
truck.

The RPC named the driver of the truck as Alloyce Kavishe, 46, a resident of Dar es
Salaam, while Toyota Noah was being driven by Self Muhamed, 32, a resident of Tinde in
Tabora Region. He said the cause of the accident was reckless driving. He said Mr Muhamed was trying to overtake another vehicle when his Toyota Hiace collided
with the truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. He said both drivers were being held by police in connection with the accident.

“Eighteen people, including two children, died on the spot. Seven of the deceased are men and nine are women,” said the RPC. The bodies of the deceased have been preserved at Shinyanga Referral Hospital, according to him. He said nine bodies have already been identified by relatives.

Mr Tuesday Named read of the diceased as Daud Maja, 34, a resident of Kishapu District in Shinyanga, Dina Masanja, 20, and night Kasapa, 42, Specioza Dotto, 23, Easter Kasapa, 59, Vicent Nzamala, 23, Emmanuel Tuesday and Andrew Mambosasa, 33, all Residents of Tinde in Tabora. Also on the list are Maganga Lubala, a resident of Uyui in Tabora and and Debora Maingu, a resident of Samuye in Shinyanga, according to the RPC.

He called upon drivers to abide by traffic rules and regulations so as to avoid road accidents. He also urged them to refrain from using mobiles, responding to greeting messages or surfing social networking sites while driving. He also warned against taking photos while driving. He said many accidents in the country were caused by reckless driving and negligence.

When contacted for comment later yesterday, Shinyanga Referral Hospital’s acting medical officer Daniel Maguja confirmed to have received the bodies of the deceased.
Dr Maguja said two bodies of Hamisa Matiko, a fiveyearold, and Salma Kiza, a one year old, were still preserved at hospital because their mother also died in the accident.

Speaking to reporters at the hospital, Jacob Peter, a resident of Tinde, whose relative was killed in the acciddent, blamed the government for allowing small vehicles like Noah to ferry passengers. He accused Noah drivers of violating traffics rules. He said a car (Noah) that was involved in the accident had carried over 10 passengers.

Namibia: The looting continues

 07 November 2016 | Accidents

Felipe graduand dies in road Accident 11 perish

MONDAY NOVEMBER 7 2016

 Deceased. Shamim Mukera

Mukera, who was due to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Secretarial Studies at IUIU, was among the 11 people who perished in an accident at Busoba Trading Centre on the Mbale-Tororo highway.

 Deceased. Shamim Mukera

The Mbale District traffic officer, Ms Beatrice Apolot, confirmed the accident and said Tororo Cement trailer UAX 398N collided with a taxi UAT 963L that was heading to Butaleja District, leaving 11 people dead while others sustained serious injuries.
A medical report seen by this newspaper from police surgeon, Dr Bernabus Rubanza, states that Mukera died of multiple injuries on the head.

4 children killed 5 injured in NCape head-on collision

2016-11-06 17:36 Amanda Khoza, News24

Kuruman in the Northern Cape, on Sunday, paramedics said. A bakkie and a car collided on the N14, about 20km from the town, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

The victims were found strewn across the scene. It was believed that they were in the bakkie. The four children, aged between four and eight, died on the scene.

The five injured included two boys, aged between one and two.

Child among 4 killed 12 injured in Limpopo crash

2016-11-06  Jeanette’s pieces, News24

Polokwane – Four people, including a 4-year-old child, have been killed and 12 others injured after a taxi and light motor vehicle collided on the N1 northbound, roughly 35km outside of Polokwane in Limpopo, paramedics said.

ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene shortly after 18:00 on Saturday evening, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.Paramedics found a light motor vehicle in the middle of the road while a taxi lay some distance away on the side of the road. Meiring said several bodies were found strewn across the scene while several were found walking along the roadside.Two men, a woman and a young girl, believed to be 4-years-old, had sustained fatal injuries. They were declared dead on the scene. Four patients were in a critical condition while eight others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious.Paramedics assessed and provided the critically injured with advanced life support. The patients were transported to various hospitals in the area for urgent treatment.The road was closed for some time due to the collision. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Woman cheats death by a whisker

by Staff reporter 5th November 2016

A WOMAN cheated death with a whisker when the car she was driving rammed and went under a haulage truck which turned right in front, as a result its front half was reduced into a debris at National Foods turn off along Khami road in Bulawayo yesterday.

Miss Sizwile Khoza (33) of Mkhosana Township crashed into the trailer of a truck which turned in front of oncoming traffic at around 10AM near Thorngrove suburb.

Bulawayo Metropolitan police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said: “I can confirm that a haulage truck turned in front of oncoming traffic without giving way. A BMW vehicle crashed onto into the truck but no one was injured.””

Miss Khoza escaped with minor scratches on one hand.

Kenya: 3 die 5 injured in Mtito Andei bus, saloon car crash

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 2016

Wreckage of a bus involved in an accident at Mtito Andei three years ago. Three people died in a crash involving a bus and a personal car on Mombasa road in Mtito Andei on November 5, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The three were travelling in the car heading towards Nairobi when the accident occurred at 4 am, according to Mtito Andei Traffic Base Commander Julius Kiplimo.

Confirming the accident, Mr Kiplimo said that the saloon car was attempting to overtake when it rammed into the bus head on.

He added: “The driver of the saloon two and two others died on the spot,” Mr Kiplimo told Nation on phone.

The injured were rushed to Mtito Andei hospital and bodies of the deceased were taken to Makindu Hospital Mortuary.

ZA: Woman flung from car after vehicle rolls

4th November 2016 Cosmo City

Two women were injured after the car they were in rolled and landed in someone’s backyard at South Africa Drive and Russia Avenue in the Cosmo City area in the early hours of this morning. ER24 paramedics and other services attended to the incident.

A woman who was ejected from the vehicle was found between 10 to 15 meters away from the car. Upon assessment, it was found that she sustained moderate injuries. Another woman believed to have gotten out of the vehicle herself also sustained moderate injuries. 

Both patients were treated and transported to hospital for further medical care.

Ghana: Amissah-Arthur’s convoy involved in accident

3rd November 2016

Amissah Arthur Convoy1File photo of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur on a campaign tour

A vehicle in the convoy of Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur was on Thursday morning involved in an accident near Nalerigu, in the Northern Region, a statement from the Vice President’s office has said.

Two people were slightly injured and have been given medical attention.

The Vice President is on a four-day campaign tour of the Northern Region. Mr Amissah-Arthur himself is said to be safe.

Three traffic cops admitted to hospital after crashing seized matatu

Nov. 03, 2016, By GEORGE MUGO

Three traffic police officers were admitted to different hospitals on Thursday following injuries sustained in an accident involving a matatu they had arrested. The officers, while on a crackdown of defective vehicles at Kiambaa area on Nairobi-Nakuru highway, reportedly opted to drive the vehicle to their base station.

Benson Ngige, the driver of the matatu registered under the MML Sacco, said one of the officers volunteered to take the vehicle to Kikuyu police station before the accident. He said that the cops had ordered him, as well as the passengers aboard the vehicle at the time it was stopped, to alight for routine inspection. “They told me to meet them at the station. Before long, I got news that the vehicle was involved in an accident at Zambezi area,” Ngige said.

Area OCPD Kiptoo Birgen told the press at Kikuyu hospital, where the officers were rushed, that the matatu rammed a lorry that was on its way to Nairobi. “It seems whoever was driving the vehicle lost control of it and hit the lorry from the rear,” Kiptoo said.

Kiptoo confirmed that chief inspector Rashid Koko – Kikuyu base commander; deputy inspector Stephen Moibei and an unidentified officer were inside the vehicle. He said Koko who was seriously injured and was transferred to the Aga Khan Hospital for specialised treatment. The OCPD said the other officers were receiving treatment and were in stable condition, adding that investigations into the cause of the accident have been launched.

However, the police boss declined to reveal who was driving the matatu, saying they had not interrogated the officers since they were in pain. “As of now, we cannot say who was driving the matatu, but investigations will tell. The officers are in pain. In fact, one was unconscious,” Kiptoo said.

Kikuyu hospital administrators declined to brief the press on the condition of the injured officers. The affected commuters condemned the police officers over their decision to drive the vehicle to the station on their own. The law requires that a vehicle found defective during a routine inspection be towed to the nearest police station for safe custody. “We cannot understand why they drove it. The vehicle should have been towed or driven to the police station by its owner in the company of an officer,” Nancy Njenga said.

MML Sacco secretary Samuel Kamau asked the government to take stern action against the officers alleged to have driven the vehicle. “Our company is shaken when we count losses instead of profits. The vehicle had all the requirements to be on the road. The vehicle is also new,” Kamau said.

Nigeria: Tears flow as trailer crushes 4 FGGC students on their way back from mid-term break (photos)

  Just in 3rd November 2016

Four students of the Federal Government Girls College Oyo state were killed after a Lorry carrying garri, fell on a commercial bus conveying them to school.

Four students of the Federal Government Girls College Oyo state and a driver died in an accident at about 3.30pm on Sunday, October 30.4 FGGC students killed as lorry falls on bus in Sabo, Oyo state

The accident occurred at a popular market in Sabo area, a distance of about one kilometre to the school, The Nation reports.

A trailer loaded with garri was said to have fallen on the minibus conveying the students to school, killing them alongside the driver.

Read also : ruling party loses daughter in car crash4 students of FGGC oyo die in car accident

 The deceased are John Olubukola (SS3), Giwa Taibat (SS3), Ladipo Mojisola (SS1) and Ibirogba Maryam (JS3).

Five others were lucky to escape and are reportedly receiving treatment in Peamark Hospital in the town.

According to the school’s spokesperson, Akin Olumide Omitade, the students were returning from mid-term break, on Sunday when the incident occurred.

4 FGGC Oyo students die in ghastly accident

They boarded the minibus from Owode, having arrived from different locations, with a parent accompanying one of them.

Omitade explained that the students were trapped to the back seat of the bus which prevented people around from rescuing them.

 The trailer loaded with rice fell on the commercial bus

4 FGGC Oyo students die in carr accident

The students were returning from mid-term break, on Sunday when the incident occurred

 

Kenya: One dies, three injured after car rams into lorry in Narok

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3 2016

One Man died on the spot on November 2, 2016

One Man died on the spot on Wednesday night after a Toyota Probox car ferrying passengers to Duka Moja in Suswa, Narok County, rammed into a lorry.

The accident happened at the Nairagie Enkare-Duka Moja bend.

Three other passengers were seriously injured and rushed to the Narok County Referral Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened just three weeks after a lorry ferrying 18 cows collided head-on with a trailer-truck close to the same spot near the notorious Duka Moja black spot.

Hardly a week passes without a fatal accident happening along the busy road.

The Mai Mahiu-Narok road has sharp bends, corners and steep sections while the Mulot-Kaplong route has gaping pot holes that are invisible at night and when it is raining.

Kenya: Sixteen injured as vehicle ferrying exam papers crashes in Nyandarua

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2 2016 The Land Rover vehicle that was involved in an

The Land Rover vehicle that was involved in an accident in Ol-Kalou, Nyandarua County on November 1, 2016 as it was transporting KCPE exam papers for storage. Sixteen occupants who were injured were treated at the JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Sixteen people were Tuesday evening injured after a GK vehicle ferrying the on-going KCPE examination papers crashed at Ol-Kalou in Nyandarua County. The vehicle was carrying five headteachers, five Administration Police officers and five NYS officers.

They were taking the examination papers to the Nyandarua County Commissioner’s office when the accident happened. They had just collected the papers from Githunguri, Hezta, Hospital, St Thomas and Manyatta primary schools. The driver, Lawrence Gitahi, told the Nation that he was obstructed by a motorcycle that unexpectedly moved to the centre of the road as they neared the Nyandarua County headquarters.

He swerved to avoid hitting the motorcycle and a vehicle that was coming from the opposite direction. “Unfortunately, the steering wheel locked. I don’t know why it locked,” the driver said.

The victims were rushed to the JM Kariuki Memorial Hospital for treatment. An education officer who spoke to the Nation said the examination material was safe. After the accident, the exam papers were secured and taken for storage at the county commissioner’s office.

Eye witnesses said the vehicle was overcrowded and that may have also contributed to the accident. “The vehicle is too small for sixteen adults,” a witness said.

Zimbabwe traffic cops to use swipe machines at roadblocks

2nd November 2016

Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo yesterday said plans to computerize the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s (ZRP) operations, including management of roadblocks, were at an advanced stage, with the government set to sign a multi-million-dollar public-private partnership (PPP) deal in the next two months.

Chombo disclosed the deal when he appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport to speak on automation of the ZRP, roadblocks and spot fines. “ZRP has for the last four years been asking the government to computerise to help us reduce roadblocks, catch people driving without licences and to catch motorists abusing the system,” he said. “In a month or two, we should be able to sign a PPP with partners such as the Ministry of Transport to computerise, control and manage all roadblocks so that, even if a motorist does not have money to pay a spot fine, they can swipe.

“The computerised system will enable ZRP headquarters in Harare to see from a satellite what is taking place at every roadblock in the country. It will take care of all complaints that people have been making to the effect that ZRP traffic officers have been taking bribes.”

Chombo told the committee that the computerised system would make it easier to tell who the owner of a vehicle is by just looking at the number plates or by punching the identity number of a driver, and getting their thumb prints. Through the system, motorists who have not paid vehicle licence fees, or even dodged paying spot fines will be nabbed at roadblocks and tollgates.

He said, so far, 500 traffic police officers had been arrested for corrupt activities at roadblocks and fired.

Asked by Mbire MP Douglas Karoro (Zanu-PF) to explain why roadblocks were mounted less than 10 kilometres apart, Chombo said the police would be looking for criminals or stolen vehicles.

“The public might see it as an inconvenience, but it is a service done to the public so that notorious road users are attended to. It may happen once or twice that there may be rogue elements that mount their own roadblocks, but those have always been nabbed and they are no longer members of the ZRP.”

Spiwe Muchenje (MDC-T Proportional Representation MP) then asked Chombo to explain why police were throwing spikes at moving commuter omnibuses and endangering the lives of passengers. Chombo said the owner of the commuter omnibus and the driver would be held responsible for accidents, where police throw spikes at errant kombi drivers.

He defended spot fines saying they were lawful in terms of section 356 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, adding errant drivers often provide fake addresses to the police.

South Africans against Drunk Driving: A mother’s battle to end road carnage

1st November 2016

FIGHTING DRUNK DRIVING: SADD is an NPO dedicated to curbing drunk driving on SA’s roads. Image: Wheels24

Raymond Charlen

Cape Town – According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), South Africa tops the list of drunk-driving related deaths in the world. With the 2016/17 holiday season approaching it’s critical to highlight the affect drunk-driving has on SA’s roads. A local non-profitable organisation, South Africans against Drunk Driving (SADD), has made it their mission to fight against drunk driving and alcohol abuse.Grim statistics: The WHO said: “South Africa remains one of the more dangerous countries for road safety, with 25.1 deaths per 100 000 population. The report noted however, that there has been a steady improvement in danger levels since a peak of 33 deaths per 100 000 people, recorded in 2006.”Apart from alcohol abuse, the major causes for fatal road deaths are speeding, not wearing seatbelts, lack of child restraints and no helmets for motorcyclists. Despite numerous government campaigns, many road users are guilty of driving while intoxicated.

https://ministryofsafety.wordpress.com/reports-2/reports/ 

Fighting the good fight: SADD raises awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, the consequences, as well as how lives are altered or lost as a result of reckless road behaviour. The organisation was founded by alcohol and drug educator, counselor and and psychiatric social worker, Caro Smit. For Smit the fight against drunk motorists is all too personal; her 23-year-old son, Chas, was killed in September 2005 by a drunk driver.

Smit, chairperson for SADD and campaigner against drunk driving, tells us more about the group:

Wheels24: What is SADD and why start an organisation against this particular problem? SADD: SADD is not about anger and/or revenge – it is about the future, bringing down deaths and injuries, and saving families from distress and heartache.

 

It could also be called SA Against Dangerous Driving/Destructive Decisions – as we deal with seatbelt use, speeding, texting/cellphone use and driving, youth drinking too much alcohol and driving dangerously. SADD is also about supporting victims and their families after drunk driving crashes, and offering pamphlets and advice for court.

Wheels24: What is your aim/mission? 

• To stop drink driving
• To protect families from needless deaths
• To make a difference

4 die in KZN crash after psychiatric patient attacks taxi driver

31st October 2016 (Supplied to News24)

Durban – Four people were killed when a taxi and a truck collided, after one of the passengers in the minibus attacked the driver, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport said on Sunday.

In a statement, the department said that preliminary reports indicated that a passenger, who is a psychiatric patient, allegedly attacked the driver of the taxi while it was in motion.This distracted the driver, leading to the taxi crashing into a truck on the N2, between eMpangeni and eNseleni.”There were four people who died on the scene, while five sustained critical injuries. They were taken to Ngwelezane and Richards Bay hospitals,” the statement reads. “It is alleged that the passenger grabbed the driver’s throat, causing him to lose control of the vehicle… and collided with a truck which was travelling in the slow lane.”The truck was travelling from Mtubatuba to Durban. Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda reacted with disbelief, saying an urgent investigation was needed.

Bodies, burnt out vehicles found by hikers in Bainskloof mountains

2016-10-31 Tammy Petersen, News24The skeletal remains of two people have been retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass. (ER24)

The skeletal remains of two people have been retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass. (ER24)

Cape Town – The skeletal remains of two people were retrieved along the Bainskloof mountain pass on Monday, two days after hikers stumbled upon the corpses and two burnt out vehicles.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said Wellington SAPS were alerted to the discovery of the severely decomposed bodies on Saturday afternoon. The genders of the deceased could not yet be confirmed and a post-mortem has been commissioned.Paramedics, Worcester metro rescue services, forensic pathology services and the Breede Valley Fire Department conducted a search of the area, along with police, following the discovery of the skeletons.A car and a bakkie were found.”The vehicles found on the scene were beyond recognition due to the extent of damages and burning. [They were found] about 200m down the mountain from the road. A cellular tablet was found partially burned nearby,” Van Wyk said.It was unclear how long the bodies had been there, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said. “The rescuers were also unable to find any identification on scene,” he confirmed. It is unknown at this stage when the vehicles crashed down the pass or if both vehicles were involved in the same collision. According to services on scene, they could not find any reports of recent collisions or reports of missing persons in the immediate area.”

Kenya: NTSA report reveals more people died in road accidents

MONDAY OCTOBER 31

Rescuers retrieve bodies from an accident scene at Sachangwan on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway on October 28, 2016. An Easy Coach bus from western Kenya collided with a Prestige Shuttle headed to Kisumu, killing five people among them a child. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rescuers retrieve bodies from an accident scene at Sachangwan on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway on October 28, 2016. An Easy Coach bus from western Kenya collided with a Prestige Shuttle headed to Kisumu, killing five people among them a child. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

More people are dying on the road despite strict regulations and crackdowns by the national transport safety agency.

In only 10 months, 10,937 road users lost their lives, a comparative statistics report by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) released on October 20 has revealed. This is an increase of 1,639 deaths from the same period last year, when 9,298 deaths were recorded.

Pedestrians continue to bear the brunt of reckless driving with 883 killed this year. Those who sustained injuries ranging from serious to mild ones were 818 and 300, respectively. This is a cumulative increase from last year, when 1,084 pedestrians sustained such injuries.

Speaking during a road safety forum at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in August, the NTSA director-general, Mr Francis Meja, attributed the high numbers to drunken walking, jaywalking, crossing the road along major highways at non-designated areas and getting knocked by speeding vehicles.

Passengers make up the second-largest casualties of road carnage. This year 582 passengers have died, an increase of 49 from the same period last year.

Those who sustained serious injuries have also increased from 1,661 same time last year to 1,772. More also sustain slight injuries, with the records revealing 3,734 as being affected.

DRUNKEN RIDING: According to Mr Meja, the cases are fuelled by speeding, fatigue, drunken riding, poor driving habits and skills at night, as well as reduced visibility. Motorcyclists and their passengers form the bulk of deaths on the road, with 414 riders having lost their lives since January, 472 seriously injured and 144 slightly injured. A total of 169 motorcycle passengers lost their lives, 326 seriously injured and 148 slightly injured in the 10 months the report covered.

This is strongly fuelled by motorcycles operating in darkness with no right gear — such as reflective jackets — hence not seen by fast-flowing traffic, poor riding habits and skills and reduced visibility. More drivers have died on the road with 278 counted this year. Those who sustained serious to slight injuries increased by 447 and 324, respectively.

Most of the accidents occur from 5pm to 10pm with 8pm being the peak. The most affected age is 20 to 40 years. The Authority projects that the exposure to crashes will increase with the increased lengths of the paved roads coupled with the increasing population and motorization, as well as inadequate treatment of black spots.

Ghana: Four perish in Kintampo accident

31st October 2016

Accident Scene NeeewFile photo.

Reports from Nante near Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region indicate that four people died on the spot when a Nissan Navara pickup collided with a taxi cab Sunday evening.

The pickup, with registration number GN 8336-11 was said be moving from Kintampo to Techiman while the taxi cab was heading towards Kintampo from Tuobodom.

An eyewitness told Graphic Online that the accident occurred at about 5.25 pm. According to the eyewitness, the incident occurred when the driver of the pickup ran into the on-coming taxi cab in an attempt to overtake a vehicle ahead of him.

The bodies of the deceased, all males and occupants of the taxi cab, have been conveyed to the Kintampo Government Hospital. According to the eyewitness, the driver of the pickup is yet to be found.

Namibia: Four family members die 4 injured

News – National | 2016-10-31 by  Marx Itamalo

FOUR members of the same family died on the spot on Friday morning on the Oshali-Ondangwa road when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with another vehicle before overturning. Three other members of the same family and a domestic assistant survived the accident, and were admitted at the Onandjokwe State Hospital.

According to Oshikoto police regional crime coordinator, Naomi Katjiwa, a Toyota double-cab vehicle was driving from Omuthiya towards Ondangwa when it collided with a Prado pickup driving in the opposite direction.

The Prado had swerved into the other lane to apparently avoid hitting a cow that was on the road. Four family members, who were part of the eight occupants of the Toyota, died on the spot. The 66-year-old driver of the Prado, who was travelling alone, was also admitted to the Onandjokwe hospital for treatment.

Police identified the victims as the driver, Martin Mafita, his two cousins Hilma Shikalakuti and Frieda Angula, and the driver’s son Tomas Mafita. Those who survived the accident are Mafita’s two other children Sulvia Mafita (4), Christine Mafita (seven months), his wife Selma Shilongo and domestic assistant Valeria Tomas.

Mafita’s mother Sulvia Ndakukamo told The Namibian that the relatives were travelling from Walvis Bay to Onhuno in Ohangwena to attend a wedding.

Ndakukamo said Tomas Mafita worked in the fishing industry at Walvis Bay, while Shikalakuti was a police officer at Walvis Bay. Angula worked for the Walvis Bay municipality.

Ndakukamo said although she had lost her son, grandson and two nieces, the family has accepted what happened. “I know it is a difficult time for us, but we have accepted the fate. God has made it with a purpose; so there is nothing we can do,” she told The Namibian.

She said some family members have gathered at her house at Ouhongo, near Engela in Ohangwena for mourning, while some had gone to the wedding at Onhuno. According to her, in Oshiwambo tradition, a wedding cannot be delayed by anything, even if death occurs in the family.

Student killed in accident

By Hudson Apunyo Added 30th October 201

The DPC Dokolo Amis Kayondo Lukanga said the driver lost control when he tried to save a cyclist at AgwataAccident2 703x422

Photos by Hudson Apunyo

An outgoing student of Kyambogo University who was traveling to attend a funeral of a fellow student’s mother in Dokolo was on Friday afternoon killed in road accident on Lira- Dokolo- Soroti Highway.

Lillian Apio, 23, from Apii in Kole district was traveling together with four others (in-laws) in a saloon car registration number UAD 812Y, Toyota Corolla commonly known as kikumi to attend a burial in Adok Sub County, Dokolo district. The funeral was for Keren Odongo who passed on at Nsambya hospital due to cancer.

Apio who was due to graduate in January sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Agwata Health Centre III but her condition deteriorated and she was transferred to Lira Regional Referral Hospital where she died as she was being taken to the theater.

Apio was engaged to Solomon Cankoma, an outgoing student of Makerere University and son to Lira lawyer Bosco Twontoo, their traditional marriage was slated to take place on November 5. Twontoo said introduction was already done and they were going to finalise the traditional marriage on November 5.

The body was by press time lying in the mortuary waiting post mortem. The DPC Dokolo Amis Kayondo Lukanga said the driver lost control when he tried to save a cyclist at Agwata, near the forest reserve forcing it to overturn several times. The DPC said the cyclist is reported to have jumped off the bicycle before he was hit and fled into the bush and has not been seen.

The vehicle was being driven by Jimmy Emmanuel Ogwang who also sustained injuries.
Wisdom Adupa, 21, was also seriously injured and transferred to Lira Regional Referral Hospital. Daniel Adilo Obote miraculously survived with bruises as he was thrown out of the vehicle through the windscreen.

The fate of one other occupant of the vehicle is not known as they were not seen just like the cyclist. The DPC said there has been three hit and run accidents on the same highway since January. The cause of the accident was attributed to high speed.

Ghana: DVLA, Police swoop on fake number plate dealer

30th October 2016

Car Licence Plates

A combined taskforce of the Techiman office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) have arrested a 32year-old man for trading in fake number plates.

Kwaku Ofori was arrested at the Techiman Magazine while working on new number plates to be issued to his unsuspecting clients.

He was arraigned before the Tuobodom Magistrate Court on Friday, October 28, 2016 where he pleaded guilty for trading in fake number plates.

Ofori has been scheduled to reappear before the court next week where the presiding judge is expected to rule on the matter.

Malawi: ‘DRTSS takes safety issues seriously’

Albert Sharra October 29, 2016

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last year named Malawi as one of the countries with the highest record of road traffic accidents in Africa. In a report published by The Economist, road accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds in the country.

Are Malawians safe on the roads? Our reporter ALBERT SHARRA engages Angellina Makwecha, the spokesperson for the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) to find out why road accidents are on the increase.angellina-makwecha

Pic: Angellina Makwecha, the spokesperson for the Directorate of Road Trafic and Safety Services (DRTSS)

What is DRTSS doing to reduce the number of road accidents in the country?
We have several new initiatives to reduce accidents on the roads of Malawi. As you might be aware, DRTSS is one of the
departments that embarked on government reforms to improve service delivery as well as safety on our roads. For instance,
administration of highway-code knowledge is computerised to prevent subjectivity which is always there when it is being administered by a human being. Similarly, renewal of professional driving permit requires one to undergo a computerised Highway Code knowledge test.

The DRTSS has intensified monthly enforcements in all its operational regions to bring sanity on our roads. We have a cordial working relationship with Traffic Police Department and we conduct joint enforcements and awareness programmes every quarter. Another thing is that the DRTSS through the Safety Awareness Section implements the driver improvement programme, also known as Defensive Driving Programme, in all the four operational regions. All drivers are encouraged to participate in this important programme to improve their driving skills as one way of preventing and reducing road accidents.
We intend to intensify road safety awareness programmes through various media outlets in response to the prevailing accident situation.

But despite all these efforts, why are we having so many road accidents?
The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS) has made an analysis of the accidents that have happened in the last four months and it shows that the numbers are comparably low with corresponding past periods. However, it is worrisome that recent accidents claimed more lives. This is a great cause for concern.

Should we say you are failing your job?
The duty of DRTSS is to manage road transport system in order for them to be safe and sustainable for development of the country. The system’s elements comprise roads, vehicles, drivers and the environment which include other road users. When the vehicle is in motion these elements have to interact properly in order to avoid accidents. Looking at this it can be noted that there are lots of issues to look at and it is obvious that there are many players that can lead to accidents happening or prevention of the same. As such it is crucial that all road users play a significant part to ensure that we reduce road accidents
and levels of fatality. DRTSS work towards reducing numbers and the seriousness with emphasis on fatalities.

From what has been pointed out you will note that road safety is cross-cutting and requires a multi-sectoral approach if we are to achieve significant reduction in traffic accidents. It’s not only the duty of DRTSS to see to it that accidents are reduced, all
players are supposed to be proactive in as far as issues of accident prevention is concerned. For instance, there are issues of driver training, vehicle condition, behavioural change, adherence to traffic regulations, road infrastructure, traffic law enforcement, civic education and awareness, just to mention a few.

DRTSS can implement some of this but it requires other players to come in, for example, how much input does the media contribute towards reduction of road traffic accidents?
The DRTSS takes safety issues seriously in order to protect life and property. DRTSS is working tirelessly to mitigate this problem. And we call upon all stakeholders to join hands with us to ensure safety and reduction of accidents on the roads of Malawi.

Speeding is a lead cause of road accidents and your office introduced several measures to control it, including the introduction of ‘speed trap cameras.’ However, these are hardly on the roads.

What happened to the ‘speed trap camera project’?
It’s not entirely true that most accidents are caused by speeding. However, the seriousness of any accident is partly attributed to high speed, or chances of survival in an accident are dependent on speed. An accident may be caused by a combination of factors such as poor lights of vehicles at night, poor judgment of drivers, overworking of drivers, driving while intoxicated, just to mention a few.

From the analysis we have carried out most of these accidents happen at night when speed cameras are not in use. On another sad note, there is a tendency by drivers to warn each other whenever speed cameras are in use at a particular road stretch. This defeats the purpose of using speed cameras because drivers will only slow down whenever they are approaching a speed camera and after that it’s business as usual.

Currently, all the four DRTSS operational regions have two speed cameras each which are now interfaced with the new Malawi Information Transport System (Maltis) system. Very soon DRTSS Enforcement Section will be operational, with adequate number of officers to manage the cameras on a daily basis other than relying on the same staff that also serve
clients in an effort to reduce congestion at our various regions.

Let me also inform you that every traffic offence that is leveled against a road user is supposed to be backed by the Road Traffic Act 1997 and the Regulations 2000, therefore, one is deemed to be speeding only if the speed is beyond the prescribed speed limit for a particular road stretch and vehicle usage. As such speed cameras are used where there is likelihood of endangering other road users and where legal speed limits apply.

Any last word?
The most worrisome thing for us is that most accidents are serious, fatal and claim lives. However, the general trend of road crashes is on the decline (Is this correct? – Ed). In this regard we can say that there are some gains which are being made and I hope we will continue on this path.

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Malawi: 13 family members involved in fatal accident

A 43 year old Robert Mwafulirwa died on the spot while 12 of his relations are receiving treatment at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) after being involved in a road accident in NkhotakotaAccident: What remains of the vehicle

The PRO explained that the driver and owner of the Ford Rangerregistration number DZ 3431 Humphrey Chiwaula, was trying to overtake another vehicle but in the process realized that there was another vehicle coming from the opposite direction.He said the people were on their way to Karongafrom Zomba where they were supposed to attend a tombstone unveiling ceremony of their departed father.

“He lost control of the vehicle when he tried to return to his lane. The tyre burst and the vehicle overturned several times.

“Currently the 12 have been referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital after sustaining various injuries,” Makuti said.

Police have so far observed that it is high time their traffic department considered putting road signs along the already damaged Nkhotakota Dwangwa road which registers accidents every week resulting from its condition.

As we went to press, family members were working on repatriating the dead body from Matiki Health Centre in Dwangwa to Chimwang’ali Village, Traditional Authority Mwirang’ombe in Karonga.

Zimbabwe: Human error a cause of many road traffic accidents

by Simbarashe Sithole 29th October 2016

 A number of innocent people are being killed daily in road traffic accidents emanating from human error.

According to the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe 93, 4 percent of road accidents are caused by human error which manifests in various ways involving push carts operators, rank marshals, vendors, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, animal herd and drivers.

Most accidents are due to speeding, misjudgement, overtaking error, failure to give way, following too close to a vehicle ahead these mistakes resulted in avoidable deaths.

Meanwhile, it is high time law enforcement agencies impose stiffer measures to curb unnecessary loss of life.

Only 6, 6 percent of road accidents are caused by animals, vehicle defects and adverse road conditions therefore vehicles and roads should be perfect for the smooth flow of traffic.

Zalawi truck accident, 3 people battling for life

29th October 2016THREE people are battling for life after a truck they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned near the old toll gate, 17 km out of Hwange along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road, police said yesterday.

The accident occurred at around 8AM when the driver of a Zalawi haulage truck veered off the road, overturned and hit a tree. Sources suspect fatigue caused the driver to doze off, resulting in him veering off the road.

Rescuers at the scene identified the driver as Mr Aleck Chipeta (43) who sustained serious head injuries as his scalp peeled off and bones were protruding where he broke his arm.
The other two passengers have been identified as Fortunate Ndebele of Solusi Village in Lupane and Spencer Mwembe of Dampa Area in Cross Dete.

The other two passengers that Mr Chipeta gave a lift at Cross-Dete early that morning are said to have incurred serious internal injuries. The three are admitted to Hwange Colliery Hospital.

3 critical after Hwange truck crash

28th October 2016

The wreckage of the haulage truck which crashed near Hwange yesterday

The wreckage of the haulage truck which crashed near Hwange yesterday

Whinsley Masara, Chronicle Reporter
THREE people are battling for life after a truck they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned near the old toll gate, 17 km out of Hwange along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road, police said yesterday. The accident occurred at around 8AM when the driver of a Zalawi haulage truck veered off the road, overturned and hit a tree.

Sources suspect fatigue caused the driver to doze off, resulting in him veering off the road. Acting Matabeleland North police spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mashona said she could not comment on the accident.

Rescuers at the scene identified the driver as Mr Aleck Chipeta (43) who sustained serious head injuries as his scalp peeled off and bones were protruding where he broke his arm. The other two passengers have been identified as Fortunate Ndebele of Solusi Village in Lupane and Spencer Mwembe of Dampa Area in Cross Dete. The other two passengers that Mr Chipeta gave a lift at Cross-Dete early that morning are said to have incurred serious internal injuries. The three are admitted to Hwange Colliery Hospital.

Sources alleged the driver, who was transporting a load from South Africa to Zambia, had arrived at Cross-Dete at around 9 PM the previous night. “Instead of the driver resting, he was seen drinking heavily and partying all night at Cross-Dete Business Centre.” “At around 6AM the driver left with a woman identified as Fortue and another passenger who asked for a lift to Victoria Falls,” said the source who preferred anonymity.

A motorist who witnessed the accident said from the moment he caught up with the truck on the road, he suspected the driver was dozing because his truck kept swerving. “At around that point, I attempted to overtake him but he swerved and encroached onto my lane before he overturned. The truck slid for a distance on its roof before it crashed into a tree.”

“I suspect the driver was dozing and he lost control of the vehicle. It was a horrific scene as the driver was seriously injured. They were all rushed to the Colliery Hospital in Hwange,” said the witness.

Four die, three injured in Ogun auto crash

Four persons were killed in auto crash which also left three other people injured along the Abeokuta – Ibadan expressway.

The accident which occurred on Wednesday night at Alakija village near Olodo in Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun state involved a truck conveying cement   and a  Toyota Picnic  marked (OYO) BDJ 427 SX.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi who confirmed the accident, said the driver of the Toyota Picnic  car crashed into the truck marked YKS 194 XA,  from the rear.

According to Akinbiyi, the driver of the Toyota Picnic and three other passengers died at the scene of the crash while  three other passengers were critically wounded but the  truck driver and his boy, came out unscathed.

He noted that  the accident resulted from over-speeding on the part of the driver of Toyota Picnic car.

Akinbiyi however added that the remains of the dead were kept at the morgue of the State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta while the injured are receiving treatment at a private hospital in Odeda town.

Zimbabwe: 17 perish in road crashes

2510-1-1-CHARITY CHARAMBA LATEST SEVENTEEN people died in three separate road accidents recorded countrywide over the weekend. Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (pictured) said most of the accidents were a result of human error.“Over the last three days – 21, 22 and 23 October 2016 – we have lost 17 lives in three separate road traffic accidents due to mainly human error on our country’s highways.

“This is a major concern not to the Zimbabwe Republic Police only, but to the country as a whole. Innocent people are perishing in circumstances that can be avoided,” she said.

She said last Friday in Guruve at around 8.15pm, a 65-year-old man was driving a Mitsubishi Canter along Mvurwi-Kanyemba Road with 16 church members on board. The man encroached into the opposite lane resulting in a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle.

Six people from the Mitsubishi Canter died on the spot, while the seventh died on admission to Guruve Hospital. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said 11 people were injured and taken to Guruve Hospital for treatment.

“On 22 October, 2016 at around 2030 hours, another accident occurred at the 167km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Road (near Ngwena Shopping Centre, Kadoma) where six people were killed after the driver of a Honda Fit overtook in front of an oncoming vehicle resulting in a head-on collision with another vehicle,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said another four people died on Saturday at around 9.30am at the 143km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Road, near Total Service Station in Kadoma when a Toyota Wish encroached into the opposite lane resulting in a head-on collision with a Nissan March.

“Eight others were injured and rushed to Eiffel Flats and Kadoma General hospitals for treatment. In all the accidents, it was pure human error, ‘encroaching into the lane of oncoming vehicles’. This has become common to see drivers encroaching on our roads without thinking of the consequences and checking for safety,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged motorists to exercise caution when travelling on the roads, especially at night. She said drivers must check the conditions of their vehicle tyres constantly and that roads are clear before overtaking.

[PINETOWN] – Car slams into bridge killing man.

A man, believed to be in his 30s, was killed this morning after his light motor vehicle crashed into a bridge on Mahogany Road in Pinetwon, KwaZulu Natal. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 06h42 to find the wrecked light motor vehicle lying on the grassy embankment.

On closer inspection, paramedics found the lone occupant lying inside the vehicle. The man was carefully extricated from the vehicle and immediately assessed. Unfortunately, the man had already succumbed to his multiple, fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead on the scene.

It is understood that the driver lost control of the vehicle as he drove around the corner, causing the vehicle to slam into the bridge.

The wet roads was believed to be a contributing factor to the cause of the collision.

2 people including a disabled teenager die in collision between taxi and bakkie

25th October 2016

Two people including a disabled teenager have died after a bakkie collided with a minibus taxi that was transporting disabled children from home to their special needs school.

This accident happened on the R25 in Bronkhorstpruit in Gauteng. Netcare911 paramedics worked alongside paramedics from the Provincial EMS on scene.disabled-teenager

Reports from the scene indicate that twenty four children have been injured. Two of the disabled children are in a critical condition, the rest sustained moderate to minor injuries.

The Netcare1 helicopter has airlifted one of the disabled children to a hospital in Johannesburg for further medical care. 

The rest of the injured children were stabilised on scene and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

The driver of the bakkie (man) and one of the disabled children(girl) was declared dead at the scene. This accident happened this morning at about 08h30.

6 injured as 3 vehicles collide on N1 in Midrand

2016-10-25 Iavan Pijoos, News24

 Johannesburg – Six people were injured when a bakkie collided with two other vehicles on the N1 South, near the Allandale off-ramp in Midrand, paramedics said on Tuesday.

7 injured in Mityana road accident

 24th October 2016

The vehicle they were traveling in rammed into a lorry causing serious damage to the car. kampala

 Seven members of one family were badly injured in an accident that occurred along the Kampala-Mityana road last night. The injured are currently receiving treatment at Mityana hospital.

The vehicle they were traveling in rammed into a lorry causing serious damage to the car.

Kombi overturns while fleeing traffic cops

by Simbarashe Sithole 24th October 2016

A kombi overturned while fleeing traffic cops this morning around 7am in Harare.

A source told Bulawayo24.com that the accident happen “at a junction between Avondale and Parirenyatwa.”

It is alleged a school child died on spot.

Victims trapped in car after horror crash

24th October 2016 Iavan Pijoos, News24(Photo supplied IPSS Medical Rescue)

(Photo supplied IPSS Medical Rescue)

Ghana: NPP supporters involved in a fatal accident, 2 dead 10 injured

24th October 2016

Accident DitchThe taxi which was involved in the accident

An Urvan mini-van carrying some New Patriotic Party (NPP) to a Constituency Rally at Kpedzegblo, in the Central Tongu Constituency, has been involved in a gory motor accident. The accident happened between Wute and Dadogboe on the Mafi Kumase – Adidome road.

According to eyewitnesses, most of whom were party members onboard similar vans bound for the same event, the Urvan mini-van tried to overtake a taxi cab, and skidded off the road, plunging into a depression beside the road. So far, reports say over ten people have sustained severe injuries with many others feared dead.

At least two of the victims, clad in party paraphernalia, lay dead on the ground at the time of this report. Among the people at the scene were Hopeson Adorye and some notable party stalwarts in the Constituency who were leading the team.

Of the 1.3 million people dying each year from traffic accidents, 49 per cent are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists

Lack of investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure is contributing to the deaths of millions of people and overlooking a great opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change, a new UN Environment report says today. In Global Outlook on Walking and Cycling, UN Environment calls on countries to invest at least 20 per cent of their transport budgets in walking and cycling infrastructure to save lives, reverse pollution and reduce carbon emissions, which are rising at over ten per cent a year.

“People are risking their lives every time they leave their homes,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. “But it isn’t just about accidents. Designing transport systems around cars puts more vehicles on the road, increasing both greenhouse gas emissions and deadly air pollution. We must put people, not cars, first in transport systems.”

The report surveyed the progress towards safer walking and cycling infrastructure in 20 low- to middle-income countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, where compared with high-income countries, twice as many more people die in road traffic accidents.

Of the most dangerous countries to walk and cycle from the sample, four African countries topped the table. In Malawi, a total of 66 per cent of all road fatalities were pedestrians and cyclists; in Kenya 61 per cent; South Africa 53 per cent; Zambia 49 per cent; and in Nepal 49 per cent.

Some 1.3 million people die each year on the roads, almost half of them pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Motorized transport is responsible for a quarter of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and is the fastest growing sector in greenhouse gas emissions – it will be responsible for a third of CO2 emissions by 2050 at current rates. (Cows are worse than cars  http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/cow-emissions-more-damaging-to-planet-than-co2-from-cars-427843.html   – Ed).

Poor air quality, in part due to vehicle emissions, is estimated to cause around seven million premature deaths each year and is increasing health problems like bronchitis, asthma, heart disease and brain damage.

The global fleet of private cars is projected to triple by 2050, with most of this new vehicle growth expected to take place in the same developing countries that are already hardest hit by road fatalities and injuries. In line with current trends, not only will this result in a staggering increase in road fatalities globally, but the increase in carbon-polluting cars will severely restrict the world’s ability to limit the global average temperature rise to less than 2°C.

“Unless we act to make our roads safe, in ten years an estimated 13 million more people will have died on our roads – that is more than the entire population of Belgium. The human impact is horrific, but the impact on all of our survival must not be ignored,” Mr Solheim added.

UN Environment is urging countries to:

  • Draft national and local policies for Non-motorized Transport (NMT), and if they already exist, immediately act to implement them.
  • Increase spending on walking and cycling infrastructure to at least 20 per cent of transport budgets.
  • Ask NMT users where they walk and ride – pay particular focus to vulnerable users, such as women, children, elderly and people with mobility challenges.
  • Actively champion NMT – political will is not only about policies, it is about giving walking and cycling equal status to private cars.

Percentage breakdown for pedestrians and cyclists from the total number of road deaths per country:

  • In Malawi: 49% pedestrian fatality rate14-17% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 66%
  • In Kenya: 47% pedestrian14% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 61%
  • In South Africa: 50% pedestrian3% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 53%
  • In Zambia: 37% pedestrian12% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 49%
  • In Nepal: 49% pedestrian- total walking and cycling deaths 49%
  • In Uganda: 40% pedestrian8% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 48%
  • In Chile (Santiago): 39% pedestrian8% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 47%
  • In Ghana: 42% pedestrian5% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 47%
  • In South Korea: 39% pedestrian5% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 44%
  • In Bangladesh: 32% pedestrian11% cyclists – total walking and cycling deaths 43%

Ten congregants die in head on collision

by Simbarashe Sithole 22nd October 2016

Ten people died when a lorry they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck along Guruve-Mvurwi highway on Friday night. Eight died on the spot and two died upon admission at Guruve hospital. The lorry was carrying members of the Zimbabwe apostolic church sect who were going to the Karoi shrine in Guruve for a church meeting. Eyewitness told Bulawayo24.com that the accident happened around 8pm and three ambulances attended the scene.

It is alleged that the accident was due speeding.

Mash-Central police could not confirm the accident saying “we are basing on hear say since it is weekend, contact us on Monday.”

Nigeria: Corps installs speed limiters on 57,000 vehicles

21st October 2016

FRSC began the partial enforcement of the installations on commercial vehicles on Oct. 1 after overcoming initial challenges FRSC officers on duty

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday said it had installed speed limiters on 57,000 vehicles across the country to ensure safety on the highways. Mrs Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, the Deputy Corp Marshal (Operations), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that Short Messaging System (SMS) codes would be adopted to verify installation of the device on vehicles.

NAN reports that FRSC began the partial enforcement of the installation of the device on commercial vehicles on Oct. 1 after overcoming initial challenges. “We have a portal through which we monitor compliance, and once the device is installed on a vehicle, it will be uploaded on the portal. “So, the response is good,’’ Ewhrudjakpor said.

According to her, the SMS coding system is to eliminate the need for FRSC officers to physically check installation of the device on vehicles. “The SMS codes will be ready before we begin full enforcement of the speed limiters on vehicles. “Instead of opening the vehicle’s bonnet to check if the device has been fitted, our enforcement officer will only input the car’s registration number to ascertain its installation status.

“We will make the short codes available to fleet owners to also check on our portal if the vendor has actually uploaded their vehicles’ data after installing the device,’’ she said. Ewhrudjakpor said that the corps would give fleet owners, whose vehicles have factory-fitted speed limiters the opportunity to upload relevant information on the portal.

“But, we will check if the device meets the Nigerian standard and properly calibrated,’’ the deputy corps marshal said. She also said that the corps would collaborate with various transport unions to increase compliance.

Everything dies, 16 people Injured

20th October 2016 by Staff reporter

A TOUT died while 16 people were injured when a Tshova Mubaiwa Taxi Association kombi collided with a Toyota Gaia at an uncontrolled intersection in Bulawayo’s Tshabalala suburb yesterday morning.

The tout (23) who was hanging out of the kombi window on impact, was dragged on the tarred road after the vehicle overturned and slid on its side.

Witnesses said one side of the unidentified tout’s body was mangled and blood spouted from a deep gash on his neck which passersby unsuccessfully tried to stem with pieces of cloth.

He died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

The witnesses said the driver of the commuter omnibus, who appeared confused, tried to flee the scene.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said: “We’re investigating an accident that happened in Tshabalala involving a commuter omnibus and a Toyota Gaia where a male aged 23 passed away. Investigations are still underway.”

Meanwhile, another accident occurred in Sizinda suburb, near Westgate turn off. A kombi crashed into the rear of another commuter omnibus as both vehicles raced for passengers.

Kenyan politicians who have escaped death by car accidents

20th October 2016 Author: Winnie Mabel

In the recent months, a number of accidents involving government issued vehicles have been reported.   Some occurred as an accident while others were out of negligence. Below are some of the politicians who have been involved in fatal and minor accidens:

  1. Governor Isaac Rutoimage001

Governor Isaac Ruto’s car. Image: Daily Nation

Ruto took to Twitter to announce the death of a passenger who was hit by his car as soon as he alighted from a matatu. According to his tweets, the passenger rushed to cross the Mai Mahiu road from in front of the matatu without looking out for an oncoming vehicle.

“My driver tried to overtake the parked matatu which was halfway on the road when the incident occurred,” explained Ruto. The matatu sped off as Ruto and company headed to a nearby police station.Reports had it that the governor’s car rolled on impact before landing into a ditch.

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  1. Samburu county Assembly Speaker Steve Lelegwe

One of Steve Lelegwe’s cars

One of Lelegwe’s vehicles was involved in a fatal accident on Tuesday, October 18, at around 8.30 pm. A disabled teacher was hit and killed by the vehicle that was heading to Maralal town from Kisima.

He was, however, not in the vehicle when the accident occurred. Following this, residents of Kisima took to the streets to protest the death of the teacher.

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  1. Baringo Woman representative Grace Kiptui

Grace Kiptui

Kiptui’s vehicle was involved in a fatal accident on April 17, 2016, leaving her driver dead. According to reports, the accident occurred aling the Loruk-Kambi ya Samaki road in Baringo county at around 11:30am. The accident was self-involving. The legislator, her personal assistant and her bodyguard escaped with injuries.

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  1. Woman Mandera representative Mahbub Fathia

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Mahbub’s car was involved in a grizzly road accident along the Moyale-Isiolo road on June 21, 2016. She was not in the car but the passengers escaped with injuries.

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  1. CORD/ODM leader Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga

On June 7, 2016, Raila’s car was involved in a car accident said to be an attempt on his life. The incident was not publicized but was reported to the police. According to Philip Etale, his director of communications, a public service vehicle hit the car on the side Raila was seated on. Apparently, it was the second time such an incident was occurring.

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  1. Ferdinand Wanyonyi and Victor Munyaka

The Wanyonyi / Munyaka accident in Eldoret

The Kwanza and Machakos Town Members of Parliament were involved in a car accident when their vehicle overturned in Eldoret town. It was not clear how the accident occurred but it could have been chalked down to the muddy nature of the road they were travelling on.

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  1. Drunk Naivasha government employee and driver car crush

Resident in Naivasha expressed fury after the aforementioned veered off the road and rammed into people and trees.The accident occurred on September 9, 2016, at 7 am. The residents refrained from descending on the two and instead reported them to relevant authorities.

Man dies in accident involving Governor Ruto’s vehicle

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 2016

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s official vehicle that was involved in an accident in Mtaro on the Maai Mahiu–Naivasha highway on October 18, 2016. One person was killed. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUPBomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s official vehicle

The cattle trader was attempting to cross the busy road at around 6.45pm when he was hit and killed. Following the accident, villagers appealed to the government to erect speeds bumps at the Mtaro black spot. Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto’s vehicle on Monday night knocked down a cattle trader, killing him instantly at the Mtaro black spot on the Maai Mahiu–Naivasha highway.

The victim, identified as Harrison Tapasiany, was attempting to cross the busy road at around 6.45pm when he was hit and killed by the Range Rover carrying Mr Ruto. The Bomet governor was heading to Nairobi but was forced to temporary halt his journey after the crash.

The vehicle was towed to the Maai Mahiu police station as police began investigating the incident. A senior officer at the police station told the Nation that Mr Ruto was expected to record a statement on Friday in connection with the crash.

Mr Tapasiany’s friend, John Koelel, said the trader was returning from the Ntulele market and had just alighted from a matatu when he was knocked down. “I rushed to the scene only to find his lifeless body lying by the roadside,” said the mourning villager.

He said the Mtaro stretch of the highway is dangerous, with several people having been killed there while trying to cross the road. Animals have also been knocked down. It is a busy place and also the only watering point for our animals,” he said.

Mr Koelel also appealed to the government to assist Mr Tapasiany’s family, saying he had left behind two widows and 12 children. He said Mr Tapasiany was the sole breadwinner in the large family and was returning home to prepare for the initiation rites of his four sons. “It is a tragedy for the young families as most of his children are still in primary school,” added Mr Koelel. Another villager, John Kusero, said the area was prone to accidents with motorists routinely speeding on the busy road.

Following the accident, villagers appealed to the government to erect speed bumps at the Mtaro black spot.

Kenya: Demos in Samburu after Speaker’s car hits and kills disabled teacher

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 19 2016

The vehicle belonging to Samburu County Assembly Speaker at the Maralal Central police station on October 19, 2016. The vehicle belonging to Samburu County Assembly Speaker at the Maralal Central police station on October 19, 2016.
The vehicle belonging to the Samburu County Assembly Speaker, seen at the Maralal Central police station on October 19, 2016. It was involved in a fatal road accident on Tuesday night. The Speaker’s Toyota Prado, on the other hand, was headed to Mararal Town. The Speaker was not in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Residents of Kisima in Samburu County Wednesday took to the streets protesting the death of a disabled teacher who was hit and killed by a car belonging the county assembly Speaker.

The accident happened Tuesday at around 8.30pm as the teacher at Kisima Primary School was going home. The Speaker’s Toyota Prado, on the other hand, was headed to Mararal Town. The Speaker was not in the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Following the accident, the car was taken to Maralal Central Police Station while body of the deceased was taken to the Samburu County Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem. Samburu County Police Boss Francis Kumut confirmed the incident, adding that investigations have already begun to establish the cause of the accident.

On Wednesday morning, irate residents lit bonfires, barricaded roads and stoned motorists.

Five judicial staff die in road accident Oluwatobi Bolashodun

19th October 2016

The federal judiciary has lost 5 members of staff in a road crash while three others are unconscious.

The crash occurred at the Mpape junction bus stop along Kubwa Expressway where the staff were waiting for the staff bus Five staff of the federal judiciary died in a road crash in Abuja while three others sustained serious injuries.

The staff includes three from the National Judicial Council (NJC) secretariat; and one each of the Supreme Court and Appeal Court. The crash occurred at the Mpape junction bus stop along Kubwa Expressway where the staff were waiting for the staff bus, Daily Trust reports.

According to eye witnesses the incident occurred when a female driver, who was on telephone, lost control and veered off the road killing the five on the spot. Three others are said to be unconscious. A staff of the Supreme Court said funeral arrangements are being made for the Muslims among the dead, according to Islamic rites.

Three SPLA soldiers die in car crash in Uganda

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YUMBE. Three soldiers of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) died on Monday evening in a car crash in northern Uganda, in Yumbe District.
The soldiers from Kajo-Keji barracks in South Sudan were involved in a head-on collision at Gojuru village in Kuru Sub-county along Yumbe-Koboko road. The Police PRO for West Nile sub region, Ms Josephine Angucia, told Daily Monitor: “It has been a routine that the SPLA soldiers have been using our road to carry out their administrative matters. It is unfortunate that they were driving on the right and over speeding.”
The soldiers were travelling to Kaya barracks, which is situated at the border with Koboko, using the shorter route from Kajo-Keji town via Moyo-Yumbe-Koboko road. There were 11 soldiers in a land-cruiser being led by Maj. Akol Manjiel.

The Ugandan police identified the dead as Corporal Mabior Deng Kuch, Corporal Joseph Dhel Akuch and Private James Abraham Jacob. The soldiers had a head-on collision with a truck that was distributing beverages to their customers in Yumbe District.

The injured were first rushed to Yumbe hospital for treatment before being transported last night, back to Kajo-Keji in South Sudan. The three dead bodies have also been transported to Kajo-Keji. The Kajo-Keji-Juba-Kaya road is far and has of recent been faced with insecurity due to attacks from rebel groups operating along the route.
Because it also has bad roads with huge gullies, and which are narrow and bushy, the South Sudanese authorities recently requested the Uganda government for permission to use Ugandan roads when they want to carry out their activities.

Nigeria: Motorist killed as tanker falls on Benz car in Abia

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A motorist has been reportedly killed in Abia state, following the fall of a fuel tanker belong to the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC).

Scene of the accident The NNPC truck laden with over 40,000 litres of petrol, on Saturday night fell on a Mercedes Benz car and killed the occupant. The tanker, with registration number XKN 222 SA and NNPC emblem, was said to be heading to Owerri, the Imo State capital before it lost control and fell in front of the Navy School of Finance and Logistics, Owerrinta in Abia state.

Tanzania: Ministry official dies in car crash

17th October 2016

 The late Hellen SemuDar/Bagamoyo. Assistant director of heath promotion in the Ministry of Health, Ms Hellen Semu (pictured), has died after her vehicle overturned yesterday in the Bagamoyo District.

The accident which took place at Msakamali Village left another officer, Ms Neema Rusimabayila with severe injuries. She was taken to Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) for treatment and further management.

Eyewitnesses say the accident occurred at 1.30pm when her driver, Mr Lucian Chayeka, lost control of the as he attempted to overtake another vehicle.

Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children Deputy Minister, Dr Hamisi Kigwangalla, confirmed the incident. He said his ministry has lost a senior officer in the accident.

Another officer, Ms Neema Rusimabayila, has therein sustained serious injuries,” he told The Citizen in a telephone interview. “They duo was expected to attend an important meeting on health that was expected to start today,” he added from Dodoma.

Regional Police Commander Bonaventura Mushongi linked the accident with “careless driving” on the Segera-Chalinze section of the Dar es Salaam -Arusha highway. “We are detaining the driver because investigation on the accident is still ongoing. But, preliminary information shows that as the driver was attempting to overtake a truck, his car hit a culvert before overturning,” said the regional police boss.

Uganda: Three vehicles crash in Mabira forest

SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 2016 By ANDREW BAGALA


Rescue operation is underway for any survivors after three vehicles crashed into each other in an accident in Mabira Forest on Jinja highway on Sunday evening.

The vehicles involved are 14-seater commuter taxis and a fuel truck. It is unclear how many people are dead or injured.

 

 

 

Kenyan Police Officer Caught on Camera Assaulting Civilian

  • By TONY MUKERE on Sun, 16 October 2016

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A dramatic video has surfaced online capturing a civilian fighting with a police officer who insulted him as kihii (a derogatory Kikuyu word meaning a man who is uncircumcised).

The video starts in the mid of the confrontation between the uniformed police officer and the furious man, thus making it impossible to determine the origin of the scuffle.

However, from the references made in the video, the civilian appears to have been angered after the traffic officer assaulted him while he was parking his car.

As the video starts, the man is seen pushing the traffic officer, lamenting, “unanipiga mimi?( you are beating me?…I don’t want to know who you are…mbona unanipiga ngumi? (why are you beating me?).”

The motorist then turns to address a group that is not captured on camera, “si mumeona nyinyi vile amenipiga…nani hajaona? (you have all seen him beating me, who hasn’t seen?).”

The cop remains calm as the civilian laments, but on the 50th second, he responds to the man in Kikuyu.

The officer’s remarks are not well audible in the video but the civilian gets worked up and loudly reacts, “unaiita kihii? Kwani sijatahiri (you are calling me uncircumcised, am I not circumcised?)”.

Unable to control his anger, the car owner attacks the officer, grabbing him by the neck and forcing off his helmet which falls to the ground.

The police officer responds by picking up something that appears to be a stone and hits the man on the head, leaving him bleeding profusely.

Despite sustaining an injury, the man does not cool off but goes ahead to shove the officer’s motorbike which falls to the ground. He then sits on it before the officer picks him up and starts to give him first aid.

ZA: One killed, thirteen injured in M5 Maitland taxi crash

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Thirteen people were injured this morning when a taxi overturned several times on the M5 in Maitland, Cape Town.

At approximately 7am, paramedics from ER24, Metro EMS and other emergency services arrived on the scene where they found the taxi standing in a nearby veld next to the highway. All of its occupants were ejected from the taxi. One person was found with fatal injuries and declared dead on the scene.

Three people were found with critical injuries. One of them was placed on life support on the scene. Four others sustained serious injuries while the rest of the patients sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The driver was the only occupant trapped inside of the vehicle. Metro EMS had to use rescue equipment to free him from the wreckage. The exact cause of the incident is not yet known. However, it is believed the taxi collided with a lamppost before overturning.

ZA: One killed, 11 injured in two separate Carletonville collisions

16th October 2016

One person was killed and five others sustained various injuries when two vehicles collided on the N12 near the R28 intersection in Westonaria. At approximately 10pm last night, paramedics from ER24 arrived on the scene where they found the two vehicles with severe damage. It is understood that the two vehicles collided head on with each other.

Two people were found in one of the vehicles with moderate injuries. A third person with fatal injuries was also found in the vehicle. Two people from the second vehicle sustained moderate injuries. The injured were treated on the scene and later transported to Carletonville Hospital for further care.

The exact cause of the collision is not yet known. Local authorities attended the scene and will conduct an investigation.

In another collision at approximately 5am this morning, paramedics treated six people that were involved in a collision on the R501 near Agnew Road in Carletonville. It is understood that one of the vehicles rear-ended the other.

Both vehicles were found in the middle island of the road. The injured were treated for moderate injuries and transported to Carletonville and The Fountains Hospitals respectively.

ZA: 9 dead in horror bus crash outside Touws River

2016-10-16 Jenna Etheridge, News24At least nine people have died after a bus overturned on the N1 outside of Touws River. (Via Twitter @medicnick83)

At least nine people have died after a bus overturned on the N1 outside of Touws River. (Via Twitter @medicnick83).

Cape Town – At least nine people died and more than 10 are critical after a bus overturned on the N1 outside of Touws River on Sunday morning, Western Cape paramedics said.They found the bus lying on its side in a veld with the trailer still lying in the middle of the road around 02:00, said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

Paramedics said the scene was “chaotic” as several people were scattered across the road surface. It is believed that some were ejected from the bus as it overturned. Local emergency services rushed 31 people to nearby health facilities. At least 20 others were still at the scene with various injuries at that stage, with some trapped inside the bus.

Paramedics and firefighters persevered until after 05:00 to remove critically injured people from the bus. Several children were involved in the crash. It was not known at this stage if they were among those killed.

Vermaak said police would investigate the cause of the accident.

Uganda: Three Chinese nationals killed in Luweero accident

By Damali Mukhaye 15th October 2016

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Three Chinese nationals are confirmed dead following a motor accident along Kampala Gulu Highway. The accident occurred at Ndibulungi Village, in Butuntumula Sub County, Luweero District at 9:30pm last night.

Savannah Region Police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate said the accident occurred when a Kampala bound Premio registration number UAZ 002B carrying four Chinese nationals rammed into a Fuso truck registration number UAK 480W.

The Premio was being driven by a Ugandan, whose whereabouts remain unknown. cording to Ssekate, two Chinese nationals died on spot while the third died at Kiwoko Hospital moments after arrival. One other is still admitted with serious injuries.

One of the victims was identified as Yang Yiyo. The other two were identified only as Wu and Chuliu. Their bodies have been taken to Mulago Hospital Mortuary.

Ssekate added that police was still hunting for a yet to be identified driver, who’s on the run. He attributed the cause of accident to reckless driving. The wreckage was towed to Luwero Central Police Station.

Ghana: 27 injured in Tema Motorway accident

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Twenty-seven people sustained various degrees of injuries when the vehicle on which they were travelling was involved in an accident on the Accra-Tema motorway on Friday.

Although no death was recorded, four of the injured are in critical conditions and have been conveyed to the Tema General Hospital where they are receiving medical attention.

The crash, said to have happened around 12 noon around the Community 18 area on the motorway, involved a VW Sprinter mini bus with registration number WR 4749-13.

According to an Eye-Witness, Mr Felix Wilson, the bus was heading to Tema from the Tetteh Quarshie Lorry Station when the back tire burst, causing it to veer off the road and somersaulted. Personnel of the Ghana National Fire Service rushed to the scene to assist with the rescue efforts.

Harare: Kombi driver jailed for road rage stabbing

 15th October 2016

The motorist, Kudakwashe Mabhutsu, was confused by commuter omnibuses as they sped to pick up a passenger resulting in the accident.

According to the Herald, the commuter omnibus driver Cephas Gombe was sentenced to 10 years before a Harare magistrate, Mr Hoseah Mujaya suspended three years on condition of good behaviour. He was facing attempted murder charges. The court heard that on August 6 this year Mabhutsu was coming from Makumbe Mission where he was attending a wedding.

He was driving a Nissan NP300 truck and was travelling between two commuter omnibuses.On approaching Gukwe Village, at the 38-kilometre peg along Harare-Makumbe Road, the commuter omnibuses spotted a traveller by the roadside.The two commuter omnibuses rushed to get the same person.

One of the commuter omnibus driver stopped to pick the passenger. Gombe reportedly stopped in the middle of the road and Mabhutsu, who was behind him, tried to use the right lane to pass.

Gombe, without checking his rear view mirrors, started moving into the right lane, thus blocking Mabhutsu who was overtaking.Mabhutsu hit the commuter omnibus from the back. Gombe got out of his vehicle shouting at Mabhutsu.The court heard that Mabhutsu tried to explain that Gombe had caused the accident. Gombe pushed him and drew out an okapi knife and stabbed him three times on his left ribs.

Mabhutsu started bleeding and he collapsed. Gombe tried to flee, but members of the public effected a citizen’s arrest.Mabhutsu was rushed to Makumbe Hospital where he was transferred to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.The knife used to stab him was recovered.

Oct. 14, 2016, By DENNIS DIBONDO, The wreckage of a vehicle involved in an accident in Maara constituency, Tharaka Nithi, that left two people dead, October 13, 2016. /DENNIS DIBONDO

The wreckage of a vehicle involved in an accident in Maara constituency, Tharaka Nithi, that left two people dead, October 13, 2016.

Two people were killed on Thursday evening when the car they were travelling in collided with a lorry on Chuka-Meru road in Tharaka Nithi.

Meru South deputy police boss John Kilonzo said the vehicles were headed in opposite directions when the accident occurred at Giampampo, Maara constituency. Kilonzo said the private car veered off the road after the collision. He said driver Peter Mawira died at the scene and one of his seven passengers while being treated at Chogoria Mission hospital.

The other injured passengers were admitted at the hospital. Kilonzo cautioned drivers against speeding and asked them to overtake cautiously.

PICS: Three ‘burglars’ killed in horror Cape Town crash

13th Oct 2016 Tammy Petersen, News24The M3 in Cape Town has been partially blocked following an accident. (ER24)

Cape Town – Three alleged burglars have died in a crash on the M3 highway near Constantia, resulting in a serious traffic congestion, Western Cape police have confirmed.

The accident occurred following a high speed car chase with a private security company and suspects believed to have been involved in a burglary in Diep River, spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut confirmed.“On the M3 the suspects drove their Toyota Corolla on the wrong side of the road and collided with two oncoming vehicles. Three suspects succumbed on the scene and one was admitted to hospital in a serious condition,” he said. “The occupants of the other two vehicles – a mother and a child in the one vehicle and a [man] in the other – were admitted to hospital with minor injuries.”Stolen household goods were found in the suspects’ vehicle, Traut confirmed.City of Cape Town traffic services spokesperson Maxine Jordaan said the M3 outgoing has been closed at Ladies Mile, while one lane has been closed on the incoming side.

 Traffic chaos on the M3 in Cape Town. (ER24)

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics arrived at the scene and found an overturned car in the middle of the road, with a second car on the side of the road. Another had come to a stop in the middle of the highway.

“On inspection of the vehicle of the side of the road, paramedics discovered four men lying trapped. Unfortunately, three men had already succumbed to their multiple, fatal injuries. Nothing could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene.”
The fourth man sustained numerous injuries, leaving him in a critical condition, Meiring said.

He was freed using jaws-of-life equipment. “Three other patients were found on scene, including a 5-year-old boy. All these patients were found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries.”

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Kenya: NTSA blamed for fatal Langata road accident

The National Transport safety authority has been blamed for the accident that claimed the lives of four people on Langata road a fortnight ago.
A tribunal hearing the appeal for the revocation of the licence of OngataLine Sacco faulted the Ntsa for its failure to act on complaints, resulting in the crash. NTVS BRENDA WANGA reports

Kenya: Tricks police use to collect matatu bribes

12th October 2016 

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Despite the Government’s spirited efforts to end road accidents, police officers manning these roads are the main hindrance to this noble duty.

Every policy being enacted to ensure safety of the commuters is being interpreted to mean an additional avenue by these personnel to indulge in new methods of corruption.

The introduction of the famed ‘Michuki Rules’, which were meant to return sanity to the Matatu transport industry have all been thrown to the sea and the public service vehicles’ madness is part of Kenyans’ daily life.What surprises many of us are the tricks every police officer standing on our roads, some not really from the traffic department, use to extort money from Matatu drivers and touts.As a regular commuter, I have noticed that the officers have invented new ways as they routinely flag down every bus or Matatu.

On the Njabini-Fly Over-Nairobi route, drivers of the matatus have connived with the officers to be inserting folded Sh50 notes into a nook on the driver’s door, just next to the lock.Once signaled to stop, the drivers slow down and the hawked-eyed officer simply opens the door and picks the crumbled notes before closing it and allowing the buses to go without even scrutinizing or looking at the crowded vehicles carrying excess passengers alongside farm produce.

On the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu intersection, the drivers simply drop a rolled Sh50 note at the feet of the police officer manning the section before driving away after a forced salute.

Another common formula of taking the money is asking for the driving licence from the drivers, where a Sh50 note is placed in the middle. No effort is taken to scrutinize the document to verify its class or validity.To conceal their evil deals, officers also collude with Matatu Saccos and an agreed amount is delivered to their seniors every evening to allow defective vehicles on the road.

[BENONI] – 10 injured when taxi crashes into three vehicles.

12th October 2016[BENONI] - 10 injured when taxi crashes into three vehicles.

10 people have been left injured this morning after a taxi crashed into three vehicles at the N12 and Banyan Road intersection in Benoni, east of Johannesburg.

Paramedics from the ER24 Jhb East branch, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found that a taxi lying on its side while an SUV and two light motor vehicle were parked in the middle of the intersection.

Several occupants, as well as the drivers, were found walking around on the scene.

Paramedics assessed the patients and found that 10 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.

The driver of the taxi later told local authorities that the brakes had apparently failed on his vehicle, causing the collision.

Zimbabwe: Kombi crash kills 5

 Oct 12th 2016 Leonard Ncube and Whinsley Masara

Five peo ple died and eight others were injured when a vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned near Tinde turn off at the 39 km peg along the Cross Dete-Binga Road, police said yesterday.hwange-accident-1

The accident occurred at around 7PM on Sunday when the driver of a Nissan Caravan vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, causing the car to veer off the road. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident.

“Police would like to confirm the death of five people in a road traffic accident which occurred in Hwange on Sunday. A Nissan Caravan public service vehicle was travelling along Cross Dete Road towards Binga with 13 passengers on board,” she said.

“On approaching the 39 km peg, the driver failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road to the right and overturned before landing on its roof, killing five people on the spot.” Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged motorists to exercise caution when driving to avoid loss of innocent lives.

“They should be observant and ensure that they do not speed,” she said.

The Binga Civil Protection Unit team reacted swiftly and attended the scene following the accident. Binga District Administrator Mrs Lydia Ndethi-Banda, who was among those who went to the scene, said the situation was terrible when they arrived. “It seemed the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle and we want to urge drivers to drive with caution especially at night.

“Passengers should also carry identity particulars because we’re failing to identify some of the victims who had no particulars. It’s difficult to talk about names of the casualties now,” said Mrs Ndethi-Banda.

………….. Police warn unlicenced drivers

Police are concerned with lack of deterrent laws as several unlicenced drivers who were arrested are reportedly back on the road.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi says the law enforcement agents have identified loopholes within the driving schools, VID, road traffic police officers and owners of public transport vehicles which have led to the rising number of road carnage.

Uganda: 30 injured in Jinja Road accident

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Twenty Police officers were among 30 people who were injured this morning along Jinja Road when a Police vehicle they were travelling in involved in an accident.

The officers from Nsambya Police Barracks were travelling in a truck registration number UP 5630 when it was knocked by a speeding Fuso truck UAM 932M near the Electoral Commission headquarters. The accident caused heavy traffic delays along Jinja Road as commuters headed to work.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima declined to reveal where the injured officers had been taken for treatment. He however said the accident was caused by reckless driving by the Fuso driver.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Fuso truck was over speeding when he ploughed into the Police truck and Coaster van that was ferrying passengers.

Namibia: 8 pedestrians die over weekend

by Nomhle Kangootui 11th October 2016

 THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund of Namibia recorded eight pedestrian deaths over the weekend, saying the huge number is becoming a matter of great concern.

According to the fund’s spokesperson Kapena Tjombonde, pedestrians are one of the most vulnerable groups amongst road users. “They account for a great proportion of road crash fatalities. Thus, the exposure to injury is greater. and fatality most probable.

Last year, a total of 1039 pedestrian crashes were recorded, and so far this year, a total of 984 pedestrians were injured, while 198 regrettably lost their lives,” she stated.

An MVA report shows that the regions with the highest pedestrian-related accidents are Khomas, Oshana, Erongo and Kavango. Tjombonde said pedestrian safety, therefore, remains a grave concern, and more vigilance is required from both drivers and pedestrians.

“The MVA Fund encourages all drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians; and for pedestrians to be visible, they must cross the road at designated points, and not jay-walk,” she said.

During the period of 7 October (until 13h00) and 9 October 2016, 35 persons sustained varying degrees of injury in 28 crashes.

Kin of man killed in road accident to sue driver

TUESDAY OCTOBER 11 2016The late Dominic Macharia Mburu. He died in a road accident in October 6, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY

The late Dominic Macharia Mburu. He died in a road accident in October 6, 2016.

The family said they had been informed that the driver of the car that hit their son is a student at USIU and was yet to contact them.

Mr Ali said he saw the gory images of his cousin’s body on social media as family members were going to the mortuary. The family of a man, whose head was severed from his body in a bizarre accident on the Thika Superhighway last week, has vowed to sue.

Dominic Macharia Mburu’s kin said they will sue the driver of the car that was involved in the accident at Gwa Kairu. The family also said it would sue a blogger who alleged that Mburu was killed while fighting over a Kenyatta University student with another man. Speaking to the Nation at Ruiru Police Station, where they had gone to record a statement, his relatives said they were distraught, especially because they first saw photos of Mburu’s decapitated body on social media.

“After the burial, we shall embark on finding out who erred, whether it’s the driver or Macharia. We know the spot has no allowance for pedestrian crossing or bumps and that pedestrians have no right of way and we will accept the outcome of the investigation,” she said.

But she insisted that a solution must be found as pedestrians are forced to walk all the way to Ruiru or Kimbo to cross the road whereas there are matatu stops on both sides of the highway.

 

10 October 2016 | Department of Transport

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that a pedestrian died on the province’s roads over the weekend.Provincial traffic officers arrested 15 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 7 and 8 October 2016. Four were arrested in the Worcester service area; two in Mossel Bay; two in George; two in Knysna; one in Brackenfell; one in Laingsburg; one in Somerset West; one in Swellendam; and one in Caledon.Breath testing was performed on 1 939 drivers at 26 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Swellendam service area. At 1,07 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is four times over the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.Eight arrests were made: two in connection with false documentation in Worcester; two in connection with bribery in Brackenfell; two for excessive speed in Beaufort West; one in connection with overloading in Swellendam; and one for reckless and negligent driving in Worcester.A total of 6 381 vehicles were screened for speeding and 470 speeding offences were recorded. Fines in the amount of R261 400 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.The highest speeds recorded were 163 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area; 153 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Worcester service area; and 104 km in an 80 km/h zone in the Somerset West service area.

ZA: Vehicles ‘welded together’ in deadly Stanger crash

10th October 2016 Jeff Wicks, News24

The scene of the crash in Stanger. (File, supplied)

The scene of the crash in Stanger. (File, supplied)

Durban – Four people were killed, among them an 8-year-old girl, in a head-on collision on the N2 near Stanger on Sunday evening.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said that a bakkie and a car had ploughed into one another in the middle of the freeway.

“The force of impact was so severe that the two vehicles were basically welded together,” he said.Herbst said that a couple in the car had been killed on impact and their bodies were still trapped in the wreckage when medics arrived. “In the bakkie, four people, a couple and two girls were in a critical condition. Paramedics immediately set about trying to stabilise them while extricating them from the wreckage,” he added.Herbst said that a girl, 8, had died shortly after she was pulled from the bakkie and the man had died shortly after arriving at hospital. The woman and girl, 11, remained in a critical condition, Herbst said.

ZA: Thirteen people, including two children injured in Franschhoek collision

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Thirteen people, including two children, were injured when three cars collided with each other on the R45 approximately 10 kilometres outside of Franschhoek, Western Cape. At approximately 5.30pm paramedics from ER24 and other services arrived on the scene where they found three vehicles scattered across the road.

Paramedics found four people with serious injuries. Their injuries ranged from multiple fractures to possible head injuries. Nine others sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Some of the occupants were trapped in the vehicles and had to be freed by the local fire department using the jaws of life. It is understood that two vehicles collided with each other causing one of the vehicles to crash into a third. A 2-year-old and 3-week old girl was treated on the scene for moderate injuries. They were transported along with their family to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.

Nigeria: Police officer causes accident, kills two in Oyo state

10th October 2016

A bribe-seeking policeman on Thursday, October 6 caused havoc in Oyo state. The policeman’s attempt to hijack a truck killed two passers-by.  The incident almost led to an attack on a police station by angry residents in the area.

A report by Premium Times has detailed how a policeman caused the death of two passersby on Thursday, October 6, in Oyo state after his attempt to hijack a truck loaded with firewood failed.

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The officer simply identified as Mr Jeleel, alongside his colleagues flagged the truck, which they later discovered had no papers.

Attempts by the officers to compel the truck driver to drive his vehicle to their station failed as the driver insisted he had no money to give the policemen. Mr Jeleel was said to have made attempts to drive the truck himself to the station, when luck ran against him as he lost control of the truck and hit a pole.

Eye-witness accounts said the truck flipped and killed a passer-by on the spot and injured another who later died in the hospital on Friday, October 7.  Mr Jeleel was unhurt, even as he and his colleagues reportedly took to their heels after the incident.

The incident angered residents of the area who made attempts to attack the police station where the officers police operate from. The report said Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, prevented the mob attack on the police station by repelling the angry residents. “In this hard time, police are still extorting people,” a resident, Olalekan Azeez, who spoke on the incident said.  Meanwhile, a source at the police station was quoted in the report saying Mr Jeleel had been recommended for dismissal, while other officers on duty were recommended for demotion by a rank.

Kisumu West MP’s daughter Joy Atieno dies in Nairobi road crash

9th October 2016

Relatives display a portrait photo of Joy Atieno Aluoch while they mourn her death in Kanyamedha, Kisumu,Relatives display a portrait photo of Joy Atieno Aluoch while they mourn her death in Kanyamedha, Kisumu, on October 8, 2016. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch’s daughter died in a road accident Saturday morning on Langata Road in Nairobi. The legislator’s family received the shocking news of the demise of their daughter Joy Atieno Aluoch early Saturday morning.

Speaking to the media Saturday morning, the MP said Ms Atieno Joy was driving to her house in the morning when she met her death. The legislator said that according to police, Ms Atieno lost control of her car, which later rolled several times before landing beside the road.

Mr Aluoch said Joy was serving as a clerk at the Senate under the Energy and Delegation committee. “Joy was rushing home to prepare for the committee’s trip to Washington DC, United States whose departure was slated for tonight,” said Mr Aluoch, adding that her daughter had even processed travelling documents for Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and other three senators to the US.

Mr Moi was to lead a delegation of four Senators to an energy summit to be held in America. She was also a lawyer and the first born of the Kisumu West MP. “Joy, just like her name, was a very jovial and caring lady, a role model to her other two sisters who are also lawyers and other siblings too,” said Mr Aluoch.

He recalled talking to her for the last time on Friday when she offered her apology for not attending the weekly family meetings held on Friday in Nairobi. “She told me she could not make it because she was processing visas for the senators and also busy because she was in charge of the entire trip,” said Mr Aluoch.

Meanwhile, friends of the family took to social media to condole with the family, with many shocked of the bad news. The body is lying at the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

Twelve injured in taxi collision on Jakes Gerwel Drive in Cape Town

Late last night paramedics from ER24, Metro Ambulance and Rescue Services arrived on the scene where they found three people still trapped inside of the taxi. Metro Rescue and the local fire department had to use the jaws of life to free the three trapped victims.

Eight people were found with minor injuries while four others sustained moderate to serious injuries. It is understood that one of the taxis collided into the back of another. The exact cause is still unknown.

Zimbabwe: Man crashes car into building after seeing snake on dashboard

 9th October 2016There was drama in the central business district of Mutare Thursday afternoon when a delivery van belonging to Bakers Inn bakery crashed into a two-storey building after the driver lost control of the vehicle claiming a snake had appeared on the dashboard.

Although the driver was nowhere to be seen when the Manica Post crew arrived at the scene moments after the accident, witnesses said the shocked driver revealed that a snake suddenly appeared on the dashboard as he was approaching the intersection at Sanhanga building.

People gather around the delivery van whose driver jumped off whilst it was in motion claiming a snake had come face-to-face with him on the dashboard. The vehicle crashed into a commercial building in the CBD. He subsequently jumped off the moving vehicle and left it to ram into the building that houses LIC Finance company.

ADULTS, 3 CHILDREN WAS KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRUCK, WARDEN FREE STATE

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Five people including three minors have died after a light motor vehicle collided with a truck on the R34 direction Warden at the Vrede T- Junction.

The exact detail as to how the accident happened will form part of a SAPS investigation.

When Netcare911 paramedics arrived on scene, we found the Provincial paramedics already at the scene. Sadly, five people that were from the light motor vehicle had already succumbed to their injuries. Only one person survived the accident, the person was transported to hospital in a critical condition by the Provincial EMS paramedics.

The person was one of the occupants in the light motor vehicle. No one from the truck was injured. The five including three minors and two adults were declared dead at the scene. This accident happened on Friday evening at about 22h15.

Founder of Koga Entertainment Chris Jeyibo killed in Car Crash

Chris Jeyibo, an entertainment mogul, has died in an early morning ghastly motor accident.

Jeyibo’s Range Rover SUV crashed into a parked trailer along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, the accident occurred around 1am on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Jeyibo was said to be heading home and believed to be driving the vehicle.

He is the founder and CEO of Koga Entertainment, home to Koga Xtra TV, Koga Studios, KICL Clothing, and Koga Lounge.

Zimbabwe: Car overturns as couple exchange blows

8th October 2016

The wife said she was furious when her husband accused her of having an affair. “He (husband) came to town where I sell airtime and told me to get in the car saying he wanted to discuss something. When I got in, he started driving off the place punching me all over with one hand on the handle saying unodanana nabamunini vako (you are having an affair with my young brother), and it is funny that the boy being referred to is young enough to be my son.

“I then held his hand trying to save myself and that was when the vehicle veered off the road and overturned. It is a lie that I wanted the car to crash into an oncoming truck,” she said.

The husband said his wife wanted to commit suicide. “We had a misunderstanding at home and I thought itwas over. I was shocked when she pushed me off the handle turning the car sideways. All she is telling the people now is not true,” he said.

At least 40 injured, one killed as bus overturns in Ixopo

8th October 2016

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At least 40 people were injured and one killed when a passenger bus overturned on the R56 approximately 15 kilometres outside of Ixopo, Pietermartizburg Midlands.

Shortly after 4am paramedics from ER24 and KwaZulu Natal emergency services arrived on the scene where they found the bus lying on its side in the middle of the road. Several people were found trapped inside of the bus.

One person was found with fatal injuries and declared dead. At least three people sustained critical injuries with injuries ranging from fractures to amputations.

Several people were removed prior to paramedics’ arrival to local clinics and Christ the King Hospital. ER24 dispatched additional resources to these clinics to assist with triage and transportation. 31 patients were treated at Christ the King Hospital and some were later rushed through to Edendale and Greys Hospital respectively.

Ghana: Suspension of license checks not politically motivated – Police

7th October 2016

Police Checks Point

The Ghana Police administration has dismissed suggestions that its recent directive to personnel to cease motor checks was politically motivated.

This after a memo sighted by Citi News revealed that the Police Command has ordered the suspension of all vehicle checks and the inspection of driver’s licenses and vehicle documents.

The Police Service has rather explained that the decision to suspend the checks was aimed at helping its personnel focus on reducing needless vehicular accidents. The Director General in Charge of Administration at the Police Service, COP Ransford Moses Ninson addressed a press conference on Friday where he stated that “the signal not to check documents of drivers and vehicles was not directed at the MTTD personnel but the highway patrol personnel.”

“After all, every police officer in whose presence a crime is being committed can and must arrest the culprit and ensure that he is prosecuted,” he added. COP Ninson noted that the Police had observed that “the over-concentration of MTTD personnel on motor checks at the expense of traffic management has the likelihood of causing road fatalities.”

As an example, he noted that “there have been instances were some MTTD personnel have ignored broken down vehicle which pose great danger to other road users on roads because of supposed motor checks.”

Kenyans to be fined for having their hands out in a moving car

  • On-the-spot fines are set to be implemented after being approved on September 23 by Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia
  • Some of the reasons for being fined might seem absurd while
    others are totally legitimate
  • Kenyans to be fined for having their hands out in a moving car

    A National Transport and Safety Authority patrol vehicle. 

Kenyan drivers are set to part with even more money after the National Transport and Safety Authority was given the go-ahead to enforce new on-the-spot traffic fines.

 According to the Nairobi News, the fines are the government’s way of ensuring corruption and accidents are reduced greatly or completely stopped as well as to ensure sanity on the roads.

A Kenyan matatu at work. Driving with your hand outside the vehicle will attract instant fine A National Transport and Safety Authority patrol vehicles.

Kenyans to be fined for having their hands out in a moving car

Below is a list of some of the instant fines motorists will part with:

  1. Drivers and passengers who put their hands out of the window enroute will be fine KSh 1,000
  2.  Driving a public service vehicle with tinted windows will cost a KSh 3,000 fine
  3.  Touting and heckling to attract passengers at a bus stop will attract a KSh 3,000 fine
  4. Exceeding a speed limit by 10 km/h will attract a KSh 500 fine
  5. Exceeding a set speed limit by 11-15 km/h will attract a KSh 3,000 fine
  6. Exceeding the same speed limit by 16-20 km/h will attract a KSh 5,000 fine. The same also applies to exceeding it by over 50 km/hKenyans to be fined for having their hands out in a moving car

Nairobi’s infamous traffic snarl-ups.

Some valid reasons for being fined that Kenyans will definitely support include:

  1. 1. Unqualified drivers such as car wash and parking attendants with no licenses will be fined KSh 5,000
  2. 2. Intentionally flouting traffic rules will attract a KSh 10,000 fine

Kenya: Man’s head is chopped off after being hit by a car

A pedestrian was on Thursday, October 6, killed in a horrific accident along Thika Road.Horriying as man's head is chopped off after being hit by a car

 The vehicle that hit a pedestrian along Thika superhighway on Thursday, October 6.

 According to reports, the pedestrian was trying to cross the highway towards Kenyatta University at Gwa Kairu past Ruiru, before the vehicle hit him.

The man was left flying in the air before hitting the guard rails which cut off his head. “I have witnessed a horrifying accident along Thika super highway,where a body went flying from a car and hit the rails by the roadside,the body settled on one side of the road while its head was sent flying to the other side of the road, a witness said.Horriying as man's head is chopped off after being hit by a car

According to reports, the pedestrian was trying to cross the highway at Gwa Kairu past Ruiru before the vehicle hit him.

 

The incident has shocked many as the pedestrian was left nearly naked and his head thrown metres away from the body after the accident.

The vehicle and the driver involved in the accident are held at Ruiru Police station.

Uganda: Retired commissioner killed by speeding motorcycle

7th October 2016Mr Noah Hasahya, 70, was knocked by an over

BUTALEJA: The former commissioner ministry of public service has died in road accident. Mr Noah Hasahya, 70, was knocked by an over speeding motorcycle on Wednesday in Busolwe town council along Butaleja- Namutumba road.
The Bukedi regional police spokesperson, Mr Sowali Kamulya said Hasahya was knocked at at about 6pm while crossing the road.

“We have launched our investigations into the accident,” said Mr Kamulya.
He said the motorcycle was carrying two students of Mulagi Girls secondary school.
Mr Kamulya told Daily Monitor that the rider, Arakeni Nahedere, 39 and the students; Phiona Kadondi, 17 and Stella Mugala, 18 were critically injured and admitted at Busolwe Hospital.

The former Bunyole East MP, Mr Emmanuel Dombo, told this newspaper that the deceased [Hasahya] is one of the retired senior civil servants in government but has been an active politician in Butaleja. Mr Dombo who is also a family friend said Hasahya served in different leadership capacities in the country including Tororo District service commission after retiring from Public service.

The Busolwe town clerk, Abdu Waweyo described the late as a developmental person, parental and outspoken. He added that the deceased also served as the chairperson Busolwe hospital in 2010. “We regret the death of our beloved adviser. Indeed we shall miss him as the district and the country at large,” said Mr Waweyo.

[JOHANNESBURG] – Biker killed after rear-ending car.

7th October 2016

[JOHANNESBURG] - Biker killed after rear-ending car.

A man was killed last night after he rear-ended a light motor vehicle on the N1 north-bound bear the Rand Show Road in Johannesburg.

Paramedics from the ER24 Johannesburg South branch arrived on the scene and found the biker and his wrecked vehicle in the yellow lane of the highway. Debris from the motorbike was spread at least 100 metres across the scene.

On assessment, paramedics found that the man had sustained numerous, fatal injuries. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the man and he was declared dead on the scene. The occupants from the light motor vehicle were assessed and transported by another service.

Despite 8% drop, road accidents killed 1,919 individuals in H1

7th October 2016

ALGIERS-1,919 individuals have been killed in road accidents during the first half of 2016 nationwide, down by 8% compared to the same period of 2015, Director General of the National Center for Road Prevention Ahmed Nait El Hocine said.

14,238 road accidents have been recorded between the in the first half of 2016, down by 3,263 (-18.64%) accidents compared to the same period of 2015. This drop did not lead to a significant decrease in the number of deaths (1,919), i.e. 8%,” Nait El Hocine stated.

In this regard, he referred to the accident that recently occurred in the province of Laghouat, which made 32 victims, “a toll that equals to a six-month toll of the major provinces like Skikda and Tizi-Ouzou.”

The same official highlighted the “high” number of young drivers in road accidents. During the first semester of this year, nearly 35% of the number of drivers involved in car accidents are young drivers (in 5.102 accidents),” he said, adding that young drivers (under the age of 29) cause 30% of the total number of victims.”

Drivers having obtained their driving license less than 5 years ago represent 50% of the drivers involved in these accidents, he affirmed.

Zambia: Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) seeks law to ban the use of second hand tyres

Addressing the media on Tuesday, RTSA director and Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko, said the proposal to have a law banning the use of second hand tyres was a way of improving law enforcement on conditions of motor vehicles.

“In our efforts to attain road safety, we will be improving law enforcement on vehicle conditions; for example, banning the usage of used or retreaded tyres to avert road carnage,” Mr Soko said.

Eyewitnesses say the driver of the car lost control  and crashed into the fence securing the area around the roundabout, he was pronounced death on the spot while the other two occupants sustained minor injuries.According to sources the two survivors are based  in Europe and are on holiday in Cameroon, while the deceased is a local of the AKWA neigbourhood in Douala

Ghana: PPP driver in fatal Salaga accident granted bail, 3 dead

6th October 2106

PPPvehicle Accident

Police in Salaga have begun full scale investigations into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident involving a Progressive People’s Party branded campaign vehicle which killed three people, Wednesday.

Salaga Police Commander DSP Kofi Amenu told Joy News the driver of the vehicle reported himself to the police shortly after the incident happened and has been granted bail. The deceased, two men and a female were reported to be riding on the same motorbike when the PPP campaign vehicle with registration number GT 2926 – 12 ran into them. All of them died on the spot, a reporter Christopher Amoako narrated.

The PPP has since confirmed the incident but denied earlier reports that the vehicle in question was part of the convoy of the party’s flagbearer Papa Kwesi Nduom. A statement issued by the party said the deceased persons were members of the party who were heading to a rally organised by the PPP.

Richmond Keelson who speaks for the flagbearer said the party deeply regrets the incident and will contribute to giving the deceased persons a befitting burial. He attributed to the bad roads in the area which he said was dusty. (! – Ed). He commiserated with the families of the deceased persons and assured that Dr Kwesi Nduom will be present to mourn with the families.

Even though the circumstances surrounding the accident are sketchy, there are suggestions the driver of the vehicle must be prosecuted.  DSP Kofi Amenu in an interview said the driver has given his account of what happened and blamed the accident on a steering lock.

He said the police will investigate the circumstances under which the accident happened and present the dockets to the Attorney General for advice. “The vehicle needs to be tested first to ascertained what happened,” he said. He said the driver was bailed and cautioned because the police cannot infringe on his right but provisional charges have been filed against him.

On arrival paramedics found that a 45-ton truck had collided with a car, pushing it off the road and into a field – only coming to a stop approximately 250 metres away from the point of impact.

Unfortunately on arrival paramedics found that the driver of the car had sustained fatal injuries and declared him dead on the scene.

No other injuries were reported. Local traffic authorities were on the scene to investigate.

 

Zimbabwe: Indiscipline blamed for road accidents

 5th October 2016The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has blamed indiscipline on the part of motorists for the majority of road accidents and called for a culture of self policing on the road.

TSCZ Managing Director, Mr Obio Chinyere said while the increase in volumes of traffic and the number of drivers have contributed to the high rate of accidents, the major cause of crashes remains indiscipline on the part of motorists.

He called on the travelling public to demand their rights to traffic safety by cautioning reckless drivers and even reporting them to the police.

He said this on the sidelines of the Zvimba South Schools Road Safety Arts Festival held at Kutama College. Guest of honour at the festival, Mr Andrew Tizora said it is time road safety is considered a need and not a pass time, especially by those who have never witnessed, experienced or been affected by the burden of road carnage.

The Zvimba South Schools Road Safety Arts Festival saw dozens of schools take part in a competition which focussed on road traffic safety. The competitions were in the form of drama, music and poetry.

The involvement of schools was meant to inculcate a sense of road safety among school children.

Kenya: Rongai Driver in Killer Accident Released on Bond

5th October 2016Francis Mukuria at the Kibera Law Courts on October 3, 2016. PHOTO | BENSON MATHEKA

The court on Tuesday released the driver of the Rongai matatu which killed four people in a horrific accident near Lang’ata Police Station. Though disputes were raised by the prosecution concerning the release of Francis Mukuria Kinyanjui, Magistrate Barbara Ojoo set him free on a Sh1 Million bond

Magistrate Ojoo noted that it was the driver’s constitutional right to be awarded a bond despite divergent opinions. However, Kinyanjui, popularly known as Ambulance, will be in police custody for 14 days as police conclude investigations. The period will also be utilised to record statements from witnesses.Image result for Rongai Driver in Killer Accident Released on Bond

The September 25 accident caused an uproar in the country with Rongai residents together with Multimedia University of Kenya students taking to the streets to protest against the deaths caused by the rogue matatus.

After the tragic accident, it emerged that the vehicle, which was ferrying passengers from Rongai to the City Centre, was not authorised to be in operation. According to witnesses, the bus was at high speed and trying to avoid hitting another vehicle when it veered off the road.

Zimbabwe: 8 die in head on collision along Chegutu – Chinhoyi road

 5th October 2016

 Eight people were killed while four others were injured in Chegutu in a head on collision involving a Toyota Vox and a Toyota Fun Cargo vehicles along the Chegutu – Chinhoyi road.

The accident occurred this Tuesday morning 7km out of Chegutu. Four of the injured were taken to Chegutu District Hospital. Circumstances pertaining the accident were not readily available as police from Mashonaland West province declined to comment.

This is the second accident within 48 hours to claim such a large number of people after another accident claimed eight lives along the Harare – Masvingo highway on Sunday.

15 injured as truck RAMS into electric pole in Abia

5th October 2016 15 injured as truck RAMS into electric pole in Abia

Truck hits pole in Abia state

About 15 persons have been injured as truck crashed into electric poles on Monday, Octobr 4 in Abia state. The tragedy occurred after the heavy duty truck which was heading to Akwa Ibom state, crashed into three poles, leaving two tricycle riders and their passengers severely injured.

According to The Nation, the truck violently crashed into the electric pole causing an explosion and fire outbreak around the area. On seeing the explosion, people fled from their homes, shops and cars while some tried to rescue some injured persons.

Daily Post reports that some eyewitnesses said the fire, which started as a result of the explosion, fell poles and saw people run in different directions. The eyewitnesses also disclosed that the truck drivers and their conductors on several occasions, used wooden planks to raise the power cables before they pass through the junction.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Nta Ogbonnaya Nta, , who also confirmed the incident, said the matter is being handled by the Ogbor Hill Police Division while the injured persons have been taken to the hospital.

However, this is not the first time this incident has occurred in the state as barely four months ago, a ghastly motor accident occurred in Abia state leaving six people dead.

 

The reason for the accident was not ascertained but it appeared a collision between a bus and a truck resulted in the accident. Witnesses at the scene helped the injured individuals that were still alive.

Namibia: Six killed in car crashes

  4th October 2016

This past weekend at least six people were killed on Namibia’s roads in 38 car crashes that occurred and injured 81 people.Three of the six people who died at the weekend were killed in a mass casualty crash on Friday on the Rundu-Divundu road at Shinyungwe village, according to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund.It is reported that the left tyre of a minibus travelling from Oshakati to Katima Mulilo – with 15 passengers – burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn. Two passengers escaped with no injuries while 13 others sustained serious to minor injuries and were taken to the Nyangana hospital for treatment.The three passengers who died were identified as Nehemia Mathew, 38, Mutonga Tyson Muyunda, 29, and a 37-year-old man whose next of kin has not yet been informed.

The MVA Fund at the weekend expressed its condolences to the families and said that they remain committed to improving safety on the roads. In another incident at Arandis on Friday at about 22:10 a Mazda 323 sedan carrying seven occupants including the driver was travelling from Arandis to Swakopmund on the B2 main road.

At about 25km from Arandis the rear left tyre of the car burst causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and it overturned.All seven occupants sustained minor to serious injuries and were taken to Swakopmund State Hospital for medical treatment.The driver Ghillet Zeuhinos Scholtz, 20, later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.According to the police it was discovered that he was not in possession of a valid driver’s licence.

Also on Saturday at 19:00 it is alleged that the driver of a Range Rover vehicle with a foreign registration number bumped and killed a pedestrian who was crossing the road at Katima Mulilo along Wenela road.The deceased was identified as 55-year-old Ricky Mwilima. The suspect was arrested and the police investigations continue.

At Ngoma on Sunday at 04:53 near Macaravani area it is alleged that an unknown driver with an unknown vehicle bumped and killed a pedestrian who was crossing the road. The driver failed to stop at the scene to ascertain injuries. The deceased is also unknown.The police have appealed that anyone who witnessed or have information in this regard to visit the Ngoma Police Station.

 Tanzania: Police force collect 465m  shillings in 5 days (USD 200,000)

JIMMY LWANGILI 04 OCTOBER 2016

Dar es Salaam Special Zone Commissioner of Police, Mr Simon Sirro

POLICE in Dar es Salaam Special Zone, through the traffic unit, has collected 464,790,000/- from fines spanning over 15,493 traffic offences in five days.

The Dar es Salaam Special Zone Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Simon Sirro, said the money was collected from September 27 to October 2 in various areas in the city as the country was marking the Road Safety Week.

According to him, the 14,006 seized vehicles include 1,487 motorcycles, 4,765 commuter buses and 9,241 private cars and lorries. “There are some of motorcyclists, who have already appeared in court for not wearing helmets and carrying more than one passenger,” he told reporters. The zonal police chief observed that road safety was still a serious problem in the country and urged all road users not to ignore road safety regulations to avoid accidents.

Meanwhile, Mr Sirro said police are holding for interrogation a suspected hardcore bandit identified as Musa Katela alias Ferrali (36) for allegedly possessing a gun and his involvement in separate armed robbery in the city.Mr Sirro reported that the suspect was allegedly found in possession of a Browning pistol, two magazines and 11 rounds of ammunition.

The suspect was also found in possession of a ‘Noah’ motor vehicle with registration number T 660 DDR.“In the preliminary investigations, the suspect confessed his involvement in various armed robberies with his colleagues. Investigations are underway to establish the identity of the entire network of criminals collaborating with the suspect and they will appear to the court of law as soon as investigation completed,” Mr Sirro said.In the separate incident, police have seized 20 rounds of ammunition for a military weapon known as G3 at a football pitch in Chamazi- Mbagala area in Temeke Municipality.

ZA: 14 Injured in Aan De Doorns Road collision – Worcester

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Fourteen people were injured when a taxi and a car collided with each other on the Aan De Doorns Road in Worcester this evening.

Shortly before 6pm paramedics from ER24 and Metro EMS and Rescue arrived on the scene where they found the car in the middle of the intersection and the taxi lying on its side in a ditch next to the road. Several people were found lying outside of the taxi. It is understood that some of them were ejected from the vehicle. The two occupants in the car, believed to be brothers, were severely trapped in their vehicle.

The two occupants in the car were in a critical condition. Metro Rescue had to use the jaws of life to free them from the wreckage. Both of the men had to be placed on life support before they were rushed to Worcester Hospital.

Twelve people from the taxi sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious. They were all treated on the scene and also transported to Worcester Hospital.

Zimbabwe motorists brace for new road signs

 4th October 2016

The TSCZ yesterday embarked on a two-day Sadc signage training of trainers’ workshop.

Bulawayo Regional Traffic Safety head, Miss Barbra Mpofu, said all Sadc countries are now required to have uniform traffic control devices and this includes road markings, signs and traffic signals and they were working towards that.

Miss Mpofu said the TSCZ will soon launch the new Highway Code in line with the Regional Bloc’s Protocol on Transport, Communication and Meteorology. Miss Mpofu said among other changes, the new Highway Code will see the introduction of the four- way stop signs

ONE KILLED IN HORRIFIC CRASH OUTSIDE POLOKWANE IN LIMPOPO

3rd Ocober 2016

Horrific crash involving THREE vehicles happened late Sunday afternoon just outside Polokwane. Sadly one person was killed.

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photoJabulani Baloi

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Namibia: 69 arrested for drunk driving

News – National 3rd October 2016 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale

THE Namibian Police arrested 69 people in Windhoek and at Rehoboth for driving under the influence of alcohol during the Opotuli road safety campaign over the weekend.

Police arrested 46 people and impounded 46 vehicles in Windhoek, while 23 people were arrested at Rehoboth. The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund partnered with the Namibian Police and the traffic division of the City Police on the road safety campaign that is expected to run until April next year.Head of the City Police traffic division Adam Eiseb said they are not taking pride in arresting so many people as it only shows that drunken driving is a serious concern in Namibia. “Our focus was mainly aimed at those driving under the influence of alcohol, at executing warrants of arrest and checking the roadworthiness of vehicles,” Eiseb explained.

Out of the 46 arrested in Windhoek, 26 were nabbed on Friday evening, and 20 more by 12h00 yesterday. A further 11 outstanding warrants of arrest were executed, of which seven were for driving under the influence of alcohol. One person was arrested for driving with a false driver’s licence, while another was arrested for failing to produce a driver’s licence.Eiseb said they impounded the vehicles for safekeeping as the police have a duty and mandate to ensure that the property of an arrested person is kept safe. “Sometimes, the drivers are not even the owners of the vehicles, and sometimes the owner did not even give consent for the vehicle to be used. We are mandated by law to take care of these vehicles,” he stressed.Chief inspector Amalia Gawanas of the police’s traffic law enforcement division said the Opotuli campaign is not only meant for Windhoek and Rehoboth, but that all other towns’ units will follow suit. Gawanas said about 781 vehicles were tested for roadworthiness on the Rehoboth-Kalkrand and Rehoboth-Windhoek roads between Friday and Saturday.For every 20 vehicles stopped and screened, only four drivers were sober.

The senior manager of the accident and injury prevention department at the MVA, Sydney Boois, said the results of the campaign are a serious cause for concern, and that everyone has to take personal responsibility in ensuring road safety.

3 killed in KZN crash

3rd October 2016  Jeanette The city, News24Six people were killed in a taxi crash in Pietermaritzburg. (Supplied by ER24)

Durban – Three people have been killed and seven others injured after a taxi and light motor vehicle collided on the R103 in Tweedie in KwaZulu Natal, on Sunday evening, paramedics said.Paramedics found two wrecked vehicles in the middle of the road, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.Several occupants from the taxi were found seated on the pavement. On inspection, paramedics found two men and a woman lying trapped inside the light motor vehicle.”Paramedics assessed the three patients and found that all three had sustained numerous, fatal injuries. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the patients and they were declared dead on the scene.” Seven patients from the taxi were found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were being treated by a doctor who had witnessed the incident.

Zimbabwe: Three killed, several injured as bus collides with car in Esigodini

By Mashudu Netsianda

Three people were killed while several others were seriously injured yesterday when a bus they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a car in Esigodini.PASSERSBY AT an accident scene where a Mazda Demio was involved in an accident with an Inter Africa bus at Mzingwane High School turn-off in Esigodini yesterday.
PASSERSBY AT an accident scene where a Mazda Demio was involved in an accident with an Inter Africa bus at Mzingwane High School turn-off in Esigodini yesterday. The accident occurred along the Beitbridge-Bulawayo Road shortly after 5PM.

The bus, belonging to Inter-Africa Bus Services, was coming from Chipinge headed for Bulawayo while the car, a Mazda Demio was coming from Bulawayo.

The number of people who were injured and their conditions could not be established immediately last night, but they were rushed to United Bulawayo Hospitals by ambulances. When The Chronicle news crew visited the accident scene, police had cordoned off the area.

The bus landed on its side after overturning and the vehicle was extensively damaged. Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Richard Peterson said: “I can confirm that an accident occurred in Esigodini between a bus and a light vehicle. Three people died on the spot while the injured were rushed to UBH.”

TANZANIA: Road safety: Is graft to blame for accidents?

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2016

Saumu Jumanne is an assistant lecturer, Dar es Salaam University College of
Education (DUCE)

In Summary
Even for drivers of private cars when they are caught on the wrong side of the law, they just pay fines or they give ‘something’ for the traffic police officer. Life goes on and more accidents are recorded.

Yes, Speed kills. But do our drivers really care? When bus passengers leave Dar es Salaam for various destinations upcountry, or vice versa, speeding is a norm rather than
exception. Sometimes the passengers are exhilarated to reach destinations before designated time.

Even for drivers of private cars when they are caught on the wrong side of the law, they just pay fines or they give ‘something’ for the traffic police officer. Life goes on and more accidents are recorded.

This year’s Road safety week is a sordid reminder of death and destruction caused by road
accidents in our dear motherland. According to the government, in the last 3 years about 11,230 people were killed in our roads and over 44,000 others injured. In the history of our nation, the highest profile personality to be stolen by a road accident was Prime Minister Edward Moringe Sokoine. That was back in 1984 near Dakawa on the DodomaMorogoro Highway.

Many Tanzanians, who could have served the nation, routinely are killed or maimed due to road accidents. What a pity! The World Health Organisation (WHO) notes that, road accidents kill about 1.2 million people each year and is a major cause of death and disability globally. It is very unfortunate that Africa has the world’s highest road traffic injury rates. No wonder some activists in a country like Kenya are pushing for this problem to be dealt with more seriously like malaria or HIV/Aids.

Back home, there are many causes fronted: speed humps on highways, poorly trained drivers, drinking and driving and so on. Everybody seems to know all these problems. Even members of Tanzania Bus Owners Association (Taboa) admit that speeding contributes greatly in most road carnage cases. How come this cannot be stopped?
Your guess is as good as mine when drivers are caught by traffic police officers, they know
what to do pay fine or bribe. The government might be happy as it makes income with fines, and the corrupt road safety officials pocket good amount of money in bribes. And we seem to have accepted this as a way of life.
Tanzania Traffic Police chief Mohamed Mpinga knows exactly what must be done to tame
accidents. He is on the record as saying if drivers could adhere to road safety laws and
regulations, regularly check their vehicles, the number of accidents would be reduced.
We need to be more serious as a nation about ending road carnage. Mass education awareness is needed so that drivers can be forced by the public to adhere to the law.

Recently, Prof Adnan Hyder, who is the director of the International Injury Research Unit at John Johns Hopkins University emphasized that, in order to reduce the rate of people dying due to injuries, countries should put up strong laws and enforce existing laws. “There is no need to have good legislation that is not put into use,” he was quoted as saying at the 12th World Conference on Injury prevention and safety Promotion at Tampere in Finland.

If more accidents have to be prevented, brutal adherence to the law is a must. Traffic police who take bribes should be uprooted from the force. Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads) must ensure the roads are safe, and when need be; repairs must be done on timely basis. The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) should work with the police and other government agencies and cancel driving licenses of those who constantly violates traffic rules. Sumatra needs also to work with academia to develop, implement and evaluate evidencebased programmes to reduce the incidence of road traffic injury. Maybe that way, we can get a formula to make our roads the safest in Africa.

Kenya: Two die after matatu rams into a kiosk along Kakamega-Kisumu road

By Harold Odhiambo and Maureen Odiwuor Updated Sunday, October 2nd 2016  Two people killed, several injured in morning crashA 12-year-old pupil was among two people who died after a vehicle that lost control along Kakamega-Kisumu road knocked them down.

The boy was in a kiosk beside the road together with the man who also lost his life when the driver of a Toyota matatu of Kikasa Sacco lost control of the vehicle which rammed into the kiosk at 8pm on Saturday killing them instantly.

Kevin Onyango a resident of Mamboleo junction who witnessed the incident said they saw the vehicle moving at a very high speed, then heard a loud bang. “I was seated outside my house when I noticed this matatu that was being driven at a very high speed. It then veered off the road and knocked a kiosk where an old man and a class six student from Kanyakwar Primary School was selling items. They died on the spot,” he said.

The incident took place just a few metres from where the mother of the child was selling roast maize. The bodies were taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) mortuary where the bodies will undergo a post Mortem.

Confirming the incident, Regional Traffic Officer Andrew Naibei said the driver of the vehicle escaped immediately after the fatal accident, but was later re-arrested.”The driver of the vehicle is expected to appear in court on Monday,” he said. Three other people who had boarded the ill-fated matatu escaped with minor injuries.

“The injured are Josphat Ngaira,38 who sustained head injuries, Dan Kibageni, 21 who had bruises on both knees and Wilfred Ochieng, 31 who escaped with left leg bruises. Those injured have been discharged and are now in stable condition,” Naibei said.

Area residents said that the condition of the road which is still under construction is putting their lives at risk. John Ochieng, an area resident said that the state of the road, which is narrow and is still under construction, has made life difficult to the residents.

AND……..  Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a’s bodyguard dies in accident

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 2016

The vehicle that Mr Eliud Muchiri Gathangira, Thika Town MP Alice Ng’ang’a’s bodyguard, was driving when he was involved in an accident in Juja.The vehicle that Mr Eliud Muchiri Gathangira,
He drove into a pile of avocados that had spilled on the road following an earlier accident involving a pickup truck and he was unable to stop. His body was taken to General Kago Funeral Home in Thika by colleagues. They confirmed that he was not drunk when the accident happened.

Safety comment from DRC

1st October 2016

Two men and a pig share a motorbike in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The last message stuck to the back of the bike – “biloba loba to boyi” – translates from the Lingala as “please mind your own business”.Men transport a pig with a motorbike in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo - Wednesday 28 September 2016

Botswana: Accident claims two lives in Mogorosi

1st October 2016

Two men lost their lives on a fatal accident near Mogorosi village on the evening of Independence Day. In an interview with BOPA, Serowe Station Commander, Superintendent Molefhe Molefhe said they suspect that the driver lost control before the car crashed into a culvert and overturned.

He said the driver of the car lost his life on the spot while another man was certified dead upon arrival at Sekgoma Memorial Hospital. He said both the deceased are from Serowe and their age’s ranges between 40 and 57 years. Superintendent Molefhe stated that other three occupants are still receiving medical attention for minor injuries at Sekgoma Memorial hospital.ICT progress also celebrated in Botswana golden jubilee

He further acknowledged the good conduct of Batswana during golden Jubilee independence celebrations in Serowe region.

“So far no serious crimes were recorded, we only have minor crimes like drinking alcohol in undesignated areas,” he stated.

He said the public should continue with good conduct and cooperate with the police officers.

Deadly start to weekend on SA roads

2016-10-01 News24 Correspondent

Johannesburg – Ten people have been killed and scores left injured in a spate of accidents, making it a deadly start to the weekend on South African roads, officials reported.Seven people died and 10 were injured in a horrific crash in Soshanguve, Tshwane when a minibus and a delivery bakkie collided, road traffic management corporation spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement. “Three of the deceased were from the bakkie, while the other four and all the injured were from the minibus. The drivers of the vehicles are among the deceased,” he said.Emergency workers and officials from a range of services attended the scene on Soutpans Road and the injured were rushed to hospital. The roadworthiness of the bakkie will be investigated. “Investigators have observed that the vehicle was in a poor mechanical condition,” Zwane said.

Deaths, multiple injuries: Meanwhile in Shallcross, Durban, three people were killed and four left seriously injured after a car and taxi collided. The bodies of two men and a woman were found lying amid the wreckage at the scene on the corner of Wiltshire Road and Hans Dettman Road just after 07:00.They were declared dead on the scene, said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak. Four others were taken to hospital for further treatment. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

Also in Durban, two separate taxi accidents which took place on Friday night have left more than 30 injured.In the first accident, two taxis collided on the N3 west-bound just after Brickfield Road at approximately 18:30. “Multiple people were injured, including a pregnant lady… Approximately 20 people were transported to various Durban Hospitals,” said Rescuecare operations director Garrith Jamieson.

About an hour later, a taxi smashed into the back of a car on the same highway.”A total of 11 people had sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene before being transported to… hospital.”

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Three killed in Joburg South collision

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Three people were killed during the early hours of this morning when their car crashed into the back of a truck on the N12 west near Kliprivier Road off ramp.

Shortly after 2am paramedics from ER24 arrived on the scene where they found the vehicle with severe damage. Two men were found lying next to the vehicle. Both sustained fatal injuries and were declared dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle was severely trapped and the local fire department had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free him from the vehicle.

Once freed, paramedics were able to assess the full extent of his injuries. Sadly, while paramedics were working on him, his vital signs suddenly deteriorated. Despite the efforts of the paramedics they could not revive him and he was later declared dead on the scene.

A third person, found in the back of the vehicle, sustained only moderate injuries. He was treated on the scene and later transported to a nearby hospital for further care.

[MID ILLOVO] – Man critical after vehicle rolls.

30th September 2016[MID ILLOVO] - Man critical after vehicle rolls.

 A 33-year-old man was left critically injured this morning after he was ejected from his vehicle after it rolled on the R603 in Mid Illovo in Pietermaritzburg.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene shortly before 06hoo and found the light motor vehicle lying on its side on the side of the road. The body of the driver was found lying 3 metres away from the vehicle.

On assessment, paramedics discovered that the man had sustained serious injuries to his legs and head, leaving him in a critical condition.

ER24 paramedics immediately began their treatment on the patient and provided him with advanced life support interventions.

Once stabilised, the patient was transported to Northdale Hospital for urgent treatment.

 

[PIETERMARITZBURG] – Five, including dog, injured when two cars collide.

 30th September 2016

 [PIETERMARITZBURG] - Five, including dog, injured when two cars collide (1)Four people and a dog were injured this morning after two vehicles collided on the N3 Highway near the Church Street off-ramp in Pietermaritzburg.

Several response vehicles from ER24 were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival, paramedics found both vehicles in the middle of the busy highway. One vehicle, a bakkie, was found lying on its side.

On inspection, paramedics discovered that a man, two women and a seven-year-old child had been injured in the collision. A large dog that had been in one of the vehicles at the time of the collision, was found with minor lacerations on its body.

Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries, which ranged from minor to moderate, and thereafter transported them to a nearby hospital for further treatment. The SPCA was contacted to come to the scene to assist in treating the injured canine.

29 September 2016 | Road Safety in the Media


On Tuesday night EMER-G-MED paramedics attended to a fatal single vehicle collision, where a car drifted into the centre median and collided with a light pole, on the M1 by the Atholl Oaklands offramp, in Melrose – north of Johannesburg.

On arrival paramedics found that the driver, and only occupant of the car, had sustained fatal injuries and showed no signs of life.

Paramedics declared the patient dead on the scene. The scene was then handed over to JMPD’s specialist Accident Investigation Unit for the relevant investigation.

Namibia: NCCI regional manager dies

Business | 2016-09-29 by Luqman Cloete

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THE Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s regional manager for the //Karas and Hardap regions, Nicolas Links, has died.He lost his life in a road accident when the vehicle he was travelling in overturned a few kilometres outside Koës village on the Keetmanshoop-Koës gravel road at around 07h30 yesterday.Police deputy commisioner Rudolf Isaak said Links died on the spot where the vehicle overturned after the driver lost control at a sharp curve.Isaak said the driver and one occupant sustained injuries, and were rushed to the Keetmanshoop State Hospital where they were admitted. He described their conditions as stable. The trio was travelling to Koës to attend a business meeting.NCCI chief executive officer Tarah Shaanika yesterday expressed shock over Links’ death.
He described him as a committed employee of the NCCI, saying he was instrumental in developing SMEs in the southern regions, as well as growing existing NCCI branches and establishing new ones.“His sudden death is a big loss to the NCCI. He was very committed. It is very difficult to find a similar person,” said Shaanika.He also served as chairperson of the //Karas Swapo Party’s think tank, and assisted with administrative duties at the party office during his spare time.

//Karas Swapo Party regional coordinator Mathew Mumbala also described Links’ unexpected death as a loss to the Swapo Party. “We’ve lost a committed cadre,” said Mumbala.

Ghana: Gory accident on Sunyani–Techiman road claims two lives

29th September 2016

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Two reported dead and several others wounded when Tipper Truck with registration number BA 730-12 collided with a Nissan Santra vehicle on the Sunyani-Techiman road in the Brong Ahafo region Wednesday.

According to reports, the Nissan Santra vehicle with registration number GC 4887-09 carrying three passengers was returning from Sunyani when it crushed with the tipper truck loaded with quarry materials.

The deceased included an Assistant Headmaster at the Wenchi Senior High School, Mr Adu Damoah and Mr. Atta Bise, a Circuit Supervisor at the Wenchi.

The others including some Returning Officers of the Electoral Commission (EC) are in critical condition have been rushed to the Sunyani Regional hospital for medical attention.

The police who were at the scene had to cut the Nissan Sentra into pieces to be able to remove the bodies.

Meanwhile, the tipper truck driver and his mate escaped from the scene.

Government orders removal of bumps on highway

TANZANIA Roads Agency (TANROADS) has been directed to remove bumps along highways because they highly contribute to road accidents.

The directive was issued yesterday by the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Hamad Masauni during the opening of the road safety week for this year at Karangalala grounds in Geita region.

He said the road bumps in highways were among the major sources of road accidents that occur in the country, insisting that due to recent situation of road accidents, the issue of road safety regulation should become the National agenda to tackle road carnage.

He further explained that road accidents have now become a major problem in the country, noting that according to the figures of three years, from 2013 to 2015, 46,536 accidents occurred killing 11,230 people. “According to the figures, the passengers are mostly affected by road accidents whereby 3,444 passengers died, followed by 3, 328 pedestrians,” said Masauni. The Deputy Minister further explained that about 2,493 bicyclists died in road accidents.

Also 813 motor vehicle drivers died in the accidents and 400 cart pushers. “The six-month statistics, from January to August this year, 6,971 accidents occurred, causing 2,217 deaths, with 1,809 deaths caused by motorcyclists,” he noted. Mr Masauni further urged the traffic police department to ensure that it was dealing effectively with those violating road safety regulations without fear or favour to anyone.

However, he insisted the provision of road safety education to all road users to keep them aware with the proper use of roads and stop reckless use of roads. He urged motor vehicle owners to stop driving defective vehicles and remember to go for regular services of their cars. He urged Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to continue inspection of motor vehicles especially the wheels, bodies and bus’ auto parts.

At the same occasion, the Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communication, Eng Edwin Ngonyani who is also the Chairman of the National Council of Road Safety, said due to excessive road accidents, the council has came up with six month strategies of reducing road accidents especially those caused by human errors.

He said human mistakes contribute 80 percent of the accidents, with speeding contributing 12 percent, poor road infrastructure six percentage and two percent by other factors. Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga said during the road safety week, the force will educate users on the proper use of roads, inspect motor vehicles and test the health of drivers through mobile clinics.

One Namibian National Dies in a Road Traffic Accident along the Mazabuka-Lusaka road

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Police Assistant Public Relations Officer Levy Lilanga has confirmed this to Mwebantu in Lusaka. He says the first truck was being driven by Moses, other names and age not known who was towing trailer No.N693S while the second Volvo Truck trailer No.1832W was being driven by Willie Swart aged 22.

“The accident happened when the first driver failed to keep to his near side and went to hit the other truck,”Lilanga says. It is reported that both trucks thereafter caught fire in the process. “The first driver has since runaway and a manhunt has been launched while the remains of the second driver have been deposited in Mazabuka District Hospital Mortuary,” says Lilanga.

Zanu-PF youths die after falling off moving truck

 28th September 2016

 FIVE Zanu-PF youths died, while 30 others were seriously injured on Sunday evening after they fell off a moving haulage truck on their way from a party meeting in Chipinge. The youths, from Chipinge South constituency, were coming from the unveiling of 380 hectares of land reserved for their residential stands when the dropside boards loosened and opened, throwing them onto the tarmac.FIVE YOUTHS FALL OFF MOVING TRUCK

Two people died on the spot, while three others died on admission at Chipinge District Hospital. Manicaland police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa confirmed the accident yesterday, but said he did not have much detail.

Zanu-PF Manicaland youth chairman, Mubuso Chinguno said the accident occurred at a curve along the Chipinge-Tanganda Road. “I can confirm that five of our comrades died yesterday (Sunday) in a road accident, as they were coming from a rally, where were we given 380 hectares of land by Chipinge Town Council, which we are going to distribute among our youths,” he said.”They were travelling in a lorry, but they were thrown onto the tarmac after the dropside boards loosened along the Chipinge-Tanganda Road.” Some of the injured were admitted at Chipinge District Hospital, while others were transferred to Mutare.

Chipinge South legislator, Enock Porusingazi described the accident as unfortunate. “Those leaning on the dropside boards were thrown out of the moving constituency lorry, as the lorry was negotiating a curve. The dropside boards were not properly secured,” he said. Porusingazi said more than 30 youth members were still hospitalised, but they were in stable conditions.

Zanu-PF has been using various unsecured transport, such as lorries to ferry its supporters to party programmes, exposing them to risks of road accidents. The party has launched a residential stands scheme, with hundreds of thousands of youths across the country expected to benefit ahead of the 2018 elections.

Six apostolic sect members die in crash

 27th  September 2016

Six members of the Johanne Masowe apostolic sect died, while 14 others were injured when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in overturned on Saturday along the Harare-Nyamapanda Road.

The driver of this haulage truck died on the spot on Saturday morning when the truck that was laden with oranges destined for Mbare maket veered off the road and plunged into Mukuvisi River along Simon Mazorodze Road in Waterfalls. — (Picture by John Manzongo).The driver of this haulage truck died on the spot on Saturday morning when the truck that was laden with oranges destined for Mbare market veered off the road and plunged into Mukuvisi River along Simon Mazorodze Road in Waterfalls. — (Picture by John Manzongo)

The accident occurred near the 44km peg in Murehwa. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident. “A Toyota Hiace was travelling along Harare-Nyamapanda Road with 22 passengers on board. “On approaching the 44km peg on the said road, the vehicle’s left rear tyre burst.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the road to the right and overturned before landing on its wheels again,” he said. He said four passengers died on the spot while the other two on admission to John Reimer Clinic in Murehwa.

Uganda takes on the ‘world’s most dangerous road

Police and UNRA have stepped up checks on Masaka road in the past month.
Police and UNRA have stepped up checks on Masaka road in the past month.

Witchcraft, poor roadwork and dangerous driving — all have been blamed for the killer highway whose users will often turn to prayer before taking the road.

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Wearing pristine white with her woollen socks pulled high, Ugandan traffic police officer Edith Nanteza exudes natural authority at the roadblock, barely lifting a hand as she waves motorists over. This is no routine exercise. Nanteza is on the frontline of operation “Fika Salama” — Swahili for “arrive safely” — a high-profile attempt by the government to regain control of what the country fears has become the planet’s deadliest highway.

From the top of a hill, Nanteza surveys the road, a heat haze shimmering over the tarmac highway stretching into the distance. “Over 200 people have died on this road since January. It’s been a massacre,” she says. By comparison, Bolivia’s Yungas Road, a notorious mountain pass better known as “Death Road”, averages between 200 and 300 deaths per year. That would put the 130-kilometre (80-mile) Kampala-Masaka highway on at least similar ground with its 200 dead in the first eight months of 2016.

Witchcraft, poor roadwork and dangerous driving — all have been blamed for the killer highway whose users will often turn to prayer before taking the road. In the local police station in Mpigi, Nanteza points to the mangled wreckage piled up in the yard.

“Recently 21 people, including a child, died in a single accident,” she says while shooing away a goat. “A car tried to overtake the vehicle in front but collided with a trailer truck which lost control and crashed into two full minibus taxis.” Nsubuga Shabal, who was travelling to Kampala with his wife and seven-year-old son, was caught up in the carnage. “My wife died on the spot. Our child is now living with relatives. He’s still injured and needs treatment but I can’t provide anything since I’m still recovering,” he says. “And I lost my job because I can’t walk properly due to my injuries.” mpigi1

Traffic policemen pursue an errant driver on Masaka road recently. UNRA PHOTO

 ‘Human error’ : Assistant Commissioner of Police Sarah Kwibika is in charge of operation Fika Salama.

“Ninety percent of the accidents are due to human error,” she says.

“Speeding, risky overtaking on bends, overloaded trucks, unroadworthy vehicles and driving while drunk are the main causes. It’s all about driver behaviour.”

Others claim the road itself, which was upgraded with the help of international donors, is dangerously inadequate. The busy highway was resurfaced in the late 2000s, then widened with extra lanes to reduce accidents. Kristian Schmidt, who heads the EU office in Uganda, this month demanded action after a government-commissioned report found that more than a billion US dollars had been misappropriated in corrupt roadwork deals in the last seven years. (EU and donor agencies need to put an accountant in to manage funding – Ed).

Last year, all 900 road authority employees were sacked on the instructions of Uganda’s President Museveni. Now, with the death toll rising, the concern is people might avoid the ‘highway to hell’ altogether.

A photo taken on May 12, 2015 shows a bus on fire on the infamous Kampala-Masaka road in Buwama village. The passengers luckily had time to get out of the vehicle but they lost all their belongings. About 200 people have died on the road alone since January 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHELE SIBILONI

mpigi2The devil’s work : The Kampala-Masaka road provides essential access from the Kenyan coast through Uganda to Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. But despite its importance as a conduit for local traffic, regional transportation and tourism, people are increasingly afraid to travel on it.

Last month, a UN trailer which was carrying crucial food relief to Burundi crashed off the road, destroying a house. And tourists on safari who are hoping to see rare mountain gorillas near the Uganda-Rwanda border are now opting to fly there by light aircraft rather risk travelling on the ill-fated highway.

The high stakes have even compelled some religious groups to take extreme action. By the roadside, Reverend Bibiru pours oil over the painted lines as 15 of his followers chant and pray. “This is the first time we have conducted a road exorcism,” he says.  “A lot of witchcraft took place while the highway was being built, that’s why so many people are dying here,” he explains. “It is the devil who has made this road so dangerous.” (But not the drivers? – Ed).

 Legal crackdown: Commissioner Kwibika prefers a more earthly solution. “We will prosecute, without mercy, every driver we find breaking even the smallest regulation,” she vows. “No exceptions.” Penalties for offences such as driving without a permit tend to be around $50, so not a strong disincentive, while prosecution for more serious offences is very slow, meaning none of the recent lethal cases have gone to trial yet.

Suddenly, the commissioner is interrupted by the phone. It’s Officer Nanteza calling to report another serious accident. Kwibika gasps. Among the injured is her own cousin, another victim of the death-trap highway.

Uganda: 14 die in road accidents

By Bill Oketch & Joseph Kato 26th September 2016

OYAM/MUKONO. Fourteen people have died in two separate road crashes in Oyam and Mukono districts.

Nine people; including four members of the same family, were on Friday confirmed dead and two in critical condition following another fatal accident that occurred at Acokara Trading Centre, Otwal Sub-county in Oyam District, while in Mukono, the death toll of the Thursday accident rose to five following the death of one of the injured victims who had been admitted to Nkokonjeru hospital.

Two survivors are nursing injuries at Atapara Hospital in Oyam District. According to an eyewitness, a driver of a Fuso lorry lost control and ran over roadside vendors who were selling merchandise at Acokara Trading Centre in Oyam District. The incident happened as the driver, who is on the run, attempted to dodge two children who were crossing the road.

The North Kyoga regional police commander, Mr David Ongom, confirmed the incident, blaming the accident on reckless driving. Among the victims are five women and two boys from the same family.  Mr Ongom told this newspaper that the driver of the vehicle, which was carrying produce from Barwot to Otwal Trading Centre in Oyam District, fled after the accident.

“Angered by the accident, the locals turned rowdy and burnt the truck to ashes,” he said yesterday. Those killed have been identified as Sharon Akidi, Prossy Tino, Ivan Ojok and Ronnie Omara, all from the same family. Others are Ruth Okada, Josephine Akello, Esther Amuna, Geto Akao and Jenti Oca. Oca died on the way to Atapara Hospital. Those in critical condition at Atapara Hospital are Gloria Anyango and Joyce Ogole.

This is the second fatal accident in Oyam District in less than two months. In August, nine people died and seven others were critically injured in a road accident at Kamdini Town Council. The incident happened when a lorry collided head on with a pick-up truck that was carrying people and merchandise.The victims, who were returning from Kamdini Market, were travelling to Wirao Parish in Aber Sub-county, Oyam District.

The Mukono accident: The Mukono accident claimed four people who died on the spot and 16 were injured when a commuter taxi ploughed through a group of Bagisu cultural (Kadodi) dancers. The fifth person died a day after. The accident happened at Bumbajja on Kisoga-Nkokonjeru Road.

The Kadodi dancers were heading to Nkokonjeru for a cultural circumcision ceremonry.
According to Mr Moses Ssonko, the officer in-charge of traffic at Mukono Police Station, the taxi driver attempted to overtake another vehicle at a narrow spot before losing control. The driver is reportedly on the run.

6 more die at black spot which claimed 10 last week

 26th September 2016

According to media reports, the accident occurred at around 9pm at the 340km peg near Shangani barely a week after 10 people perished at the 369km peg along the same road. National police spokesman Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the accident.

On approaching the 340km peg, it is reported that the driver encroached to the lane of the oncoming DAF truck which was heading to Harare resulting in a side swipe. The driver lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road to the left side before overturning and landing on its roof.

Six passengers including the driver of the Ipsum vehicle died on the spot. Two people were critically injured and were admitted to Gweru Provincial Hospital while the driver of the truck is in a stable condition. Bodies of the deceased were taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.

Tanker falls on car in Lagos, one killed

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One person has been killed, following an accident in which a tanker fell on a car, rendering the vehicle totally useless.Tanker kills 4

Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA), on Sunday, September 25, said it received a distress alert, early morning, through the toll free emergency number of Lagos State 767/112 regarding a fallen truck at Ikorodu.

LASEMA Emergency Response Team’s preliminary report revealed that a speeding Mack Truck with registration number AGL 664 XG laden with 33,000 litre PMS belonging to Forte Oil, while trying to turn at the roundabout, fell on a Hyundai Saloon Car with registration number KJA 421 AH.Tanker kills 3

The lone unidentified adult male in the car was killed. Prompt arrival of security agencies including LASEMA ERT, Lagos State Fire Service, LASTMA, Civil Defense, FRSC and Nigeria Police, to the scene prevented the incident from escalting into a major disaster due to oil spillage and proximity to a filling station. The truck was lifted upright, while the dead body was extricated by the LASEMA with the use of light duty equipments and subsequently taken to Ikorodu General Hospital Mortuary.Tanker kills 1

The accidented vehicles were cleared off the road and handed to the Nigerian Police Force. LASEMA General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, said proper investigation would be carried out on cause of the accident by the relevant government agencies. He, however, advised motorists especially articulated truck drivers to avoid over speeding and also adhere to all traffic rules and regulations.

Joburg man killed chasing lotto ticket on N1

25th September 2016 Iavan Pijoos, News24

A bike involved in the crash (Max Cohen).

A bike involved in the crash (Max Cohen).

Johannesburg – A man was struck and killed by an SUV after he stopped to pick up his lotto ticket on the N1 North before Rivonia, in Sunninghill on Saturday, paramedics said.

It is believed the ticket flew out of an open window on the highway, EMER-G- MED spokesperson Max Cohen said.Cohen said the man, believed to be in his late 30s, stopped on the side of the road, leaving his wife and three year old child in the car to retrieve the ticket.

“While crossing the highway the pedestrian was hit by a Jeep, which resulted in a multi-vehicle pile-up involving two motorbikes and five cars,” Cohen said. Both bikers sustained moderate injuries and were treated on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital.

Man dies in collision

News – National |Namibia 25th September 2016 by Staff Reporter

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 One man died while four other people received minor injuries in a road accident involving three vehicles, about 54 kilometres from Arandis towards Usakos.

An Erongo Crime report, named the man who died in the accident this Friday afternoon at 13h00 as 38-year James Ngoshi who was driving a Toyota Etios.According to police, Ngoshi allegedly overtook a white Kia, containing two occupants, driving in the same direction towards Usakos, when he was forced to veer off the road to allow an oncoming car to pass.But in an attempt to re-join the road, police said Ngoshi’s Toyota Etios collided with an oncoming Ford Ranger carrying two passengers. The Kia, which was previously overtaken by the Etios, also hit the vehicle from behind. Ngoshi died on spot while the passengers in both the Kia and Ford were taken to Usakos and Swakopmund State Hospitals for minor injuries.

ZA: 5 Injured in Avoca crash

24th September 2016

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FIVE people were injured during an accident on Effingham Road in Avoca on Friday night.

“On arrival, paramedics found that three light motor vehicles had collided. Five occupants from two of the vehicles sustained minor to moderate injuries as a result of the collision,” said Neil Powell of Crisis Medical.

He said the driver of the third vehicle had absconded from the scene.

“According to eyewitness reports the first vehicle was travelling in an easterly direction, in the oncoming lane when it collided with the second vehicle traveling west bound. The first vehicle then proceeded to collide with the third vehicle before coming to a stop. The driver then fled his vehicle leaving his passenger behind,” explained Powell.

All patients were assessed and stabilised on scene before being transported to a nearby facilities.

Road Carnage must be mitigated. Tanzania Daily News Editorial

The accident, which involved a bus known as ‘New Force’ occurred on Monday night in Lilombwi village.The bus, which was heading for Songea from Dar es Salaam, overturned at a sharp bend in the road, a situation that, presumably, indicates irrationally fast speeding and poor control. The driver, who lost control disappeared. The police have embarked on a manhunt for the errant driver, who is believed to have handled the bus recklessly. Indeed, road carnage remains a challenging scenario. National leaders have, umpteen times, exhorted drivers to exercise optimum caution.The leaders have often spoken bitterly about the chain of grim accidents. Most accidents, it has been determined, stem from the recklessness of drivers who handle passenger buses without much regard to safety. Buses often overturn due to irrational speeding. This time around, we are told, the accident in Njombe region occurred because the driver failed to negotiate a sharp bend in the road. This, clearly, smacks of irrational speeding.Some of the drivers, especially those who have never had driving lessons and do not even possess driving licences, drive at frightening speeds, even when travelling on the worst roads. Many of them hardly know what the roadside traffic signs require. In the Njombe accident case, we are not sure if there was a warning sign to alert drivers about the dangerously sharp bend ahead. Too, many road signs remain missing on our roads. This too is a dangerous situation.Road travel will not be a safer and pleasant experience if critical signs remain missing. Many accidents have, so far, occurred because drivers were not warned in good time about the presence of a trouble spot, such as a sharp bend ahead of them.Road accidents are now a canker that appears to defy State intervention. In yesteryears this nation saw the worst road carnage on highways, a situation that prompted calls for speed governors on passenger busses.The Dar es Salaam Road Safety Board offered free education on traffic rules for drivers and motorcycle riders in a quest to curb accidents. This move took many people aback for, it came to light that most drivers did not bother to acquire driving licences. It is imperative to mention here that right-thinking Tanzanians are downright tired and incensed by the spate of road carnage.Most of the accidents, it has been determined, stem from the recklessness of drivers, some of whom handle passenger buses without the least regard to safety. The rot must be stemmed.

Road traffic accidents drain public resources: Zambian VP

The Source: Xinhua | 2016-09-24 01:06:29 | Editor: Huaxia

LUSAKA,  — Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina said on Thursday that road traffic accidents were a drain on public resources and that there was need to find lasting solutions to deal with the problem.

The Zambian vice-president said the governments spent about 4 billion Zambian Kwacha (about 760,000 U.S. dollars) on road accident-related expenditures last year, adding that this has been a costly undertaking and a drain on the country’s limited resources.

In remarks delivered during a national conference on road safety in Lusaka, the country’s capital, the Zambian vice-president said the government was concerned with the rising frequency of road fatalities and urged stakeholders to come up with lasting solutions. There was need for enhanced road safety in order to reduce deaths on the country’s roads, she added. According to her, the government was concerned that corruption had eroded safety on the roads as defective vehicles were being allowed to move freely.

Misheck Lungu, Ministry of Transport and Communication Permanent Secretary, said during the same occasion that the government will soon put in place a law to regulate driving in the night. The conference has been organized by the country’s road safety agency following an increase in road traffic accidents in the country, especially involving public vehicles.

Last week, 25 people died while 48 others sustained injuries when a bus lost control in the northern part of the country.

3 pedestrians killed by ambulance

2016-09-23

The front of the Gardmed ambulance after it hit three pedestrians. (Supplied)

The front of the Gardmed ambulance after it hit three pedestrians. (Supplied)

The ambulance overtook a vehicle on the shoulder of the R67, Netwerk24 reported.Two other pedestrians, a man and woman, were declared dead on the scene, deputy director of the Eastern Cape traffic department Charles Branwell said. The third was taken to hospital, but died later in the day.  Gardmed Ambulance Services spokesperson Craig Schwartz told Netwerk24 that the driver was still unconscious in hospital. He had been driving for ambulances for just over a year.He could not confirm if the ambulance was on its way to an emergency when the accident occurred. Police spokesperson Mali Govender said the ambulance was driving from the direction of Port Alfred, from Bathurst, and as far as they could determine there hadn’t been a patient on board. She said police were investigating three cases of culpable homicide and were trying to establish whether the driver was reckless or negligent.
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Namibia: Crash and burn cases on the rise – police

News – National | 2016-09-22-by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale

POLICE yesterday said cases of vehicles that crash and burn are on the increase, with this month alone experiencing more than five such incidents.

Statistics obtained from the police traffic law enforcement division shows that 22 people have died in 28 crash and burn incidents this year alone.

1. On 17 September, a Ford Ranger which was carrying cattle feed was gutted when it caught fire along the Omaruru-Wilhelmstal Road. The driver survived.

2. A day later, a fuel tanker also caught fire after crashing with another truck along the Tsumeb-Oshivelo B1 Road. The driver, Adrof Hangura, died in the fire.

3. On 3 September, six people burnt beyond recognition when their vehicles caught fire after a head-on collision along the Rehoboth-Kalkrand road. Three of the six were teachers.

4. Another head-on collision happened just outside Otjiwarongo on the same day. It involved a minibus carrying 13 people and a delivery van occupied by two people. The vehicles caught fire, and three people were burnt to death.

5. Yet another incident involved a bus that burst into flames along the Rehoboth-Windhoek road on 9 September. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

Experts this week said they are worried about these crash and burn incidents. Police deputy commissioner Ralph Ludwig admitted that there was an increase in such cases, which he attributed to the new petrol being used. “I think that our new petrol should be inspected to see if it is viable for our vehicles,” Ludwig said, adding that there are other reasons such as poor or lack of vehicle maintenance.

“People go and stand on the side of the road after driving long distances. And when the exhaust pipe comes into contact with the dry grass for just two minutes, it can cause a big fire,” Ludwig said. He urged motorists to inspect their vehicles before travelling long distances. An auto mechanic lecturer at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, Lot Ithete, said he has also observed a rise in crash and burn incidents, and that this has prompted him to carry out his own research. “There are a lot of possibilities that may result in the car catching fire, like faulty electrical parts,” Ithete said. He also said if an object is placed on the terminals of the car battery, it may cause a short circuit, which could result in a fire.

Ithete agreed with Ludwig that dry grass on the side of the road may also contribute to vehicles catching fire. The exhaust pipe is extremely hot, and when pressed on grass for a while and exposed to wind, a fire can start,” he said. “For a fire to start, all you need are three elements: oxygen, fuel and a spark,” Ithete explained.

A source within the fuel industry however said fuel itself is not flammable (sic? – Ed), and that lack of car maintenance may also be one of the biggest contributors to vehicles catching fire when involved in accidents.

Nigeria: Bus plunges into River Rijana 17 killed

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A bus has plunged into the River Rijana along Kaduna-Abuja road – Seventeen people have been reported dead following the accident – One person reportedly survived the crash.

Scene of the accident. Photo credit: The PunchAn 18-seater bus plunged into River Rijana along Kaduna-Abuja road, leading to the death of 17 people. Bus plunge into River Rijana, 3 killed, 14 missing. Earlier on Wednesday, September 21, the Kaduna sector command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the death of the 3 persons and declared 14 others missing. According to the sector’s head of operations, Mr Salisus Galadunci, the accident occurred around 11 pm on Tuesday, September 20.Image result for Bus plunges into River Rijana 17 killed

Galadunci told newsmen on Wednesday in Kaduna that the 18 persons, who were from one family, were returning to Lokoja from Kano when the accident occurred. “An 18-seater bus travelling to Lokoja from Kano plunged into River Rijana with about 18 persons, all related, returning from Sallah break. “The incident was reported by the only survivor, a woman who manage to report to an FRSC ambulance stationed at Doka unit, along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, around 7 am on Wednesday. “Rescuers from FRSC Doka, Katari and Kakau were immediately dispatched with ambulances, and with support of local divers to search for survivors.

“Eventually, only three bodies were recovered, while the remaining persons could not be found, including the survivor’s daughter,” he said. He further said that the survivor explained that the accident happened in a flash, and attributed it to over speed and fatigue. The road marshal said that the recovered bodies have been buried by the river side by villagers, as efforts continue to rescue the 14 missing persons. “Among the FRSC rescue team were the Zone 1 Commander, Bulus Darwang, Kaduan state sector commander, Francis Udoma and Zone 1 Head of Operations, Yomi Asaniyan,” Galadunci added.
LEVEL CROSSING INCIDENT AT MULDERSVLEI / KOELENHOF (NEAR STELLENBOSCH) IMPACTS NORTHERN LINE SERVICE

Late Wednesday afternoon, a light truck and a train collided at the railway crossing between Koelenhof and Muldersvlei near Stellenbosch.

At this stage it’s not yet known what the exact cause of the accident is and whether anyone was injured in the incident or not.

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2,500 people died in road accidents in just 3 months – Police report

21st September 2016

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An alarming statistic from the Ghana Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) indicates that over 2, 500 people have died in road crashes for just July and September 2016, higher than figures from the previous quarter.

This disturbing statistic revealed by the Director General of the MTTD, ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong further indicated that number of persons injured also rose by 30 percent within the same period. The number of accident cases also increased marginally in 2016 as compared to the same quarter for 2015.

The Director General of the MTTD expressed shock at the phenomenal surge in the number of deaths in the third quarter of the year, blaming the situation largely on sheer indiscipline by motorists, other road users (pedestrians and drivers) and weak enforcement of regulations.

He described the motor accident menace as a health issue that threaten the foundation of society and ought to be treated with all the seriousness it deserved. ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong subsequently called for urgent and pragmatic strategies to curb road accidents and improve the smooth flow of traffic.

He urged personnel to also intensify education targeted at pedestrians for their safe use of the road, explaining that they need to redouble efforts at education and enforcement to make the rest of the year free from motor crashes.

“We’re going to meet all political party representatives, sit them down and let them know how serious the situation road crashes is. We hope that they agree and buy into the program that we will be presenting to them so that collectively we can reduce road crashes in the country between now and the end of December.”

Meanwhile the MTTD has received desk top computers and other logistics to ensure the smooth running of road safety matters in the country.

Towing project in limbo while broken-down vehicles claim lives

20th September 2016

TowingTowing trucks, recovery vehicles of the Road Safety Management Services that are wasting away.

About 118 trucks acquired by the Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), a private company, for the national towing service have become (remained? – Ed) idle because of the inability of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to give the go-ahead for the implementation of the project.

An agreement was signed between the RSMSL and the NRSC in 2013 to roll out the National Towing Service, as stipulated in the Road Traffic Act, L.1. 2180. However, after the initial fanfare, the project stalled. The equity shareholders of RSMSL are contemplating taking legal action against the NRSC if efforts to deal with the bottlenecks fail.

The Communications Manager of RSMSL, Mr Roland Walker, told the Daily Graphic: “According to the NRSC, trends on accident fatalities indicate that 22 per cent of deaths from road crashes in Ghana are caused by disabled, accident and broken-down vehicles on roads. This is the more reason the delay in executing the contract to kick-start a national towing project is worrying.”

Bureaucratic bottlenecks: However, the NRSC says that the inability of the towing service to roll out its activities after three years is not the doing of the commission, since deliberations on the project are no longer in its hands. The Head of Communications at the NRSC, Mr Kwame Koduah Atuahene, told the Daily Graphic that “it is purely due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and the delay is not our making”.

He said a transactional advisor (TA) who would be responsible for the appraisal of the agreement had almost finished his work and, therefore, the process was out of the NRSC’s purview. “The good thing is that the TA has completed his work and it is currently before the Attorney-General,” he said.

Speaking on the delay in rolling out the national towing service, which has prevented RSMSL from committing its resources, Mr Atuahene said: “We regret it; they are in to provide certain services. Each time we see people with disabilities as a result of road crashes, it affects all of us. Unfortunately, it is not a transaction that could be solved easily.”

He said he was, however, optimistic that the project would soon see the light of day, in view of the extensive work that had been done on the agreement.

Towing trucks wasting away: Meanwhile, millions of Ghana cedis which had been invested by RSMSL in a fleet of towing trucks and other logistical equipment to complement the efforts of the NRSC to curb the increasing spate of deaths caused by disabled, broken down and accident cars on the roads are going waste as the trucks continue to be exposed to the vagaries of the weather.

Accident figures:  In the first quarter of 2016, provisional figures supplied by the NRSC indicated that the number of deaths on roads in Ghana was 508, an increase from 395 during the same period last year. The first quarter provisional results showed that the Brong Ahafo Region recorded 108 deaths, the highest in the country. Greater Accra came second with 90 deaths, followed by Ashanti with 78 deaths.  People aged below 18 made up 83 of the number of deaths recorded through accidents. According to the NRSC, road accidents alone cost Ghana 1.6 per cent of GDP annually, which translates to about 2,000 deaths on the average per year. Also, almost 60 per cent of crash victims are within the productive bracket of 18

Ghana: Money has replaced respect in Ghana – Rawlings (Former Prez)

20th September 2016

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Former president JJ Rawlings has lamented the spate of indiscipline in Ghana, saying the dignity which used to characterize the Ghanaian society has waned.

“There was a time when we carried ourselves with so much dignity we did not need the coercive machinery of the handcuff or guns to our heads to do the right thing.

“We have destroyed the fundamentals of naturally earned respect and replaced it with the power of elected or assumed authority and find ourselves in the world of coercive power and money,” Rawlings said in a meeting with the National Road Safety Commission.

Rawlings decried the level of indiscipline among commercial drivers and suggested that “drivers who kill on our roads” must be prosecuted on manslaughter charges and sentenced appropriately.

In his view, describing road traffic crashes as accidents was very erroneous, saying this allows for people to get away with manslaughter and it perpetuates itself as no one is prosecuted.

The former President also called for the promotion of the sale of dashboard camcorders by the Road Safety Commission as evidence provided by such cameras could lead to the successful prosecution of traffic offenders. He also mentioned the poor quality of vehicles imported into the country without the necessary checks and the poor state of tyres, faulty lighting and non-use of reflectors.

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As Ghana draws closer to the presidential and parliamentary elections in December, the Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Mrs Mary Obiri Yeboah, has expressed the commission’s gratitude to President Rawlings for agreeing to host the delegation at his office and for his advocacy on road discipline and sought his continued support.

Mrs Obiri Yeboah said it was disheartening to see people on motorbikes without helmets and party supporters in buckets of vehicles driving recklessly. She urged party supporters to stay alive to vote on the Election Day. She called on the former President to heighten the advocacy at every opportunity he has to speak.

A board member of the commission, Dr Kweku Rockson, said road safety was a shared responsibility and commended the former President for his strong stance on the matter. “When people like you talk about road safety it carries a lot of weight and assists in our work,” Dr Rockson said.

The board member explained that the commission played more of an administrative role and had no legal powers to apprehend errant drivers. He said efforts were being made to review the legal framework establishing the commission so it could have some punitive powers.

Present at the meeting were David Asafo Adonteng, Martin Affram, Aphonse Tengeh, all directors of the commission, road safety advocates, Nana Annor Amihere and ACP Victor Tandoh(retd), Deputy Director, Wisdom Fiatui, and other managers and staff of the commission.

Dr Anthony Dzegede, Dr Kwesi Djokoto and Kobina Andoh were members of the Rawlings delegation.

Tanzania: Dar launches ne-bodboda ‘plan

THE Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Paul Makonda leads some of the 5,000 ‘bodaboda’ riders as they enter the Leaders Club grounds in the city yesterday to launch the ‘Bodaboda and Bajaji New Look Safety’ campaign that tracks down theft and banditry using tracking numbers jotted on the riders’ jackets. (Photo by Mohamed Mambo)

THE Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Mr Paul Makonda leads some of the 5,000 ‘bodaboda’ riders as they enter the Leaders Club grounds in the city yesterday to launch the ‘Bodaboda and Bajaji New Look Safety’ campaign that tracks down theft and banditry using tracking numbers jotted on the riders’ jackets. (Photo by Mohamed Mambo)

DAR ES SALAAM Regional Commissioner (RC) Paul Makonda has launched a special programme aimed at improving motorcycle and tricycle taxis, also known as ‘bodaboda’ and ‘bajaji’, transportation in the city.

 The special programme, titled “Bodaboda and Bajaji New Look in Dar es Salaam’’, includes registration by using special numbers that will also appear on the special uniforms that the riders will be required to put on. Speaking during the launch of the programme, Mr Makonda said the move will be helpful to passengers using the mode of transportation when faced with any situation that will require getting the identity of the rider.

Using a system similar to mobile money transactions, the passenger will be required to enter the number that appears on the riders’ uniform in the ‘bodaboda’ and ‘bajaji’ in Dar es Salaam segments, which will bring up the riders’ information.

The information that will come up on the mobile phone screen includes the riders’ parking area, the parking area leader and the mobile phone number of that person. The ‘bodaboda’ and ‘bajaji’ riders would be issued with the uniforms free of charge complete with helmets for the riders, Mr Makonda said, stressing that he is focused on improving the now popular mode of transportation in the city.

“The objective of this programme is to address the challenges facing this mode of transportation and friction with the police force and ensure its improvement,” he explained, urging the riders to adhere to traffic laws.

Meanwhile, the RC officially launched the Regional Bodaboda and Bajaji Riders Association, calling for members to use it to improve their standards of living.

Earlier, Mr Daud Laurian, representing the ‘bodaboda’ and ‘bajaji’ riders, who is also the chairperson of the association’s preparatory committee, commended the regional commissioner for his creativity, noting that the move will restore public trust in the mode of transportation. He said the special uniforms for the riders in each of the regions ‘ districts — Temeke, Kinondoni, Ilala and Kigamboni — will have their own unique colours and numbers.

He stressed that the new outlook will also increase business opportunities in that sector, including advertising opportunities from individual and business organisations. “Most of all, this sector is also contributing to the national economy. In Dar es Salaam, the contribution is about 2bn/- per year,” he explained.

The launching of the programme was organised by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner’s office, Surface and Marine Transportation (SUMATRA), Chotec Ltd, police force, Shell Advance, Clouds FM and Event Master.

IN MEMORIAM: Dr Mary Grant

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Dr Mary Grant  passed on Sunday 18th September 2016.

Dr. Grant, an old student of Wesley Girls, is the first Wesley Girls High School Alumni to be a medical doctor.

She led Ghana’s delegation to several international conferences such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assemblies in Geneva, World Bank Meeting in Africa Health,WHO Regional Conferences in Africa, Cairo Conference on Population and Development among others.

She was among Ghana’s delegation to the Beijing Conference on Women’s Rights. At the 39th Annual General Conference in 1997, the Ghana Medical Association awarded her a Certificate of Honour for her concern for welfare of doctors. As a medical practitioner, she had been critical of health workers who embark on strikes at the expense of human lives.

In May 2007, she told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), that health workers must see themselves as members of a health brigade with the sole mission of saving lives but never as death squads. “The health profession is different from all others, since it deals with diseases and health, life and death. Therefore, anyone who does not feel strongly that what he/she has to do is to help people recover from illnesses and to prevent people from dying unnecessarily must not enter the health service.

At all times health workers must place the love and affection for the patient above their self-interest”, Dr Mary Grant said in the interview. She was however concerned about the poor remuneration for medical practitioners at the time, and chastised successive governments for lacking the will to deal decisively with the problem.

Dr Grant supported the drive for road safety as a national health issue in the Repubic of Ghana.

Aggressive drivers more accident-prone: study

18th September 2016

Even swearing or making rude gestures increases your risk of a collision.

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 Fury behind the wheel could cost you: Canadian researchers report that angry and aggressive drivers are more likely to get into car accidents.

“Even minor aggression, such as swearing, yelling or making rude gestures, can increase the risk of a collision,” said lead author Christine Wickens, a scientist with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

Researchers analyzed responses of 12 830 adults in the province of Ontario to an ongoing survey that asks about mental health and risky behaviors. They focused on responses from 2002 to 2009.

During that time, about a third of the drivers surveyed admitted to minor acts of aggression.

About 2 percent said they had also made threats and tried to damage another car or hurt someone. The highly aggressive drivers were 78 percent more likely to have a collision — roughly the same risk for drivers who smoke marijuana behind the wheel.

Almost 8 percent of the respondents had been involved in a collision within the previous year, the researchers reported.

People who described themselves as not at all aggressive while driving were least likely to have had collisions.

Though the findings don’t prove that anger and aggression directly cause accidents, they suggest that risk increases either because people drive more aggressively or are distracted by their anger. “The results clearly show that aggression is related to the risk of collision,” Wickens said in a center news release.

The research was published online in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior.

BOTSWANA: VILLAGERS BLAME WITCHCRAFT

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 27-year old Koga English of Kgari village, is still in  shock after losing four of his family members in two separate road accidents in a period of hours.

English, who survived the horrific road accident that claimed his mother, sister and nephew’s lives, is finding it very hard to come to terms with the tragedy that has hit the family. He sustained scratches on the face and has pains in his back, which he says are not severe.

“What torments me is that it all happened right in front of my eyes and there was very little I could do,” says the distraught griever. He does not understand what went wrong and is pained by the fact that he and his family were going to their home village to prepare for the funeral of his brother, Uyapo English, who had died in a horrific accident in Gaborone.

He told this publication that when they received the news of Uyapo, his 64-year old mother Maria English had visited his sister Kedibonye Motimedi in her matrimonial home in Chadibe. “The family then arranged that my late brother’s best friend Kombani Stanford should take us to Kgari in his Nissan bakkie. They came to pick me up in Francistown in the wee hours of Saturday, hours after we had received news of my brother’s death,” he said, taking a deep breath.

He explained that his mother was sitting in the front holding his nephew while Stanford who is reportedly in a critical condition at Nyangabgwe hospital, was driving the van. “My sister and I sat at the back of the van. I took a nap, but after some 20minutes or so my sister woke me up saying I should see what the car was doing,” said the grieving young man. He said that when he woke up, the car was going in a zig zag manner. “It had lost control. I saw Stanford trying to control it. That was it. When I woke up my sister was screaming, she was brutally injured on the thigh,” he said.

He said his mother was thrown some 30-50 metres away from the car on the ground while Stanford was lying on the ground. Another lady was holding his four-year old nephew. ‘My sister kept saying I should hold her, she was bleeding profusely, my mother had no scratch and was not bleeding. They both died,” he said.

Zambia:  Police, RTSA, Fire Officers Die in Bus Accident Rescue

Updated: September 19, 2016

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22 people have died while 48 others have sustained injuries in a Road Traffic accident at Malekani area, 2km from Serenje. The accident involved a Power Tools, Scania bus registration number ACR 6315.

Both Police Deputy Spokesperson Esther Katongo and Road Transport and Safety Agency-RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga have confirmed the incident in a statement. The statement indicates that the accident happened when the driver of the Scania bus, Baron Chibwe aged 39 who was coming from Nakonde heading to Kitwe with 70 passengers on board failed to negotiate a curve due to excessive speed.

Both police and RTSA have disclosed that among the deceased are 15 males, five females and one female juvenile. “Three officers, one from RTSA identified as David Manjulunji and two from Fire Brigade identified as Ernest Mulenga and Mubita Simasiku who were among the officers that were conducting a rescue operation at the scene of the accident died on spot while six police officers sustained injuries after they were hit by a truck Laden with bags of maize which failed to break as it approached the accident scene and the driver did not stop after the accident,” says the joint statement.

It is also reported that the truck had earlier hit into a RTSA toll truck which was packed at the accident scene. A total number of 25 people have died in both accidents (including rescue officers) while 11 bodies of the deceased have been transported to Kabwe General Hospital Mortuary.  12 bodies are in Serenje General Hospital Mortuary while one body has been identified and picked by relatives, and the body of Mr Manjulunji has been transported to University Teaching Hospital Mortuary in Lusaka,” the joint statement says.

Police and RTSA says investigations have been instituted to bring to book the driver of the truck who is currently on the run. And the two departments have further disclosed that they are yet to propose to government to ban public transport vehicles from moving at night in a bid to curb accident occurrences.

Police alerts public on latest crash scam

19th September 2016Scam Alert

 The Ghana Police Service has called on the public to be wary of the latest brand of scam perpetrated by criminals.

In a statement issued in Accra by the Director of Public Affairs, Cephas Arthur, he said scammers are now operating under the guise of the police where they create accident scenarios to draw in unsuspecting members of the public.

According to the Statement, victims receive a surprise call to the effect that some supposed relation of theirs has hit the rear of a police vehicle, and that the occupant police officer (s) is/are demanding money instantly through a given mobile money transfer line, to drop the matter.

The punch line is when the scammers add that the failure to do the transfer, the officer will threaten to process the suspect for court. The Statement said when the said money is paid, the case is dropped and the scam would have been completed.

The Service is therefore advising the public to be wary of this recent scam and also desist from the temptation of having to pay money to save one’s relations. It further advised the public to report all such incidents immediately to the Police or call Police hotlines MTN and Vodafone 18555 or 191 on all networks for prompt action.

FOUR PEOPLE KILLED, 1 INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION BETWEEN 2 SUV ON THE N12

18th September 2016

Four people have been killed and one other injured this morning after a head-on collision between two SUV’s on the N12 between Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad in the North West. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found both wrecked vehicles in the middle of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.

On inspection, paramedics found a man and woman lying trapped in the first SUV while another man and woman were lying trapped in the second vehicle. All four patients showed no signs of life.

 On assessment, paramedics found that all four patients had already succumbed to their multiple fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for them and they were later declared dead on scene. A fifth patient, a woman, was found lying trapped inside one of the SUV’s in a serious condition. Emergency workers set about carefully extricating her from the vehicle.

Once freed, paramedics treated the patient and provided her with advanced life support interventions. The patient was later transported to Wolmaransstad Hospital for urgent treatment. The details surrounding the incident are not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

ONE PERSON HAS BEEN KILLED AND 17 INJURED IN COLLISION BETWEEN BUS AND TAXI SUNDAY MORNING

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One person has been killed and seventeen people have sustained various injuries after a taxi and a bus collided on Williams Road before Sydney Road in Congella Durban on Sunday morning just after 08:30 Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a taxi and a bus had collided on the roadway.

 

One passenger in the taxi had unfortunately sustained critical injuries and passed away before Paramedics could arrived.

He was declared deceased at the scene. A further seventeen people sustained various injuries and were stabilised on the scene before being transported by ambulances to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

Zimbabwe: 8 killed at black spot

by Staff reporter 18th September 2016

According to media reports, witnesses said some of the bodies were thrown out of the vehicle when the accident occurred at about 3PM. A witnesses who arrived at the scene soon after the accident occurred said eight died people in the crash.

“The car burst its right rear tyre and veered off the road. We suspect that the car rolled about three times before landing on its wheels. Eight people died, seven of them on the spot while the other one died while being rushed to hospital,” said the witness.

He said passing motorists rushed three of the injured people to Shangani hospital.

“The ambulance took long to arrive. Three nurses who were travelling towards Shangani took them to the hospital. However, one person didn’t seem to be seriously hurt.

The locals said the particular stretch of road was now a black spot as numerous accidents occur on it.

Car accident kills 4 people in Ebonyi

An auto accident, involving nine passengers, has resulted in the death of three men and one woman.

18th September 2016

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According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),the auto accident, involving nine people, occurred at Iyere, Afikpo South Local Government Area.

In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Charles Aborchi, spoke on the state of the surviving occupants of the car. He also said the accident was caused by the weather and the condition of the road. “The five remaining occupants were injured with one of them in critical condition; they are receiving treatment at the Ekoli-Edda General Hospital in the area.

The accident which occurred on a one-lane road involved a white mini-bus with registration number EDA 245 XA. The affected vehicle somersaulted and the accident could be blamed on poor visibility and slippery road condition due to unfavorable weather,” he said.

Mr Aborchi urged road users to be extremely cautious and obey traffic rules, in order to reduce their chances of getting involving in accidents. “We strongly advise motorists and commuters to shun night travel due to poor visibility and other inherent conditions. They should also obey traffic regulations to stay alive for festive celebrations while curbing unwarranted carnage that cause deaths and injuries,” he said.

Johannesburg halts South Africa cycle lanes to build roads

17th September 2016Cyclists in Johannesburg

Image captionThe City of Johannesburg had introduced cycling lanes to encourage people to cycle and not drive

Johannesburg’s new mayor has halted the construction of the South African city’s ambitious cycle lanes project. It was rolled out in part of the city in 2014 while the African National Congress (ANC) was still in power, to encourage people to cycle.

Opposition parties had criticised the ANC, saying the money should to used to provide services for poor people. Mayor Herman Mashaba says the project would only be looked at once all the city’s roads had been tarred.

He is from the Democratic Alliance which won control of the city in August elections, with the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The EFF had marched to former mayor Parks Tau’s office, unhappy that the city had set aside 70 million rand ($4.9m; £3.7m) for cycle lanes in rich areas of the city while residents in Alexandra township still lived in squalid conditions.Johannesburg skyline

Analysis: Pumza Fihlani, Johannesburg . The news of the cycle lanes received a mixed reaction when it was announced in 2014. While some felt it was a vanity project for the city’s growing elite, others welcomed the vision of encouraging more residents to get out of their cars and cycle instead.

However, the move to halt the project has largely been welcomed. The decision seems to show the influence of firebrand Julius Malema, whose EFF was merciless in its criticism of the lanes during its election campaign. The EFF joined forces with the DA, which now runs Johannesburg.

The debate about infrastructure v the needs of the poor is a longstanding one here and it is a difficult balancing act. Johannesburg fancies itself a world class city and meeting that ambition comes with a hefty price. But its managers also have to wrestle with the reality that many residents are still without basic services such as housing, water or proper sanitation, or proper roads.

While it would take a lot more than would have been spent on the lanes to relieve poverty in the city, this gesture may help to send the message that those who live on the fringes of Johannesburg’s skyscrapers have not been forgotten.

Tanzania: Women vehicle drivers to get loans

WOMEN in the country are set to benefit from the project initiated by a Dar es Salaam based company to unlock business opportunities in the transport sector hence improve the livelihood of the group.

Dubbed “Women on Wheels”, the project targets women and girls across the country who will undergo special training on commercial driving and qualified participants will access loans from banks for purchasing their own motor vehicles.

The Executive Director of Africa International, the company responsible for overseeing the project, Mr Martine Gabone, told journalists yesterday that his company will act as a guarantor for all women who will be provided with loans to purchase vehicles for transport business.

Mr Gabone said that registration of women interested to participate in the training is underway at the company’s office, calling upon them to turn up in big number to take part in the project. He said the project aimed at creating friendly environment for women and girls to participate fully in the country’s economy as commercial drivers. “This project has been introduced so as to collaborate with government leaders from village , ward, district regional and national levels in order to reach more women so that they can contribute to the country’s economy through transport sector,” he said.

He noted that the training will be offered in collaboration with Traffic Police unit and the Surface and Marine Transport Authority (SUMATRA). Mr Gabone said that the aim of the project is to empower women with driving skills to be competent in the sector and join the government efforts in to reducing traffic accidents.

“ This project also involve financial institutions and banks to ensure that the participants of the training will have access to financial services,” he said. The project Consultant, Dr Richard Kavura, said that the company is well prepared to ensure that it reached many women in the country by increasing the number of women engaging in transporting people to address the gender gap in the sector.

He added, according to research findings a number of women drivers driving private vehicles is bigger and they respect traffic regulations thus being in a good position to minimise road accidents.

Mr Kavura added that the project is also part of the implementation of international treaties which require the country to promote gender equality in education and employment.

Apostle Charles Chiriseri killed in car crash, wife in intensive care

 17th September 2016 By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |

Apostle Charles Chiriseri, the leader of His Presence Ministries International, has passed on. He was involved in a fatal road accident Thursday night along the Gweru-Bulawayo highway in the Mbembesi area in Matabeleland North province.charles-making behind

His wife, Petunia, was critically injured and is currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo. She is a member of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, who was sworn in by President Mugabe on July 7, this year.

The couple was returning from a funeral.

“Let’s pray for the recovery of the wife and overcoming grace for the church, His Presence Ministries International,” said Faith Ministries in a statement.

Pastor Chiriseri was a former member of Faith Ministries before forming his own denomination in 2006. His Presence Ministries International has branches in the United Kingdom, South Africa and 10 branches across Zimbabwe. He left behind nine children.

Faith Ministries said funeral arrangements would be made later in the day on Friday.

Details about the accident were sketchy yesterday, but those who visited the scene suspected the couple’s vehicle could have hit a donkey. “They were travelling in a Toyota Hilux. Near the wreckage of their vehicle lay a dead donkey which made us suspect they hit the animal.

“Apostle Chiriseri died on the spot, while his wife lost consciousness while being taken to hospital. I doubt she knows that her husband is dead,” said a source. Family spokesperson and founder of Harvest House International Ministries Bishop Colin Nyathi confirmed Apostle Chiriseri’s death.

“It is with sadness of the heart that we announce the passing on of Apostle Charles Chiriseri last night (Thursday) as a result of a road traffic accident that took place approximately 44km from Bulawayo in Mbembesi,” said Bishop Nyathi in a statement.

Ghana: We’ll construct more footbridges on N1 highway – Pres. Mahama

16th September 2016

Footbridge NI Highway 8A footbridge on N1 highway

 Government has reiterated its promise to construct more footbridges over the N1 highway in Accra.

Since it opened to motorists in February 2012, a lot of pedestrians have been killed due to the absence of footbridges and proper Zebra crossing signs on the highway.

Addressing residents of the city on his campaign tour in the Greater Region, President Mahama said government has imported twenty more footbridges to reduce road accidents on the highway. “As I speak to you; we have imported some materials to be used for footbridges just like the one at the Accra shopping mall. We are going to construct about 20 at various accident prone areas. I’m aware that since we opened the N1 highway to traffic a lot of Ghanaians have lost their lives especially children.”

“In my next government, we are going to construct the footbridges on the N1 highway to reduce the pedestrian accidents on the road. It will not just be the N1 highway but other accident prone areas we have identified,” Mahama added.

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5 more footbridges 

The Ministry of Roads and Highways following public outcry over accidents on the highway, promised to construct five more footbridges and also provide extra traffic lights on the road. These according to the Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Isaac Adjei Mensah, are intended to minimize the spate of accidents and loss of lives on the highway.

He told Parliament in 2014 that the bridges will be at the Kwashieman, Awoshie, Dzorwulu, Abeka Lapaz and Apenkwa sections of the highway, while the traffic lights will be positioned at the Dzorwulu and Lapaz sections.

Meanwhile, two years down the line, the promise is yet to be fulfilled.

Driver remanded over Kampiringisa accident

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16 2016

The driver who allegedly caused the July 2 accident at Kampiringisa village on Kampala-Masaka highway that claimed the lives of 21 people, has denied that it was his car that caused the accident.   Six of the deceased were members of the same family.Onlookers at the accident s

By ADAT MBOGO Mpigi.

Appearing before Mpigi Chief Magistrate Jolly Nkole Shwanda on Wednesday, Mr Richard Kayemba, 25, pleaded not guilty to 36 counts preferred against him. Some of the counts include causing 21 deaths by careless driving, causing bodily harm to 13 occupants of the four vehicles that were involved in the accident, driving with an expired driving permit and failure to report to police after the accident.

The accident involved three other vehicles, including a trailer and two taxis.

Prosecution led by Mr Gerald Bwiso told court that the suspect was arrested on Wednesday last week from one of the motor garages in Ndeeba, a Kampala suburb, following a tip-off by a crime preventer in the area. “It was due to the suspect’s carelessness that led to the accident involving two taxis, his car and a trailer, but investigations over this matter are still going on,” he added. Court remanded the suspect to Mpigi prison until September 27.

Police records show that there have been an increase in the number accidents on the Kampala–Masaka highway in the past couple of years. The major causes of these accidents, according to police, include indiscipline by motorists and non-compliance with traffic laws

Fuel ‘too dirty’ for Europe sold to Africa

BBC News 16th September 2016

THIS IS NOT A ROAD SAFETY ARTICLE BUT IT IS A HEALTH ISSUE – Ed.Traffic in Nairobi

Image copyrightAFP Sulphur particles in diesel emissions have been linked to a range of health problems

Swiss firms have been criticised in a report for their links to the African trade in diesel with toxin levels that are illegal in Europe.

Campaign group Public Eye says retailers are exploiting weak regulatory standards.

Vitol, Trafigura, Addax & Oryx and Lynx Energy have been named because they are shareholders of the fuel retailers. Trafigura and Vitol say the report is misconceived and retailers work within legal limits enforced in the countries. Three of the distribution companies mentioned in the report have responded by saying that they meet the regulatory requirements of the market and have no vested interest in keeping sulphur levels higher than they need to be.

Although this is within the limits set by national governments, the sulphur contained in the fumes from the diesel fuel could increase respiratory illnesses like asthma and bronchitis in affected countries, health experts say.

Why are regulations so lax?

The picture is changing but there are still several African countries which allow diesel to have a sulphur content of more than 2,000 parts per million (ppm), with some allowing more than 5,000ppm, whereas the European standard is less than 10ppm. Rob de Jong from the UN Environment Programme (Unep) told the BBC that there was a lack of awareness among some policy makers about the significance of the sulphur content.

map showing legal limits for sulphur levels across africa

For a long time countries relied on colonial-era standards, which have only been revised in recent years. Another issue is that in the countries where there are refineries, these are unable, for technical reasons, to reduce the sulphur levels to the standard acceptable in Europe. This means that the regulatory standard is kept at the level that the refineries can operate at.

Some governments are also worried that cleaner diesel would be more expensive, therefore pushing up the price of transport. But Mr De Jong argued that the difference was minimal and oil price fluctuations were much more significant in determining the diesel price.

What’s so bad about sulphur?

The sulphur particles emitted by a diesel engine are considered to be a major contributor to air pollution, which the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks as one of the top global health risks. It is associated with heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory problems.Traffic in Nigeria

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The WHO says that pollution is particularly bad in low and middle income countries. Reducing the sulphur content in diesel would go some way to reducing the risk that air pollution poses.

What’s being done about it?

Unep is at the forefront of trying to persuade governments to tighten up the sulphur content regulations and is gradually making progress. In 2015, the East African Community introduced new regulations for Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Diesel cannot now have more than 50ppm in those countries.

It is clear that the situation has improved since 2005.

map showing legal limits for sulphur levels across africa in 2005

Unep’s Jane Akumu is currently working with the West African regional grouping Ecowas and its Southern African counterpart Sadc to try and change the regulations there. She told the BBC that she was optimistic that governments would bring down the legal sulphur limits as the arguments in favour are compelling.

Four persons have died in a fatal road accident along the Bafoussam – Mbouda road on Tuesday, 13.09.2016 in a ghastly accident. Several other persons were trapped under the overturned vehicle,a HIACE transporter with 19 places collided with MUSANGO 70 seat Bus.

According to some passengers driver is reported to have been looking tired and was eating carrot to prevent him from sleeping on steering. The shock was hard,the HIACE vehicle destroyed beyond recognition. Eye witness accounts told Cameroon Concord reporters that the drivers were not vigilant.This accident totals over half a dozen in the West Region in one month.

ZA: Tour bus wrecks Umdloti circle

 15th September 2016

The tour bus that crashed into Umdloti’s main traffic circle this morning belongs to an eMalahleni based transport company, Revival Coaches.

The tour bus that crashed into Umdloti’s main traffic circle this morning belongs to an eMalahleni based transport company, Revival Coaches.

The bus was destined for a holiday resort, where it was meant to pick up about 60 guests staying in Umdloti for the week.

Umdloti residents living near the traffic circle at the entrance to the peaceful seaside village were woken by the bone chilling bang of a tour bus smashing straight into the traffic circle.

The tour bus that crashed into Umdloti’s main traffic circle this morning belongs to an eMalahleni-based transport company, Revival Coaches. The crash disrupted the flow of traffic in and out of Umdloti. “It sounded like the loudest crack of thunder,” said Shona Smith, who lives at Umdloti Resort.

The bus was destined for a holiday resort, where it was meant to pick up a group of about 60 guests staying in Umdloti for the week. It is not yet known if the accident was caused by mechanical failure or driver error.

Durban North police spokesperson Captain Raymond Deokaran said there was no sign of the bus driver being intoxicated, and as there were no injuries, only an accident report was completed.

40 injured as heavy-duty vehicle overturns in Free State

2016-09-14 Wim Pretorius, News24

Army truck overturned. (Marguerite Vermeulen, Twitter)

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Bethlehem – At least 40 people were injured when an army vehicle overturned just outside Bethlehem in the Free State on Wednesday. The accident, which happened on the Fouriesburg Road, left several people critically injured. “Upon assessment of the patients, it was found that they sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical,” ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing Harduth said in a statement.

The truck lay on its roof. The injured were from Kroonstad (The truck lay on zijn robbery. The injured ulcers from Kroonstad – Ed)

The injured were transported to various hospitals. The cause of the accident was still unknown.

Zimbabwe: Stray cattle causing road accidents

by Moses Chuma 14th September 2016

As we write this article, we can authoritatively reveal that herds of livestock are lying within the railway line – a danger to oncoming trains. Yet local authority officials seem to have given up if it is not that they no longer care anymore about the situation.

“One evening when I was driving home from town at a speed of about 40 km per hour, I bumped into a herd of cattle lying on the road,” a seemingly troubled motorist who identified himself as Njabulo Ndlovu narrated his ordeal. “I tried to dodge the car to either side of the road to avoid hitting them but unfortunately, I failed to avoid the entire herd which saw my car hit one of them resulting in a breakdown.”

Ndlovu is not the only victim of stray livestock. Titus Ncube, a local taxi driver said that he was once forced to resort to emergency braking when he suddenly realised that there were cattle two meters ahead of him (sic? – Ed). “I immediately applied emergency brakes and luckily the driver behind me was alert. I could have caused an accident,” he said.

We thought that these livestock are a menace only to motorists before a woman, who survives from vending veggies told us that her garden was once ravished by the unrelenting animals. “This a now a farm,” Patricia Donga, a resident fumed, adding that she was forced to fence her garden using cheap material after her crops were destroyed by stray livestock whose owners she does not know. “Yesterday I saw a cow grazing in my neighbour’s vegetable garden,” Donga said. “When I rushed to alert her it was too late because it had eaten all the vegetable crops.”

After all this suffering, our question is: What should be done? “To avoid accidents and other problems associated with cattle, the (town) Council should at least impound all stray livestock and release them to their owners for a hefty fine,” a resident who spoke off the record said. “There should also be restoration of livestock grids on the roads to avoid the movement of cattle from the countryside into the town.” Livestock grids are types of obstacles used to prevent animals from passing along a road which penetrates the fencing surrounding an enclosed piece of land or border.

Ncube – a motorist who is a victim of the menace said putting a fence to demarcate areas in which cattle are free to move around and those in which they are prohibited would help curb the problem of stray cattle in town.

“It would be wise if the Council and other responsible authorities convened meetings to discuss the issue with owners of the stray livestock in order to come up with long term solutions to the matter,” he said. “We are sick and tired of cleaning cow dung caused by these cattle in our yards every day since some of our homes are not fenced.”

In March 2014, 56 people were reportedly arrested countrywide by the Police National Anti-Stock Theft Unit for leaving their cattle to graze along highways. Our efforts to engage the local authority had not yet materialised at the time of publication. – Editing by Divine Dube

Perth doctor’s life-saving work at car crash leads to medical equipment donation to Ghana

A near-fatal road accident, in which a Ghanaian-born doctor saved the life of a Western Australian man, has led to the donation of critical medical equipment in the African nation.

A surplus ultrasound machine from Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) will be donated to the Government of Ghana and will be used in an intensive care unit in a hospital in the Ghanian city of Kumasi.

The donation was sparked in part by life-saving treatment RPH doctor Edward Yeboah delivered to crash victim Simon Treloar on the side of a Yanchep road in February. Mr Treloar was struck by a car driving on the wrong side of the road, trapping him and inflicting catastrophic injuries that left him with “minutes to live”.

Dr Yeboah happened to be passing by at the time and rushed to save him, cutting a hole in Mr Treloar’s chest without anaesthetic to relieve pressure while working in 42 degree heat. The treatment kept Mr Treloar alive long enough to make it to hospital, where doctors were able to perform other procedures needed for his injuries.

Dr Yeboah said that chance encounter helped to lead to the ultrasound machine being donated to his native country.

“I became kind of a Ghanian celebrity in Perth and when I heard through the trauma department there was equipment available I quickly expressed interest and contacted the hospital in Ghana,” he said.

The WA Government handed over the machine to Ghanian officials today, ahead of the move to its new home in the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Mr Treloar said he would be forever grateful for what Dr Yeboah did and was glad some good could come of it.

“Edward appeared over the hill looking for mangoes but he found me instead,” Mr Treloar said.

Malawi: Death toll in Mzuzu fatal accident jumps to 16: Blood banks empty

 Image result for blood donation africaReports reaching faceofMalawi indicates that death toll in the recent fatal accident in Mzuzu has risen to 16 following the death of a patient who was receiving treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital on Monday. Hospital officials at Mzuzu Central Hospital have confirmed of the development.

On Sunday, media reports indicated that 15 people died on scene of the accident (Msiki area) while more than 30 others were referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital. Mzuzu Police publicist Martin Bwanali told the press that the accident involved a tipper – Ashkok Leyland – registration number BQ 9942 which, after failing to negotiate corner hit three other vehicles in row that were heading the opposite direction.

Meanwhile information sourced by this publication indicates that blood banks in the Northern Region have depleted due to the accident. MBTS Mzuzu Branch, which caters for the Northern Region, supplies about 80 pints in all the region’s hospitals each day. But the accident forced the institution to supply 75 pints of blood to Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH) alone to assist the 30 people who were injured in the accident.

Malawi Blood Transfusion (MBTs) assistant senior public relations officer for Mzuzu Mphatso Bazale confirmed of the development in an interview with Nation Newspaper. Bazale said MBTS was forced to release contingency units—40 pints of blood kept for very critical situations— which was part of the 75 pints.

“We cater for the whole region and, per day, we supply about 80 pints for the hospital in the region. However, the Friday accident forced us to release 75 pints only for Mzuzu Central Hospital,” he said.

MCH administrator Timothy Soko confirmed that the hospital got blood from MBTS during the weekend to assist the victims. He said the hospital relies on MBTS for blood.

FRSC boss blames loss of 331 lives on human error

14th September 2016

784 road traffic crashes, and 331 deaths have been recorded between January to August, 2016 in Jos.

FRSC marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi FRSC marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi(newspegonline) 

 The number of accident-related deaths, and crashes in Jos zone has been revealed. Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal and FRSC Chief Executive Officer, says there were 784 crashes, and 331 deaths between January to August, 2016.

Flagging-off the 2016 Ember Months Campaign and Sensitisation on the Speed Limiting Device, he said: ‘‘Jos Zone is one of the areas known nationwide for its high rate of road crashes.In 2015, we recorded 905 road crashes with 279 fatalities, but between January and August, we recorded 784 accidents and sadly, 331 persons lost their lives within the zone.When you compare the figures, you will realize that while the number of crashes in 2015 was high, the rate of death was low, whereas the number of deaths is high in 2016 with low number of crashes.”

FRSC records 784 crashes, and 331 deaths in Jos zoneFRSC records 784 crashes, and 331 deaths in Jos zone

Represented by the Deputy Corps Marshal in charge of Operations, Mr Adai Abu, he blamed the increase in accident-related deaths on human error.

Oyeyemi advised road users to reduce these fatalities by the avoiding under-aged driving, reckless and drunk driving, using quality tyres, over speeding, over loading, use of phones while driving, wrongful and dangerous overtaking.

”The rationale for the annual launch of the ember months’ campaigns is to remind ourselves of the number of salient issues and guides for safe road use,’‘ he added.

FRSC records 784 crashes, and 331 deaths in Jos zone

The FRSC marshal ended his speech by advising road users to obey ALL traffic rules.

ZA: Hearse driver to face charge after deadly crash

13th September 2016 Edward West, The Witness

 The hearse that collided with a bakkie near Highflats, Ixopo, on Friday night. Seven people were killed and injured in the accident.The hearse that collided with a bakkie near Highflats, Ixopo, on Friday night. Seven people were killed and injured in the accident.

Pietermaritzburg – The driver of the hearse involved in an accident that killed seven people on Friday night is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

The seven were among at least 16 people who were kill in road accidents in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Mxolisi Kaunda said in a statement on Sunday that the police have opened a case of culpable homicide against the driver of the hearse. “The driver was also injured and is under arrest,” Kaunda said.

The hearse collided head-on with a bakkie ferrying four females and three males at around 18:45 on Friday, on the P68, between St Faith’s and Highflats, near Ixopo. Three other people were injured in the accident, two of whom were transferred to Edendale Hospital.

Other accidents

Seven people were killed in three other accidents. On the N2 at Murchison, a mother and child were killed while crossing the road. The driver in that case ran away and is being sought by police.

There were also crashes on the N2 near Empangeni and at Lady­smith, Kaunda said.

Meanwhile, Netcare 911 said one person died and five were injured after a car overturned at Gcilima location, inland from the South Coast, about 8 pm on Saturday. Netcare 911 paramedics, working with other emergency services at the scene, found one man dead and two others in a critical condition.

And in another accident, ER24 said three people were critically injured on Saturday evening after a truck and light vehicle collided on the N3 at Balgowan. Paramedics found a container on top of a car, an injured man trapped inside the truck and a man and woman trapped inside the car. Specialised rescue tools were used to free the truck driver. A heavy crane was used to lift the truck and container off the light motor vehicle.

Also, five people were injured on Sunday morning when a light motor vehicle rear-ended another on the R33 in Copesville.

Meanwhile, one man has been killed and four others injured after two vehicles collided on the N3 near the Shongweni off-ramp in Shongweni.

Addressing families and relatives of the victims of the Highflats accident, Kaunda said they were “utterly devastated” by the accident — and others that happened elsewhere in the province — all of which could have been avoided.

Meanwhile, law enforcement roadblocks targeting buses ferrying young women going to Umkhosi WoMhlanga (Reed Dance) in Nongoma on Saturday led to the issuing of 224 charges for various defects, including driving without valid licences (48), unlicensed vehicles (40), overloading (three), unroadworthy tyres (20) and faulty brakes (five).

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MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN COLLISION INVOLVING TWO TRUCKS ON THE R59, SASOLBURG

13th September 2016

A man believed to be 34 years of age was critically injured in a collision on the R59, Sasolburg, this morning. ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found that two trucks has collided.truck-critical-man

The man was trapped in one of the small trucks that was found in the veld on the side of the road. Fire and Rescue used the jaws of life as well as other rescue tools to extricate the man from the vehicle.

Upon assessment, it was found that the man sustained multiple injuries. He was treated and transported to hospital for further medical care.

The exact cause of the collision is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Zimbabwe: 6 killed in accident

by Crime Reporter 13th September 2016

“A Nissan pick-up was travelling along Esigodini-Falcon Road near Esigodini Business Centre with seven passengers on board. “On approaching the 3km peg on the said road, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off to the right and rammed a tree before landing on its wheels.

“Five passengers died on the spot and the other one died on admission at Esigodini District Hospital. Two other people were injured and are admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Esigodini District Hospital mortuary for post-mortem. She urged motorists to exercise caution when driving on the roads to avoid loss of lives.

Last month 13 people died, including five family members, in separate road traffic accidents that were recorded during three days in Mvuma and Mvurwi. Police said 10 people were seriously injured during the accidents.

Ghana: Car runs over Fire Service personnel while rescuing accident victims

12th September 2016

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At least three personnel from the Ghana National Fire Service are feared dead, after a speeding car ran over them on the George Walker Bush Highway (N1) Saturday evening at an accident scene.

Unconfirmed report also suggests that some of the persons involved in the accident also lost their lives.

The fire personnel had gone to the accident scene to help rescue victims trapped in mangled cars around 6:30pm.

According an eyewitness, one car smashed the other from behind causing both car to screeched to a halt.  Before they could jump out of their cars to settle whose fault it was, due to the nature of the road, other cars rammed into the parked cars. In all about five cars were involved.

They were all moving from Lapaz heading towards Achimota/Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout when the unfortunate incident happened few meters from the Sues Inn. Police personnel later moved to the scene with the assistance of residents to rescue passengers trapped in their cars and rush the injured to hospital.

Zimbabwe: Motorist sues tool, Chihuri

 11th September 2016

Solomon Chidyagwayi is demanding $20 000 in damages from Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and Police Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri, claiming he was illegally detained for causing a road accident at Chikato business centre in Shurugwi on April 1 2013.

In his founding affidavit, Chidyagwayi submitted that he was involved in a head-on collision with Maxwell Mabonde’s vehicle and traffic police officers attended the scene and charged him with negligent driving. “Upon further investigations on the scene, the respondents realised that Mabonde was not a holder of a driver’s licence. I have been legally advised that driving without a licence is a grievous abrogation of the mandatory provisions of section 6 of the Road Traffic Act, an act of omission that cannot be condoned,” Chidyagwayi submitted.

“Being aware of the mandatory provisions of the Road Traffic Act, the respondents fraudulently provided Mabonde with Peter Mabhundu’s licence. Mabhundu never appeared before the court a quo, but Mabonde, under the name of Peter Mabhundu, fraudulently testified against me.”

Chidyagwayi said the respondents, through a Sergeant Muchemwa, connived to fabricate information to prejudice him. He said upon being charged, he was released, with the police saying the would summon him and on October 17, 2014 he went to the area prosecutor at Shurugwi Court to make inquiries on the matter. He said during the inquiries, he was detained disregarding that he had gone to the police on his own accord.

“Consequently, I was detained from October 17, 2014 to 20. I have been legally advised that such a detention, which exceeds 48 hours, is in contravention of my constitutional rights entrenched in section 50 (2) of the Constitution and amounts to unlawful detention. “Aggrieved by the respondents’ grievous conduct against me, on March 25, 2015 I issued a notice of intention to institute civil proceedings.”

Chidyagwayi said as at December 1, 2015 there was no response from the police to his legal action and he proceeded to file the lawsuit, claiming $20 000 for damages over illegal detention, so as to ensure that the police, in future, uphold the Constitution and desist from corrupt and partisan application of the law. Police again allegedly failed to enter an appearance to defend the claim, prompting him to file for a default judgment.

950 deaths on Namibian roads since 2015 MVA Fund

10 Sep 2016

WINDHOEK,  (NAMPA) – A total of 950 people died on Namibian roads over the last two years, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has revealed.

This represents 482 deaths recorded last year and 468 deaths between 01 January 2016 and 04 September 2016, representing two deaths each day.

Additionally, 5 110 injuries were recorded last year, and 4 819 so far this year. (Namibia population = 2.3million – Ed)

MVA Fund Chief of Corporate Affairs Kapena Tjombonde announced the statistics during a media engagement here Friday. Furthermore, the Fund recorded 2 897 accidents of all nature in 2015, and 2 774 thus far this year.

“We might be on the right way of saving lives but its volatile and we can only change that if we change our behaviour behind the wheel,” said Tjombonde. She also revealed that 95 per cent of road accidents came as a result of pedestrians who defy traffic laws and regulations across the country.

In light of this, Tjombonde said the MVA will seek to collaborate with tertiary institutions across the country to roll out a national research campaign to establish the impact of road related deaths. The study will be launched in due course.

Meanwhile, she expressed gratitude to traffic law-enforcement agencies within the country, the Namibia Road Safety Council (NRSC), Roads Authority and Government agencies in enhancing road safety awareness.

The NRCS launched a National Strategic Plan in 2011 in efforts to decrease road fatalities half by 2020. Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, MVA Chief Executive Officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku said self-regulation and enforcement is critical.

“Currently our research shows that we are losing two lives every day. Yes, we need law-enforcement but can we also start with policing ourselves. Why must we wait for a police officer to stop us or give us a fine?” asked Martins-Hausiku.

Ghana: Scores injured in Bole accident

10th  September 2016

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 Police in Bole district of the Northern region has said over 23 persons have critically been injured in a road accident this morning at a community called Nouryiri.

The injured including a military officer have been sent to the Bole Government Hospital.

The district crime officer ASP Ebenezer Kwaku Dartey told Ultimate News’ Eliasu Tanko that the accident involve a ground bird vehicle with a registration number GT 4630 was driven by one Collins Frimpong.

He said the bus was travelling from Accra to Wa, Upper West Regional capital with about 44 passengers. According to Asp Dartey, the driver told police he veered off the road after an approaching vehicle blinded his sight with a high pitched light.

“When I was coming, upon reaching a curve around Banda Nkwanta, a saw rhino car approaching me. It had taken over my way, I don’t know whether the driver was sleeping, so I veered off the other side and my vehicle fell”, driver Collins told police.

ASP Kwaku said no death was recorded as at the time they were being conveyed to the hospital but said some of the injured were in critical states. He said investigation has commenced.

Seven die in horrific KZN crash

10th September 2016

Durban – Seven people were killed in an accident involving a bakkie and a car on a rural road in the Harry Gwala District in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday evening, paramedics said.

Four women and three men died in the accident between Highflats and St Faith’s shortly after 18:00, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

Four people were critically injured. The jaws-of-life had to be used to free one of the injured. They were treated on the scene and taken to hospital.

McKenzie said it was still unclear how the accident happened.

Four killed and another injured in Klerksdorp collision

Four people have been killed and one other injured this morning after a head-on collision between two SUV’s on the N12 between Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad in the North West.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene and found both wrecked vehicles in the middle of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.

On inspection, paramedics found a man and woman lying trapped in the first SUV while another man and woman were lying trapped in the second vehicle. All four patients showed no signs of life.

On assessment, paramedics found that all four patients had already succumbed to their multiple fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for them and they were later declared dead on scene.

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A fifth patient, a woman, was found lying trapped inside one of the SUV’s in a serious condition. Emergency workers set about carefully extricating her from the vehicle. Once freed, paramedics treated the patient and provided her with advanced life support interventions. The patient was later transported to Wolmaransstad Hospital for urgent treatment.

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Egypt: 27 dead in Egypt bus, train accidents before holiday

9th September 2016

Bus accident. (Sebastien Feval, AFP)

 Cairo – At least 22 people were killed in a bus collision and five died when a train derailed in separate accidents south of Cairo Wednesday during a busy holiday travel time.

The bus collided with a truck in the southwestern province of Wedi El-Gedid, the Egyptian health ministry said. The number of passengers on the bus was not immediately clear.Traffic accidents are common in Egypt, where many of the country’s roads are not well-maintained and regulations are laxly enforced.The train, carrying about 60 passengers, derailed after leaving Cairo for the southern city of Aswan, police and medical officials said. The conductor hit the brakes when he spotted a problem with the tracks, causing three carriages to overturn near the village of Al-Ayyat, officials said. Twenty-seven passengers were also hurt, with injuries ranging from abrasions to broken bones, the health ministry said.Egypt’s roads and trains are busier before national holidays, such as the Eid festival next week, with people working in Cairo and other major cities visiting their home towns and villages. Al-Ayyat was the scene of Egypt’s deadliest rail accident in 2002 when a cooking gas cylinder exploded on a train and led to a fire that killed 361 passengers. Trains are often overcrowded in Egypt, adding to the safety risks.

Zimbabwe: Unlicensed driver crashes, dies on the spot

 9th September 2016

Mat-South Spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele confirmed the accident. It is alleged that Nsingo from Bulawayo was driving towards Gwanda from Bulawayo carrying four passengers with him.

Along the 46 km peg he tried to overtake two heavy vehicles without checking if the road was clear and he suddenly saw an on-coming vehicle. He tried to avoid a head-on collision by veering off the road to the right but he went on to hit a tree and the vehicle overturned once before landing on its wheels. The driver sustained serious head injuries and died on the spot. All the four passengers were injured.

Police investigations concluded that the accident occurred due to human error and the driver had no licence.

AND………Kombi driver runs over cop

by Staff reporter

A commuter omnibus driver and his conductor yesterday appeared before a Harare magistrate facing charges of murder after they allegedly ran over a traffic police officer manning a roadblock.

Gift Musona (23) and his conductor, Tinashe Kachidza (19) were advised to apply for bail at the High Court by Harare magistrate, Vongai Muchuchuti, who remanded them to September 26.

It is the state case that on August 18 at around 6am, Joshua Hwara was manning a police roadblock along Robert Mugabe Road near the Vehicle Inspection Department, while in the company of constables Gundla and Gwaze. Musona and Kachidza were using a Mazda Bongo omnibus, which was coming from the city centre heading towards Epworth.

The state alleged Musona and Kachidza, acting in common purpose, agreed to bypass the roadblock and diverted into McChery Avenue, which runs parallel Robert Mugabe Road.
Hwara then proceeded to McChery road and flagged Musona’s vehicle to stop. But Musona allegedly accelerated towards Hwara and ran him over and drove away. The two then gave the vehicle to the owner after the accident. It is alleged the owner noticed a dent and the duo failed to give a satisfactory explanation.

Hwara sustained serious head injuries and bruises all over his body and was bleeding from the nose. He was referred to Parirenyatwa hospital, where he died on admission. A postmortem revealed that he ruptured his bladder. On September 6, police received information on Musona and Kachidza’s whereabouts leading to their arrest and recovery of the motor vehicle. Audrey Chogumaira appeared for the State.

Despite 8% drop, road accidents killed 1,919 individuals in H1

 7th September 2016

 ALGIERS-1,919 individuals have been killed in road accidents during the first half of 2016 nationwide, down by 8% compared to the same period of 2015, Director General of the National Center for Road Prevention Ahmed Nait El Hocine said.

14,238 road accidents have been recorded between the in the first half of 2016, down by 3,263 (-18.64%) accidents compared to the same period of 2015. This drop did not lead to a significant decrease in the number of deaths (1,919), i.e. 8%,” Nait El Hocine stated.

In this regard, he referred to the accident that recently occurred in the province of Laghouat, which made 32 victims, “a toll that equals to a six-month toll of the major provinces like Skikda and Tizi-Ouzou.”

The same official highlighted the “high” number of young drivers in road accidents.

“During the first semester of this year, nearly 35% of the number of drivers involved in car accidents are young drivers (in 5.102 accidents),” he said, adding that young drivers (under the age of 29) cause 30% of the total number of victims.”

Drivers having obtained their driving license less than 5 years ago represent 50% of the drivers involved in these accidents, he affirmed.

ZA: At least 13 injured in Roodepoort bus collision

7th September 2016

At least thirteen people have been injured after a bus collided with a  taxi on Main Reef road and corner West Lake road in Roodepoort. Multiple emergency services are scene including Netcare911 paramedics.

Reports from the scene indicate that four people are in a critical condition while the rest sustained moderate to minor injuries. The Netcare2 helicopter is on the scene to airlift a critically injured woman to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

The exact detail to the cause of the accident will remain a subject for police investigation and comment. The rest of the  injured have been transported by ambulance to various hospitals in the area for further medical care.

The road has been closed off, motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Ghana: Two feared dead in accident at Legon

7th September 2016

Accident LegDriver and another occupant in a Ford Escape four wheel drive car are feared dead

A driver and another occupant in a Ford Escape four wheel drive car are feared dead in an accident that occurred opposite the Legon Mall, close to the offices of the Electricity Company of Ghana Tuesday morning.

It is not clear what caused the driver of the Ford car to ram into a stationary fully loaded tipper truck. The victims who appeared lifeless were rushed to the hospital for medical care soon after the accident.

The police were however at the accident scene to manage the huge traffic that built up following the unfortunate incident.

Namibia: Serial offenders warned after deadly weekend

News – National | 2016-09-06 by Denver Kisting

 SERIAL traffic offenders risk having their drivers’ licences suspended.

This and other stern measures are in the pipeline, in light of the increasing carnage on Namibia’s roads.

According to deputy commissioner Ralph Ludwig, head of the Namibian Police’s traffic department, authorities are fed up with drivers’ attitude on the roads – which he singled out as the main contributing factor for the soaring deaths on the country’s roads.
“The most important thing is that people’s attitudes need to change. They do not comply with traffic rules and regulations. They do not take others (road users) into account,” Ludwig stressed. From Friday to yesterday morning, 14 people perished in road accidents.

Apart from the mindset of drivers, other contributors to the bloodbath on the country’s roads are speeding, and drinking and driving, Ludwig said yesterday.

Two mass fatalities took place within hours of each other. In one of the tragedies, six people were burnt beyond recognition after their vehicle burst into ames following a head-on collision, 40 km south of Rehoboth in the Hardap region early on Saturday. Also during the early hours of the same morning, three other people were burnt to death after a head-on crash. This accident took place on the Otjiwarongo/Okahandja main road, police spokesperson chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi said yesterday.

Eleven other people sustained minor to serious injuries when an Iveco minibus and a courier truck collided and caught fire on impact. Shikwambi said two of the deceased were in the minibus, while the third was a passenger in the courier truck. The names of these deceased are yet to be released because their next of kin have not been informed.

“The injured were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital,” she said. Meanwhile, a seven-year-old pedestrian was killed on Friday at Wanaheda in Katutura when she was hit by a vehicle in Hereford Street at about 18h30.“The girl (Etuhole Asser) was running towards her mother alongside the road when a vehicle left the road and hit her,” Shikwambi said, adding that the driver initially fled the scene, but later reported himself to the Wanaheda police station.

The driver (32) was arrested, and police investigations continue.

A member of the ‘struggle kids’ died after he was hit by an allegedly unlicensed driver on Friday evening on the Windhoek/Okahandja road.

In another accident between Uis and Khorixas, Alfred Gaseb (41) died on the spot when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on the gravel road, and it overturned. Two of the four passengers in the vehicle sustained slight injuries, while a teenager (14) sustained serious injuries. The vehicle caught fire and burnt to a shell.

At the border town of Noordoewer between Namibia and South Africa, 24-year-old Marlus Mark died after being hit by an unknown vehicle. Shikwambi appealed to anyone with information on this accident to assist police at the southern town. Meanwhile, toddler London Loose Amukwaya, was killed at Ondangwa on Friday morning after a driver reversed over the one-year-old. Investigations continue.

Malawi bound bus in accident outside Musina

by Thupeyo Muleya 6th September 2016

The incident occurred along the N1 highway, and the bus was reportedly travelling from Johannesburg to Malawi via Zimbabwe. Witnesses said the incident occurred at around 2 am and that several passengers had broken limbs, including the bus driver. “The injured have been taken to Musina hospital for treatment. We arrived at the scene shortly after the incident. No deaths were reported yet, though many passengers incurred serious injuries.

“Indications are that the bus trailer side-swiped with a small vehicle which was travelling in the opposite direction, and it veered off the road  and landed on its side partially blocking the road, ” said a witness Mr Cleto Zharare.

Mr Zharare said the bus was carrying mainly potatoes and over 60 car batteries. He said they suspected the accident could have been a result of overloading.

Musina police spokesperson, Constable Dakalo Ramagweda confirmed the incident saying she was yet to get more details. The N1 highway has become a death trap for many Zimbabweans and citizens from countries north of the Zambezi River. Last year, over 30 Zimbabweans were killed in several road accidents along the same highway between Musina town and the city of Johannesburg.

Recently, 50 Zimbabweans were injured some of them seriously, when the driver of a Greyhound bus they were travelling in lost control and it overturned near Luis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Bulawayo with 50 people on bound including the bus crew. The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links that country to the rest of Africa, and it is the route which handles a lot of commercial cargo movement.

Horrific accident involving 3 haulage trucks on Victoria Falls Highway

by Pamela Shumba 5th September 2016

 THREE people died and one of them was burnt beyond recognition in a horrific accident involving three haulage trucks at the 82km peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road in Insuza. The accident occurred on Saturday at about 7PM and by 8PM last night, the road was still closed to traffic and there were fears that a gas tanker that was involved in the accident could explode.

Vehicles were using a detour through the bush and the Bulawayo Fire Brigade erected no smoking signs around the accident scene as gas was still leaking from a tanker that was involved in the accident. One of the trucks that was involved in the accident was travelling from Zambia to Bulawayo while the other two were travelling from Bulawayo headed for Zambia. One of the trucks had two people on board while the other two had one person each. The only surviving accident victim was admitted to Mpilo Central Hospital and his legs were crushed.

When The Chronicle arrived at the accident scene yesterday at around 2PM, the remains of one of the accident victims could be seen underneath the shell of a truck belonging to Crown Africa Logistics. One of the trucks that was involved in the accident had Zambian registration numbers and was transporting 17 000kg of LPG gas to the neighbouring country.

There was a traffic jam as some vehicles, including buses, bogged in the sand at the accident scene. Motorists, passengers and villagers had to help each other to push the vehicles and clear the jam. Bulawayo Fire Brigade divisional officer Mr Danmore Chimbadzwa, who was at the accident scene, said three people died while one sustained serious injuries.

He said it was suspected that the truck from Zambia sideswiped with the first truck coming from Bulawayo before colliding head on with the second one, which was also coming from Bulawayo. The accident sparked a fire that burnt one of the drivers beyond recognition.

“The accident occurred at about 7PM and the Fire Brigade arrived at the scene at about 9PM. One person survived but he was critically injured. He was crushed from the abdomen downwards and he was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital. Two bodies were found at the scene and they were taken to the mortuary.

“We later received information from one of the truck owners that there could be another body because one of their workers was missing. This prompted us to search thoroughly and we saw burnt bones under the shell of one of the trucks,” said Mr Chimbadzwa.

“We also need to clear this gas tank before we can open the road to motorists because it’s dangerous. The owners of the truck said they’re bringing another tanker so that they decant the gas”.

Efforts to get a comment from the police were fruitless last night.

Namibia: Six killed in crash

 4th September 2016

At least six people are reported to have died earlier this morning in a car accident on the Rehoboth-Kalkrand road. It is reported that a pick-up and a small car collided head-on and both vehicles caught fire upon impact.

Rehoboth/Kalkrand accident victims’ names released

Written by Shikalepo The advantage is 04 September 2016.

WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police have released the names of the six people who perished in a collision between Rehoboth and Kalkrand on the B1 road on Saturday.
Three of the deceased were teachers at MK Gertze Secondary School in Rehoboth – Detlief van Wyk , 38; Johannes Swartbooi, 36 and Josef Swarts, aged unknown.
The remaining three are Hendrik George Strauss, 37; Marius Isaaks, age unknown and a police constable, Ryan George van Wyk, aged 22.

Sixteen injured in N12 Potchefstroom taxi crash

POTCHEFSTROOM – Sixteen people were injured when two minibus taxis collidedon the N12 about 30km from Potchefstroom in North West on Sunday morning, paramedics said.Paramedics from ER24 and other services that arrived on the scene found two people with critical injuries, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.“Both the occupants were found trapped inside one of the vehicles. The local fire department had to use the jaws-of-life to free them from the wreckage. One of the critically injured patients had to be placed on life support.”Fourteen other people sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious. All the patients were transported to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital for further medical care. The cause of the collision was not yet known, Vermaak said.

ZA: Four killed in truck accident

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A truck travelling on the R603 towards Winklespruit collided head-on with a Toyota. (Netcare911)

A truck travelling on the R603 towards Winklespruit collided head-on with a Toyota. (Netcare911)

Durban – Four men were killed following an accident on the R603 near Ilovo on Sunday, paramedic services said.“The crash occurred earlier this evening near Illovo and involved a truck transporting logs [as well as] a car,” EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said.

Mckenzie said one person from the truck sustained serious injuries and was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

Police are investigating, Mckenzie said.

4th September 2016

Tanker 64The fuel tanker truck after the accident

A 64-year-old woman and her granddaughter met their untimely death when they were crushed by a fuel tanker at Adako Jachie Junction near Ejisu in the Ashanti region, Friday.

Madam Yaa Achaia died on the spot when the speeding truck from the direction of Accra on the Accra-Kumasi road hit and dragged her to about 10 meters in the middle of the road.Her 3-year-old girl, identified only as Charity was who with her grandmother when the accident happened, died on arrival at the Ejisu Government Hospital.

The deceased, a native of Dormaa Ahenkuro in the Bono Ahafo Region was attending a funeral at Tikrom, about three kilometers from the scene of the incident when she was crushed to death whilst crossing the road to the other side of the dual-carriage road at about 9 p.m on Friday.

Surprisingly, not even the presence of ‘dead’ speed ramp on that stretch could force the driver of the truck, with registration GS 2325-Y to slow down. Police say Saarikibu Adamu who is currently in police custody was behind the steering wheel.

Ejisu District Commander of the Police Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), ASP George Owusu Aboagye tells Nhyira FM police have already started investigations into the accident. According to him, although that stretch of the road has two-speed ramps at each end, drivers take advantage of a worn out portion to speed.
He is pleading with drivers to pay attention to road signs and respect other road users.

Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the victims have been deposited at the Juaben Government Hospital morgue pending an autopsy.

KwaZulu-Natal woman crushed to death by truck

Cape Town – A woman was killed on Thursday evening after she was pinned between a truck and wall in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.It is believed the driver of the truck failed to see the 34-year-old standing next to the road while turning into a driveway, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

Paramedics found her lying on the side of the road with multiple injuries. Police were investigating the incident.

Truck driver in freak accident

3rd September 2016 Picture by Shepherd To say

A haulage truck carrying Delta Beverage’s mahewu products, overturned at Kelvin and Cripps road in Graniteside, Harare early Friday morning. The truck was reportedly coming from Sunnningdale direction and overturned after the driver allegedly failed to negotiate a corner.

Witnesses told NewsDay that passerbys had to jump into the truck to rescue the trapped driver and switch off the engine of the truck which was now lying on its side. The injured driver was rushed to hospital.

“People had to come inside to drag him out as he was unable to move. His head must have hit the walls of the truck and his leg broke,” said a witnesses. “I think the truck was over loaded and there was too much weight on the left side because he wasn’t even speeding.”

He added: “Luckily he had his seatbelt on, because if he hadn’t he could have died.”

ZA: FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH ON ALBERTINA SISULU ROAD IN ROODEPOORT LEAVES 16 PEOPLE INJURED

At 22h30 on Friday night Netcare 911 paramedics and their rescue unit responded to a collision along Albertina Sisulu Road in Roodepoort. Reports from the scene indicate that the taxi and a 4X4 collided

Exact detail to the cause of the crash and preceding events however will form part of the South African Police investigation.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that sixteen people sustained injuries ranging from serious to minor with some still trapped in the twisted frames of the vehicles.

The Netcare 911 rescue officer and the Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free four patients from the wreckage while medics worked tirelessly to stabilise a total of sixteen wounded.

TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN COLLISION WITH COAL TRUCK ON THE R580 IN MPUMALANGA

3rd September 2016

A multiple vehicle collision on the R580 between Kinross and Kriel in Mpumalanga has left two people dead and three others injured on Friday morning.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene shortly after 07h00 Friday morning and found that a large coal truck had collided with several other vehicles.

 

One of the vehicles, a bakkie lay smashed against the front of the truck and was engulfed by flames. Fire services began to extinguish the blaze while paramedics assessed the scene.

The body of a man was found lying inside a second bakkie off into the veld. Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries.

Nothing more could be done for the man and he was declared dead on the scene.

A further three patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. They were treated by paramedics and thereafter transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

 

Once fire services had extinguished the burning vehicle, they found the body of the driver burned beyond recognition. Nothing could be done for the man and he was declared dead on the scene.

The cause of the incident is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Traffic Accidents Kill 14 People in Morocco’s Urban Areas Last Week

2nd September 2016

(MENAFN – Morocco World News) Fourteen people were killed and 1,475 were injured, including 79 seriously, in 1,086 traffic accidents in urban areas last week, the Moroccan police said.These accidents were mainly ascribed to non-control of vehicles, non-respect of priority, excessive speeding, pedestrian and driver errors and driving under the influence of alcohol, the Moroccan police said in a statement.

Over 34,771 traffic tickets were issued by the police during the same week. The sum of fines paid by road traffic violators stood at 4,326,250 dirhams, the same source said.

16 Injured as taxi driver loses control of vehicle in Rosebank

Just after midday (01/9) this afternoon EMER-G-MED’s M01, RV6, A03, A04 and A11 were dispatched to a serious taxi crash on the corner of Glenhove and Oxford Roads, in Rosebank.

It’s alleged that the taxi lost control, hit the pavement and rolled – leaving it’s sixteen passengers with minor to moderate injuries.

The patients were treated on the scene before being transported by EMER-G-MED and other services to various nearby hospitals for further care. JMPD were on-scene to investigate accordingly.

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 Mauritius: Road safety is not a choice!

 ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE MAURITIUS | SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 BY SHARVINA YALLAPPA

Road traffic safety is about the methods and measures used to prevent road users from being killed or injured.  Pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, those in vehicles and on buses, travelling for personal or professional reasons, are all road users.  The World Health Organization states that ‘about 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes’ and that ‘road traffic injury death rates are highest in the low- and middle-income countries of the African region’.

Despite being informed about road safety precautions, we continue to notice that accidents occur as a result of carelessness, arrogance, lack of respect and indifference!  As a road user I find that much needs to be improved.  Notably not all accidents could have been avoided, but many potentially can.  Official figures published by Statistics Mauritius indicate that ‘during the year 2015, some 139 persons died as a result of road accidents against 137 in 2014, showing an increase of 1.5%’, and that ‘during the first semester of 2016, some 72 persons died as a result of road accidents against 68 during the corresponding period of 2015, showing an increase of 5.9%’.

Driving experience, health, age and maturity of the drivers are often factors perceived to affect driving ability in general.  Age, type and fitness of the vehicles and the condition of our roads are determinant for safety. When accidents take place, disrespectful behavior often causes more pain in an already difficult situation.

Motorist speeding excessively ‘pou gayn nissa’, pedestrians crossing the roads using earphones, and two wheelers overtaking without proper turn signals, are only a few examples of recklessness.  Alcohol and drug consumption, engaging in undue distractions such as use of mobile phones while on the wheel and listening to loud music, are all avoidable habits that need to be controlled at all cost!  Often people also ignore the fact that the use of safety seat belts and motorcyclist helmets is compulsory.

To bring the desired changes, we need to adopt healthier and more responsible habits that include respecting traffic signs, better concentration on the roads, being relaxed drivers, and improved coordination through politeness and cooperation.   After a tough and exhausting day, fatigue and stress tend to make drivers sleepy, nervous or irritated.  Letting some fresh air in the vehicle, stopping by for a few minutes if possible, and taking a few gulps of pure water can ease the pain.  Being courteous towards others will make them behave alike.  Reminding ourselves that bad weather conditions often hinder a clear view and there are increased chances of slippery roads, implying the need for increased precaution and slower driving.

Better training and test procedures for learner drivers and driving school monitors are important and need ongoing assessment and implementation.  Regular road safety campaigns are essential for raising public awareness.  The impetus lies ultimately on each and every road user, to help achieve safer road experience.

The consequences of an accident are multiple.  Fatal or not, at least someone will bear a loss. Losses may be in terms of time, finance, family members, disability, disfigurement, penalties such as payment of fines, suspension or termination of driving license, jail sentence and more.  Defensive driving is the key word and appropriate conduct.  Acting responsibly is primordial for each and every road user.

Reminding ourselves of these simple yet important precautions, will definitely help in avoiding many accidents, caused by carelessness and irresponsibility. To make a significant difference, each and every one should be truly committed.

Botswana: 300 KILLED IN ROAD CARNAGE

1st September 2016

ACCIDENTS LIKE THESE: Up to 300 people have died on the roads since January Source:The Midweek Sun

Zero Road Traffic Accidents Organisation Banana (Zero RTA), has pleaded with road users to take necessary precautions on the roads, to avoid car accidents.

Zero RTA Organisation is led by a trio of wheelchair-bound gentlemen, who are all victims of road accidents. Kabelo Malongwa, Mothusi Selefo and Edward Dhliwayo have since resolved to become advocates for road use through their situation.  Their target is to put more emphasis on the already existing measures in order to curb the high rate of road traffic accidents, which continue to claim many lives of people on a daily basis.

Chairman of the organisation, Kabelo Malongwa said that they are soldiers on a mission to help reduce road accidents, as well as bring awareness. “Instead of being remorseful about our so called unfortunate situation, we believe it is a calling for us. We are not victims as commonly referred to, but we are soldiers on a mission destined to make changes on issues of road safety, as well as educate the nation and change behavioural conduct amongst all,” he said.

It has turned out to be a tradition for Botswana to only mourn after one’s life has been claimed by a car, and later on they adapt the same reckless driving. They’ve observed that accidents mostly happen on weekends and during holidays. The trio is of the view that everyone should prioritise road safety responsibility, and not wait until being involved in car accidents because everyone is already affected from all angles and walks of life.

“If it is not you, it is your relative or a friend and the government also spends a lot on the rehabilitation and treatment of people involved in road accidents. Wheelchair users are increasing on daily basis in our country and we lose our beloved ones, let us unite and take caution,” he advised. Drivers were therefore encouraged to sit their children on car seats, to protect them from ending up losing their lower limbs at a younger age. They also counsel victims of road accidents and believe that disability due to road accidents should not destroy one’s life for good.

Malongwa got involved in a road accident and started using a wheel chair in 2007, while Selefo has been on a wheel chair since 2008 and Dhliwayo in 2011. Director of Traffic, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Botswana Police Service, Mosimanegape Katholo has also confirmed that weekends and end of month times always experience a higher number of accidents compared to other ordinary days. He shared with The Midweek Sun that the whole of last week had 323 general road accidents, in which 15 lives were lost in seven of the crashes, while the previous week recorded 284 car accidents that claimed seven lives in five car crashes.

Since the beginning of January up to this past Sunday, 299 people died from road accidents, compared to 252 deaths last year around that time. Between this past Friday and Sunday, four fatal accidents happened, all affecting pedestrians on the roads. One happened in Mmankgodi on Friday night, while another one occurred along the Western Bypass in Gaborone  road on Saturday night. Other accidents that killed pedestrians this past weekend happened in Digawana and in Goodhope.

Katholo explained that accidents that result in a majority of people being killed are mostly caused by a car hitting a pedestrian or loss of vehicle control on the road. Other reasons that they have observed to be causes to road accidents include over speeding, drunk driving, lack of rest and lack of experience. Katholo highlighted that over speeding remains a dominant offence as in the previous week they charged 2052 motorists for over speeding.

Meanwhile, Katlholo has applauded Zero RTA for the important role they are playing in sensitizing people on proper road use. “Road use is a responsibility for us all and to save our community from car accidents disability or death, we should unite and do what is necessary because these accidents can be avoided,” he said.

‘The accident rate is simply terrifying’: Tunisia sees deadly spike on roads

 In a 2015 report from the World Health Organisation, Tunisia had the second worst traffic death rate per capita in North Africa behind war-torn Libya. Fethi Belaid / AFP Photo

TUNIS // Rundown roads, reckless driving and poor vehicle maintenance are all being blamed for a spike in deadly traffic accidents in Tunisia that has safety experts worried.

At least 16 people were killed and 85 injured on Wednesday when a lorry’s brakes failed and it crashed into a bus in the centre of the country. The dawn accident near Kasserine also left around 15 cars ablaze in one of the country’s worst crashes in recent years. Road traffic deaths rose by nine per cent in the first five months of this year compared with 2015, sparking calls for tougher measures to crack down on widespread traffic offences.

By the end of May the death toll from road accidents in the nation of some 11 million inhabitants stood at a grim 528 people.

We’re experiencing road terrorism. The accident rate is simply terrifying,” said Imed Touil, head of the Tunisian Road Safety Association. In a 2015 report from the World Health Organisation, Tunisia had the second worst traffic death rate per capita in North Africa behind war-torn Libya.

Tunisia logged 24.4 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from previous years, less than Libya’s 73.4 but far more than 2.9 in the United Kingdom. Activists say the climate of impunity since Tunisia’s 2011 uprising is taking its heaviest toll on the young.

 “Sixty per cent of those killed are age 15 to 39,” Mr Touil said, in a country where authorities have struggled to redress the economy and solve youth unemployment since the revolt that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. “The state has the primary responsibility,” he said, calling for “more legal deterrents” and bemoaning a lack of funding for public awareness campaigns on better driving.

The head of the country’s main traffic authority says fines – 40 to 120 dinars (Dh60-160

1.00 USD = 9.73428 MAD 

Moroccan Dirham

) for not wearing a seat belt or for chatting on the phone while driving – are not tough enough.  And then there are the bribes. A video shared online in June showing a policeman demanding a driver hand over 40 dinars caused public outrage and the officer was dismissed.

Tunisia’s new government has made tackling corruption a priority more than five years after anger over graft fuelled the uprising. But in central Tunis, a policeman said he and his colleagues found it difficult to bring “increasingly unruly” drivers to order. “Since the revolution, road safety has got worse,” said the policeman, who asked not to be named. “Tunisian drivers are not scared of the police anymore and don’t respect the traffic rules.”

Traffic violations are rife in the capital. Motorists ignore red lights, hurtle down tram tracks, drive against oncoming traffic or double park. But it is not just car drivers. Tunisians on scooters ride without helmets, often with a child or two crammed in behind the handles. Just outside Tunis, a vehicle inspector said the accident rate has nothing to do with Tunisia’s ageing cars. It’s the “irresponsible drivers”, he said.

Driving instructor Houssine Ettounsi said his students started out following the rules but “become really reckless” once they obtain their licences. This month, an editorial in Tunisian daily Le Quotidien criticised how easy it was to get a driving licence. It slammed both a traffic authority “gangrened” by corruption and “fake licence holders” who “turn into lethal hazards”.

The authorities recognise the scale of the problem but have said the country’s security challenges have kept them from giving it more attention. “There has been a downwards spiral” in traffic safety that requires “significant resources” to address, the interior minister Hedi Majdoub said recently. But since the revolution, successive governments have been preoccupied with dealing with “terrorism” and social unrest.

Zimbabwe: 2 killed, 16 injured in crash

by Reason Reason 1st September 2016

The two died on admission to Harare and Parirenyatwa Central hospitals. The injured were taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital, while those critically injured were admitted at Parirenyatwa and Harare Central Hospitals.The 27-year-old kombi driver survived the accident.

Witnesses said the commuter omnibus driver miscalculated the overtaking distance, resulting in the head-on collision. Instead of returning to the left lane, the driver tried to swerve to the far right resulting in the collision.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident. “I can confirm that the accident did occur and two people died on arrival at hospital(s). The driver of the Toyota Quantum was trying to overtake four vehicles and when the driver of the haulage truck travelling in the opposite direction noticed that the commuter omnibus was not going to make it back into the correct lane, he tried to avoid hitting it, and swerved to his far left. The driver of the Quantum also swerved his vehicle to the far right resulting in a head on- collision,” she said.

Police have always urged motorists to observe road traffic regulations.
Speeding, human error, lack of judgment, overloading and defective vehicles are some of the major causes road traffic accidents.

Tanzania wants smart tech to stop traffic carnage

1st September 2016

Tanzanian transport regulator SUMATRA is looking to use a smart tracking system to reduce traffic accidents by monitoring vehicle speeds of public service vehicles, writes RUSSELL SOUTHWOOD.

How to Claim for Road Traffic Accidents2

 Muchangwe Ferrao looks at how a vehicle monitoring system from a Tanzanian start-up called CUMii can tackle this task.

Tanzania loses thousands of lives each year through road traffic accidents. In 2015, the Bureau of Statistics recorded about 10,000 injuries, and 3500 deaths as a result of carnage on the roads. The government now seeks to implement intelligent systems such as ConnectCar to make the country’s roads safer.

With an estimated population of 4.4 million, Dar es Salaam operates a mixed transport system that includes boda-bodas (motor-bikes), bajaj (three-wheel motorized cart), and dala dalas (commuter bus), all servicing main metropolitan areas. Being a port town, Dar es Salaam also serves as transit/gateway for large amounts of local and international traffic, which makes its road network not only busy, but also highly treacherous.

The volume of traffic presents a challenge for the governing body – Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) – in managing safety effectively. In the past, SUMATRA has used traditional electrical speed monitors but these have been ineffective as drivers easily tamper with them, thus making data recovered unreliable.

In a tender recently issued by the regulator, the primary mandate set by the government is to reduce the number of traffic accidents by implementing a smart tracking system. The system will not only monitor and track all passenger carrying motor vehicles, but essentially give control to the authority, as well as fleet owners to enhance safety, reduce idling time, manage fuel costs, as well as insurance premiums by having real time business changing data at their finger tips.

In Tanzania, Vodacom has partnered with CUMii, a leading African company in disruptive technology, to introduce ConnectedCar. ConnectedCar is a Machine-to-Machine (M2M) tracking service that monitors driver behavior using a remote management platform. Once installed, ConnectedCar can converge with different devices including smart phones, cameras, gas readers, and many more via the Internet. It is easily configured to meet user requirements and using a mobile app or web interface displays information such as:

  •   Driving habits – e.g. hard braking
  •   Trip reports & customised reports
  •   Geo fencing
  •   Real time tracking
  •   Battery Tampering Alerts
  •   Multiple Driver tags & Panic button
  •   Fuel Management
  •   Violations notifications via SMS, email
  •   Route Planning and Management

This information offers both control over safety and security, savings on insurance premiums and much more. Effectively it is an all round cost management product.

According to Chief Officer – Business Enterprise, Gregory Verbond: “Connected devices can be used to improve public safety, conserve resources, boost productivity and support the government effectively. Tanzania stands to benefit by implementing M2M solutions that bring hardware, software and data analytics together in a single solution which is what this partnership brings to the table.”

The unique features of this technology can aid in other areas where governments and enterprise seek to curb fraud through abuse of assets.  In a recent media statement, Commissioner of Policy and Procurement, Frederic Mwakibinga emphasised the need for more stringent monitoring tools to eliminate the mis-use of government vehicles in Tanzania. ConnectedCar can help to achieve this too.

Research has shown that markets that have implemented this technology effectively have resulted in profits of up-to 12% experienced through cost saving and management. This is a substantial amount to a country like Tanzania where road accidents cost the government approximately Tshs. 20 billion annually.

In cities such as Dar es Salaam where road accidents due to negligence and reckless driving are part of daily life, ConnectedCar, can make a real difference. In its simplest form, this service is friendly enough to be used by anyone concerned about the safety of the of loved ones, bajaj owners and families alike.

Local engineers known as Technites, who are trained and accredited by CUMii, do the installations. This model aims to ensure quality and excellence, as well as enhance local skills whilst creating new jobs in the local market.

* Russell Southwood is editor of Smart Monkey TV.  To subscribe to its web TV channel, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/SmartMonkeyTV/videos

Namibia:  Mass casualties a concern

News – National | 2016-08-31 by Staff Reporter

DURING the past week, which included the Heroes Day long weekend, 10 mass casualties were recorded through the MVA Fund’s call centre.An analysis of the mass casualties revealed that five lives (45%) of the 10 fatalities were lost in mass casualties; 90 (43%) people were injured in the mass casualties of the total 207 injuries for the week; and 10 (12%) of the 85 crashes included mass casualties (five or more people involved in a crash). Mass casualties occurred in Oshana (3), Omusati (3), Khomas (2), Hardap and Otjozondjupa (1 each).Mass casualties remain a daunting concern as the risk of losing more lives is high where five or more people are involved in a crash, and especially if they are not travelling safely.Compared to the same period in 2015, it is evident that crashes and injuries have slightly decreased, while fatalities have increased. Although the reduction is not significant, it is somehow (sic! – Ed) indicative that all efforts directed towards making the roads safer have not been in vain (If it is not ‘significant’ it is not indicative of anything – Ed).This reduction is testimony of what can be achieved if everyone pulls towards the common goal of achieving a 50% reduction of deaths on national roads, as per the declaration of the Decade of Action. (What ‘can be achieved’ is not significant – Ed).

Zimbabwe: Accident outside Chitungwiza, 11 dead – report

by Paul Ndou 31st August 2016   

Nigeria:  FRSC comes up with 2 smart ways to stop accidents

31st August 2016

A strategy, known as the passengers watch, and road audits are the two ways the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) intends to reduce accidents.

FRSC comes up with 2 smart ways to stop accidents

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has found a solution to traffic and accidents.

According to the Public Relations Officer (PRO), FRSC, Mr Bisi Kazeem, the agency intends to use a new strategy, known as the passengers watch, and road audits to ensure safe roads.

He shed light on these in a recent interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

“We are also going to use what is known as passengers watch where you find out that somebody will be in your vehicle without you suspecting is a road safety officer (?? – Ed).

And once you are misbehaving and that person tried to caution you and when you prove stubborn, he or she will get you arrested and the person will face the consequence.

We also have traffic calming control and Safety Engineering Department which conduct road audit to identify where there will be need for rehabilitation, probably repairs.

If it is Federal roads we recommend to Federal Ministry of Works and Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA); and if it is States roads, we recommend to State Ministry of Works,’’Kazeem said.

Senegal: Accident on the highway: At least 4 injured

  SenewebNews-RP | August 30, 2016content_image

Traffic accident:  A violent accident occurred Monday morning on the highway in Dakar Hann interchange with 4 serious injuries evacuated by firefighters in the General Hospital of Grand Yoff . The police rushed to the scene mid-morning and strove to restore traffic severely disrupted by the accident, a spectacular collision between a “yellow and black” taxi and a passenger car, said the witness, the vehicles involved were rolling yet both on the same direction up the Ecole Mariama Nias.

 Namibia: Free alcohol at accident scene

 30th August 2016

However, authorities and a trucking company say the alleged looters were helping themselves to leftover stock that could not be salvaged and was left after the trucking company had recovered what they could. Lawyer Norman Tjombe caught the looting on camera when he drove past late Sunday afternoon, describing the sight of dozens of passers-by grabbing bottles and stashing them in their cars as “really embarrassing”.

Tjombe, who arrived at approximately 16:00, after most police officers had left the scene, said “it was really bad.” A video he shot shows dozens of people grabbing bottles, piling them up and carrying them to their cars, while several people wearing NamPol reflective vests looked on. Tjombe said when he arrived there was of a “huge commotion of people” and several police officers were “directing the traffic past the scene. There were many people there, looting and taking bottles that were not broken to their cars. The police were doing nothing.”

However, spokespeople for the police and the trucking company said the police took control of the scene soon after the crash, in addition to a private security company called there to protect undamaged stock. “We immediately organised security to be dispatched to the scene, and the police made sure that any bottles taken from the scene were confiscated,” a spokesperson at Imperial Cargo Namibia said yesterday.

He added that a police officer, who arrived at the scene shortly after the crash, had taken control of the scene and prevented theft of unbroken bottles of cider. NamPol Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed that a senior off-duty police officer happened to drive past soon after the accident, “and he made sure people did not loot. He was there until the truck arrived that was sent to clean the scene up.”

“They sent another truck and took what was not damaged and the rest was left there and people could help themselves,” he added. Kanguatjivi denied any wrongdoing by police at the scene. Tjombe yesterday claimed that he saw one officer, dressed in a NamPol reflective vest, who appeared to take part in the looting. He said the man was seen carrying bottles to a car. “He handed them through the window to someone in the car and then walked back and got some more.”

He said afterwards, when he shared the photos and his thoughts on the matter on social media, he was shocked by the response of the majority of people “who sort of saw nothing wrong with this.” According to a source the accident took place when a bakkie, coming from the opposite direction, suddenly swerved into the truck’s lane.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries while the driver of the bakkie sustained serious injuries. Overall, the long weekend claimed the lives of eight people, and 154 sustained injuries in a total of 59 crashes in three days. According to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, mass casualties on Namibian roads remain a “daunting concern”.

The MVA noted that while the past week’s accident statistics showed a downturn in injuries and crashes compared to last year, fatalities increased by 22%. The total figures for last week showed that 11 people died, while 207 sustained injuries sustained in a total of 85 crashes.

RTSA warns against violation of traffic rules after final Presidential petition results

RTSA Head of Public Relations Mr Fredrick MubangaRTSA Head of Public Relations Mr Fredrick Mubanga

The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RATSA) has urged members of the public to be road conscious during and after the celebrations of the final Presidential petition results.

RTSA Head of Public Relations Fred Mubanga said the agency has noted with dismay that during national celebrations the country experiences loss of lives through road traffic accidents due to careless misconduct by the road users.

Speaking to ZANIS in Lusaka, Mr Mubanga revealed that his organisation has deployed more traffic officers on the roads to ensure that drivers observe traffic rules during and after results of the presidential petition and the inauguration ceremony. He added that people should help RTSA by observing traffic rules and report all unlawful conducts on the road by calling its toll free line.

Mr Mubanga further revealed that the agency is working with the Zambia Police service to ensure that all law breakers on the road are arrested. And Mr Mubanga has since appealed to all political party leaders to sensitize their members on the need to conduct peaceful and safe celebrations that do not endanger their lives.

Mugabe’s ally survive horror car crash

 30th August 2016

Mathema who is fond of driving himself overturned  along the Bulawayo-Tsholotsho Road, at the  10km before Nyamandlovu. He was alone.

Eleven killed in car collision in Upper Egypt’s Sohag

29th August 2016

Eleven people were killed on Sunday in a deadly car crash in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The accident involved a passenger bus and a car colliding on the Sohag International Airport highway, according to police reports.Three other people were injured in the accident.

Deadly road crashes take place on a daily basis in Egypt, largely due to poorly maintained infrastructure and loosely enforced traffic regulations.

According to a global status report on road safety in 2015 published by the World Health Organisation, Egypt’s fatality rate ranked 16th among Arab countries and 109th globally out of 180 countries.

Last week, Egypt’s official statistics body CAPMAS announced that car accident fatality rates in Egypt declined by 16.8 percent between 2005 and 2015. CAMPAS said that its newly-published study titled “Economic cost of road accidents in Egypt in 2015” concluded that Egypt saw 25,500 road fatalities last year, while the total number of car accidents was 14,500, a decline of 31.9 percent from 2005 and an increase of 1 percent from 2014.

Namibia: Five killed, 102 injured in 42 crashes

News – National | 2016-08-29 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale

 FIVE people were killed and 102 others injured in 42 crashes recorded countrywide over the weekend.

These figures were recorded at the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund’s call centre from 26 August until 16h00 yesterday.

The Zambezi and Omusati regions had two fatalities each, while Oshikoto recorded one. The Omusati region, however, had the largest mass injury figures. Firstly, a minibus carrying 20 passengers overturned, and 19 injuries were reported. Afterwards, a head-side collision occurred between two vehicles carrying 13 people. Of the 13, one person died and 12 were injured.

The MVA said Khomas recorded the highest number of crashes with 14, followed by Erongo with six. The Kunene and Oshana regions reported no crashes.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson Edwin Kanguatjivi said 52-year-old Victor Mutanimiye died on the spot on Friday after a hit-and-run incident by a Nissan Hardbody vehicle at Katima Mulilo. The 23-year-old suspect drove away from the scene, but was arrested yesterday, and the vehicle impounded. He is due to appear in court today.

Helena Amutenya also died on the spot after she was hit by a motor vehicle while crossing the Ondangwa-Omuthiya road.

Algeria: Road accidents: Major General Hamel stresses imperative to continue preventive action

 28th August 2016

Road accidents: Major General Hamel stresses imperative to continue preventive action

 ALGIERS- Director General of the National Police Major General Abdelghani Hamel stressed, by virtue of the official directives to all the Police services, the imperative to continue the preventive action for the road’s users to reduce road accidents.

According to a report prepared by the communication committee of the General Directorate of the National Police (DGSN) on the preventive efforts made by the police services since the beginning of 2016 as part of the road safety, a drop in road accidents has been recorded in the urban zones thanks mainly to the efforts of the Police services in this field.

The document emphasized the role of the road users for their ongoing awareness which has positively had an impact on their behaviour, said the source. The role of the civil society, scientific research and information in the broadening of the areas of prevention was also underlined by the document.

The report dubbed “encouraging” the statistics of 2014 and 2015, hence the need to intensify the preventive action during 2016, marked by a national coordination of expanded efforts to reduce road accidents thanks to the strategy adopted by the National Centre of Prevention and Road Safety (CNPSR).

Three killed, 7 injured in Limpopo crash

28th August 2016 Jenni Evans, News24

 Polokwane – Three people were killed and seven were critically injured in a massive crash on the N1 south near Mookgophong on Saturday night. The driver of a light delivery vehicle (LDV) allegedly overtook unsafely and crashed head on into a sedan, said Kagiso Mootane, spokesperson for Limpopo’s department of transport.

The drivers of the LDV and the sedan died in the accident, as well as a passenger in the sedan. Two other cars got caught up in the crash and overall, seven people were critically injured.

The road was partially open to allow for limited passage as police were on the scene to investigate.

Ghana: VP Amissah-Arthur escapes accident; 4 injured

28th August 2016

V Eep[L-R] The second car for the veep lying upside down in the bush and the saloon car that rammed it

Ghana’s vice president, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has narrowly escaped an accident, which has left four persons, including journalists and presidential bodyguards injured.

A saloon car which failed to heed to the signal of the veep’s motorcade, crashed into one of the black SUV V8 vehicles causing it to summersault about four times before it rolled and landed upside down in a bush, TV3’s Komla Klutse reports The vehicle is the emergency car for the vice president, and is said to contain the guns and ammunitions of his security detail. It directly follows the one in which the veep sits.

The accident happened at Gomoa Adams, near Nsakyire junction on the Winneba – Cape Coast highway. Two journalists from Radio Gold and the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation together with some security details of the vice president were in that car at the time of the accident, Komla reports. “About four injured but not so severe. They had cuts in the arm. Some are complaining about bodily pains.

The driver was very tactful otherwise it would have been disastrous,” Komla who was part of the convoy reports.

How it happened : According to our correspondent, the veep was on his way to Dominase for the 20th anniversary of Nana Kwebu Ewusi, as well as to join the people for the celebration of the Akwambo Festival. He reports a pick-up that was heading towards Accra from Mankesim area, refused to heed to the signal of the police motorcade to stop and veered into the lane of the vice president’s convoy.

According to Komla, the vice president’s vehicle managed to swerve the pick-up vehicle, noting that the unregistered Daewoo which had also defied the motorcade signal, crashed the second vehicle, which followed Mr Amissah-Arthur’s. The pick-up driver, according to our correspondent, did not stop. The vice president was quickly surrounded by his security detail and within seconds, was moved away, our correspondent reports. (Q: What speed was the convoy travelling at? – Ed).

Nigeria: FRSC impounds 4 vehicles for overloading

Overloaded vehicles have been seized in Badagry in Lagos state, Efon-Alaaye in Ekiti state and other unknown locations.

27th August 2016

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has seized four vehicles.

According to the agency’s Facebook page, the cars were impounded as part of the FRSC’s efforts to stop overloading, which is major traffic violation.

One of the vehicles was seized in Badagry , while another was gotten in Atlanta along Buffalo Aramoko road, Ekiti State.

 

 

 

FRSC impounds overloaded vehicle in Badagry

FRSC impounds overloaded vehicle

 

“Overloaded vehicles can lead to tyre burst and subsequently road crashes because the vehicle’s required capacity cannot contain the tyre pressure.”

FRSC impounds overloaded vehicle

 

“NURTW has decided to penalise any of its members found either overloading or speeding on our highways and this we shall implement to the latter”, the Chairman, NURTW Plateau Central Zone, Mr Victor Dimka, stated.

Nigeria: Four killed following accident at Edo bypass

Soonest Nathaniel 25th August 2016

About four persons have been reportedly killed in a fatal accident which occurred in Edo state. The car accident occurred along Benin bypass between Agbor in Delta state and Upper Sakponba Road, Benin-City, on Tuesday, at about 5:30pm.

A video clip making the rounds shows how the deceased laid in the pool of their own blood.

Daily Post reports that a man, suspected to be the driver, who sustained injuries, was heard wailing in pain.

Below is a video from the accident scene. Our viewers are advised to note that the video is graphic. Click to view.BeninMeanwhile, one person was on Wednesday, August 24 feared dead when a tanker laden with fuel ‎exploded at Upper Mission junction on the Benin-Auchi expressway, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo state. The explosion, which was said to have occurred at about 7:00am, left no fewer than four persons injured. It was also gathered that the fire destroyed property worth millions of naira. Vanguard reported that at least four houses were destroyed when the tanker exploded. Other source from the scene of the accident stated that many people were killed without mentioning the actual number of casualties.

AFM pastor, wife and child die in car crash

by Leonard Ncube 26 Aug 2016

AN Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) pastor, his wife, their two-year-old daughter and a female member of the church died on the spot while four other people were seriously injured when a vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned along the Hwange-Victoria Falls Road early yesterday morning, Chronicle reported.

The accident happened about 40km outside Victoria Falls at around 1AM when Pastor Noel Chiruva, who was driving, allegedly failed to negotiate a curve.

The vehicle – a Toyota Granvia – rolled once, crushing and instantly killing the four people seated in the front seats. Pastor Chiruva, his wife Vongai, daughter Ruvarashe and a congregant identified as Mrs Margaret Nyakumbi, were on their way to the church’s Women International Conference in Masvingo when the accident occurred.

Mrs Nyakumbi was a renowned businesswoman in Victoria Falls operating a number of shops. The injured church members, who have not been identified, were yesterday transferred from Victoria Falls District Hospital to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.

AFM Matabeleland North overseer Pastor Isaac Kodzwa said the death of Pastor Chiruva had robbed the church of an important figure. “We’re still shocked as a church because we lost one of our gallant soldiers. They were going to a national Women’s Conference in Masvingo when the accident occurred,” said Pastor Kodzwa who visited the scene of the accident from Hwange yesterday morning.

A church elder Mr Ozias Marange said the injured were rescued by passersby. “We were shocked by this terrible accident. We rushed there at 2AM and the injured had already been carried to hospital by motorists while bodies were still trapped in the car which was in the middle of the road,” he said.

Mrs Nyakumbi’s husband, Chris, looked shaken when news crew visited his house in Victoria Falls yesterday morning. A member of the church, Mr Isaiah Maisiri, who spoke on his behalf, said Mrs Nyakumbi left around midnight with other church members on their way to the conference in Masvingo.

Ghana: Gomoa Akotsi car crash claims two lives, leaves 14 with serious injuries

24th August 2016

Gomao AccidenThe Sprinter bus after the accident

A head-on collision between a Sprinter Benz bus and a tipper truck at Gomoa-Akotsi in the Central Region has claimed two lives and left 14 others seriously injured.

The Sprinter bus with number AS- 2833-12 crashed into the truck with registration number GX9475 – 14 after a failed overtaking attempt at about 4:00am, Wednesday.

The Sprinter was fully loaded with passengers from Senya Breku to Accra when the accident occurred, according to Awutu Breku District Commander, Asp Samuel Amfo.

He said two persons died on the spot and ten out of the injured are responding treatment at Trauma Hospital in Winneba and the Kasoa Polyclinic. “Four among those at the Trauma hospital are in coma but the rest are responding to treatment,” Asp Amfo indicated.

Morocco: Traffic Accidents Kill 26 People in Urban Areas Last Week

Rabat – Twenty-six people were killed and 1,544 were injured, including 60 seriously, in the 1,179 road accidents in urban areas last week, the Moroccan police said.

 These accidents were mainly ascribed to non-control of vehicles, non-respect of priority, excessive speeding, pedestrian and driver errors and driving under the influence of alcohol, the Moroccan police said in a statement.

Over 28,065 traffic tickets were issued by the police during the same week. The sum of fines paid by road traffic violators stood at 5,165,800 dirhams, the same source said.

Tanzania: Tamwa Entrance Into War Against Accident Should Be Emulated

 By Peter Nyanje 24th August 2016

Tanzania Media Women Association (Tamwa) is known to most as an organisation dedicated to fighting against women and children oppression.

Tamwa’s areas of operations have predominantly been children and women welfare in relation to such issues as inhumane practices against women and children including genital female mutilation (FGM), domestic violence, child abuse, teen pregnancies and to some extent, unequal distribution of national resources in favour of men under what is regarded as patriarch system.

In what may be described as a turn of direction, Tamwa recently entered another area — reducing road accidents.

Although some people might think that in picking this area Tamwa has veered off its core business — defending women and children’s rights — in actual fact, this is an area that it should have picked since many years ago.

Although statistics show that it is mostly men who get killed in road accidents, but it is women and children who are affected the most.

So, prevention of such accidents would be a milestone in the struggles to free women and children from the bondage of poverty. Hence, the need for Tamwa to step in and join forces with other players in the area.

It is known that when men get killed or injured in road accidents, or die of other causes, injured in accidents they leave behind women who are forced to turn themselves into family bread winners.

Egypt- Road accidents cost an estimated EGP 30.2bn in 2015: CAPMAS

MENAFN – Daily News Egypt – 23/08/2016

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) The estimated value of the minimum economic cost of road accidents in Egypt in 2015 reached EGP 30.2bn (3bn USD – Ed), according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

In the agency’s road accidents cost study for Egypt in 2015 issued on Monday, CAPMAS explained that the cost is calculated by using ‘loss of output’ methodology. The total cost for 6,203 fatal accidents is estimated at EGP 24.1bn; 15,847 serious injuries at EGP 3.7bn; and 3,479 slight injuries at EGP 0.6bn. In addition, EGP 1.8bn was paid as compensation from insurance companies.

The total number of motor vehicle accidents in 2015 totalled 14,500 incidents in 2015. This is a 1% increased from 2014, but a 31.9% decline compared to 2005.

Car accidents caused 25,500 deaths in 2015, a decline of 16.8% compared to 2005 and 16% compared to 2014.

Human errr represents 64% of the causes of road accidents in Egypt in 2015, followed by the technical condition of the vehicle with 21.9%, and then the condition of the road with 2.4%. Private cars caused the most accidents with 36.8% of the total, followed by transport vehicles with 27.8%, and finally taxis with 18.9%.

According to the CAPMAS and the World Health Organisation’s report issued in 2015 on the mortality rate from car accidents, Egypt ranks 16th in the Arab world and 109th globally out of 180 countries with 12.8 deaths per 100,000 people.

CAPMAS predicted the economic cost of road accidents for 2020 as EGP 31bn using the ‘loss of output’ method. The agency predicts 6,211 deaths due to road accidents in 2020 and 22,225 injuries. This is provided that conditions and other facts remain stable as well as cost per individual, according to CAPMAS.

Namibia: 64 accidents in one week

News – National | 2016-08-23 by Namibian Staff Reporter

IN ONE week from 15 to 21 August, the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund recorded 64 accidents across the country. MVA chief corporate affairs manager and spokesperson Kapena Tjombonde said the Khomas region recorded the highest number of crashes with 28, followed by Oshana (eight), Erongo (seven) and Otjozondjupa (six).

(But between  the 1st to 7th August there were 83 crashes and 133 injuries – Ed)

She said during the same week, 18 collisions were recorded, with another 18 mishaps involving pedestrians, 15 rollovers and five incidents involving cyclists. Khomas alone had seven collisions, 14 pedestrian mishaps, and three others involving cyclists; while Oshana had three collisions and three rollovers, as well as accidents involving two pedestrians.

Compared to the same period last year, there has been a decline in fatalities, collisions and injuries, Tjombonde stated. *The Namibian, in conjunction with the MVA Fund, will run these accident briefs every Tuesday.

In another crash in Namibia: TWO people lost their lives on Friday morning and three others sustained serious injuries when a taxi collided with a light truck at Omaalala on the Ondangwa-Ongwediva main road.

According to the police at the scene, the taxi (Nissan Cote), was driving from Oshakati to Ondangwa, and the truck was travelling in the opposite direction. Another vehicle was apparently trying to overtake the truck when the truck driver lost control and hit the oncoming taxi, which caused it to veer off the road and hit a tree.

The driver of the taxi, Tobias ‘Chichi’ Sackaria ( 31) from Omaalala, died on the spot, while passenger Kalola Thomas (34) from the Olwani village in the Omusati region died upon arrival at the Oshakati State Hospital.

The three passengers who survived the crash with serious injuries are Joyce Nepembe (26) from Oshakti East, Antonius Chinanga (44) from Ongwediva and Nampweya Johannes (51) from Ongwediva. The driver of the truck, Werner Jeremia (42), sustained no injuries.

Zimbabwe: RS accident in soil 54 Escape 

by Patrick Chitumba 23rd August 2016

The bus, eyewitnesses said, caught fire at around 7:30AM near Featherstone about 40km from Chivhu. All the 54 passengers scrambled to safety and no one was injured.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “Yes I confirm that a Proliner bus coming from South Africa caught fire near Chivhu this morning (yesterday) at around 7:30AM. It’s suspected that the rear wheels were binding. Luckily they noticed the fire early and everyone got out.”

 

Tanzania: 30 school children killed 68 injured in six months

Chief Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga

ROAD accidents have claimed lives of 30 schoolchildren in the past six months, injuring 68 others, according to Traffic Police statistics.

 Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga said over the weekend that the number of the killed pupils is part of the total 1,580 deaths caused by road carnage. Mr Mpinga noted that for the period between January and June this year there were 5,152 accidents.

He was speaking in Dar es Salaam during an event to mark the end of road safety competition for pupils in the city. Organised by the Puma Energy Tanzania Limited, the competition involved 10 schools whereby a total of 25 pupils participated.

The winner of the competition was awarded various school items and would travel to Geita Region to participate in activities to mark the National Road Safety Week early next month.

Mr Mpinga said the Traffic Police, through their current strategy, is focusing on educating more the children, old people and people with disabilities on how to cross the road and observe other road safety measures.

“It is through such education that we can save the lives of our schoolchildren. As we are starting another six months, we should ensure that there is no death of pupil due to road accident,” he pledged.

He added that the education would be extended to the rural areas after learning that road safety awareness is mainly done in urban areas. Puma Energy Tanzania General Manager Philippe Corsaletti said; “road safety is part of our agenda.

We should focus on educating school children since they are at risk most.” So far, the company has reached 30 schools whereby 38,600 pupils were educated over road safety rules. ‘We intend to reach all schools in the country, with support from the local governments and Traffic Police,” he said.

Ilala Municipality Vocational Education Officer, Ms Hellen Peter, said awareness on how to cross the road was still low among the pupils, a situation which contributes to the deaths of the school children in accidents.

“We need to strengthen efforts in providing road safety education to the pupils,” she appealed. She also called on extending such education to the children in rural areas

Zimbabwe: Khupe lucky to be alive

by Whinsley Masara 22nd August 2016


MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe was injured in an accident on Saturday when the vehicle she was travelling in veered off the road and crashed into a tree, just outside Bulawayo. The accident occurred at the 60 kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Road, just after the tollgate at around 3PM when the driver swerved to avoid hitting a bull. Ms Khupe, who was being driven by an aide was travelling to her rural home in Mbembeswana.

The MDC-T VP told the Chronicle yesterday that she was lucky to be alive.

She said her aide, Mr Witness Dube, who escaped unscathed, was driving her Isuzu Twin Cab when a bull suddenly ran onto the road. “Unfortunately there was oncoming traffic. When the driver tried to avoid the bull, the car veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

“If he had not avoided the bull, it would have been worse because the bull was very big and it was running very fast. Thank God we were not speeding,” she said.

Ms Khupe said she was not wearing her seat belt and as a result she hit hard against the roof of the vehicle thereby spraining her neck. She is recovering from home after she was treated at a local hospital and discharged on the same day. She said she was in pain but in a stable condition.

Matabeleland North province acting police spokesperson Sergeant Namatirai Mashona could not be reached for comment.

Namibia: Beware of corrupt officers

News – National | 2016-08-22 by Ndapewoshali Shapwanale

Edwin Kanguatjivi

 THE police warned against police officers who engage in corrupt practices for personal gain.

This comes after a tourist reported a case about an officer who stopped them outside Tsumeb, and asked for a bribe to avoid a N$1 500 spot fine. Police deputy commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi said they are probing the issue.

Kanguatjivi assured the couple and the entire nation that the suspect and any other officers making themselves guilty of such practices would be dealt with.

He also warned motorists not to pay spot fines and insist on paying at the station or magistrate’s court.

Those who attempt to bribe police, he added, also make themselves guilty of a criminal offence. He further warned the public about certain individuals impersonating public office bearers such as ministers, police commanders and investigating officers, and threatening members of the public with arrest and then demanding money.

“The culprits should know that it is a serious offence to impersonate public office bearers, police officers or any other person,” Kanguatjivi said.

Although these crimes and scams have been on the rise over the years, he said members of the public continue to fall victim, despite repeated warnings against paying money into strangers’ bank accounts.

ZA: Taxi t-bones fire truck, at least 14 injured

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At least 14 people, including a toddler aged about two, were injured when a taxi apparently t-boned a fire truck in Bram Fischer Drive in Randburg this evening.

ER24 paramedics as well as other services arrived on scene and found the taxi driver and two front passengers trapped in the taxi. Fire and Rescue used the jaws of life to extricate them.

Upon assessment of all patients, it was found that they sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Patients were transported to various hospitals for further medical care.

ZA:  Several injured in taxi rollover in Glenhove, north of Johannesburg.

21st August 2016

Several injured in taxi rollover in Glenhove, north of Johannesburg.

Saturday morning 19 people sustained minor to moderate injuries after a taxi rolled on the M1 North near the Glenhove in Glenhove, north of Johannesburg. At approximately 11.30am EMER-G-MED’s RV6, M07 and A09 were dispatched to the scene.

Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a fully loaded taxi had collided with another vehicle, causing it to roll. Fortunately all the passengers were able to climb out of the wreckage before paramedics arrived on the scebe, and were found seated on the pavement and walking around.

The patients were triaged and treated on-scene before being transported to various nearby facilities by EMER-G-MED and other services.

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TANZANIA: Dar es Salaam police collect 616m/- in 6 days as fines

A police officer giving a traffic fine. (File photo)

 IN a time of six days the Dar es Salaam Special Police Zone has collected over 616m/- as fine for various traffic offences involving more than 19,346 vehicles and 1,216 motorcycles.

616m Tanzanian shillings = 282,000 US dollars

Addressing reporters in the city, the Special Zone Deputy Police Commander Hezron Gyimbi, said the total sum was collected from August 12 to August 18.

“For six days traffic officers in Dar es Salaam Special Zone were able to collect a total of 616,860,000/- from 20,562 offences committed by drivers and motorcycle riders who for some reason decided to break traffic road safety regulations,” explained the Special Zone acting boss.

In another development, Commander Gyimbi said 15 motorcycle riders were arrested and taken to court after violating road safety regulations. The ‘bodaboda’ riders were arrested after they were found carrying more than one passenger in a manner known as ‘mshkaki’. Some of them were found to be riding without a helmet. Mr Gyimbi further urged passengers and motorcycle riders to comply with traffic regulations for their own safety.

He, however, insisted that their goal was not to make profit by collecting huge amounts of money, but to make sure road users obeyed traffic rules and regulations all the time.

ZA: One taxi driver killed, 17 injured another critical in mass casualty collision

20th August 2016

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One taxi driver died and another was critically injured following a collision on the N4 in Karino about 12km out of Nelspruit heading towards Malelane in Mpumalanga earlier today.

17 passengers were also injured during the collision.

ER24 paramedics as well as various other services attended to the incident and found both drivers trapped in the vehicles. Sadly one of them had succumbed to his injuries. The other was in a critical condition. He was extricated by Fire and Rescue and treated by paramedics.

He as well as all other patients, who sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate, were transported to hospital for further medical care.

130 drivers arrested on Masaka Road

Police have arrested 136 drivers on Kampala –Masaka Road in a bid to address the increasing number of accidents

 20th August 2016

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A Traffic Police officer apprehends a road user on Kampala- Masaka road  Photo by Dominic Eric Bukenya

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Police have arrested 136 drivers on Kampala –Masaka Road in a bid to address the increasing number of accidents.Ms Polly Namaye, the Deputy Police spokesperson, said 64 drivers have been already arraigned before court whereas 72 drivers are expected to appear in court today.

“Our traffic department in partnership with stakeholders have arrested 136 drivers on Masaka Road for drunk driving, driving with no or expired permits and vehicles in dangerous mechanical conditions (DMC),” Ms Namaye said while addressing the media at police headquarters.

The traffic police in partnership with Uganda National Roads Authority and Works and Transport Ministry last week launched an operation code named Fika Salaama (arrive safely) aimed at promoting safety on the road and reminding road users of their obligation towards observing the traffic and road safety guidelines.

More than 200 people have perished in Masaka Road accidents since the start of this year. In addition, scores have been left with serious injuries.

Ms Namaye said other drivers have been arrested over careless driving, dangerous loading, diving without a badge (for bus drivers), having no third party insurance, failing to stop, failing to comply, driving numberless cars, no rental license, and interference.

“On this note, the Uganda Police Force would like to remind all drivers especially those who drive passenger vehicles to ensure that they acquire the Passenger Service Vehicle license (PSV),” she said.

The police encouraged drivers to have in possession photocopies of their driving permits or the provisional ones especially for Boda Boda riders ahead of the pending traffic operations in Kampala Metropolitan area.13528802_257492297975972_7750840447283836884_n

Last month, police in Kampala impounded over 10000 motorcycles for pillion driving, poor mechanical conditions, lack of crash helmets and driving permits. The police collected over Shs200m from fines and clearances.

Nigeria: Overloading

20th August 2016

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) tells members to stop overloading or face consequences

Bus rolled down embankment killing 10, injuring at least 40.

19th August 2016

SANDF military personnel killed in bus accident

Bus rolled down embankment killing 10, injuring at least 40.

At least ten people have been killed and approximately 40 others injured this afternoon after a bus rolled down an embankment off the R712 in Golden Gate in the Free State.

ER24, along with various other services, immediately responded to the mass casualty incident. Upon arrival, paramedics found the bus lying upright some distance off the road. Numerous bodies were strewn across the scene.

Emergency services immediately set up a triage and staging area to effectively assess the patients. On assessment, paramedics found that ten people had already succumbed to their multiple, fatal injuries. Unfortunately, nothing more could be done for the patients and they were declared dead on scene.

Various services immediately found that approximately 40 other patients had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured patients with advanced life support intervention. Once treated, the patients were transported by various services to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Namibia: ‘Schoolchildren think they own the road’

News – National | 2016-08-19 by Adam Hartman

DRIVE SAFELY … Pupils from various schools participated in an energetic, but peaceful, march through Swakopmund’s main road yesterday, where they called for an end to reckless driving. “Enough road accidents. It’s time to be responsible to save lives,” read one poster they carried. The pupils are also participating in the Namibian Schools Debating Association’s national championships being held at the coastal town this weekend.

SCHOOLchildren are said to be among the most reckless elements when it comes to road usage and observing traffic laws.

According to several participants at a police public relations committee (PPRC) meeting at Swakopmund on Wednesday, schoolchildren have complete disregard for the traffic, their own lives and the lives of motorists. These children think they own the road,” said senior officer of the Swakopmund municipal traffic department, Trudi Xoagus. “It is a matter of creating awareness among them.”

Swakopmund community representative Vonny Booysen, who is also a teacher and a mother, said children indeed disregarded traffic rules and signs, and also did not make use of facilities specially established for them – for their own safety – such as zebra crossings. They also activate traffic lights for the fun of it, and in so doing disrupt traffic unnecessarily.

“They just sidestep and cross the street anywhere, and cars must just stop for them,” she stated. According to Xoagus, traffic officers cannot be everywhere all the time. So, when they are in the vicinity, the children behave themselves, but as soon as the officers leave, they misbehave again.

It also came to light that more and more underage children are being allowed to drive their parents’ vehicles; or even operate taxis after hours. This is considered as extremely dangerous and a complete disregard for the law. According to Xoagus, this concern is receiving attention, in which both the child and the parent or taxi owner would be held accountable and brought to book.

People should not need a traffic officer to take care of their own lives. It should be a positive attitude and respect for oneself and others,” she stressed. (Someone who really understands the problem of road safety. Top marks. – Ed)

Ghana: Bonegas’s church member killed in accident

19th Augut 2016

Accident was goodThe Renault car (right) which run over the worshipers and the church’s bus

One person died, while two others sustained various degrees of injury, when a car ran into some members of Bishop Daniel Bonegas’a Great Fire Pentecostal Church at Ayigbe Town, near Weija, on the Kasoa-Mallam road.

The three persons were returning from a consultation service at the church when the car ran into them, trapping them between two cars.

The deceased has been identified as Alice Doku, 58, while the two who sustained injuries are Albert Coffie, 55, and Georgina Antwi, 38. While Doku was pronounced dead on arrival at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where the three persons were taken to for medical attention, Antwi had her right leg amputated, while Coffie was admitted.

Driver owed by Bonegas: Sources told the Daily Graphic that the driver of the vehicle, Emmanuel Amarteyfio, had gone to the church to collect money allegedly owed him by the Founder of the church, Bishop Daniel Bonegas.

The church usually transports worshippers from various destinations to the premises of the church, which is on a hill close to the Kasoa toll both, with its branded buses. The sources said members of the church were going to board one of the buses when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Renault private car, with registration number GX1985-15, is said to have told the police that he was the one who sold the land on which the church was built to Bishop Bonegas.

According to the police, Amarteyfio claimed the total cost of the land had still not been paid up and he had been following up on it until he received a call from Bishop Bonegas that fateful Friday to come over to the church premises for the rest of the money.

ZA: Eston R603 taxi crash leaves two females dead eight injured

19th August 2016Eston R603 taxi crash leaves two females dead eight injured

On Thursday morning t 07h48 Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a collision on the R603 about two kilometres past the Eston service station. Reports from the scene indicate that a taxi and a truck collided head-on, exact detail to the cause however will form part of the police investigation.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the roadway littered with accident debris and the twisted frames of the vehicles, consistent with that of a high impact collision. After investigating they found that some of the injured were still trapped in the wreckage of the taxi, one person died, four were in a critical condition and five miraculously escaped with minor injuries.

One of the critically injured went into cardiac arrest at the scene and despite the efforts from the paramedics the person died at the scene due to the extensive injuries that she sustained. The other patients were treated at the scene before medics transported them to hospitals in Pietermaritzburg for the care that they required.

Corruption killing Kenya: 134 traffic police officers to be vetted in Kakamega

Posted by African Press International on August 16, 2016

At least 134 traffic officers from the western region will the vetted by the National Police Service Commission from Tuesday. NPSC chair Mr Johnston Kavuludi said on Monday the process will be thorough and asked members of the public to submit information on the officers expected to appear before the vetting team.

Mr Kavuludi said 18 traffic officers from Nyanza region who were not vetted in June had been invited to take part in the process in Kakamega. The planned vetting has sent jitters among officers in region fearing they could be targeted for victimization during the exercise. But Mr Kavuludi said they had nothing to fear since the aim of the exercise was to attract and retain talented officers in the service.

“The exercise will be quite thorough and that is why we are asking the public to be free to come and attend the vetting and those with useful information on officers we have invited should provide it to us,” said Mr Kavuludi.

The vetting team will look into issues touching on the integrity of the officers and probe financial transactions they have been involved in. Mr Kilele asked the Commission to deal firmly with cases of bribery involving traffic officers and matatu operators in the region. “We need bold reforms targeting the police so that we can be able to deal with the issue of bribery involving traffic officers on our roads,” said Mr Kilele.

The administrator told Mr Kavuludi that he frequently witnessed traffic officers collecting bribes from matatu operators on the Kakamega-Kisumu road but no action was taken against them. “There are junior police officers who have managed to amass wealth and engage in businesses and yet earn far much more than I do. If you want to witness for yourself what is happening, just drive along the highway in an ordinary car and you will be shocked by what goes on,” said Mr Kilele.

Namibia: Tourists accuse policeman of corruption

18th August 2016 by Adam Hartman

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 TWO Australian tourists to Namibia last week accused a Namibian Police traffic officer of corruptly stealing N$1 500 from them after they were allegedly caught speeding on the B1 from the Etosha National Park to Windhoek.

In a letter sent to The Namibian, the Office of the President, the police and the Anti-Corruption Commission, tourist Craig Hughes stated that he and his friend, Vivienne, had a great time travelling through Namibia.

“Last year, we travelled to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Namibia far eclipses the places we visited in those three countries, and I would recommend Namibia over all three to anyone looking to come to Africa for the first time,” the letter read, before becoming sombre.

According to Hughes, they were driving from Etosha to Windhoek last Tuesday when they were pulled over by a policeman working a speed camera about 40 kilometres outside Tsumeb. The officer claimed that Hughes was doing 105km/h. Vivienne, who is blind, was also sick with diabetes at the time, and needed to get to a hospital in Windhoek, according to Hughes.

“He asked me to get out of the car and accompany him to a picnic table. He was very aggressive and intimidating. At that point, he said he would have to issue me with a fine of N$1 500. I did not believe I was going that fast. The officer said we would need to go back to Tsumeb to pay the fine at the police station as he didn’t have a receipt book. He also asked for my driver’s licence. He suggested that if we pay cash, he would let us proceed, although he wouldn’t be able to give us a receipt.” Hughes then smelt a rat.

“The policeman then insisted that I get Viv out of the car and bring her over. I wonder whether at that point, not knowing Viv is blind, he worried she might photograph him. Viv and I then went back to the car. Fortunately, she had just enough cash left to cover the N$1 500. We then handed the money to the officer.”

Hughes said had they not been in a hurry, they would have gone to the police station and paid the fine with a credit card and gotten a receipt. But they were hoping to reach Windhoek before nightfall and make it to the hospital to see the specialist.

“At no time did the officer record our licence plate (to my knowledge), or record my licence details. He certainly didn’t issue us with a speeding ticket,” Hughes stated. “As we parted from the scene, the officer offered this threat: ‘If you tell anyone about this, it will spoil the rest of your holiday’.”

They wanted to take a photo of the officer, but he was watching them with hawk’s eyes. What they did manage to do was take his vehicle’s number plate: POL 6703.

“Both of us were shocked and shaken by this event. I think the policeman concerned is a disgrace to his profession and to his country. To haul a blind woman on her way to hospital out of a car and then to demand money from her is simply outrageous,” Hughes lamented. “I sincerely hope this is an isolated incident.”

Police chief inspector Kauna Shikwambi said they are in touch with Hughes, and that the case was reported to the internal investigations directorate. “This is a very serious matter, and it is enjoying our attention,” she told The Namibian.

Uganda: New tricks traffic officers use to take bribes

By Joseph Lagen 18th August 2016A traffic police officer controls traffic on Jinja Roadin claim

“Give me your keys,” said the man in uniform to a baffled me, “you will learn not to disobey orders.” I could not but comply, seeing that the “Afande” had already reached out through the lowered car window for the ignition notch.

I was in the wrong having missed his hand-signal at the Clock Tower round-about on Entebbe Road to wait my turn. His no-nonsense tone gave off the impression that justice had finally served me a judge who could not under any circumstances be bought…or so I thought.

“Take him to the station,” the policeman said, motioning another man clad in worn-out jeans and an even more raggedy shirt, “they will learn to obey traffic rules.”  The man who joined me was clearly not part of the police.

First, my case did not warrant an undercover operative and even if it were otherwise, Ugandan undercover police paradoxically have their pride when it comes to the dress department. “He probably could be a crime preventer,” I muttered under my breath.

He pointed me in the direction of Kansanga and off we drove. To ease the tension, I introduced myself and asked his name, “Bampita (they call me) Mark,” he replied curtly.

He continued on to say ‘his boss’ was just angry that I had disobeyed him and that I did not need to be scared. For the record, I had not but all I felt was anger for being made over half an hour late for my appointment and having to part with a couple a thousand shillings to regain my independence.

“You just give me Shs40,000 and don’t do it again,” he said, startling me. This however, is the new magic trick in the old book.

“Shs10,000 is my ‘transport’ and the rest is for my boss,” he explained. Hurling him out of the car would be another offence, so I painfully gave him what he and ‘his boss’ were out for in the first place. Concealed by the infamous reports about police, particularly, a new form of bribery has arisen from the Traffic Police department; a form that offers traffic officers the spoils while leaving their saintly law-abiding facades intact.

A traffic officer will stop an apparent offender, inform them of their offence(s), take their car keys and hand them to an ununiformed ‘boy’ with clear instructions to drive or be driven by the offender to the police station.  The ‘boy’ then informs the said offender mid-way that there is an easier way out – a bribe.

“It happened to me in Namirembe once,” recalls Sharon (not real names), “My Third Party insurance had just expired and I was waved down. Having explained to the officer that I did intend to pay, he took my keys and handed them to a random looking man to take me ahead and ‘sort me out’.”

“It was about four minutes into the drive when the man asked for Shs30,000 to let me go,” she said. This method appears to be the brain-child of the powers that have been tightening the noose on bribery of traffic officers. “I heard that traffic officers are no longer allowed to carry money while on duty,” Sharon says, “and as such, they entrust other people to serve as agents in the process.”

Road accidents : 3 killed, 57 injured on Tuesday

 18th August 2016

ALGIERS- Three people were killed and 57 others were injured in 9 road accidents recorded on Tuesday throughout 8 provinces of the country, according to a toll made public on Wednesday by the National Gendarmerie.

The worst accident killed one person and injured 42 others following the overturn of a coach bus after hitting a beast of burden in the middle of the road on trunk road 06, connecting Bechar to Naama, in Ben Zerigue in the town of Bechar, said the source.

According to the toll, these accidents caused significant damages to seven means of transport.

ZA: At least 35 injured in bus collision on N8 in Thaba Nchu

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At least 35 people sustained minor injuries when two buses and a truck collided with each other on the N8 approximately 30 kilometres outside of Bloemfontein in Thaba Nchu.

Paramedics and rescue services arrived on scene where they found two buses that appeared to have rear-ended each other. A truck was also involved in the collision. Numerous people were found on the scene. Majority of the passengers from the buses were walking around on scene. 35 people were assessed for minor to moderate injuries. There were also several passengers that fortunately sustained no injuries.

Ambulances from various services attended the scene and transported patients to local hospitals in the area.

 MASSIVE PILE-UP ON N1 SOUTH WHERE 3 TRUCKS AND 9 CARS HAVE COLLIDED

17th August 2016

EMER-G-MED’s M06, M07, A04 and A06 are on the scene of a multi-vehicle pile-up, where three truck’s and nine cars have collided on the N1 South after New Road in Midrand.

 

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On assessment paramedics found that one person sustained serious injuries that required Advanced Life Support care, while six others sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The patients were treated on-scene before being transported by EMER-G-MED and other services to various nearby hospitals.

 

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Agency bets on 141 rest hubs to tame accidents on Mombasa-Kigali road

17th August 2016

IN SUMMARY

  • To beat traffic on the roads, weighbridges and border posts, most drivers find themselves sleeping for about four hours after driving for about eight to 10 hours.
  • Most drivers plying the Mombasa-Kigali route take three to four days and do three trips in a month.
  • A round trip takes about eight days and most of them rest for two days in Kigali before embarking on the journey back. Those transporting goods to Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo take more days.
  • To tame road crashes along the corridor, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo have launched a project to reduce accidents.

16th August 2016

Egypt bus collision in Nile Delta kills 17 passengers

The New Arab File photo: Egypt has one of the world’s highest traffic accident mortality rates [Getty]

 Seventeen people were killed on Monday when two buses collided in the Nile Delta north of Cairo. Another 16 people were injured in the accident, including three who needed to be transported to intensive care.

The collision took place between a bus and a minibus about 100 kilometres north of the capital, near the village of Belsha in Daqahliya province. Local media has reported that the “excessive speed of the vehicles” was the cause of the crash.

Traffic accidents are common in Egypt, where many of the country’s roads are not well-maintained and regulations are laxly enforced. In February, Egypt’s head of roads and bridges blamed unruly drivers for deaths on the roads and said the poorly maintained streets are actually safer for drivers.

He made comments came days after a massive accident that killed at least 16 people in a multi-car pile-up near the city of Beni Suef, south of Cairo. Egypt has one of the world’s highest traffic accident mortality rates. Deadly road crashes take place on a near daily basis in Egypt.

Some 12,000 people die every year in road accidents in Egypt, according to World Health Organisation figures from 2009. (Latest figures below – Ed).Egypt

 

ZA Today: Truck rolls injuring three, R71.

Truck rolls injuring three, R71.

Three men were injured this afternoon when their flatbed truck rolled on the R71 near Tzaneen in Limpopo.

ER24 paramedics, along with local authorities, arrived on the scene and found the truck lying upright blocking one of the lanes. Tiles that had been on the back of the truck was now spread across the scene.

On inspection, paramedics found three men walking around on the scene removing the debris. On assessment, paramedics found that all three men had sustained only minor injuries. Fortunately, no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to Van Velden Provincial Hospital for further treatment.

It is believed that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll.

Multiple vehicle collision leaves four injured, Pietermaritzburg

Multiple vehicle collision leaves four injured, Pietermaritzburg.

Four people were injured this morning, including three children, when three trucks and two light motor vehicles collided on the N3 south bound highway near the Ortman Road in Pietermaritzburg.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene at approximately 07h15 and found three trucks and two light motor vehicles parked on the side of the road. One of the truck-trailers had been completely ripped open in the collision.

On inspection, paramedics discovered a woman and her three children, aged between 7 and 10, seated inside one of the light motor vehicles. Paramedics assessed the four and found that they had sustained only minor injuries. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported on the scene.

Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

Ghana: Bizarre accident kills 2; injures 3

16th August 2016

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The Kwesimintim Police in the Western Region have mounted a search for a driver who knocked down five persons, killing two instantly.

The driver, identified as Dela Affum reportedly ran his Mitsubishi Pick into a stationary taxi, killing two children who had stopped the taxi together with their mother.

The pick-up then somersaulted and rammed into a nearby shop, injuring the occupants of the shop in the process. The incident, according to Joy FM’s Western Region correspondent Kobina Whajah happened close to the Nkroful Appolo bypass, Sunday afternoon.

The deceased persons, Samuel Donkoh, 8, and Kelvin Arthur, 12, have been sent to the Effiankwanta hospital morgue whilst the injured are receiving treatment. The driver was said to have accompanied the injured persons to the hospital but bolted before the police came to the hospital.

The Kwesimintim Police have promised to track him down.

Tanzania: Shinyanga prohibts commuting bicycles in Municiplity

SHINYANGA Municipal Council has embarked on a one-week campaign against the use of bicycles for carrying passengers on all roads connecting different streets in the municipality to curb escalating accidents due to increased vehicles.

 Speaking with ‘Daily News’ in his office over the weekend, Shinyanga Municipal Executive Director Lewis Kalinjuna said the campaign follows the expansive Municipal activities, which have resulted into increased cars and heavy traffic jams.

He said the municipal authority has started discouraging bicycle pedallists to carry passengers on the municipal streets and instead shift their activities to rural areas where they can do their business without encountering motor vehicle- related problems.

“We advise them to begin shifting to rural areas to avoid some inconveniences which can happen for failure to comply with municipal decisions but we will remind them again before enforcing the order, ”said Mr Kalinjuna.

“We need passengers now to use Hyce or Town buses, Surface and Marine Transport (SUMATRA) in the Municipality, we will plan how transport will be since there are some of businesspeople with buses which can operate and meet the transport demand in the municipality,” he said.

The DED said the use of bicycle for passenger transport is prohibited in the municipality because of increased activities and the status of the town. He urged people who employ themselves through carrying of passengers on bicycle to shift.

FRSC records highest number of accident-related deaths in Bauchi

15th August 2016

Bauchi, Kaduna states and FCT have the highest number of accident-related deaths, for June, 2016.

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 The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has given a report of accidents, fatalities and injuries for the month of June, 2016.Accident

The report, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on August 12, in Abuja, showed that Bauchi had 37 accident-related deaths, making it the state, with the highest death toll.

Kaduna followed with 35 deaths from 59 cases involving 418 people, which left 225 serious injuries.accident

FCT was third with 34, Ogun had 29, Lagos, 21, and Kano state with 20 fatalities.

 The highest number of accidents was recorded on the Abuja-Lokoja route, which had 40 crashes, with 264 people, 32 deaths and 136, while the Abuja-Kubwa road accounted for 24 cases.

Lagos-Abuja and Abuja-Kaduna roads had 28 cases, Lagos-Ibadan recorded 26 deaths, Abuja, 18 deaths, while the Jos-Bauchi and Bauchi –Kano roads claimed seven and 12 lives respectively. 421 cases (43.8%) of road traffic accidents were reportedly caused by speeding, while 10% was by dangerous driving.

The report showed 713 commercial vehicles (58%), 487 private cars (40%), two percent government and diplomatic automobiles, 252 motorcycles (20.6%), 191 minibuses (15.6%),  and 121 trucks (10%). per cent.

713 vehicles involved in the crashes were commercial, representing 58 per cent, private 487 representing 40 per cent and government and diplomatic two per cent. In total, there were 758 road traffic accidents, 4,720 people with 385 deaths, 2,092 injuries, involving 1,224 vehicles for June.

Road accidents: 4 people killed, 50 others injured in one day

 15th August 2016

ALGIERS- Four people (04) were killed and 50 others injured in several road accidents that occurred Saturday, throughout thirteen (13) provinces of the country said, Sunday, the National gendarmerie in a communiqué.

“On 13 August 2016, twenty one road accidents were recorded by the elements of the National Gendarmerie throughout 13 provinces of the country,” causing the death of “four (04) people, injuries to fifty (50) others and significant material damage to twenty-nine (29) means of transport involved,” said the source.

The worst accident was recorded on the trunk road 03, connecting Biskra to Al Oued in the district area of Tinedla (Al-Oued) following a collision between two vehicles.

This accident caused various injuries to 12 people, including one 10-year old child, who were evacuated to Djamma hospital.

Ghana: Four dead in fatal Suhum accident

15th August 2016

 Four passengers are feared dead in a fatal accident near Suhum in the Eastern region while several others are seriously injured.

The gory accident occurred Sunday evening. According to an eyewitness, a V8 vehicle with registration number GW 9270-Z from Accra travelling to Kumasi crashed with a Sprinter passenger Vehicle with registration number AS 2389-13 from Kumasi to Accra.

According to the witness, the driver of the V8 vehicle lost control of the steering wheel after a burst tyre colliding with the Sprinter vehicle killing four people on the spot. He said several other passengers with serious degrees of injuries have been rushed to the Suhum Government Hospital.

Police officers from the Suhum Municipal Police Command rushed to the scene to retrieve and convey the victims to the Hospital. The Suhum Municiapl Police Commander, Superintendent Yaaya Muchiraru confirmed the accident but added that data for the victims and the deceased are being taken hence cannot confirm the number of persons who have died and injured.

Zimbabwe: Cops blamed for Greyhound driver death

15th August 2016 THE family of a driver who on Friday was crushed to death by a Bulawayo-bound Greyhound bus have alleged off-duty police officers who mounted an illegal roadblock caused his death. Yesterday they told The Chronicle that the five police officers fled after realising Mr Bongani Mpofu (44) had been mortally wounded when the bus went down on him as he attended to a tyre puncture at Beitbridge Border Post.

Officials said the tragedy occurred at around 1PM when the officers were searching the bus. The driver was trapped as he attempted to put a second vehicle jack, when the first one gave in. Border authorities said the driver was later pulled out by some travellers and taken to Beitbridge District Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon admission.

The Chronicle yesterday caught up with Mpofu’s brothers, Thembelani and Mbambeleli, who are angry at the circumstances that led to the death of their sibling. “We’ve established that the bus had gone through immigration procedures and had exited the border when a group of men in plain clothes materialised from the blue and ordered the bus to pull over,” said Mbambeleli.

“We’re told that my brother told them that company policy didn’t allow them to park in such small spaces and they threatened to arrest him. They demanded to search the bus. My brother and his assistant first protested saying Zimra officials had already searched the bus. Later, they said they could allow the cops to search the vehicle only if a larger space was available for them to properly park the bus. The police officers ordered them to head back to the border.”

Mbambeleli said the cops ordered Mpofu to park the bus near a truck stop within the border perimeter fence. “The police entered the bus and searched it, purportedly looking for smuggled goods which they failed to find. It was during the search that my brother noticed that the bus had a puncture because it had been parked on top of protruding metals,” he said.

After failing to find the suspected smuggled goods, said Thembelani, the officers switched goalposts and said they must have picked the wrong bus. It was at that point, Thembelani added, that Bongani went under the bus to attend to the puncture and was crushed. “The police officers immediately fled the scene. They didn’t even attempt to remove him from under the bus,” he said.

He said officials at the border informed the family the cops were genuine officers but were allegedly off-duty when they carried out the search. The two brothers said if what they said was an illegal roadblock had not been mounted, their brother would still be alive. Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Philisani Ndebele said he was not aware of the circumstances surrounding Mpofu’s death.

“We haven’t received communication on that. We don’t have those details. I’d urge the company and the relatives to approach the police regarding this matter so we can investigate,” he said. A Greyhound official yesterday said the company was exploring ways to pursue the case with the police, without causing friction.

Mpofu is survived by wife, Nomsa and children Bongile (10), Buyisile (6) and Buzile (3). It is anticipated that he will be buried tomorrow. His family says it is poorer without him as he was its breadwinner, role model and father figure.

Mpofu’s close friend Admire Sibanda said: “He was a hardworking, dedicated family man, a good leader and advisor to all that crossed his path. It is both surprising and sad that such a great man is no more.”

Namibia: Road crashes kill three

14th August 2016

A 31-year-old man died on the spot after the vehicle he was driving crashed head-on with a truck at the Omaalala village in the Oshana Region on Friday.
A passenger of the sedan also died a few hours later in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

Warrant Officer Thomas Aiyambo of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Public Relations Unit in the region said the accident occurred at about 07h45 on the Ongwediva-Ondangwa main road. He said the deceased, identified as Tobias Sakaria from Omaalala village, was driving from Ongwediva, while the truck, driven by 42-year-old Werner Jeremia from Engela village in the Ohangwena Region, was travelling in the opposite direction.

Jeremia, who was alone in his truck, survived with minor injuries. A passenger from Sakaria’s car, identified as Kalola Thomas, 34, from Olwani village in the Omusati Region died in the Casualty Ward of that hospital at about 09h00. Joyce Nepembe, 26; Antonius Chinanga, 44; and 51-year-old Nampweya Johannes, who were also passengers in the sedan, survived the accident and were admitted to the same hospital.

Aiyambo said Johannes is complaining of chest pain and Nepembe and Chinenga have sustained fractured limbs.

In a separate accident, a baby (age unknown) died when the car in which they were travelling overturned near the Iindangungu village on the Ondangwa-Oshikango main road on Thursday. The driver of the sedan lost control over the vehicle, which then left the road and overturned. The driver and baby’s mother were rushed to the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.

The next of kin of all deceased have already been informed.

ZA: Three killed, two injured in R26 Clocolan collision

Shortly after 6pm paramedics from local government and ER24 arrived on the scene where they found the two vehicle a few meters away from each other.R26-2

The driver of a SUV, believed to be in his forties and only occupant in the vehicle, was found with fatal injuries. A man and a woman, believed to be in their late thirties to early forties, was found in the other vehicle with fatal injuries. There was nothing that paramedics could do for them and they were declared dead on the scene.

A 19-year-old female passenger and a male passenger, believed to be in his twenties, was found with moderate injuries in the second vehicle. They were both assessed and treated by paramedics on scene before being transported to Ficksburg Hospital for further treatment.

The exact cause of the collision is not yet known. Local authorities attended the scene and will conduct an investigation.

3 students killed 5 critical, 68 injured, in Kisii accident while celebrating new bus  (52 seater bus – Ed)

Kenya: 13th August 2016 By BENSON NYANGESIBA

The scene of an accident involving the St Mary's Nyamagwa Girls Secondary School bus that left several students dead, August 12, 2016. /COURTESY

The scene of an accident involving the St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls Secondary School bus that left several students dead, August 12, 2016. /COURTESY

Three students died on Friday when the bus they were travelling in overturned at Nyambude along Kisii-Itumbe-Igare road.

Police said the students of St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls Secondary School went on a road trip to celebrate the purchase of the bus the day before. The 52-seater vehicle which had 78 students overturned in Rioma area while they headed back to school.

Ondari Otieno, CEO of Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital Hospital, confirmed the deaths of the three and said five students were in critical condition. The five were to undergo surgery, he said, and added that 68 students were taken to the hospital with injuries. A witness said some of the students had deep cuts on their heads.

“The driver of the bus also seemed to be new. It is said he had driven the bus from Nairobi on Thursday night,” the witness added. The NTSA said in a statement that the bus, operating on KG plate number 6375, was being driven by an Associated Motors driver.

“The bus which was driven by Erick Gituma is reported to have been overloaded and speeding when it rolled several times while negotiating a sharp corner,” said director general Francis Meja.

The accident comes barely two days after one pupil died and seven were injured after their school bus overturned on Lang’ata road in Nairobi. The victims were among 64 passengers aboard a bus belonging to Meru’s Victorian Academy – the vehicle was a 51-seater

13 August 2016 | From Arrive Alive

Seven people have been left with various injuries after the taxi they were in collided with a bakkie on Old Main Road Isipingo just before 07:30am on Saturday.

Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the injured still in the taxi. More ambulances were called to assist. Once triaged on the scene all of the injured were then stabilised before being transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

AT this stage the cause of the accident is unknown however the necessary authorities are on scene and will be investigating further. Ceron Lennox Advanced Life Support Paramedic.

Nigeria: FRSC convicts 67 motorists in Kaduna

12th August 2016

67 motorists have been convicted for various traffic offences, such as overloading in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna state.

Traffic Violations

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has convicted 67 motorists in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna state.

According to the Legal Officer, Kaduna Sector Command, MrIbrahim Tanko, the traffic offenders were arrested, then taken to a mobile court for convictions.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, he said the offenders were convicted for tyre violation, overloading, driver’s licence violation, dangerous driving, vehicle licence, caution sign and seat belt use violation.

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The Sector Commander, Mr Francis Udoma, also spoke with NAN on the traffic violations and the usefulness of mobile courts.

“The corps instituted the mobile court to enforce traffic rules and ensure zero road crash, injury and death on the nation’s roads.

Intensive special patrol and the mobile court are aimed at addressing the spate of avoidable road crashes usually high on major highways.

The goal is to reduce unexpected death of road users due to drivers’ carelessness. We will continue to arrest all drivers who overload their vehicles; drivers with no licence; drivers who over speed, as well as drivers with worn out tyres”, he said.

Zimbabwe: Accident kills 2, 10 injured

by Leroy Dzenga and Reason Razao 12th August 2016

According to witnesses, a Honda Fit that was travelling from Mazowe to Harare burst its front tyre and rammed into a road barricade at Mazowe Dam before swerving back onto the road where it collided with a Mazda 323 that failed to brake on time.

At the same time an ambulance that was following behind ferrying patients from Madziva to Harare also rammed into the two vehicles. It was not clear by late yesterday night whether the deceased were from the ambulance or the two vehicles.

Some of the injured were taken to Concession Hospital, while others were conveyed to Parirenyatwa Hospital. Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, confirmed the accident which occurred at Mazowe Dam. “Although details are still sketchy at the moment, I can confirm that the accident occurred along the Harare-Bindura Road.

“Three vehicles were involved, a Honda Fit, a Mazda 323 and an ambulance. The condition of the injured are is yet to be confirmed,” he said.

The accident comes after 13 people were killed, while 67 others were injured in 101 road traffic accidents that were recorded countrywide during the just-ended Heroes Day and Defence Forces Day Holidays. Eight of the accidents were fatal. During the corresponding period last year, 13 people were also killed, while 51 others were injured in 123 road accidents.

Namibia: Driving ourselves into disability

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) Fund has expressed its concern over the high number of severe injuries recorded in car crashes in the country. A total of 3 637 road crashes were recorded on average over five years on Namibian roads, claiming on average 613 lives and injuring 6 281 persons. According to the MVA Fund, 56% of the 7 333 people that were injured in crashes last year sustained traumatic brain injuries while 44% sustained spinal cord injuries.

According to the MVA Fund the frequency of the number of crashes, injuries and subsequent fatalities as a result of road crashes has become a common phenomenon in Namibia and is a threat to economic and social development. “This situation renders so many citizens incapable of resuming the acceptable capacity of mobility and cognition as the injuries they sustain renders them with limited or complete inability to perform daily tasks such as self-care and walking,” said Kapena Tjombonde MVA Fund’s chief of corporate affairs.

This means the injured will mainly have to depend on another person to carry out daily activities. According to Tjombonde the Fund makes provision for seriously injured patients to have caretakers whose primary responsibility it is to assist the injured with their daily living activities.

The Fund’s Rehabilitation Quality Specialist and Rehabilitation Coach based at the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Unit at Windhoek Central Hospital together with a team of specialists spearhead the training. Some challenges that the Fund encounters include high caretaker turnover, lack of disability friendly residences, inappropriate entrances at public places, as well as inadequate transport to cater for the needs of persons who become physically or mentally disabled.

Furthermore according to the Seriously Injured Satisfaction (SIP) survey of September 2014 more than 50% of the caretakers assisting SIPs were untrained. “Training is crucial to empower caretakers with knowledge on the challenges associated with spinal cord and brain injury, because when a caretaker understands the condition of the care recipient, their concerns and worries are reduced and they are less overwhelmed,” said Tjombonde.
To date 38 caretakers have been trained in Windhoek, Rehoboth and Ongwediva to assist seriously injured persons.

Ghana: One dead, two trapped in accident at Wenchi

General News of Thursday, 11 August 2016 Source: kasapafmonline.com

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The driver of a tipper truck carrying sand met his untimely death on Thursday afternoon when the truck was involved in an accident at Amoakrom, a suburb on the Wenchi – Sunyani road in the Brong Ahafo Region.

Two other occupants who were trapped in the vehicle for close to an hour were however rescued.

An eye witness, Mr Raymond who spoke to Kasapafmonline.com stated that the accident occurred when truck which was descending a hilly section of the road suddenly developed a mechanical fault when a spring beneath the vehicle broke resulting in the truck somersaulting and overturning in the process.

The driver died instantly while the other two sustained broken arms and legs. The body of the deceased has since been deposited at the Wenchi Hospital Mortuary while the injured are receiving treatment.

Nigeria: FRSC to reduce accidents by enforcing use of Speed Limiting Devices from October 1

11th August 2016

October 1, 2016, has been approved as the new date for the implementation and enforcement of the use of Speed Limiting Devices,Speed limiting devices are expected to reduce accidents by 70%

Speed limiting devices are expected to reduce accidents by 70%.

 A new date has been approved for the implementation and enforcement of the use of Speed Limiting Devices (SLDs) in Nigeria. According to Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Marshal, the presidency has approved of October 1, 2016. Speaking to stakeholders in Abuja, he revealed details of the enforcement, which would only affect commercial vehicles, for now.

“The final directive from the presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the implementation of the speed limiting device is on Oct. 1 and we have had series of stakeholders meeting.

The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive of the federal government to the stakeholders that with effect from October 1, the implementation and enforcement would commence.

We already have the portal that we will use to monitor this, we don’t need to pursue any vehicle, we will just stop you like we verify licence.

On the tablet we will check whether your vehicle has been installed with the device, if it has not, we will impound the vehicle and we make sure that you do the right thing.

We are not talking about fines now ,it’s to save lives so we will impound the vehicle then the owner of the vehicle will be made to install the device before the journey continues,” he said.

FRSC boss, Boboye OyeyemiFRSC boss, Boboye Oyeyemi

Oyeyemi also said the agency would do regular checks to ensure total compliance for the next three to six months.

Speed limiting devices were meant to launch on June 1, 2015, however, this date was pushed forward, due to initial resistance from a lot of groups.

Bus Carrying 54 Children Overturns in Nairobi

11th August 2016Kenyabus

54 primary school children were Wednesday afternoon rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) after the bus they were travelling in overturned along Langata road in Nairobi.

The learners from Victorian Academy in Meru County were heading to Bomas of Kenya for the National Music Festivals.

Reports indicate that one of the students died while six others suffered serious injuries. The rest were mostly shaken and traumatised.

According to KNH, most of the pupils may be discharged after two hours but the critically injured will be admitted for further treatment.

The 51-seater bus belonging to Nakaski Sacco was reportedly carrying 64 persons at the time of the incident.

Meanwhile, another bus ferrying 35 students for the music festivals overturned on Wednesday morning along the Meru-Embu road at Ruguri bridge in Tharaka-Nithi County. Luckily, no casualties were reported.

Chuka/Igambangombe Deputy Police Boss James Kilonzo confirmed the accident and said that the driver of the bus avoided hitting two speeding lorries that had occupied both lanes before he landed into a ditch.

“The driver was forced out of the road to avoid a head-on collision with two the lorries,” said Mr Kilonzo.

Zimbabwe: Accidents statistics remain high despite safety campaigns

 11th August 2016

The figure is higher considering 15 teams which have been deployed in the past, showing the seriousness attached to the fight against road carnage. “The campaigns seem to be yielding results but a lot of work needs to be done to reduce road carnage to minimal levels. The behaviour of drivers and road users require a paradigm shift,” TSCZ Director – Finance and Administration, Mr Clifford Gobo said.

The teams included various personnel from the corporate world and other stakeholders that were willing to impart information and knowledge to road users, a development which requires relevant authorities to double their effort in the next campaigns.

While the government is happy with efforts by stakeholders this Heroes and Defence Forces days, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Michael Madanha said more that needs to be done in terms of improving road infrastructure, hence the rehabilitation of major roads.

Police’s presence on the roads has been commended in reducing road carnage though more needs to be done for the benefit of road users. Observers say there is need for government and its partners to ensure campaigns are held throughout the year.

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Nigeria: FRSC impounds overloaded vehicle in Adamawa state

11th August 2016

A heavily loaded white vehicle has been impounded by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). FRSC seizes overloaded vehicle
FRSC seizes overloaded vehicle

According to the FRSC Facebook page, the white vehicle was impounded by the morning patrol team, along Numan-Jalingoroute, in Numan, Adamawa State.

FRSC seizes overloaded vehicle

FRSC seizes overloaded vehicle. This is part of the agency’s efforts to eradicate overloading, which is a traffic violation and safety hazard, in Nigeria. Motorists have been advised to desist this, as it is a dangerous act.

MAN KILLED AND 7 INJURED IN COLLISION BETWEEN A BAKKIE AND TAXI IN DURBAN

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A man has been killed in a collision along the Watson Highway in the vicinity of the N2 freeway.photo

It’s understood the bakkie the man had been travelling in collided with a taxi at around 6am today. Authorities are investigating the exact cause of the accident however, the bakkie crashed into a street-pole after impact.

IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst says several other people are also receiving treatment. “At the moment, the guys are busy stabilising two critical patients. IPSS Medical Rescue Advance Life Support are doing advance life interventions to stabilise the two patients before transporting them to hospital. There’s an additional six patients that are also being transported,” he said.

Meanwhile, Authorities are investigating the cause of a collision in Durban last night that left 7 people hurt. Emergency services say a taxi and a car crashed at the intersection of Sandile Thusi Road – formerly Argyle Road – and Umgeni Road at around 6h30. Netcare911 says 1 man sustained life threatening injuries, 1 person was seriously hurt and 5 others escaped with minor injuries.

Ghana: Jan to June 2016: Road accidents claim 1,034 lives

By on August 9, 2016ACHIMOTAN


At least 1,034 people died nationwide in 6,205 road crashes from January to June this year, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has said. Additionally, 5,302 people were injured in the accidents that involved 9,636 vehicles.

Comparing these statistics with those for the same period in 2015, it is noted that the road crashes increased from  5,501 in 2015 to 6,205 in 2016, representing a 11.34 per cent rise, while the number of vehicles involved in the accidents increased from 8,544 in 2015 to 9,636 in 2016, representing an increase of 11.33 per cent.

For those who were injured, the number increased from 4,093 in 2015 to 5,302 in 2016, constituting an increase of 22.80 per cent, while the number of fatalities increased from 931 in 2015 to 1,034 in 2016, a 9.93 per cent rise.

On a regional basis, the Greater Accra Region recorded the highest number of deaths from road crashes in the first half of 2016 with 227, with Brong Ahafo recording 179; Eastern, 146, and Ashanti, 127. The rest are Volta, 81; Western, 80; Central, 71; Northern, 62; Upper East, 32, and Upper West, 29.

Road Safety Training: The Executive Director of the NRSC, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, made this known at the opening of a five-day international course to build the capacity of road safety professionals within the West African sub-region. The training, which brought together stakeholders in road safety management from the participating countries, is aimed at equipping road safety professionals with knowledge on effective road safety strategies, action plans and projects.

Organised by the NRSC and supported by the Federal Road Safety Corps in Nigeria and the World Bank, the course is facilitated by an Emeritus Professor in Traffic Safety, Prof. Fred Wegman, of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. The topics include principles of safe system approach, road safety management, risks on roads, road safety interventions, among other issues.

Road crashes are concern: The NRSC estimates that six persons are killed every day and 2,000 die annually due to road crashes in the country. Majority of those who die from road crashes are between 18 and 45 years, with about 75 per cent of them being males.

While expressing concern over the level of road crashes, Mrs Obiri-Yeboah attributed the causes of road accidents to speeding, bad roads, lack of driving experience, fatigue, abuse of alcohol and drugs and distractions while driving.

Although some efforts had been ongoing in the area of education, she said more needed to be done to enhance the skills and capacity of road safety officers to better manage the roads.

Localise approach: The course, she said, was, therefore, to bring together stakeholders, including the police, ambulance services and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), to work hand in hand to improve on their services. She called on stakeholders in road safety issues to come together and enforce existing policies to prevent road accidents.

In his address, Prof. Wegman observed that road safety was really not a priority for most governments, saying: “The course aims to bring road safety to a higher priority for governments.” He added that the training was also to localise approaches that had worked in Western countries to enable the safety professionals to better and properly manage the roads.   -Graphic

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WHO stats suggest Ghana significantly underestimates fatalities  – Ed.

Truck accident kills one, leaves four injured

Truck and a tractor collision on the R529 near Letsitele, Limpopo, has left one person dead and four others injured. Photo: ANA

 JOHANNESBURG – A child died and four adults were injured on Monday, when a truck and a tractor collided on the R529 near Letsitele, Limpopo, paramedics said. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said ER24 paramedics and other emergency services arrived on the scene and found the truck alight.

“Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for a young child that was found near the truck. The child sustained fatal burn injuries,” Bodasing said. “A woman as well as both male drivers and at least one other man were assessed and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries.”

Bodasing said the injured people were treated on the scene and transported to nearby hospitals for further medical treatment. Fire and Rescue attended to the incident to extinguish the fire. The exact cause of the incident is unknown and authorities were on scene for further investigations, said Bodasing.

Woman injured after 4×4 smashes into Durban restaurant

2016-08-09 News24 Correspondent

(Supplied by Marshall Security)

(Supplied by Marshall Security)

Durban – A female staff member at a take-away outlet in Durban was injured after a Land Rover Freelander ploughed into the glass front of the premises, security officials reported on Tuesday.

“The driver thought he was in reverse [but] unfortunately he was in drive. He went forward and through the glass doors of the take-away,” Marshall Security spokesperson Kyle van Reenen told News24.

The driver, aged 33, knocked over one of the staff members at the Some Like It Hot take-away outlet on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Van Reenen said.

The woman was treated by paramedics on the scene before being taken to hospital with moderate injuries. The driver was unhurt. Van Reenen said that the incident happened on Tuesday at around 09:00 and that the restaurant had subsequently closed to clean up the scene

Ghana: 22 dead as vehicle rams into stationary truck in Bogoso

Ghanaweb 8th August 2016

Twenty two people are feared dead and one said to be in critical condition after a Sprinter bus carrying 23 passengers rammed into a stationary articulated truck conveying bags of cement to Bogoso.

The incident occurred at Subriso Amenfi in the Wassa Akropong district of the Western region.

Residents claim the stationary articulated truck has been parked at the shoulder of the road where the incident occurred for close to a week now after it
developed a mechanical fault.

The injured person is reportedly receiving treatment at the Dunkwa hospital while the remains of the deceased persons have been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital pending autopsy.

Kenya: 5 Family Members Killed After Paying Dowry

8th August 2016Kenya

The ill-fated bus belonging to AIC Kathithyamaa church

Five family members on Saturday perished in a tragic road accident that occurred along Tawa-Masii road in Ngele, Makueni County. The victims were among family and friends travelling back to Mwala after attending a dowry payment ceremony in Kiteta, Mbooni sub-county. The driver of the bus belonging to AIC Kathithyamaa church, reportedly lost control while negotiating a corner around a notorious black spot 2KM from Tawa market.

Four women and a 7-year-old boy were among the fatalities of the accident that occurred shortly after 7:00pm Saturday. Those who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Makueni Level 5 and Mbooni Level 5 hospitals while those with minor injuries were treated at nearby dispensaries and discharged. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Tawa Hospital mortuary.

Confirming the incident, Mbooni OCPD James Baraza said preliminary investigations showed the bus was speeding. “Our team has visited the accident scene and initial investigation reveals that the bus was on the road at night on an unfamiliar road, had excess passengers and was speeding at the time of the accident,” he stated.

He further cautioned drivers to be more careful on the road and avoid speeding.

Uganda:  3 perish in parallel Masaka accidents

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Three person died and others were critically injured on Sunday in an accident along Masaka road.

The Police at Mpigi Police station rushed the three critically injured people to Buwama hospital.

The accident which occured at about 03:10pm at Kalandazi village along Kampala Masaka road claimed the life of a female occupant of a Rav 4 vehicle registration number UAJ 798S.

According to some of the eye witnesses, the Rav 4 developed a mechanical fault (Sic. Ed), swerved from its side and hit a Landcruiser Reg. No. UAK 356W that was coming from Kampala towards Masaka.

Police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye identified the deceased as, Angella Nabarwanyi 24, resident of Jinja. One of the three injured victims from the Toyota Rav 4 Reg no. UAJ 798S who were rushed to Buwama hospital in a critical condition later passed on too.  She has been identified as Nakiwala Winnie 32, resident of Mukono district.

In a separate accident, a hit and run motorcycle accident that occured at Kamengo on Kampala Masaka road at about 0300pm on Sunday injured another person (male adult) only identified as Damasani ,a resident of Kamengo. He too passed on at Nkozi hospital, bringing the total of the dead to three in the two fatal accidents on Kampala Masaka road.

Zimbabwe: When life becomes a living hell

 7th August 2016

Owen Dzapasi (28) of Village 4A in Simoona, Bindura must be could be cursing the gods. His fortunes – which appeared to be on the rise – have just crushed with a thud. The young man is admitted in a small hospital bed nursing injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. He was behind the steering wheel when his Mazda DX 2500 plunged into a river in Glendale in Mashonaland Central at around 8am last Tuesday.

Seven people died on the spot while five others, including Dzapasi, escaped with various degrees of injuries.

Dzapasi’s predicament is that he was unlicensed to drive a vehicle in Zimbabwe and he is likely to face culpable homicide charges. Since the accident, the life of the father-of-three and his family will never be the same again.After selling his tobacco early last month, Dzapasi dashed to Shamva and bought one of his dream assets – a vehicle. It did not matter that it was a second-hand car. He had a car.

As is the norm in African culture, the local community, especially relatives and friends, was overjoyed. For those green with envy, they grumbled inside and proferred fake smiles. Dzapasi had big plans for his new possession: using it as a pirate taxi in the area where transport is usually a nightmare for residents. The young man expected good pickings from his entrepreneurial idea.

Despite the fact that Dzapasi is not a licensed driver and his vehicle is not only unlicensed, but clearly a ramshackle, he immediately hit the road ferrying locals to various destinations while evading traffic police.

The Sunday Mail Extra last week gathered that the vehicle, whose front-end was badly damaged, had been involved in a fatal accident that claimed the lives of five people before it was sold to Dzapasi. Barely a month after the acquisition, another disaster struck. Simoona Village was last week plunged into mourning after Dzapasi’s vehicle fell into the crocodile-infested Tsambe River, resulting in the death of seven people, six of whom were close relatives.

Precious Love diamond (20), Patricia Kwerera (16), Benhilda Deputy machani (4), Ramon In ulosi (1) of nanyasha Kwerera (2) and Blessing is (38) drowned after the vehicle plunged into the water before landing on thereof roof. Circumstances surrounding the Tragedy sinnar.“ a Lot of unanswered QUESTIONS.

According to witnesses, close to 20 people stood by and watched helplessly as the victims drowned. No one, apart from two of the victims that survived the horror accident, gathered enough courage to dive into the water and rescue those that were battling for their lives. Those that were in attendance were afraid of being attacked by crocodiles and had to go through the pain of watching people they knew perish.

Questions are being asked regarding Dzapasi’s decision to buy a vehicle that he knew very well had previously been involved in an accident which claimed five people.

A visit to the accident scene revealed that the tragedy is one of the most unusual accidents. Described by villagers as a teetotaler, it is difficult to comprehend how Dzapasi missed the bridge and plunged into the water. Eye witnesses say Dzapasi failed to give way to a tractor that was coming from the left side of the road before panicking and driving the vehicle into the water.

Up until this day, Darlington Gedion (21), who was driving the tractor and witnessed the drowning, is still searching for answers. “Up until this day, I do not know what this guy was trying to do. I had already stopped the tractor when he panicked and steered the vehicle into the river. This is unusual,” a puzzled Gedion said.

Some villagers, in the aftermath of the tragedy, began speculating Dzapasi was not only an inexperienced driver but also a reckless one. Stories began to unfold and only a fortnight ago, he was said to have narrowly missed colliding head-on with another vehicle. The villagers alleged that Dzapasi often drove at high speed and disregarded basic road rules.

Dzapasi was by Friday last week still admitted at Concession Hospital.

Tanzania: Tyre burst accidents the result of improper use – TBS expert.

MOST of road accidents, which result from tyre bursts, are caused by poor knowledge on the proper uses of tyres, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) expert has said.

Mr Lazaro Msasalaga, an expert from TBS said most drivers and car owners lack knowledge on proper uses of car tyres, a situation which results in tyre bursts from time to time.Mr Msasalaga was speaking to the ‘Sunday News’ during the ongoing NaneNane exhibitions at Ngongo grounds in Lindi Region. He said each tyre has an expiring date, rotating speed and specified load to carry when fixed on a car and standard air volume (pressure? – Ed.).According to Mr Msasalagaa, very few people follow such instructions. “We have been witnessing drivers overloading their vehicles or applying high speed simply because they have fixed new tyres, but they end up with bursts because of poor knowledge on the uses of tyres,” he said.Mr Msasalaga said the rising number of fatalities due to accidents on various highways in the country has become a cause of concern and that in most cases tyre bursts have come out as one of the major reasons behind the mishaps.He added that generally, people tend to drive in higher speed on high way. He said some drivers have been found driving at the speed of more than recommended 80km/hr, which may be dangerous if the tyre’s condition is not good or the air pressure is not maintained.“One should always check the roadworthiness of the tyres. There is tread wear indicator and one should follow the guidelines and change tyres if needed. If the tyres are over inflated, the footprint will be smaller, resulting in reduced control.Similarly, in case of less air pressure, overheating will occur due to more friction,” he said. The statistics released by the Head of Traffic Police, Mohamed Mpinga last year said deaths caused by road accidents had gone down by 242 people by December, 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.Traffic police department recorded 3,195 deaths in 2015 compared to 3,437 deaths that occurred in 2014. Yesterday, the TBS official said road accidents could be controlled if drivers and car owners will be conscious and keen on the proper uses of tyres.Commenting on the quality of imported used cars from abroad, Mr Msasalaga said TBS conducts pre-shipment verification in various countries. “We are doing this to avoid wasting time during clearing of vehicles at the port, it is also easier for the customer to choose another car in case it is found to be below standard in Japan or any other country, it means he/she will not incur shipping cost, he/she will simply buy another car,” he said.He said TBS commissions the verification job to various foreign companies that win tenders and that TBS officials always make a follow-up to see if the verification exercise meets with the country’s set standards.

Collins Chabane: ZA Truck driver jailed for six years

6th August 2016The late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane. (GCIS)

The late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane. (GCIS)

Johannesburg – The truck driver responsible for the deaths of former Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane and his two bodyguards was sentenced to six years in prison by the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court, in Limpopo, on Friday.

Amukelani Rikhotso, 31, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide, driving under the influence, and failure to obey road traffic signs when he appeared in the court in April, Director of Public Prosecutions spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said.

Rikhotso received six years for each of three counts of culpable homicide, three years for driving under the influence, and two years for not obeying road signs. His drivers’ licence was suspended for six months and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Chabane, his driver and bodyguard, Lesiba Sekele, 38, and Lawrence Lentsoane, 37, were killed when they crashed into Rikhotso’s truck as he was making a U-turn on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane on 15 March 2015. He pleaded guilty on 11 April 2016.

Malabi-Dzhangi told News24 that the National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the sentence

Tanzania: State acts to check road carnage

Ludovick KAZOKA 05 AUGUST 2016

  • Six-month campaign aims at reducing carnage rate
  • Straight arraignment awaits reckless drivers
  • Points system starts, ‘bad’ drivers face life ban

THE government yesterday announced hard-hitting measures, including introduction of a points’ penalty system and straight arraignment of reckless drivers, a fresh move aimed at checking the increasing wave of road accidents.

The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Hamad Yusuf Masauni, told a press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the six-month project aims to reduce road accidents by 10 per cent. A penalty point is essentially a formal reprimand endorsed on the driving licence record that shows that a motorist is guilty of a specific driving offence. The point system falls under the traffic road Act chapter 168, section 25A and 114 (h) of 2002.

According to the new system, payment of fines will depend on the offence committed. For example, if the driver fails to use a safety belt, they will be penalised by one point, reckless driving three points and speeding will be five points. If the points reach 15, the violators’ licences will be suspended for six months. “A driver who will cause accident by reckless driving largely drunkard drivers will be remanded for 24 hours before being taken to court,” said the deputy minister, who doubles as Chairman of the National Roads Safety Council.

Mr Masauni explained that points would be deducted from drivers who will be found to be driving recklessly, pointing out that drivers will be given 15 points each, deduction to zero point of which would mean revocation of licence.

“The new measures are aimed at controlling reckless driving, including speeding. We’re determined to curb road accidents this time around,” he observed.

Mr Masauni said the project would go hand in hand with raising awareness on the use of roads to special groups, including children, persons with physical disabilities, the elderly and cyclists, adding that the project will facilitate identification accident-prone road stretches and areas.

“Traffic officers who will perform outstandingly under the new project will also be identified and rewarded to motivate them,” he told reporters.

The deputy minister further said that buses whose passengers will be found not to have fastened seat will be impounded, noting that drivers should ensure that all passengers have fastened their seat belts before departure.

Giving statistics, he said the number of road accidents had increased from 23,578 road accidents in 2012 to 23,842 road accidents in 2013, claiming the lives of 3,969 people in 2012 and an increase of 1,043 deaths in 2013. Mr Masauni said deaths resulting from road accidents had decreased between 2013 and 2014 after introduction of stern measures against reckkless drivers, saying deaths from road accidents decreased from 3,969 in 2013 to 3,760 in 2014.

Last month, the Traffic Police Department and the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) suspended 15 buses owned by four companies from operating within the country for flouting traffic rules. The decision was reached following the recent wave of road acci- dents that claimed hundreds of lives a n d left many others maimed.

The government had also declared that plans were underway to review the Traffic Act to oversee stricter action against speeding, non-seatbelt use, child restraint belts and helmets, among other traffic rules and regulations.

Nigeria: ‘Stop risking your lives by overloading’, FRSC cautions

5th August 2016

Motorists have been advised to protect their lives and lives of other road users by avoiding overloading.

Overloaded vehicle

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has issued a warning to motorists.

Using it’s Facebook page, the agency advised motorists against overloading, as it puts their lives in jeopardy.

 

“Life is said to be precious!!!!!!! So why do people do things at the detriment of this precious gift called life which has no duplicate. VALUE YOUR LIFE, AVOID OVERLOADING”, the caption read.

 

Blood on the Roads: The importance of improving road safety in Namibia

Opinions – Columns |5th August 2016

SAM FORSYTH

NAMIBIA continues to face a crisis of road safety. According to recent statistics presented by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, 307 people were killed in road accidents in the first half of 2016 alone.Over the past few years, between 600 and 700 people have been killed annually in accidents on Namibian roads, with close to 6 000 people being injured in road accidents each year.

The problem is one that affects most of the African continent.The World Health Organisation has shown that while Africa remains the least motorised region in the world, it continues to suffer the highest rate of road fatalities per capita in the world. While the African road fatality rate is high, road deaths in Namibia are considerably higher than the African continental average, and the burden of injury and fatality has far-reaching consequences, which work against national development.

Apart from the devastating personal impact, hundreds of millions of Namibia dollars are spent each year in the aftermath of road accidents, and the total figure has been estimated to equate to a staggering 3% of annual GDP. This huge financial burden saps resources, which could otherwise be poured into important public services.Because the majority of road deaths affect individuals between the ages of 21 and 45, employers can suffer a considerable loss of productivity, while insurance companies are burdened with high pay-outs in compensation for lives lost.

Moreover, the loss of a wage-earner can have a drastic impact on their dependants, thereby aggravating adverse conditions for many Namibian families and their communities.Looking at the available statistics on Namibian accidents, it is perhaps not surprising that the vast majority of reported incidents occur in the relatively densely populated Khomas region, and probably even less surprising that most accidents occur after 4pm, and a disproportionate amount of crashes happen during the weekend and the holiday season. It is also not surprising that passengers suffer most, since vehicles often contain multiple passengers and only one driver.

This highlights the devastating impact crashes have on individuals who have little to no control over the situation – with passengers often including children.

What is to be done? We agree with the ongoing suggestions for increasing policing against driving under the influence of alcohol, better monitoring of speed and the use of lights at all times. We also have other suggestions.

1. One is to introduce a point-based demerit system, in addition to the current fine-based system, where traffic violations produce an accumulation of points that can lead to the suspension of a driver’s licence for a set period – which could be a better way to encourage compliance with the law.

Such a system has the advantage of applying equally to poor and rich, in contrast to fines, which cause relatively little inconvenience to the rich when weighed against the inconvenience of changing their driving habits. A point-based system could be easily tailored to address the particular patterns of offences that occur in Namibia.

Most importantly, such a system removes drivers from the road if they consistently disrespect traffic rules, thus helping to prevent accidents.

2. Another issue is the use of seat belts, with the wearing of the belts having been proved to substantially reduce the risk of serious and fatal injury. The current law requires that seat belts – if there are any available – must be worn. There is also a financial incentive to wear seat belts in that the MVA benefits for injury are reduced by 25% when the injured person at the time of the accident neglected to use an available seat belt.

One problem here is that many cars on the road in Namibia are old models, which may not be fitted with front and rear seat belts.  Thus, initiatives such as a government subsidy for seat belt installation, particularly in taxis, could be considered alongside intensified enforcement campaigns.

An initiative which could both improve road safety and contribute directly to development would be the local manufacture of cost-efficient, low-technology child restraints as a feasible alternative to more expensive varieties – which, if available, could be required by law – and so provide employment and keep children safer in cars at the same time.

3. Anyone familiar with Namibian roads will testify that intersections, especially large and busy ones, are particularly hazardous places for road users, with traffic signals being ignored all too often. Other countries have found that greater use of traffic light cameras at the most dangerous intersections can be an effective way of reducing crashes.

4. Other steps forward could include the periodic examination of all motor vehicles to ensure their roadworthiness, a relatively low-cost safety measure in new roads infrastructure – such as “rumple strips” which alert drivers when they are veering from their lane.

5. Lower urban speed limits, pedestrian bridges and barriers which separate cars from bikes and oncoming traffic are other measures which could be considered.

Striving to address the road safety deficit is an objective that could, if achieved, reward efforts, with far-reaching benefits. In addition to preserving lives otherwise needlessly lost, a reduction in the impact of road accidents would provide a boost to the Namibian economy that could, among much else, contribute to further investment in the promotion of social and economic enterprises.

It is in the interest of all Namibians that this issue be addressed.

• Sam Forsyth was an intern with the Legal Assistant Centre’s gender research and advocacy project at the start of 2016.

Ghana: Ashanti Region: 133 killed in accidents in 2016

4th August 2016

Accident 188Accident (file photo)

A total of 133 people were killed in road crashes in the Ashanti Region during the first half of the year, Mr Samuel Obeng Asiamah, the Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has announced.

He said many others also suffered broken bones and cuts and described the trend as quite disheartening. The recklessness and complete disregard for road traffic regulations, he indicated, could not continue and should stop.

Mr. Asiamah, who spoke to Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the Aprade Junction, where the joint taskforce of Commission, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) had mounted an exercise to get drivers to comply with the law. They were there to check speeding, driving license, road worthy certificate and the wearing of seat belt. He underlined the resolve of the taskforce to make sure that there was rigid enforcement of the traffic regulations – to get people to do the right things to make the roads safe for everybody.

Mr. Asiamah cautioned against riding in the bucket of pick-ups and trucks and said it was risky and unsafe. He asked that the people took responsibility for their own safety.

He hinted that the Commission was combining law enforcement with public education on road safety. It had already distributed road safety textbooks to primary and junior high schools across the region to create the needed awareness among the young ones.

Ghana: Customs official kills motor rider

4thAugust 2016

Customs AccidentsThe Customs pickup impounded at the police station(L) and The deceased in the middle of the road(R)

Three people lost their lives in two separate accidents which occurred in Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

A vehicle belonging to the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and a containerized DAF cargo truck with registration number GT 868 Y reportedly killed a motor rider instantly at Afariwaa Junction on the Tema-Akosombo Highway Tuesday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses indicated that Customs officials and National Security personnel were on board a Toyota pick-up with registration number GN 2938-12, which was escorting the cargo truck believed to contain smuggled goods from the Akosombo direction and heading towards Tema when the incident occurred.

The yet-to-be-identified rider had his head crushed with his brain scattered. When DAILY GUIDE arrived at the scene a few minutes after the accident at about 1:20 pm, the corpse of the rider and the motorcycle were found lying on the road with the body covered with leaves.

According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred at about 12:55 pm when the rider, who was ahead of the security personnel and the truck, was suddenly sandwiched between them and the Customs vehicle knocked him down before the tyre of the cargo truck run over his head.

They indicated that after the incident the Customs officials neglected him and that a taxi driver gave the two vehicles a hot chase and reported the matter to the Divisional Police Headquarters of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) and the two vehicles were impounded. Meanwhile, officers at the above police station have arrested drivers of both vehicles for investigations; but they were unwilling to disclose the content of the cargo truck.

In a related development, two people lost their lives around the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) Monday evening. The brake of an articulator truck loaded with bags of rice failed and ran into two separate vehicles, killing the (truck) driver and his mate instantly. The lifeless bodies were picked up by the police and deposited at the Tema General Hospital for preservation.

Confirming the incident to DAILY GUIDE, the Tema Regional Police Commander of the MTTD, Chief Superintendent Oduro Amaning, said the accident occurred at about 6:00 pm when the truck, coming from the Valco Roundabout direction towards the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) area, had a failed brake. According to him, the driver tried to avoid bumping into a car ahead of him but was unsuccessful, and the truck rammed into a salon car, which caused the driver to lose control and crashed into a fuel tanker parked in front of TOR.

Algeria: Road accidents: 96 killed, 726 injured in one week

 4th August 2016

Road accidents: 96 killed, 726 injured in one week

 ALGIERS – Ninety-seven people lost their lives and 726 others were injured in 390 road accidents that occurred nationwide between 26 July and 1 August, said Monday the National Gendarmerie in a communiqué.

The province of Ain Defla topped the list in terms of number of accidents (25), followed by Algiers (23), Blida (18), Batna (17) and Bouira (16), said the source.

Speeding, dangerous overtaking, failure to abide by traffic signs and pedestrians’ recklessness remain the main causes of road accidents, added the source.

Algeria: Road accidents: 12 killed, 38 injured on one single day

 4th August 2016

Road accidents: 12 killed, 38 injured on one single day

 ALGIERS- Twelve people lost their lives and 38 others were injured in twenty road accidents in 16 Algerian provinces on Tuesday, National gendarmerie said Wednesday in a statement.

The province of Mascara (317 southwest of Algiers) recorded the deadliest accidents, as seven people were killed, when a driver lost control of his car at a dangerous bend, on the road section linking the province to Saida, and hit another vehicle coming from the opposite side.

Another tragic accident occurred in the province of Tipaza (50-km west of Algiers), due to speeding. One person was killed in the accident and nine others were injured.

The other provinces which recorded serious accidents are Blida (one killed and five injured), Bejaia (one killed and two injured) Relizane and Mila (one killed and one injured in each)

6 killed in Lagos-Ibadan expressway auto crash

David Oladele 3rd August 2016

A road accident along Lagos-Ibadan errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrxpressway has left about 6 people dead. The accident was attributed to a dangerous over taking by the drivers. No fewer than six persons have reportedly died in a ghastly accident that occurred on Lagos – Ibadan expressway.. The scene of the accident About 21 persons sustained varying degrees of injury in the auto crash that involved two Mazda commercial buses and a Mercedes Benz Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

According to an eyewitness, the three vehicles were going to Lagos, when the accident occurred.  The public relations officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo state command, Segun Onijala, confirmed the incident to the Daily Sun and said the accident was as result of dangerous overtaking. He said the remains of the dead passengers had been deposited at the Adeoyo hospital morgue, Ibadan, while the injured victims were taken to Ibadan central hospital for treatment.

Botswana: MVA Fund Accident funeral Claims Reach P5million (£ 355,000 = $ 470,000)

2nd August 2016

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FRANCISTOWN: Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) says it spent P5 million since last year to pay funeral benefits.  The Francistown MVA Fund branch manager Kite Nkala disclosed this when presenting at the Department of Road Transport and Safety (DRTS) northern region mini-Pitso that was held here at the Tati River Lodge (TRL) recently.

The Pitso was held under the theme, ‘Safe transportation: A key to unity and prosperity’, attended by taxi and combi operators from the northern region. Nkala expressed concern at the loss of lives caused by road accidents revealing that accidents remained the country’s main problem. “In 2015 we lost 411 people and the fund paid funeral benefits over P3million. This year, we have already lost 259 lives on road accidentsand have paid funeral benefits of over P1.9million,” Nkala said, adding that P7,500 is paid towards each funeral.

He added that in 2015 there were 6,203 medical claims in which amongst them 2,410 were severe injuries in which 119 people had spinal cord injuries, 354 had head injuries, 1,897 had multiple fractures and 40 claims of amputations injuries. In the same year, Nkala said the had 442 loss of support claims in which amongst the claims they had 2,263 as benefits of minors, 426 of spouses, 448 as benefits of parents and had 170 loss of income claims.

Nkala said in 2014 they raised P90million as income from fuel levy, but used P122million for claims exceeding the money that was raised. “Last year we collected P57million and used P149million on claims costs. This is a lot of money that the government could be using on something else that could boost the country’s economy if there were no fatalities,” Nkala said, pleading with public transport operators to aim for minimal accidents.He encouraged public transport operators to have an occupational road risk programme in their businesses, as it aims at promoting road safety culture and defensive driving skills.

Nkala was disturbed by the element of driving without due care and attention, which contributes to many accidents. “When there is an accident ,usually the problem will be from the driver not the vehicle. Public transport drivers have the habit of driving through red robots at the traffic lights claiming to be on ‘rush hour’ putting other people’s lives at risk,” said Nkala.

He warmed public transport operators that MVA has the right to sue for recovery of benefits paid after taking care of the injured people. Nkala said MVA has the right to recover their payments from drunken drivers, reckless drivers and unlicensed drivers. “We also have the right to claim money from drivers of defective vehicles with defect being the cause of the accident, drivers of stolen vehicles as well as owners of the vehicles who permitted drunken, reckless and unlicensed drivers,” explained Nkala. He said to achieve the goals of safe transport it is incumbent upon transport operators to take responsibility of the safety of their vehicles. He also challenged them to have road safety as part of their business risk management strategy as well as to have monitoring mechanisms in place to ensure compliance of drivers to safety controls.

ZA: Bakkie rolls injuring four, City Deep

Bakkie rolls injuring four, City Deep.

Four people have been injured this morning after a bakkie rolled off the N17 near the Heidelberg offramp in City Deep, South of Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics received the call at 07h30 and immediately responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, paramedics found a bakkie lying on its side on the side of the road. Fire services had already begun to attend to the patients. On assessment, paramedics that four people had been injured in this incident. An elderly man was found to have sustained serious injuries while three others had sustained minor injuries.

The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to Johannesburg General Hospital for urgent treatment.

Zimbabwe: Heroes Holiday Road Safety Campaign launched

2nd August 2016

The programme is a joint initiative between the government, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ), the police and other players in both the private and public sector.

The campaign launch began with a march in the morning along Samora Machel Avenue, and the marchers included transporters, the police, school children and other members of the public.

The procession’s overall message was that this year’s Heroes holiday should not record even a single accident. On arrival at the Harare Gardens, the marchers were addressed by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Dr Joram Gumbo whose message urged all Zimbabweans to be safety conscious on roads throughout the year and not only during holidays.

Also invited to the occasion was the mother of the late Jocelyn Gomba, a Harare Girls High School pupil who was knocked down by a commuter omnibus driver as she was walking along the pavement. Poets, musicians and other performers joined in at the launch with different entertainment acts, all resonating with the message urging all road users to respect lives.

Meanwhile, stakeholders say behavioural change, re-organisation of existing policies as well as adopting new measures will see the country curb fatalities on the country’s roads.
They however expressed concern that the country will continue to record fatalities on the roads, as the vehicle population balloons and most roads are still single lanes, thus posing obvious risks to the motoring public and passengers.

“The country has also witnessed an increase in the number of vehicles over the years, yet the road network and its capacity to cope is not being widened, and the issue must be attended to urgently. The widening of roads is expected to curtail issues such as sideswiping, head-on collisions and smashes with stationary vehicles,” Zimbabwe Republic Police Assistant Commissioner – Administration and Traffic, Anslem Mumba said.

Statistics released by the TSCZ indicate that 2011 was the bloodiest year as more than 2000 road accidents were recorded, in which more than 1900 people died and 16944 were injured.

Transport Director in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Mr Allowance Sango said “the current driving curriculum should be reviewed to include issues such as night driving.” “Accidents are by nature unavoidable, but the rate of road carnage in the country is unacceptably high. In that regard, behavioural change by motorists is important,” TSCZ Chief Executive, Mr Obio Chinyere said.

Although the police are always on the road, accidents still occur and observers say deterrent penalties to errant road users should be imposed. Stray animals are also a major cause of road accidents on major highways in the country.

Ghana: Two die in accident on Tema road

2nd August 2016

Photo: 3news.comTema Road Accident

 Two persons have reportedly been killed after an articulated truck carrying loads of rice lost control and veered off the Tema Oil Refinery Road.

The truck with registration number GT 7576-W rammed into two vehicles and a parked oil tanker, 3news.com gathers. The oil tanker was loaded with diesel.

The accident happened late Monday. The dead were taken to the Tema General Hospital morgue.

ZA: Horror Crash between Ceres & Prince Alfred Hamlet, left 6 people dead and 1 injured.

1st August 2016

Cape Town – A head-on collision that happened on the R303 between Ceres and Prince Alfred Hamlet on Sunday morning, has left 6 people killed and another person injured.image

It’s believed that the driver of the BMW, with 5 passengers, were on their way to Prince Alfred Hamlet and the Ford bakkie, en-route to Ceres.

Mr. Jacques Mostert, spokesperson of The Provincial Traffic Department, said that the driver of a third vehicle, also involved in this collision, was not injured.”

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Sadly Four Women & Two Men died and the injured man was admitted to a local hospital.

The names of the deceased has not been formally announced. The exact cause of the accident was not yet known.

Reint Grobler, owner of the Capish Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Ceres, said that the man that was driving the bakkie, was working as a Farm Manager in Ceres and that his wife held her baby shower in his restaurant on Friday. It’s believed that the baby will be born in 5 weeks.

Uganda: 3 people die in two separate accidents

1st August 2016 By SADAT MBOGO

 A least three people perished and four others were injured in two separate accidents on Kampala-Masaka highway at the weekend.

According to Mr Fabian Betubiza, the traffic officer in charge of Katonga region, the first accident occurred last Friday night at Jambula Zone near Buwama Town where a speeding Toyota Mark II knocked Mr Steven Kizito and John Bosco Ssekaayi who were riding on a motorcycle. Kizito died on spot, while Ssekaayi died at Gombe Hospital where he had been taken for treatment.

“The driver of the Mark II car had switched off the lights and it was difficult for them to see the car coming from behind them,” he said. Mr Betubiza attributed the cause of accidents to reckless driving.Another accident happened last Saturday morning at Kibindiizi village, where one person died on spot and four others were critically injured after two trucks loaded with sand collided head-on. More than 40 people have perished in road accidents in the last month and most accidents recorded on Kampala –Masaka highway.

Namibia: Six killed on the roads over the weekend

1st August 2016

POLICE yesterday said six people were killed in accidents across the country over the weekend.

Inspector Slogan Matheus said a police officer died on the spot when the driver of the vehicle he was travelling in lost control, and it overturned on the Komsberg-Ariamsvlei gravel road in the //Karas region yesterday at around noon. Matheus said the driver sustained serious injuries, and was admitted to the Karasburg State Hospital. The deceased’s name is being withheld until his next of kin are informed.In the Kunene region, Isack Gaseb (63) was run over by a car while trying to stop someone from driving away in his vehicle. The incident, Matheus said, took place on the Broem Host gravel road in the Khorixas area on Saturday at about 07h15. The 18-year-old driver drove for about 14 kilometres away from the scene, stopped and abandoned the vehicle with two passengers inside. He then walked to Khorixas town.
The suspect was arrested, and is due to appear in the Khorixas Magistrate’s Court today.In another culpable homicide case, 64-year-old Rosalia Garises was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street in the Havana informal settlement in the Khomas region, and died shortly after arrival at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital.In a similar incident, 26-year-old Ndumba Jona Sikondo was run over while crossing the Western Bypass, and died on the spot on Saturday at about 20h20.Two more people died in Windhoek on Saturday at about 01h30 when three vehicles collided along Auas Road, where two vehicles were travelling in the same direction and the other in the opposite direction. The deceased were identified as Damian Maurico Payne (22), and Liam Ashley September (21). Their next of kin have been informed of their deaths, and police investigations continue.

KZN: Four killed, two injured in R617 Boston collision

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Four people were killed and two others were left with various injuries after a bakkie and a light motor vehicle collided on the R617 outside of Boston in KwaZulu Natal.

Shortly before 1pm paramedics arrived on the scene where they found a light motor vehicle with extensive damage standing on the side of the road. Three people were found with fatal injuries inside of the vehicle. One person could be freed from the vehicle quickly and paramedics initiated CPR. Sadly, despite all the efforts of the paramedics on scene, the man succumbed to his injuries.

Paramedics and rescue workers had to use rescue equipment to free the deceased from the vehicle. Two people from the bakkie were found with minor to moderate injuries. Both of them were treated on the scene and transported to Northdale Hospital by ER24 and another service.

Ghana: Five injured in Sickness Breku accident

  • 31st JULY 2016

Accident Sickness Brekuthe accident scene

About five people are who were involved in a road accident between Fetteh Kakraba and Awutu Breku along the Cape Coast highway in the early hours of Saturday morning are in critical condition.

The District police commander of Awutu Breku, ASP Samuel Amfoh who confirmed the incident to Adom New’s Kofi Adjei said the accident happened at about 6:15am between a Tata vehicle with registration number, GE 3313-09 and a Hyundai bus with registration number ER 257 -11.

He said the commercial vehicle was from Awutu Breku and was heading towards Kasoa. Four passengers including the driver and the conductor were occupying the commercial vehicle.

ASP Amfoh said the accident occurred when both vehicles collided as a result of a wrongful overtaken by the driver of the TATA vehicle.

The victims he added are in critical condition at the Winneba hospital and are now making follow-ups to the hospital to visit those who got injured.

Tanzania: Over 1,580 lives lost in road carnage

Chief Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga

Chief Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga

ROAD accidents in Tanzania have claimed 1,580 lives between January and June this year, whereas 4,459 injuries were reported from 5,152 accidents countrywide, the Chief Traffic Police Commander Mohammed Mpinga revealed yesterday.

 “During the period, some 1,279 men and 301 women, respectively lost their lives,” Commander Mpinga said in Dar es Salaam yesterday during the launch of a road safety campaign conducted by the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA).

The traffic police boss explained further that out of those injured in road accidents, 1,257 were men and 3,402 were women respectively, calling on concerted efforts among stakeholders to address the situation.

“Mbeya Region recorded the highest number of women killed in road accidents, where 49 lost their lives while Ilala Municipality registered the highest number of women injured at 1,257,” he explained.

On the other hand, Commander Mpinga said roads accidents caused by motorcycles, commonly known as bodabodas were 1,356 during the period under review.

He hailed TAMWA for initiating the road safety campaign, expressing optimism that the initiative will boost government efforts in reducing road accidents.

“I understand other organizations such as Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA), Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) and Tanganyika Law Society (TLS) have same initiatives and should be emulated,” he noted.

Libya sees rise in traffic accidents

July 30, 2016 –LIFE

1175 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the first six months of 2016, authorities have reported.

Data released by the Ministry of Interior showed a rise in traffic accidents during the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

In this year’s first half, there were 2378 accidents resulting in 1175 deaths and 1863 injuries, the data showed, adding that 3581 vehicles were damaged.

In contrast, 2196 accidents were reported in the same period last year, which resulted in 1211 deaths and 1905 injuries.

The data also showed a decline in revenues compared to the same period last year from LYD 1414068.500 to LYD 1409905.250.

According to the data, most accidents occurred in Benghazi with 440 accidents reported. It was followed by Tripoli where 306 accidents were reported. Misrata came third with 149 accidents and Zawia fourth with 109.

Algeria: Road accidents: 9 killed, 66 injured in one day

 30th July 2016

Road accidents: 9 killed, 66 injured in one day

  ALGIERS- Nine people lost their lives and 66 others were injured in 31 road accidents that occurred Wednesday in 20 provinces throughout the country, said the National Gendarmerie on Thursday.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Tlemcen, where three people were killed and three others were injured, followed by Laghouat (2 killed, 3 injured), Tebessa (1 killed, 3 injured), Medea (1 killed, 2 injured), Adrar (1 killed, 1 injured) and M’sila (1 killed).

ZA: 2 pedestrians killed in Vryheid accident

29th July 2016 Kaveel Singh, News24

Car accident. (KZN EMS)

 Durban – Two people were killed and another seriously injured after they were hit by a vehicle in Vryheid, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday, paramedic services said.

EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said paramedics had rushed to the R34, near Vryheid, early in the day.”Sadly, a woman, aged about 30, and a man, estimated to be 45 years old, have sustained fatal injuries in this crash. A man in his 40s was treated for serious injuries at the scene.”

Mckenzie said paramedics had transported the injured man to hospital for additional medical care.

Nigeria: Drivers kill 35 FRSC regular marshals in the last year

29th July 2016

Report shows that about 35 members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were killed in the last one year – The disclosure was made the floor of the Niger state House of Assembly.

The Niger state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Susan Ajenge has said that about 35 regular marshals of the corps have been killed by motorists on highways across the country in the past one year.

Ajenge who made this disclosure on the floor of the Niger state House of Assembly, said the development occurred when the officers were trying to enforce simple safety regulations on the highways. She said another staff recently knocked down by a driver while trying to clear obstruction on the highway, is currently battling for life in a hospital. She said the victim may loose his manhood, having gone through two operations.

Daily Post reports that the state legislatures had invited the commander to defend the series of criticisms by the public against FRSC, over allegations of its officials intimidating and harassing motorists in its desperate move to generate revenue for government. However, Ajenge defended the commission, lamenting that rather than obey simple traffic rules, motorists would turn around to criticise and attack FRSC officials.

Meanwhile, an FRSC officer was beaten to pulp in Lagos, after he reportedly caused a very ghastly motor accident. The FRSC officer was said to have caused an accident while trying to flag down a motorist.

Also: The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has seized two vehicles over a traffic violation.

Lagos sector, FRSC, impounded the overloaded vehicles, during an early morning special patrol on Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

Overloading is a traffic violation
Overloading is a traffic violation

 This is not the first time overloaded cars have been seized.

In June, 2016, the FRSC seized an overloaded vehicle in Akure, Ondo State.

“An overloaded vehicle impounded at FRSC command Akure, Ondo State. Overloading is dangerous. Pls desist from it”, the agency wrote on Facebook.

The FRSC boss, Boboye Oyeyemi, has called on Nigerians to protect their lives by avoiding this traffic violation.

Over 63 deaths have been attributed to overloading and overspeeding, within the first quarter of 2016.

Ghana:  One feared dead, seven injured in Accra-Kumasi car crash

28th July 2016

Accra KumasiCar cash on the Accra-Kumasi Highway

One person is feared dead and several others have sustained injuries in a car crash at Mankrong near Suhum on the Accra-Kumasi Highway.

Two Articulated trucks collided head-on after one tried to overtake a Kia truck heading to Kumasi from Accra in the early hours of Thursday.

The driver of the Kia truck, believed to be in his forties died instantly after his car skidded off the road in the process of the crash.

A VIP bus driver who tried to avoid ramming into the other vehicles veered off the road into a nearby bush., injuring some passengers on board.

Joy News’ Kofi Siaw reported that seven passengers who were injured have been conveyed to the Suhum Government Hospital for treatment.

Two days ago, scores of passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries after the vehicles they were traveling in were involved in an accident also on the Accra-Kumasi road.

Ghana: 3 buses crash in the youngest

28th July 2016

youngest AccidentFile photo

A Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus heading to Kumasi from Accra has been involved in a crash at Bunso Junction along the Kumasi-Accra highway, with one VIP vehicle and another VVIP bus, both Accra-bound, on Tuesday July 26, ClassFMonline.com has gathered.

There has not been any casualty. The injured passengers have been sent to hospitals in Kibi and Suhum for medical attention.

Confirming the news to ClassFMonline.com at around 10:20am Tuesday, ASP Peter Okyere, the Eastern Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, said interim investigations had revealed that the accident was caused by a slippery road surface. The MMT bus, he said, skidded off the road, running into the other buses.

He narrated that a Mercedes Benz Sprinter that managed to swerve the three buses to avoid collision entered a nearby maize farm. ASP Okyere added that further investigations were underway to ascertain the full cause of the accident.

AlgeriaRoad accidents: 14 killed, 47 injured on Sunday

 28th July 2016

Road accidents: 14 killed, 47 injured on Sunday

ALGIERS- Fourteen people lost their lives and 47 others were injured in 17 road accidents that occurred in 15 provinces of the country on Sunday, said Monday the National Gendarmerie.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Tlemcen, where five people were killed, followed by Batna (2 killed) Skikda (2 killed, 1 injured), Medea (1 killed, 8 injured), Djelfa (1 killed, 4 injured), Ain Temouchent (1 killed, 1 injured), Naama (1 killed, 13 injured) and Tindouf (1 killed, 3 injured).

Zimbabwe: Road victims to be compensated

by Munyaradzi left the 28th July 2016

THE government will soon introduce an insurance cover and financial scheme that will see the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development compensating accident victims and footing their hospital bills, a Cabinet Minister has said.

In an interview on the sidelines of Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) national drivers’ competition awards ceremony on Sunday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Dr Joram Gumbo said the Government would soon adopt schemes that are already in existence in South Africa and Botswana where accident victims are compensated through insurance cover.

“We are also planning as a Ministry and we are at a very advanced stage. ”We are looking at the competitive advantage on the schemes that are operative in South Africa and Botswana which we want to adopt and improve on so that we can have an insurance cover for accident victims regardless of the type of accident that they are involved in,” he said.

“We are at an advanced stage in trying to come up with such a scheme so that we ensure that all accident victims get compensation. ”We will however categorise the victims so that they get a certain amount of money depending on the seriousness of injuries or accident.”

Dr Gumbo said there was also a need for the ministry to capacitate hospitals along major highways to enable them to respond rapidly and efficiently in case of accidents. He said at the moment, they are assisting Chivhu and Gwanda hospitals with ambulances so that they have the capacity to attend to accidents efficiently and be able to save lives.

He said his ministry had agreed to allocate a certain percentage of money collected by the Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) to the TSCZ that would go towards capacitating hospitals and assisting during accidents.”What is also happening is that the TSCZ is now collecting money from Zinara to assist during accidents when people get injured,” said Dr Gumbo.

He said this was at the instigation of Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa following the Kwekwe accident involving a Pfochez bus and a Toyota Sprinter where 31 people died in March.

While addressing drivers and public transport operators at the awards ceremony, Dr Gumbo said there has been a marginal decrease in road accidents in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year while the number of deaths has increased.

On average there are five people killed daily on our roads while approximately 38 persons are injured, he said. The number of traffic collisions which occurred during the first half of this year declined by six percent from 21,934 to 18,451 compared to last year. He said the Government is worried about the disasters that occurred during this period. “These contributed to the increase in fatalities from 793 in 2015 to 847 for the same period this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Delta Beverages’ Chengetai Vhavha was the driver of the year in the articulated vehicles category and MacNight Mupeziweni of Masvingo City Council scooped the similar award in the rigid category. Ronald Katadzaushe, a kombi driver was the driver of the year in his category while Shadreck Mupondi of Zimbabwe National Army won in the bus category.

Nigeria Bloody accidents, 2 hospitalized, many feared dead along Ore

28th July 2016

Reports emerging, suggests that there has been a very terrible crash along Ore-Sagamu highway.Ore-Sagamu accident 4

A tankers reportedly crashed into two Commercial vehicles along the Ore-Sagamu Road. Ore-Sagamu accident 2Photo: Luckily Ezekiel Agharanya.

Sources say a tanker ran into two commercial buses and caught fire, as of the time of filing the report, The accident occurred at about 10am along the busy Shehu Yar’Adua Expressway opposite the Jabi Lake Mall.

Car skidsIn the same vein, an unidentified driver and a passenger escaped death on Wednesday when a car they were traveling in fell off a bridge in Abuja.

An official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), who witnessed the accident but pleaded not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the driver lost control due to over speeding. “I was coming about a hundred meters away when the car flew off the neck of the bridge and disappeared down the cliff,” the officer told newsmen. “The driver of the car was running very fast on the speed lane when another car interrupted him and he attempted to veer towards the service lane. “He, however, lost control as the car swerved off the neck of the bridge and glided dangerously towards the lake and only stopped inches from the water.” The official also confirmed that both the driver and the lone passenger in the vehicle came out alive and were taken to a nearby hospital.

‘It’s the grace of God,’ says principal whose kids survived bus crash

2016-07-27 06:56 Jenna Etheridge, News24

Gansbaai Academia secondary school principal Tommy Wilson says it is the grace of God that his pupils escaped a collision between school bus and vehicle without injury. (credit Carol Booysen Valentine)

 (credit Carol Booysen Valentine)

Gansbaai Academia secondary school principal Tommy Wilson told News24 on Tuesday that he rushed to the accident scene after people ran into his school to share the bad news.The bus, carrying around 50 teenagers, apparently collided head-on with a Toyota Corolla between Gansbaai and Stanford. “We saw the bus on top of the vehicle. The front of the bus was damaged. The first thing was to check our kids.” He said his pupils miraculously escaped with minor injuries. Three teens sustained minor fractures and were treated in hospital. They were now back home, Wilson said.“The bus driver did a very good job. If he lost control, it would have been a massive tragedy. “Luckily through the grace of God, my kids are safe. There were trees on the side of the road that also prevented the accident. It could have been worse.”Provincial traffic spokesperson Jacques Mostert said the crash killed the car’s driver and passenger. Mostert said at the time that the bus had been empty. But on Tuesday, both Wilson and the department said pupils were in the bus.The principal reported the accident to the Overberg education district office, said Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for provincial education MEC Debbie Schafer.
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Truck driver causes major accident in Mushin Nigeria

David Oladele 27th July 2016The-Keke-lying-at-the-accident-scene

A truck accident kills a marwa rider  in the Mushin area of Lagos.

The 30 year old man was said to be heading for Ibese in Ikorordu, when the incident that left the tricycle rider dead   quoted an eyewitness only identified as Nurudeen Akintunde, saying: ” The truck with full speed suddenly rammed into the tricycle and the rider was forcefully thrown out of the marwa.  “The rider died on the spot.

The driver abandoned the truck, but I later learnt that he went to the Alakara division to report himself.” According to the Lagos state police public relations officer,  Dolapo Badmos, the driver has been detained. “The rider, whose identity has yet to be known, fell and the truck ran over him. His corpse has been deposited at the Mainland General Hospital’s mortuary for a post-mortem.”

In a related development, 11 people were confirmed dead following a ghastly motor accident that occurred on Otedola Bridge, Berger area of Lagos, on Thursday, July 21. According to a report by PM News, the deceased were burnt to death as the 14-seater commercial bus lost its brake, somersaulted and burst into fire.

Ghana: Akwatia accident kills one, leaves 3 in critical condition

27th July 2016

One person has been killed and three others left in critical condition at the St Dominic Hospital in Akwatia, in the Eastern Region, after a private Toyota saloon car with registration number UE 425-13 run into them at the Akwatia lorry station on Tuesday July 26.

The victims were all workers at the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in Akwatia.

An eyewitness, Odiasempa Kwadwo Agyei, told ClassFMonline.com that the driver, who fled after the accident had occurred, was not an experienced driver, but got hold of the keys to the vehicle, which belonged to his friend.

Upon hearing the incident, the real owner of the vehicle quickly rushed to the hospital to visit the victims, but was told one of them whose name was given as Musa, 60, had died while the three others were in critical condition.

The matter has been reported to the Police in Akwatia.

TUESDAY JULY 26 2016

Wreckages of the vehicles that were involved in a road crash on July 25, 2016 on the Naromoru-Nanyuki road at Kihingo gia Chuma killing four people on the spot and one injured. Wreckages of the vehicles that were involved in a road crash on July 25, 2016 on the Naromoru-Nanyuki road at Kihingo gia Chuma killing four people on the spot and one injured. PHOTOS | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUPPHOTOS | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary: The accident involving a lorry and a saloon car occurred at around 11pm, two kilometres from Naromoru town, sparking protests from residents of the area who barricaded the road for the better part of Tuesday morning.
Witnesses recounted that the lorry that was headed towards Nanyuki town was speeding and on the wrong lane when it rammed into the saloon car with five occupants.

Four people were killed while another sustained serious injuries when two vehicles collided on Monday night at Kihingo gia Chuma the Naromoru- Nanyuki road. The accident involving a lorry and a saloon car occurred at around 11pm, two kilometres from Naromoru town, sparking protests from residents of the area who barricaded the road for the better part of Tuesday morning.

Witnesses recounted that the lorry that was headed towards Nanyuki town was speeding and on the wrong lane when it rammed into the saloon car with five occupants. Four people, two men and two women, who were in the saloon car all died on the spot. The injured passenger was taken to Nanyuki Referral hospital with multiple fractures and in critical condition.

According to one of the deceased victim’s relative, the five had just left work and were headed home when tragedy struck killing the four, all from the same locality of Burguret in Kieni East. “They were all headed home and my brother had given them a lift. It is a big loss to us,” said Mr Mwangi Kimani, one of the relatives. The driver of the lorry is said to have ran away soon after the fatal crash.

Kieni East OCPD Michael Mbaluku has said investigations have been launched and a manhunt for the driver who is in hiding on as well. “Investigations are ongoing to try and establish what exactly transpired but it is too early to say who was in fault,” said Mr Mbaluku.

Residents of the area protested that the section of the road has become a black spot. They pointed fingers at Lorries and buses which they claimed are driven carelessly and at high speed. “These vehicles completely disregard the traffic rules and are driven dangerously. Relevant authorities should step in and act fast,” said Mr Mwangi.

 5 ways to avoid getting killed by trailers/tanker trucks

Find out how you can avoid becoming the next road user to be killed by trailers/trucks.

25th July 2016

Tankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 yearsTankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 years.

It’s either the articulated vehicle simply fell over, or it fell on other cars, possibly killing road users.

Gruesome container accidentGruesome container accident thenationonline

According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),accidents, involving tankers and trailers, have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people.

This is just between 2007 and June, 2010.

Tankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 yearsTankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 years

Pulse is here to show you how to avoid being the next casualty.

Here are five easy ways to prevent deadly accidents, with these vehicles.

1. Steer clear: Once you see a trailer or truck, make sure you stay away. Make sure you give them, as much space, as possible.

2. Always give them enough warning, before overtaking.

3. Do not engage in speeding competitions with them.

4. Be very cautious, and do not make assumptions.

5. Never drive in between two trailers or tanker trucks.

Tankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 yearsplayTankers and trailers have injured 12,994 people and killed 4,076 people in just 3 years

Above all, obey all traffic rules and regulations.

 

Heavy snowfall, rain & storm-strong winds with localised Flooding in great parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal

26th July 2016

Cape Town – The weather across South Africa has hit the severe end of the scale and people are being advised to prepare accordingly as well as avoid the snowy areas.

As disruptive snow hits the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre (WCDMC) says it is preparing for severe weather due to an intense cut-off low pressure system expected to take effect along the Cape coastal regions on Monday evening.

The severe weather, caused by the cut-off low is expected to intensify over the western parts of the country and continue until Thursday, 28 July.

The intense cut-off low pressure system will bring with it very heavy rain in places over the coastal areas of the Eden District and Overberg District on Monday evening, spreading to the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and southern parts of the West Coast districts on Tuesday.

The City says it is on high alert for localised flooding in certain areas. Gale force south-easterly winds of 65-75km/h can also be expected between Stilbaai and Table Bay on Tuesday, together with high seas with wave heights in excess of 6 metres is expected between Cape Agulhas and Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday.

Ghana: ‘Witch’ claims responsibility for accident near Kpeshie Lagoon

25th July 2016

Witchaccident CarOne of the vehicles involved in the crash

A disheveled middle-aged woman shocked curious onlookers and passersby when she appeared at an accident scene claiming she was blood-thirsty and needed to quench her thirst.

The Sunday morning accident occurred at the Bush Road Junction, near the Goil Filling Station at the Kpeshie Lagoon, on the Teshie-Labadi road in Accra. A speeding 2016 registered Hyundai Sonata from Teshie heading towards Accra, rammed into a taxi caravan turning into the Bush Road at the Filling Station.

It sumersaulted several times, according to occupants of the vehicle and turned on its wheels on a pack concrete slabs facing the Southern Command. One person in the taxi cab which was conveying foodstuff – yam, cassava, plantain, and vegetable – sustained serious injuries.

The accident left shards of bloodstained glasses strewn within five meters radious of the rammed taxi. The Hyundai Sonata had all its glasses shattered but the occupants escaped unhurt. Bystanders and unlookers rushed to the scene helping rescue the trapped occupants of the two vehicles.

When the injured were taken to the hospital and people were trying to make sense of what happened, a middle-aged appeared from no where claiming she caused the the accident to taste blood. The visibly unstable woman said all four of her children had been killed and that she was blood-thirsty. She was unhappy that the accident was not fatal. The shocked onlookers stared at her with horror and called her a witch, a not surprising situation for a highly superstitious Ghanaian society.

Road accidents: 8 killed, 28 injured on Saturday

25th  July 2016 14:36

Road accidents: 8 killed, 28 injured on Saturday

ALGIERS- Eight people were killed and 28 others were injured in 17 road accidents that occurred in 13 provinces of the country on Saturday, said the National Gendarmerie on Sunday.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Bechar, where three people, including a kid, lost their lives, followed by the provinces of Blida and Tizi Ouzou (one dead in each and scores injured), Tipasa (one dead and two injured) and Ain Temouchent (one dead).

Bakkie ends up on pole in freak accident

2016-07-24 Jenna Etheridge, News24

 (Free State Department of Health, via Facebook)

(Free State Department of Health, via Facebook)

 Bloemfontein – Mystery surrounds an accident in which a bakkie ended up against an electricity pole near Winburg in the Free State.

Photos showed the vehicle’s smashed bonnet resting on the ground, a rear wheel missing and the back door flung open to the sky.

“This kind of accident has never been seen by our personnel in the recorded history of our Emergency Medical Services. Shocking!”  Social media users wondered how the vehicle ended up in the strange position.

According to the post, the accident took place on the N5 on Saturday. One person suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Winburg Hospital.

ZA: Car crashes, suicide top unnatural death claims – Discovery

Jul 22 2016 16:17 Gareth Friedlander, head of research and development at Discovery Life.

Johannesburg – The majority of life claims paid out by Discovery Life in 2015 for unnatural deaths were due to car accidents.

Unnatural deaths accounted for 21% of Discovery’s life claims and over 40% of those were related to motor vehicle accidents. This was followed by suicides, crime-related deaths, other accidents, drowning and aircraft-related deaths, according to Discovery’s research into trends.“We have one of the highest motor vehicle accidents rates in the world,” said Gareth Friedlander, head of research and development at Discovery Life. Trends show that natural deaths were mostly associated with an ageing population, while unnatural deaths were associated with those under 25.

Discovery has tried to curtail car accidents through its Vitalitydrive programme, which incentivises better driving behaviour. Trends show that “better drivers” have fewer and less severe accidents, said Friedlander.

The health and insurance company paid out R2.8bn in claims between January and December 2015. Life cover accounted for over R1.4m of claims. Income Continuation Benefit (ICB) claims for permanent disabilities represented 59% of the total amount paid in ICB claims in 2015.

Cancer takes a heavy toll Cancer was the most prevalent cause of natural death for those over the age of 40. For claimants over the age of 50, more than half (59%) of the claims related to cancer, heart and artery issues.

Skin cancer claims were mostly prevalent among men between the ages of 30 and 40, and prostate cancer claims become more prolific as men age. Breast cancer claims are prevalent in women across the board, said Friedlander.

READ: Discovery launches wellness programme in Japan

Tragic: 11 die in Lagos accident 

Three female and eight male passengers have been burnt to dying after a 14-seater business bus in Lagos misplaced its brake, somersaulted and burst into flames.

  • Three individuals have been rescued alive and have been taken to the accident and emergency unit at toll gate
  •  Investigation revealed that the driving force of the car escaped the inferno and later fled the scene instantly the accident occurred

In accordance with a report on PM News, the deceased have been burnt to demise because the 14-seater business bus misplaced its brake, somersaulted.

Tragic: 11 die in ghastly Lagos accident (photos)

Michael Akindele, the overall supervisor, LASEMA, stated the accident occurred round 6:10pm on Thursday. Akindele stated the bus was shifting inward Berger earlier than the accident occurred on Otedola Bridge.

Tragic: 11 die in ghastly Lagos accident (photos)The burnt business bus. Photograph: PM News

LASEMA’s response team, Federal Street Security Corps, Lagos State Hearth Service and the Nigerian Police have been concerned within the rescue.

Additionally confirming the report, Dolapo Badmos, the police public relations officer, PPRO stated the command’s operatives from Isheri-Berger Division acquired a call that an 18-seater bus heading in the direction of Berger from Mushin was concerned in a lone accident and caught hearth.

Tragic: 11 die in ghastly Lagos accident (photos)A number of the corpses. Photograph: PM News

She stated: “A complete variety of eleven individuals comprising three ladies and eight males have been burnt to dying immediately, whereas 4 others have been rushed to the hospital. The car which was on velocity, the police learnt, abruptly misplaced management when the tyre busted and subsequently tumbled 3 times earlier than it went up in flame.

“Investigation revealed that the driver of the car escaped the inferno and later fled the scene instantly the accident occurred. 

The tragic incident comes days after two ladies have lost their lives and 4 sustained extreme injury in a automotive acccident alongside the old Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

FRSC attributes over 3,000 road crashes in 5 yrs to fake tyres

More than 3, 000 accidents have been caused by fake and expired tyres.

Happy Udodiong 21st July 2016

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The reason for over 3, 000 accidents has been discovered.

According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),these accidents were caused by the use of fake and expired tyres.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe, the Cross River Sector Commander urged motorists to stop using fake or expired tyres.Fake, and expired tyres

“The FRSC would not relent in its sensitisation campaign with a view to educating car owners on the dangers of patronising fake and expired tyres. Fake and expired tyres are responsible for most road accidents in the country today; there is a need for drivers to stop buying such tyres. We will intensify efforts in collaboration with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to raid outlets that trades in fake and expired tyres,’” he said.

Zimbabwe: Govt to ban haulage trucks to boost NRZ

by Oliver Kazunga 21st July 2016

  A LEGAL instrument is being crafted to ban the transportation of bulky goods by road in order to protect the country’s road network and boost National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) operations, a Cabinet Minister has said. The ailing parastatal faces stiff completion from haulage truck operators, which have also been blamed for the spate of accidents in the country.

Responding to questions during the inaugural Infrastructure Conference at the ongoing Mine Entra expo in Bulawayo yesterday, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo said if allowed to ply the country’s roads, haulage trucks would continue damaging roads.

He said if implemented, the S.I. would go a long way in protecting the National Railways of Zimbabwe. “Actually we’re planning to have a Statutory Instrument to outlaw bulky goods transportation by road to rail because if we allow big trucks to ply our roads they will be destroying our roads and there will be continuous rehabilitation of the roads.

“The NRZ has been very badly incapacitated and as a result those who would have wanted to move their goods have resorted to using roads,” said Minister Gumbo. He said the banning of bulky transportation of goods by road is not peculiar to Zimbabwe as it has happened in some Sadc countries. “It’s (bulky transportation by road) actually a temporary issue which we’re going to address and actually ring fence some of the bulky transportation to the railways.

“It happens in Sadc and we’ll not be the only ones but for now that’s the prevailing situation,” Minister Gumbo said.

Masaka road accidents hurting tourism – UWA

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has said the frequent traffic accidents on the Kampala-Masaka highway are scaring away tourists since it is the main artery to the country’s game parks

WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2016 By Stephen otage

Tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu

Tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu (left) and State minister for Tourism (right) Godfrey Kiwanda on a familiarisation tour of UWA headquarters last Friday. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE

Kampala. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has said the frequent traffic accidents on the Kampala-Masaka highway are scaring away tourists since it is the main artery to the country’s game parks.

While receiving the new Tourism ministers at UWA headquarters last Friday, Dr Andrew Seguya, the UWA executive director, asked the ministers to tell Cabinet to do something about the carnage on Masaka road.

Dr Seguya said the frequent accidents on the road scare away tourists because this is the road that leads them to game parks. “Usually before these people set off for Uganda, they research about the tourism attractions and the routes on the internet. When Masaka road pops up, all details of the accidents and other negative information about that road comes up and it scares them,” he said.

Mr Seguya’s comments followed several accidents on Masaka road that have claimed more than 200 people in the last six months. The most recent left a police inspector and three other passengers dead.

Tourism minister Ephraim Kamuntu and State minister for Tourism, Mr Godfrey Kiwanda, promised to table the road carnage issues before Cabinet.
Mr Kiwanda told UWA staff that he used to be a regular visitor to their headquarters when he was working in Karamoja sub-region and he knows how difficult it is for UWA to operate with communities that want to encroach on game reserves. He promised to table the complaint on road accidents to Cabinet.

Prof Kamuntu said, “For me, this is not really a new appointment because I was here when UWA was created several years back and I am just coming back home. I am happy with the resilience some of you have put up to remain here since I left you several years back.”
Last year, tourism contributed Shs5.5 trillion to Uganda’s economy.

Lives lost
200 people have been killed on Masaka road in the last six months. Police say most of these accidents have been as a result of reckless driving, overspeeding and general carelessness of road users.

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Ghana: 508 people killed in road accident in first quarter

20th July 2016

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Over five hundred (500) people have lost their lives in motor accidents in first quarter of 2016 representing 28 percent upsurge in pedestrian and passengers crushed to death.

Greater Accra Regional MTTD Commander, ASP Sulemana who revealed this to Adom News said, the number of persons injured also rose by 10 percent within the first three months.

He expressed shock at the phenomenal surge in the number of deaths in the first 90 days of the year, blaming the situation largely on sheer indiscipline by motorists, other road users and weak enforcement of regulations.

ASP Sulemana described motor accidents menace as health issue that threaten the foundation of society and ought to be treated with all the seriousness it deserved.

Describing the situation as very worrying, he appealed to the general public to apply the roads safety regulations.

Tanzanian startup, CUMii to save lives with connected-car technology

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  Tanzanian transport regulator Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) is looking to use a smart tracking system to reduce traffic accidents by monitoring vehicle speeds of public service vehicles. Muchangwe Ferrao looks at how a vehicle monitoring system from a Tanzanian startup called CUMii can tackle this task.

According to the Tanzanian Bureau of Statistics thousands of lives are lost each year through road traffic accidents. In 2015 alone 10,000 injuries and 3500 deaths were recorded as a result of carnage on the roads. The government now seeks to implement intelligent systems such as ConnectCar to make the country’s roads safer.

With an estimated population of 4.4 million, Dar es Salaam operates a mixed transport system that includes motor-bikes, 3-wheel motorised carts, and commuter bus, all servicing main metropolitan areas. Being a port town, Dar es Salaam also serves as transit for large amounts of local and international traffic, which makes its road network not only busy, but also highly treacherous.

Vodacom has partnered with CUMii, a leading African company in disruptive technology, to introduce ConnectedCar, a Machine-to-Machine tracking service that monitors driver behaviour using a remote management platform. Once installed, ConnectedCar can converge with different devices including smart phones, cameras, gas readers, and many more via the Internet.

The unique features of this technology can aid in other areas where governments and enterprise seek to curb fraud through abuse of assets.  In a recent media statement, Commissioner of Policy and Procurement, Frederic Mwakibinga emphasised the need for more stringent monitoring tools to eliminate the misuse of government vehicles in Tanzania. ConnectedCar can help to achieve this too.

Research has shown that markets that have implemented this technology effectively have resulted in profits of up-to 12% experienced through cost saving and management. This is a substantial amount to a country like Tanzania where road accidents cost the government approximately $9Mn annually.

In cities such as Dar es Salaam where road accidents due to negligence and reckless driving are part of daily life, ConnectedCar, can make a real difference. In its simplest form, this service is friendly enough to be used by anyone concerned about the safety of the of loved ones, motorbike owners and families alike.

Local engineers known as Technites, who are trained and accredited by CUMii, do the installations. This model aims to ensure quality and excellence, as well as enhance local skills whilst creating new jobs in the local market.

Kenya: Webuye residents protest high carnage on major northern corridor

Jul. 19, 2016 By BRIAN OJAMAA @ OJAMAB

Trucks on a section of the Eldoret-Malaba highway. Residents of Webuye town want bumps erected in areas prone to accidents by speeding vehicles. /FILEKenya lorry

Police were on Monday forced to fire tear gas at protesters who were up in arms against the high number of road accidents in Webuye town.

The group, largely boda boda riders, said many people have lost their lives between Sango and Dinaa on the Eldoret–Malaba highway.

The irate residents, who barricaded the road in push for the erection of speed bumps in the area, engaged police in running battles for more than two hours. The riots were sparked by the death of a rider who was knocked down by a sugarcane tractor on Sunday night.

Residents said that their pleas to have bumps erected on the highway to reduce the rampant carnage have been ignored by concerned authorities. “We are fed up with this road. It has become a slaughter house,” Joshua Ololo, one of the protesters, said. Ololo, a jua-kali artisan, said he has witnessed many people being knocked down by speeding vehicles in the area.

The residents vowed to pile pressure on the area Governor Kenneth Lusaka until the authorities act. Bungoma East police boss Isack Odumbe asked the residents to reconsider their decision to disrupt traffic, saying it hurt business.”If you close this highway for only ten minutes, trade flowing [from] Mombasa to Kampala and Rwanda is disrupted. That is very costly for the country,” he said.

Odumbe told boda boda riders to avoid working under the influence of alcohol, and asked motorists to be keen while driving past Sango area.

Namibia: Ndeitunga’s official vehicle in collision on B1 road

News – National | 2016-07-19

 Ndeitunga’s official vehicle in collision on B1 road

THE official vehicle of Namibian Police Inspector General, lieutenant general Sebastian Ndeitunga, was involved in a head-on collision on the Otjiwarongo-Okahandja road on Sunday night.

The accident occurred about 100 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa region. Ndeitunga on Monday confirmed to Nampa that the black luxury Land Cruiser VX SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) which was involved in the head-on collision, was his car.
“It was my car, but I was not in the vehicle. I am at Katima Mulilo now attending a meeting,” he explained.

According to eyewitnesses at the accident scene, the driver of Ndeitunga’s Land Cruiser was alone in the vehicle. It is alleged that the SUV had first collided head-on with a silver Mercedes Benz C 250 with a private registration number. An Audi A4 sedan which followed the Mercedes-Benz closely also allegedly drove into the wrecked Land Cruiser, as well as an Isuzu double cab which followed the Audi. In total, four vehicles were involved in the accident. It remains unknown what had caused the accident.

The Mercedes-Benz, Audi A4 and Isuzu were allegedly coming from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Okahandja, while Ndeitunga’s Land Cruiser was coming from the opposite direction. Nine people were involved in the accident, and all the injured were taken to the Okahandja State Hospital. One person died while being transported to the hospital.

Acting Otjozondjupa Police regional commander, deputy commissioner Moses Khairabeb, who was present at the scene of the accident on Sunday, instructed his officers to guard Ndeitunga’s wrecked vehicle.

Nigeria: Nine people feared dead in multiple accident

David Oladele 19th July 2016

Four injured women were  rushed to the hospital  while the  remaining two found dead female passengers were taken mortuary –other casualties included  four males and two females and a child on the same road Two women have lost their lives and four sustained severe injuries on Saturday at Wasimi Village on the old Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.Road

On Sunday at Fidiwo, Ogun state another road mishap has left seven  people dead on  the same  Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Saturday accident that occurred in the morning involved a Nissan saloon car and an IVECO truck was attributed  to over speeding of the truck driver. Eyewitnesses relayed that the woman driving the car lost control when the driver of the granite-laden truck coming behind hooted the vehicle’s horn to pave the way for its passage on the double-carriage road. He added that the truck driver, while trying to avoid the car, crashed into the median and fell on the motor, emptying its content on the highway and on the motorist.

The victims’ car was said to have been covered by the granite and those who were alive were seen waving through the granite. It was learnt that six female occupants of the car were said to have been pulled out. The four injured women were rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while the two female passengers were taken to the Ifo General Hospital mortuary.

The other road users, Adekunbi and Ali, who were on their  way to Abeokuta, immediately contacted the men of the Ogun state traffic compliance and enforcement agency and Federal Road Safety Corps. The Punch reports that the entourage of the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, and the newly promoted Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Abdulmajid Ali, went to rescue the victims. Also involved in the rescue operation was a former chairman of the Abeokuta North LGA, Abeeb Ajayi. Both the state Sector Commander of the FRSC, Adegoke Adetunji, and the Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, blamed the truck driver for speeding.

The FRSC boss said, “I don’t want to link the incident to the weather, but this is a rainy season and the road is always wet; the tyres will not have good grip on the road like when the road is dry. “My advice to motorists is to obey the speed limit. If they know the weather is not conducive, they shouldn’t be in a hurry; they should obey the speed limit and have consideration for other road users. They should also desist from using fairly-used tyres.”

Also, the Sunday auto crash claimed seven persons while nine others were injured at Fidiwo area on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. According to an eyewitness, Adetunji the accident occurred at 12 noon.  He said the casualties were four males, two females and a child. He explained that the crash involved a Mazda 18-seater  passenger bus and a truck. “The accident happened at a section where there was a diversion of traffic to a single lane due to ongoing construction work on the road,” he added. The Ogunmakin Unit Commander, FRSC, Mr. David Ogunjana, has attributed the crash  to wrongful overtaking. He noted that the driver of the Mazda bus heading for Ibadan overtook wrongfully and the bus  ran into the oncoming truck.

Ghana: Police officer, pregnant wife, daughter perish in gory accident

 18th July 2o16

 A Police officer, his pregnant wife, their 3-year-old daughter and their nephew died in a horrible accident on the Adabraka road Sunday dawn. The Police officer identified as Sergeant Francis Essuman 42, with his nephew Kobby 21, and their daughter Wilhelmina 3, were accompanying his pregnant wife, Elizabeth Essuman, 36, to the hospital to deliver when the accident occurred.

According to Chief Inspector Lilly Rockson in an interview with Adom News said, the pregnant woman delivered a bouncing baby boy in the taxi half way to the hospital prompting them to panic. In a bid to quickly get her to the hospital to avert any complications, the taxi driver was compelled to speed (sic? Ed) but ended up crashing into a Sprinter bus which was on top speed from Tudu in Accra.

The taxi, according to reports, somersaulted several times killing the Police officer, his nephew and daughter on the spot. His wife, Elizabeth however died en route to the Police hospital. But the new born baby and the taxi driver miraculously survived the crash and are currently at the Ridge hospital receiving treatment.

Chief Inspector Lilly Rockson said she is still in shock because in her 35 years in the police service, she has not seen such a miracle. “the baby did not have any scratch on his body; I have been in the police service for 35 years but i have not seen such a miracle before” she added.

Meanwhile, families of the deceased are in a state of shock and are yet to come to terms with the unfortunate incident. Distraught father of the woman, Anthony Mensah said he is still in shock but believes God knows best. Also, brother of the late police officer, Pastor Prince Twumasi expressed shock at the sudden demise of his brother and his family.

Mugabe’s minister cheats death

by Meek Zhou 18th July 2016

 MIDLANDS Provincial Affairs minister Jason Machaya is battling for his life at a Harare private clinic  after he was involved in a horrific accident on Sunday.

One of the wheels of his car, a Land Rover Discovery 4 came off, causing the vehicle to roll.

Reports say Machaya sustained a deep cut on his head.

The accident occurred just after Chegutu, a town 110km south-west of Harare, as he was driving to his farm in Kwekwe, 210km away.

18 July 2016 | From Arrive Alive

Twenty-two people were injured this evening when two buses collided with each other on the R36 in Segopo Village outside Tzaneen.Shortly before 7pm paramedics from ER24 and Provincial Emergency Services arrived on the scene where they found two buses on the side of the road. Twenty-two people complained of minor injuries. They were all assessed on the scene and later transported by various ambulances to Kgapane Provincial Hospital.It is understood that the buses were on their way back from a rally in Polokwane when the collision occurred. According to bystanders on the scene, the bus allegedly could not stop and collided into the back of a bus traveling in front of it.The exact cause is not yet known. Werner Vermaak ER24 Spokesperson

Tanzania: 3 killed 19 injured

 THREE people died and 19 others sustained injuries after a lorry in which they were travelling overturned after a front tyre burst at Chifutuka village in Bahi District, Dodoma Region on Saturday.

 The acting Dodoma Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mayala Towo, said here yesterday that the lorry with registration number T 689 BEG was heading to Dodoma municipality from an auction at Mgaga area.

“The deceased’s bodies have been preserved at Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital pending collection by relatives. The injured persons have been admitted to the same hospital for medical treatment,” said the RPC.

Mr Mayala pointed out that the police were still investigating the incident to establish cause of the accident. The Dodoma Regional Medical Officer, Dr Zainabu Chaula, confirmed to have received three bodies of the deceased and 19 injured persons, saying the injured persons were recovering. Dr Chaula named the deceased as Isdori Thomas Motto (38), Michael Msongela (29) and Elias Masimo Petro (51), all residents of Dodoma. She said 12 injured persons were discharged after medication and that seven others who are in critical condition have been admitted to the hospital.

Dr Chaula mentioned those still admitted as Muoni Magege (40) of Dar es Salaam, Suzy Samuel (16), Frida Chipanga, Chausiku Mohammed (38), Josephine Sakiry (43), Seleman Salum (35) and Elias Petro (51), all from Dodoma.

Narrating on the accident, Ms Chausiku Mohammed, who is one of the injured persons, said the truck overturned after one of its front tyre came out, saying after the lorry overturned a cargo consignment covered them.

“The lorry was loaded with cargo which caused most of us to sustain serious injuries when the accident occurred,” said Ms Mohammed, a resident of Chinangali area in Dodoma municipality.

Namibia: Driver arrested after leaving Usakos accident scene

18th July 2016

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The police at Usakos arrested the driver of a BMW sedan who is alleged to have caused an accident between Usakos and Karibib. 

One serious, one less serious and two minor injuries were reported.The police did not give the name of the man, nor any further details but confirmed toThe Namibian that they arrested him after being informed by motorists that he had not stopped at the scene of the accident, which is a requirement of the law.He is held at Usakos police station for questioning and may appear in the Usakos magistrate’s court on Monday for alleged reckless driving, not stopping at the scene of an accident to assess injuries and speeding.The head-on-collision happened about 10 kilometres outside Karibib towards Usakos.Available information is that the BMW driver allegedly attempted to pass a line of about six vehicles when another vehicle was in the oncoming lane. It is alleged that the latter allegedly turned to avoid him and crashed into on of the vehicles the BMW driver overtook.

Zimbabwe: Killer soldier’s $300 fine angers victim’s family

by Pamela Shumba 18th July 2016

Western Commonage magistrate Miss Tancy Dube fined Mr Ncube, a soldier based in Masvingo, $300 after convicting him of culpable homicide. Mr Ncube fled from the scene, leaving Mayenge for dead before rushing to repair the car and replace a shattered windscreen, apparently to conceal the crime.

The couple told The Chronicle last week the soldier was arrested days after the incident. They said their nephew’s spirit haunted a witness who had taken down the vehicle’s registration number, until she took it to the police. Mr Ncube was allegedly zigzagging across the road when he hit Mayenge at about 11PM.

“Kenneth flew into the air, crashed onto the windscreen and slid to the ground where Ncube drove his car over him,” said Mrs Kanotsauka. Doctors certified Mayenge dead on arrival at Mpilo Central Hospital. He was hiking to the city centre after his car developed a mechanical fault at the Cowdray Park turn-off along Luveve Road.

According to a copy of a police report, which The Chronicle is in possession of, Mr Ncube initially faced four charges; driving without a licence, failure to stop after an accident, failure to report an accident and culpable homicide. However, a transcript of court proceedings shows the prosecutor Mrs Sibekithemba Dube, only proffered two charges; culpable homicide and driving without a licence. Mr Kanotsauka said the family was crushed by the court’s verdict.

“Kenneth was like our son because he grew up in our house. We’re not happy that Mr Ncube was ordered to pay a paltry $300 for killing our son, who left behind a wife and four children. One of the children is still being breastfed.

“We’ve requested fresh investigations and retrial of this case as it’s evident that it was not handled properly. “Ncube is a member of the uniformed forces, who is expected to protect the people and uphold the law. He didn’t only break the law by driving without a licence but also took the life of a civilian and tried to conceal the offence,” said Mr Kanotsauka.

He said the police reports clearly show that there is a lot of information that was not considered in the determination of the matter. “We observed with great concern that the narrative of what really happened before and after Kenneth’s death was not brought up in court and that negatively affected the outcome of the trial,” said Mr Kanotsauka.

He added that Mr Ncube did not show remorse after committing the crime.

“He ran away after committing the crime and later took the car for repairs to conceal evidence. He even lied to his mother that he had been involved in a fight after she asked him why the car was damaged and why his clothes were stained with blood. It was a devastating experience as we went out of our way to trace Mr Ncube’s whereabouts at a time when we were grieving,” said Mr Kanotsauka.

Mrs Kanotsauka said their son was assisted by witnesses who saw the accident happening. “Three people saw Kenneth being hit by the car. They followed and caught up with him after driving for about a kilometre, where he had stopped to relieve himself. He ran away and a passenger took over the driver’s seat and sped off.

“One of them recorded the vehicle’s registration numbers resulting in Mr Ncube’s arrest five days later,” said Mrs Kanotsauka. She said the three called an ambulance and returned to the scene.

A lawyer who spoke on condition of anonymity said the magistrate was right to fine Ncube, based on the charges he faced in court. “That would be a standard sentence for those charges,” said the lawyer. NPA spokesperson Mr Allen Chifokoyo confirmed that they received the complaint adding that the matter was being attended to. “We received a complaint and one of our officers is attending to it. He has written a letter to the police inquiring on the circumstances of the matter. There are issues raised in the complaint which seem not to have been part of the docket,” said Mr Chifokoyo.

Ghana: 3 WAMCO workers killed in deadly crash

17th July 2016

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Three workers of the distressed Takoradi-based West African Mills Company (WAMCO), a cocoa processing firm, were reported dead in a ghastly accident that occurred at Komenda Sefwi, near Beposo on the Cape Coast-Takoradi highway.

The accident occurred when a military ambulance with registration number 42GA57, from Accra and heading towards Takoradi, reportedly collided with a Mercedes Sprinter bus with registration number ER 1219-14.

The bodies of the deceased, who were all males, have since been deposited at the Central Regional Teaching Hospital for autopsy. Two of them died when they were being taken to the hospital while the other one died at the same health facility.

The three were among a team of 22 workers of the company who were travelling from Takoradi to Parliament House in Accra when the accident happened. They had been at home for the past 28 months due to the closure of the factory.

The workers were moving to the august House to purportedly listen to the reasons why WAMCO had not been revived as the MP for Takoradi, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah had booked the Finance Minister, Seth Tekper, for questioning on the WAMCO matter yesterday.

Nigeria: 37 soldiers hospitalised after Kano road accident

The soldiers were immediately rushed to the General Hospital, Dutse in Jigawa State, for medical attention.

Witnesses said the accident occurred due to brake failure.

The Kano Sector Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Commission, A. J. Umar, confirmed the incident but said no casualty was recorded. He gave the registration number of the vehicle as NA 1716 BO5. Mr. Umar said it was the rescue team of the commission that took the soldiers to the hospital.

Nigeria confirms five dead in road crash

July 16th 2016

State spokesperson for the commission Kabiru Ibrahim told reporters that the accident involved 23 persons, five of whom died instantly, while 18 sustained serious injuries.


Ibrahim urged motorists to apply extra care while as many have lost their lives due to reckless driving.

Road accidents take place frequently in Nigeria due to reckless driving, bad road conditions.

26 people were left injured Friday morning after a bakkie rolled on the Kgapane Road outside of Tzaneen in Limpopo.

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ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene shortly after 07h00 and were greeted by a mass casualty incident. Numerous patients were found scattered along the road as well as on the embankment.

Local authorities closed off the road so that a staging area to allow emergency services to triage all the patients. On assessment, paramedics found that 26 people had been injured in this incident, their injuries ranging from minor to critical.

Paramedics began to treat the patients and provide the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. After some time, all the patients were transported to various provincial facilities for further care.

Ghana: Two prisoners killed in accident

15th July 2016

Kenyasi PrisonerThe bodies being carried away

Two prisoners have been killed in an accident which occurred on the Kenyasi-Ntotroso road in the Asutifi North District of the Brong Ahafo region. Two others also sustained various injuries. The unfortunate incident happened when the driver of the Kia truck on which the prisoners were traveling lost control which led the vehicle to somersault.

The prisoners, believed to be inmates of the Kenyasi Prisons Camp, were transporting teak from a farm when the incident happened. One of the survivors was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region while another prisoner who lost one of his ears was treated and discharged at the St. Elizabeth Hospital at Hwediem in the Asutifi.

An eyewitness account indicated that the prisoners were returning from a farm near Ntotroso where they had gone to load timber onto a truck. According to the witness, on their return, the inmates were asked to sit on the logs packed onto a Kia truck with registration number AS 291-10.

The truck’s steering wheel allegedly developed faulty (sic!) which led to the accident.
Meanwhile, the driver of the truck is still receiving treatment at the hospital, while the bodies of the deceased had been deposited at the Saint Elizabeth Hospital morgue.

Brong Ahafo Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Prisons Service, ASP Ziniel Vincent, confirming the story to a local radio station, added that one of the prisoners died on the spot while the other died upon arrival at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi

Metrolyn bus in fatal accident near Plumtree

by Meek Zhou 15th July 2016

A Harare bound cross border bus, Metrolyn, from Gaborone, Botswana crashed last night 10 kilometers outside Plumtree. The bus belong to Metro Link firm.

The number of the injured,  dead and cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained.

Bulawayo24.com was provided with graphic pictures of the injured.

Krenya: Police Killed in Fatal Road Crash

By MARIKIO MUCHIRI 15 July 2016 Email this story

A police officer was on Tuesday killed in a nasty road accident along Mwingi-Thika road that left three others in critical condition.

The police driver died on the spot after the vehicle they were using was rammed from behind by a lorry at Kithyoko bridge.

The injured colleagues were rushed to Mwingi Level Four Hospital while the lorry driver fled the scene.

The rear part of the Ngutani Police Station vehicle was completely damaged.

It was not immediately established what caused the accident but investigations into the incident have since been launched.

Zimbabwe: Head-on collision claims four

by Walter Mswazie 15th July 2016

The driver of the CRV, Gladman Jekese (49), who allegedly encroached onto the lane of oncoming traffic, fled the scene. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they found Jekese at Makurira Memorial Hospital in Masvingo where he had been admitted with critical injuries.

She said police are charging him with culpable homicide. Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the accident occurred at the 23 kilometre peg at around 7.30AM. The deceased’s bodies, said the police spokesperson, were taken to Masvingo General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.

“The injured are receiving treatment at the same hospital where their condition remains stable but critical,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba. She said the identities of the deceased were being withheld as their next of kin were yet to be informed.”I can confirm receiving an accident report which claimed four. A Honda CRV coming from Zvishavane encroached into the lane of a Nissan X salon thereby causing a head-on collision,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

“Three people died on the spot and one died upon admission to Masvingo General Hospital.” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the Nissan X salon, driven by Kenneth Guri (42) of Masvingo, was travelling from Masvingo towards Mashava.

The vehicle, she said, had four passengers when tragedy struck while the other one had one. “After seeing that he had caused the accident, Jekese fled the scene only to be found admitted at Makurira Memorial Clinic in Masvingo. His condition is critical,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

“Jekese will face charges of culpable homicide for causing the accident, failing to render assistance to the injured and fleeing from the scene after causing an accident. He should have had the conscience to stop after causing an accident and not to flee from the scene. It’s a crime to fail to render assistance to accident victims.”

Ghana Accident: 23 injured on Cape-Coast-Takoradi highway

15th .Jul 2016

More than 23 passengers involved in a road crash along the Cape Coast-Takoradi highway in the early hours of Thursday July 14 are in critical condition, ClassFMonline.com can confirm. The accident happened at about 3:30am Thursday between a military ambulance with registration number 42GA-57 and a Mercedes Benz Sprinter, also with registration number ER 1219-14 collided.

Confirming the incident in an interview with Prince Minkah, host of the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM, Chief Superintendent Felix Cosmos, the Commander of the Cape Coast Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), narrated: “It was around 3:30am this dawn that I had a call that an accident has occurred, so I immediately dispatched men to the scene.

“It happened precisely on the outskirts of Komenda Sefwi, more than 20 kilometers from Cape Coast and it involves a military ambulance with registration number 42GA-57 which was from Accra towards Takoradi and a Mercedes Benz Sprinter bus with registration number ER 1219-14 loaded with passengers from Takoradi heading towards Accra.

“It was a head-on collision so, at the time that we got to the scene all the injured had been conveyed to Takoradi and the Central Regional Teaching Hospital respectively.”

He added: “Our information was that some (victims) are in critical condition and we are now making follow-ups to the respective hospitals to visit those who got injured.”

Zimbabwe: 3 Cops Arrested after demanding bribes at road blocks

14th July 2016

THREE cops from Shurugwi Central Police Station were arrested for allegedly extorting $1 200 in bribes, from motorists at a roadblock. The police anti corruption unit swooped on the trio along the Gweru-Shurugwi highway on Wednesday last week. Constables Edwin Chiteshe, Tsaurai and Mike allegedly failed to account for the money. Traffic cops are not allowed to carry personal cash while on duty and are subjected to spot checks by their superiors and the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to curb bribery and corruption.

The three cops allegedly harassed the ZACC officers, demanding a bribe, before they identified themselves. The $1,200 according to police sources was in a vehicle belonging to one of the traffic officers parked about 10metres from the roadblock. Sources said the three tried to resist having five-member Anti-Corruption Unit from searching the vehicle.

The group, a source said, prevailed after stating they suspected the constables were soliciting bribes from motorists. Superintendent Taurai Mambure who was part of the team confirmed arresting three traffic police officers based at Shurugwi central police station. Supt Mambure could, however, not shed more light referring this reporter to the police press and public relations unit for further detail.

“In connection with the police officers arrested in Shurugwi l can only refer you to Shurugwi Central Police Station. They have all the details,” said Supt Mambure. “For a press comment I advise you to get hold of Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba she will give the official position. We are not allowed to talk to the press.”

The Chronicle is reliably informed that the three were found in possession of $1, 200 while they had only receipted $380. A Shurugwi tout only identified as Dexter who witnessed the drama unfolding said the three police officers were mounting a police roadblock near Impala farm turn-off when the anti-corruption unit team pounced on them.

“The three did not recognise the team and they went on to harass them. After arguing for a while the five revealed their identity and searched the three police officers. They were found them with over $1 200,” he said. National Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba professed ignorance claiming that she was still to get the report. “I am not aware of that. I have not received any report related to that,” she said.

The three, a police source said yesterday, will soon appear at the Gweru magistrates’ court. The police have declared a zero tolerance to corruption. A number of corrupt police officers have over the years been dismissed from the force.

Last year about 300 police officers were fired for allegedly demanding bribes or setting up illegal roadblocks to extort money from motorists.

Pinetown Crash: Fields Hill tragedy truck boss in court

News24 14th July 216

Durban – The owner of the truck which ploughed into a number of fully laden taxis in Fields Hill, Pinetown, in 2013, leaving 24 people dead, made a brief appearance in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

Gregory Govender, of Sagekal Logistics, is facing charges of contravention of the National Road Traffic Act, as well as contravention of the Immigration Act.

His truck, driven by Swazi national Sanele May, barrelled into a busy intersection in Fields Hill after the brakes failed.May is currently serving an eight-year sentence for culpable homicide. Govender’s business woes were made public last year when Wozani Berg Gasoline (Pty) Ltd sought relief from the courts to have his company settle their R1m debt.

The company’s assets were attached by the sheriff of the court and Govender told the Daily News that, after the accident, no one wanted to do business with him. Govender was released on a warning and is due back in court on August 12.

Two killed, child injured when car landed in water channel in Bloemfontein

Two men were killed and a child sustained moderate injuries after a car crashed into a channel along Rudolf Greyling Street in East End, Bloemfontein. At approximately 9.30pm paramedics from ER24, Life Rosepark and local Fire & EMS services arrived on the scene where they found the car about five meters down the embankment partially submerged in water.

One person was found on the side of the embankment with fatal injuries. It is believed that he was ejected from the vehicle. Paramedics also found a young child on the scene with moderate injuries. It is not clear if the child was ejected from the vehicle or removed by bystanders on the scene. He was later transported to a nearby hospital by another service.

Paramedics from ER24 made their way down the embankment towards the car where they found another man. He was lying partially submerged in the water and was in a critical condition. He sustained severe chest injuries. Local Fire & EMS was called to the scene to assist with hoisting the patient up the embankment.

While paramedics were busy hoisting the patient up the embankment, his condition suddenly deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics initiated CPR. They worked for almost an hour to revive the man, sadly, he was later declared dead.

Ghana: Four dead in Sefwi Bekwai accident

13th July 2016

 Four (4) people are reported dead in a fatal accident on the Sefwi Bekwai road in the Western region.

An eye witness narrating the incident to Adom News said, the accident on Tuesday dawn happened when a motorbike lost control rammed into a speeding taxi carrying passengers .

Two persons on board the motor bike died instantly while the other two in the taxi died on arrival at the hospital.

Police Commander of Asankraguaa, ASP Owusu Bempah said the police are yet to move to the scene of the accident.

Road accidents: 53 killed, over 2,200 injured in one week

 13th July 2016

Road accidents: 53 killed, over 2,200 injured in one week

ALGIERS – Fifty three people were killed and 2,242 others injured in 1,697 road accidents recorded countrywide in one week (3-9 July 2016), according to a weekly report set Tuesday by the Civil Defence.

The heaviest toll was recorded in Setif with five dead and 99 injured in 68 accidents.

Furthermore, the Civil Defence elements have conducted a total of 8,801 interventions to rescue people in distress, while 3,322 other interventions were recorded for the extinction of 2,609 urban and industrial fires, the source said.

Nine People Injured in Road accident in Northern Morocco 

MENAFN – Morocco World News 12th July 2016

(MENAFN – Morocco World News) Nine people were wounded in a road accident on Sunday in Dar Akouba (Chefchaouen province) on national road N2.The victims were rushed to the Mohammed V provincial hospital of Chefchaouen, according to a medical source.The accident tok place in the crossroads linking the cities of Chefchaouen, Tetouan and Oued Laou. It was caused by the driver losing control over his car and hitting the victims.

BELOW: Two thoughtful road safety articles from TANZANIA

Proposing ‘points system’ to eliminate reckless drivers

 This is because the quality of commercial drivers on the continent is far lower than that of their counterparts in high income countries, in terms of professionalism, awareness, education and civilization.

In Tanzania for instance, most of the fatal clashes caused by long distance bus drivers are attributed to their inability to make correct judgments while speeding or simply deciding to make risky overtaking in situations where they can’t see much ahead of them, due to a corner, a high slope or presence of more than one vehicle in front that they intend to overtake.

Due to recklessness, three fatal accidents happened recently, just in a span of four days, killing at least the total of 40 people. The first one occurred in the evening June 30, 2016, at VETA area Dakawa, in Kilosa District, Morogoro Region where two speeding lorries, one a tanker, clashed and caused heavy fire in the scene, leaving five people dead. Failure by the police to clear the mess in time or put appropriate warning signs within a reasonable distance from the accident scene, among other reasons, led to another accident at dawn the next day, after a speeding bus christened ‘Otta High Class’ plowed into the burning tanker, killing 7 people.

The third accident occurred July 4th when two buses of the same owner, ‘City Boy’, collided not while being parked at the company’s garage but on a highway, at Maweni village in Manyoni District, Singida, killing 29 people and seriously injuring 40 others.

One of the buses was travelling from Kahama to Dar es Salaam and the other, vice versa. Police said City boy drivers had the habit of shifting to each other’s lane when their buses coming from opposite directions meet on highways, as a form of greeting.

Shocked by the unusual level of disregard of traffic laws in the country, the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) reacted by suspending trade licences of all buses belonging to the company, totaling 12.

One reason why most commercial drivers in developed countries are trustworthy is the tough screening process that makes sure the job of handling the lives of people in buses is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry.

In United States for example, most states require applicants of Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL) to undergo criminal background check by police among other requirements, to ensure only good people in society can get into the job. The check quickly eliminates those who had a shot at cannabis, drugs, theft, banditry, fighting and other crimes from driving unless proved rehabilitated. Another reason is presence of control mechanisms such as the points licensing system that continuously track and regulate driving behavior of motorists.

The system starts with the government setting maximum or minimum number of points that a driver’s licence is supposed to have in a year (or any other period) to qualify the holder to drive. Most countries which use the ‘addition’ system of calculation, grant zero points to a fresh licence and allow accumulation of not more than 12 points in a period of 12 months from the date of the issuing of the licence. This means any traffic offence that occurs after a driver has acquired 11 points instantly leads to revocation of his/her licence.

Likewise, countries using ‘subtraction’ system normally grant 12 points to a fresh licence, leading to its revocation if exhausted within the period of 12 months from the issue date.

Then, depending on its weight, each traffic offence is assigned points value and every time a driver commits a traffic offence points are added to or withdrawn from his/her licence, on top of fines, jail terms and other forms of traditional penalties.

In most cases, minor offences, like driving unregistered vehicle or retarding moving cars on the road, carry no more than 2 points. Offences that cause no harm, but relate to driving in the manner that endangers lives of other road users and particularly the most vulnerable like pedestrians, normally carry between 4 and 12 points depending of the nature of the danger posed.

Fatal accidents carry 12 points, meaning they instantly lead to licence revocation, even if it is the first time the driver makes a traffic violation. Research on driving habits in Europe has shown that the system, popularly known as ‘Demerit points system’ has great potential of accident prevention.

The Netherlands based Institute for Road Safety Research (SWOV) says in its fact sheet published on the web “the preventive effect of a demerit points system lies in the risk of losing the driver’s licence if caught for offences repeatedly. This is an extra reason to obey the traffic laws . . . they drive carefully to avoid getting a demerit point”

Tanzania: Road accidents a stiff challenge

A road accident that could have been avoided. This one occurred in Iringa Region.

Road traffic accidents are a major health problem worldwide. It is estimated that 3,000 people die and 30,000 are seriously injured on the world’s roads every day with the majority of the casualties coming from low and middle income countries.

For a long time road traffic accidents have been the leading cause of permanent disability and mortality among those aged 10 to 50 years. In many developing countries, not only is the incidence of various injuries increasing with road traffic accidents, which appear to be the leading cause of traumatic injuries.The recent accident that involved two City Boy Company buses which collided head-on along Maweni-Kintinku Road in Manyoni District, Singida Region, is a shocking one. In that accident, about 30 people perished and dozens others wounded.This has prompted one arm of the state, that is, the Executive, to come up with strict Rules and Regulations in attempt to contain the problem. The Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof. Makame Mbarawa, is quoted as directing the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) to come up with tougher regulations that will help curb road accidents.“It is obvious that the existing regulations are not tough enough to send a serious message to reckless drivers and bus owners. It is high time we came up with something more serious to deal with this problem,” the minister is further quoted as pointing out.Indeed, Sumatra through its Director General, Mr Gilliard Ngewe, has expressed its firm commitment in response to the Minister’s directive and has already formed a team to draft the new regulations that will enable the authority to mete out appropriate punishment within a specified period of time.According to Mr Ngewe, the new regulations that would be forwarded to the Attorney General for other legal procedures aim at punishing reckless drivers and irresponsible transport firms, with the purpose of saving lives and ensuring that traffic rules are strictly observed. Much as the government’s concern needed support from all stakeholders, the Parliament, on the other hand, should also play its part on the matter.The introduction of the new regulations regulating road accidents should go hand in hand with the amendments of the parent law, that is, the Transport and Licensing Act, Cap 317.Sumatra’s decision to forward the new regulations to the Attorney General should not only be for legal opinion, but also act as a catalyst to cause new amendments of the Transport and Licensing Act to reflect the new changes and the required purpose.Otherwise, the introduction of new regulations alone without amendments of the Act of Parliament will not cure the problem, as what happened in a High Court case on appeal involving Nayaz Hassan Kan, the owner of buses christened Supper Najumnisa Bus Services against Sumatra.In the case in question, the controversy involved Transport Licensing (Road Passenger Vehicles Regulations), 2007, which were approved by the minister responsible with the sector under powers conferred upon him by the law, then Infrastructure Minister Andrew Chenge. Section 4 (3) of the Regulations requires bus owners to pay 250,000/- as fine for violation of licence conditions. However, the Transport and Licensing Act provided a fine of 10,000/- for such an offence.An attempt was made to apply the 2007 Regulations to the owner of Supper Najumnisa Bus Services to impose the fine of 250,000/-. This is what happened in that case; on January 5, last year, Sumatra penalized Super Najumnisa Bus Services owner at Nyegezi Bus Stand in Mwanza City to pay such fine on allegations that his bus went against the licence regulations. The basis of imposing such fine was due to Transport Licensing (Road Passenger Vehicles Regulations) made on September 29, 2007. On February 3, last year, the bus owner took the matter on appeal before the High Court to challenge the decision of Sumatra.He had alleged that such fine that was imposed on him as per section 4 (3) of the Transport Licensing (Road Passenger Vehicles Regulations), 2007, was against the parent law enacted by the Parliament, the Transport Licensing Act, Cap 317. Such parent law, under section 35 provided the maximum fine to the proved offender as 10,000/- for the first offender.

The appellant, therefore, asked the court to declare that the proper fine to be imposed is 10,000/- and any other penalty like 250,000/- as proposed by Sumatra was illegal. In its judgment delivered in October 2015, the High Court agreed with the bus owner and nullified the decision by Sumatra, holding that any fine more than 10,000/-, which is provided for under the Transport and Licensing Act to the offender was illegal.

The judge ruled that the proper fine which is to be imposed to law violators was 10,000/-, especially to the first offender as provided for by an Act of the Parliament and directed Sumatra to refund the appellant the balance of 240,000/- that had been in excess imposed on him by the regulatory body.

Had the Transport and Licensing Act been amended to reflect the purposes intended for under the Transport Licensing (Road Passenger Vehicles Regulations), the court decision on the matter would have been different.

Statistics by the Traffic Division of the Tanzania Police Force show that there were 3,969 deaths from road accidents countrywide in 2012; 4,002 in 2013 and 3,760 in 2014, while the total number of road accidents in 2012 was 23,578, 23,842 in 2013 and 14,360 accidents, in 2014.

These grim statistics have prompted experts in the transportation sector to advise Tanzanians to take motor vehicle driving in general – and ‘commercial’ driving in particular – as a serious matter rather than a mere occupation for otherwise unemployed people.

Sumatra plans to conduct another study on the state of road accidents in the country, as it admitted it was facing an uphill task in tackling the ever increasing tragic road accidents.

According to Sumatra’s Public Affairs Manager David Mziray, the new study will strictly evaluate the development in the transport sector and factors contributing to road accidents with recommendations on how to avoid them once and for all.

However, he admits that the outcome of the new study might bring few changes from the first study which was conducted by the Bureau for Industrial Cooperation (BICO) of the University of Dar es Salaam in 2007.

Car rear-ended by another vehicle at a high-speed, leaving both vehicles heavily damaged…

11th July 216

Last night at 20:45 EMER-G-MED’s RV5, C07 and A09 responded to the scene of a serious collision in Crystal Park on the corner of Geldenhuys and Protea Roads – east of Johannesburg.

On arrival paramedics found that a car had been rear-ended by another vehicle at a high-speed, leaving both vehicles heavily damaged. The back seat passenger of the rear-ended vehicle was found entrapped within the wreckage, having sustained serious head and facial trauma.

The Ekhuruleni Fire Departement freed the entrapped patient using the “jaws of life” and other hydraulic rescue equipment, while paramedics stabilised the patient – providing Advanced Life Support care.

Once extricated from the wreck the critically injured passenger was transported to a specialist trauma centre for further management.

EMPD were on the scene to investigate accordingly.

Rate of helmet use in Ghana low

11th July 2016

Cyclists Helmet1File photo: Motor bike riders wearing helmets

May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), disclosed on Friday that only 42 percent of riders and 17 percent of all pillion riders wear crash helmets.

She said a recent study carried out by the commission revealed that 37.3 percent of riders and 13.7 percent of pillion riders wear their crash helmets properly, while men were considered more responsive to the wearing of helmets.

According to her, the low usage of crash helmets among motorists had become a major concern for the NRSC. Mrs Obiri-Yeboah made this known at the commission’s mid-year performance review conference in Wa. She said helmets are important personal protective equipment for riders and its usage must be taken seriously, adding, “Without it, a motorcycle rider should not be on the road.”

The executive director of the NRSC pointed out that head injuries are the main causes of deaths and disability among motorcycle users. She said the cost of head injuries are high because the patients frequently required specialised medical care or long-term rehabilitation.

Wearing a helmet has been shown to decrease the risk and severity of injuries among motorcyclists by about 70 percent, the likelihood of death by almost 40 percent.

“To substantially reduce the costs of healthcare associated with such crashes, we must abandon the excuses we offer for the non-use of helmets and develop a positive attitude to their use in order that they could reduce the rising incidence of motorcycle accident related deaths,” she advised.

Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, expressed worry about the situation and emphasised the need for people to be safety minded while using the road.

Dr Seidu Gariba, Deputy Regional Police Commander, said he shares the concern of Mrs Obiri-Yeboah and promised that the service would work in collaboration with the NRSC to ensure increase usage of helmets among motorists. This year mid-year review conference was on the theme: ‘Achieving The 50 Percent Reduction In Fatalities And Serious Injuries: An Assessment of Progress As At 2016’.

11 killed including three-month old baby – MEC

11th July 2016 Kaveel Singh, News24

 Durban – An accident that claimed 11 lives, including that of a three-month-old baby and three-year-old child in KwaZulu-Natal left health workers traumatised, MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Sunday.

“It was really horrifying for our personnel especially those in the Emergency Rescue Services who attended to the injured and rushed them to the hospital. It was even more traumatising for the Forensic Pathology Service colleagues who had to retrieve so many bodies from the scene and transport them to our State Mortuary in Harding.”

Dhlomo said it was “devastating” that just one accident could claim so many lives. In a statement, Dhlomo said a bakkie overturned at the KwaMbotho area in Harding at the Lower South Coast on Sunday evening, leaving 11 people dead. Dhlomo said he has since requested the Ugu District health management provide psychological counselling “for all those who were involved”.

Dhlomo’s spokesperson Desmond Motha told News24 the majority of victims were women. “At this stage we do not have further information. Once we know more we will be in a better position to provide details.”
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Ghanaians to develop spinal problems over rampant speed ramps – Amidu

9th July 2016

AMIN derivatives and especiallyAlhaji Amin Amidu Sulemani, Upper West Regional Minster

Alhaji Amidu Sulemana, Upper West Regional Minister, has expressed fear that many Ghanaians are likely to develop spinal problems in the future because of the number of speed ramps found along Ghana’s major roads and highways (Evidence? – Ed.).

He observed that as a result, traveling by road had become cumbersome and so unpleasant. Alhaji Sulemana expressed the fear during the Mid-year Performance Review Conference of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) held in Wa.

He said he would however not blame the authorities, saying it was as a result of their collective irresponsibility on the road that led to the erection of the too many legal and illegal speed ramps on the roads.

The Regional Minister said road safety is a developmental issue with direct correlation to good health, tourism, national image, growth and poverty reduction. Alhaji Sulemana said statistics of road traffic crashes which is in excess of 2,000 deaths annually is worrying, considering the dire consequences it lives on the country as a whole and families of victims in particular.

He said provisional statistics on road traffic crashes at the end of May, 2016 indicated that 5,135 road traffic crashes were reported involving 7,954 vehicles. Casualties comprised 888 fatalities, 4,517 injuries, and 1,171 pedestrians were knocked down either along or across the road Alhaji Sulemana said comparing that to the same period in 2015, there was an increase of 7.34 per cent in cases reported, with 7.30 per cent of vehicles involved and 31.43 per cent of pedestrians knocked down, while fatalities record stood at 27.04 per cent and 11.39 per cent obtained persons injured.

He said motorcycle usage had become a major means of transport in the region and statistics had revealed that from January to May this year, the fatality rate involving motorcycles had increased. The staggering figures revealed that persons 20 persons were involved in fatal accident cases, 20 persons killed, with 113 persons injured while 105 vehicles were involved in accident and motorcycles stood at 55.

The Regional Minister said the statistics did not mirror a good road safety situation since the region is only half way through the year.  He called on Managers and Planners to come out with appropriate strategies and interventions to mitigate the occurrences of accidents in the region.

North West MEC killed in car crash

8th July 2016North west

The two VIP protectors travelling with MEC Kgakgamatso Nkewu are in hospital in a critical condition.(SABC)

Another government official has died in an accident. North West Social Development MEC and African National Congress (ANC) provincial treasurer Kgakgamatso Nkewu has been killed on Thursday afternoon in an accident on the N18 near Vryburg. It is believed that Nkewu’s vehicle collided with a cyclist.  The vehicle overturned and caught fire killing the cyclist.

The newly appointed MEC was on her way to perform her official duties.  The two VIP protectors travelling with Nkewu are in a critical condition in hospital.

Community Safety MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane says, “We are saddened about what happened … the two VIP protectors have been rushed to hospital in critical condition.”

Nkewu’s husband, family and friends rushed to the accident scene. Family and friends were waiting for her in Molelema Village in Taung when they learnt of the tragic news.

Zimbabwe: Couple loses pothole suit

by Court Reporter 8th July 2016A couple ‘s bid to claim compensation following the loss of their commuter omnibus after it hit a pothole and overturned, failed when the High Court absolved the local authority from claims sought against it.

Primrose and Samuel Kamvura, who are into public transport business, had sued City of Harare in the High Court for financial loss and replacement of their kombi.

The couple claimed $11 000 in damages for the loss of the vehicle and the replacement cost/value, and $54 960 in damages for financial loss plus costs of suit. But Justice Esther Muremba absolved council from all the claims. She ruled that the kombi driver Bigboy Manyenyeni contributed to the accident.

Manyenyeni, she said, was driving at an excessive speed under the circumstances.

Zimbabwe: Two die in road accident

by my first Tshili 8th July 2016

 TWO people died while a third escaped unhurt when a Toyota Granvia which was being towed to Bulawayo from Esigodini burst a tyre and crashed into a Nissan Double Cab which was pulling it.

The two vehicles overturned at the 19km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road near Kensington on Tuesday.

Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson told the Chronicle that the two died after they were thrown out of the vehicles.

Namibia losing its youth to road crashes

Overall, 7 333 people were injured during 2015. According to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund’s 2015 crash and claims report, road crash fatalities have become one of the leading causes of death in Namibia and the number is increasing, as evidenced by records dating back to 2009.

According to the report, the average death toll per 100 000 persons has jumped from 23.28 in 2011 to 33.22 fatalities in 2015 on average – a ten-point increase in just four years. These records show that over the past seven and a half years, from 2009 up to June 2016, 24 765 crashes took the lives of 4 464 people and 43 364 received varying degrees of injuries. The annual MVA Fund car crash statistics are limited to crashes that lead to injuries or deaths, excluding non-injurious crashes across the country.

Overwhelmingly, more men die on the roads. The 2015 the Fund’s records show that in 2014, 70% of people killed on roads were men, totalling 476, while in 2015 the number rose to 71%, at 501 of all deaths. Some 64% of all reported injuries were men. Moreover, the majority of people killed or injured on Namibian roads as a result of car crashes are aged between 16 to 35 years, constituting 43% in 2015. Similarly, 51% of persons injured were in the same age range.

In its 2015 report, the MVA Fund states that road safety in Namibia “is increasingly becoming an issue that requires attention from both public and private sectors”.

The report contains a number of recommendations to improve road safety and notes that “regardless of these efforts [made in this regard], the country still needs to do more in the fight against road crashes”. As with deaths, injuries are increasing on an annual basis. On average, 6 281 people are injured in car crashes per year, the report states.

To date this year, 1 930 crashes have resulted in 3 294 injuries and 336 deaths – already higher than the highest fatalities recorded in six years between 2002 and 2007.
The annual crash reports show that in 2011, 2 902 road crashes were reported, which increased to 3 547 in 2012, dropped slightly to 3 484 in 2013, rose to 4 038 in 2014 and 4 210 in 2015.

In 2015, as in previous years, the majority of those injured or killed were passengers or pedestrians.

In 2015, 59% of the 7 333 people injured were passengers, while 23% were drivers.
Of the 702 fatalities in 2015, 45% were passengers and 26% were drivers. Pedestrians are a major feature in road crash statistics, accounting for 907 of recorded crashes in 2015, 1 139 in 2014 and 1 072 in 2013. In 2015, 185 pedestrians died while in 2014 the number of pedestrian deaths was 211.

The majority of crashes are linked to speed and alcohol, inadequate following distances, illegal overtaking, and general non-compliance with traffic regulations and safety rules.
Moreover, most crashes take place from Fridays through to Sundays and night driving is a “growing concern in Namibia, with a total of 47% of all recorded crashes” in 2015 taking place between 16:00 and midnight.

In 2016, collisions have thus far caused the highest number of deaths the report states, noting to date they constitute 50% of all fatalities. In 2015, out of a total of 4 210 recorded crashes linked to deaths and injuries, 1 199 were caused by collisions, 1 256 to roll-over crashes and 907 pedestrian crashes, reflecting similar trends in previous years.
The Khomas Region tops the number of reported crashes at 33% for 2015, followed by Erongo, Otjozondjupa, and Oshana regions.

Zambia: 47 perish in road accidents during long weekend compared to 26 last year

Police say 47 people lost their lives in road accidents across the country during the long weekend.

Police Deputy Spokesman Rae Hamoonga said the number of people who lost their lives through-out the country during this year’s Heroes and Unity holidays due to road traffic accidents has increased to 47 as compared to last year where 29 people died.

Mr Hamoonga said this representing a 62% increase compared to the number of persons killed last year.

“A total number of 282 road traffic accidents were recorded during the period as compared to last years’ 285, indicating a decrease of three road traffic accidents,” Mr Hamoonga said in a statement issued in Lusaka.

Copperbelt recorded the highest number with 66 road traffic accidents, followed by the Lusaka with 64, Southern and Central provinces both recorded 34 each. Whilst North Western had 20, Luapula 10, Northern Nine, Muchinga Seven and Western recorded five road traffic accidents and was the lowest.

Out of these accidents, 38 were fatal, 29 serious injuries, 65 slight injuries and 140 damage only accidents.

Police attributes the increase to human error such are over speeding and non-compliance to road traffic rules and regulations by motorists and pedestrians.

Zimbabwe: Two die in road accident

by my first Tshili 7th July 2016

TWO people died while a third escaped unhurt when a Toyota Granvia which was being towed to Bulawayo from Esigodini burst a tyre and crashed into a Nissan Double Cab which was pulling it. The two vehicles overturned at the 19km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road near Kensington on Tuesday.

Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Mr Richard Peterson told the Chronicle that the two died after they were thrown out of the vehicles.

“The Nissan vehicle had one male driver who refused ambulance services and a male passenger who was thrown out of the Nissan and landed head first on the tarmac and died. The Granvia had one male driver who was also thrown out of the vehicle and landed in the bushes and died on the spot,” said Mr Peterson. He said both victims died due to head injuries.

Mr Peterson said the deceased were taken to a local hospital for post mortem. “The Toyota Granvia burst its rear left tyre, broke the tow bar and ploughed into the back of the towing vehicle resulting in both vehicles landing on their sides,” he said. Mr Peterson urged motorists to adhere to the rules of the road and avoid speeding saying some accidents could be avoided.

When The Chronicle arrived at the accident scene, police officers had removed the bodies while scores of people were jostling to see what had happened. The driver of the Nissan Double Cab did not seem injured as he made cellphone calls organising transport from towing companies.

Ghana: Trailer runs into seven cars after its ‘brakes failed’

6th July 2016

Several people are seriously injured with two in critical condition in a horrific accident in Nsawam Adoagyire.

The carnage happened when a trailer crashed into seven cars yesterday. The trailer with registration number, GR 8543 G loaded with cement from Accra to Nsawam Adoagyire according to an eyewitness who spoke with Nyankonton Mu Nsem said, the trailer lost its brakes and rammed into the seven cars, injuring several people with two seriously injured.

The injured persons were sent to Nsawam Government Hospital for treatment. However, according to the eyewitness, the driver on board the trailer was unhurt.

3 killed after bakkie rolls on N3

2016-07-06 News24 Correspondent

Paramedics treat the injured on the scene. (ER24)

Paramedics treat the injured on the scene. (ER24)

“All three critically injured patients, that were treated on scene, unfortunately succumbed to their injuries while in hospital,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement.

He said that paramedics had arrived on the scene just after 6:45 and found all six occupants of the bakkie lying on the road after they were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled numerous times.

Three of the people were found to have minor injuries, but three others were critically hurt and taken to various hospitals for further treatment. However, they subsequently died during the course of the morning.

A further investigation into the crash is underway.

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KZN Transport MEC attends funeral of N2 crash victims

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mr. Mxolisi Kaunda joined mourners at a mass funeral this past Sunday for the six people who died on Sunday (26 June 2016) evening as a result of a gruesome collision.

A bakkie travelling on the N2 collided head-on with truck near the Baobab Intersection, a few kilometres away from Mkhuze.

All the six deceased were occupants in a bakkie.

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Ghana: 13 burnt to death in accident on Wenchi-Wa road

CITIFMONLINE.COM 05 JULY 2016

Several others who suffered severe injuries were transported to the Wenchi Methodist Hospital for medical care.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Wenchi, Alhaji Habib Dauda, who confirmed the details of the accident noted that the Ford bus caught fire after the collision and all the passengers in the bus died in the fire.

The remains of the Ford bus which caught fire killing all passengers on boardThe remains of the Ford bus which caught fire killing all passengers on board

“We have invited a pathologist and he has come to inspect [the bodies] and he has given us the go ahead to bury them immediately,” Alhaji Dauda stated adding that plans were in place to bury the bodies.

He however failed to explain whether or not the bodies had been identified.

According to him, “the Police are here, the Fire Service is also here. Everybody who also matters is also here and Nananom are also here. We are digging the graves and in 30 minutes time we will bury them.” Initial Police investigations have revealed that the driver of the Yutong bus fell asleep behind the wheel leading to the accident.

“It came to light that the driver of the Yutong bus was sleeping and there was nothing the Ford driver could do but collide with the Yutong bus,” Alhaji Dauda stated.

Kenya: 15 Vehicles Crash Killing 3

  • By  THE Akio is 5th July 2016kenya

Three people lost their lives on Sunday night after a lorry rammed into 15 vehicles in Kiambu County.

The accident happened when the truck ferrying sand lost control and collided with the vehicles at Ndenderu area in Limuru.

According to witnesses, the truck’s brakes seemingly failed hence hitting all the vehicles along its path including a police Land Cruiser.

“The lorry startled people when it passed over the rumble strips nearby without slowing down. The next thing I saw is cars flying to both sides of the road as the lorry passed through them before finally tipping over onto the side of the road,” explained a witness.

Confirming the incident, Kiambu Deputy OCPD Johnstone Lyambila stated that the cause of the accident was yet to be established.

“All we know at the moment is that the lorry was ferrying sand from Limuru and failed to stop at the intersection,” said Lyambila.

Several other people sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Kiambu, Kihara and Tigoni Hospitals.

This happened just a day after eight people including university students died when a car they were travelling in collided with two other vehicles.

The eight perished on Friday night while heading to a party in Kisii County.

At Least 41 People Were Injured Earlier On Monday Evening When A Bus Overturned After It Collided With A Small Motor Vehicle In Newtown

5th July 2016

 Approximately 41 people where injured this evening after the bus that they were travelling in overturned on the M1 South at the M2 Split in Newtown, central Johannesburg.

 At 20:01 EMER-G-MED’s RV6, L01, A01 and A09 were dispatched to the scene.Paramedics arrived on the scene just minutes later, finding a scene of utter chaos – with bystanders assisting the injured passengers out of the rolled bus. Paramedics immediately set up a triage area and began to assess the injured.Fortunately only 41 of the bus’ 70 plus occupants were found to have been injured in the collision, with four of them sustaining moderate to serious injuries.

The passengers were treated for their injuries on the scene before being transported by EMER-G-MED and various other ambulance services to a variety of nearby hospitals.The cause of the collision is unclear, but it’s believed that the bus was travelling to Cape Town, when it collided with another vehicle causing it to overturn. JMPD’s Specialist Accident Investigation Units are on the scene to conduct a full investigation.

Sudan’s traffic police introduce new way to reduce Eid accidents

Last Updated: 2016-07-04

Eid (religious feast) periods constitute a season for deadly traffic accidents in Sudan, which pushed the Sudanese traffic police authorities to initiate the idea of escorting convoys of passenger vehicles to reduce traffic accidents.

Few days ahead of Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the Sudanese traffic police have deployed about 2,230 traffic policemen and over 232 traffic patrols on the national highways backed by an air cover to monitor the traffic movement between the national capital Khartoum and the country’s various states.

The idea of the convoy is based on grouping around 30 passenger buses to be escorted by a traffic police patrol, a means that is likely to commit the drivers to abide by a specific speed ranging between 70 km and 80 km per hour, and prevent wrong surpassing which is one of the main causes of accidents on the highways in Sudan.

“We are preparing to begin the process of escorting the passenger vehicles convoys from the center to the states, a routine work that the traffic police carry out to reduce traffic accidents and protect the lives of citizens,” Maj. Gen. Khalid Mahdi, Director of Sudan Traffic Police’s General Administration, told Xinhua on Sunday.

“We are ready to implement the escorting process which is to begin from the capital Khartoum and continue until the morning of the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, while on the third day of the Eid we will begin the reverse escorting from the States to the capital,” he added.

He reiterated success of the escorting experience in reducing the traffic accidents, saying “the experience has achieved a tangible success. Every now and then we assess the experience to overcome the disadvantages to achieve the aspired goal.”

“To enhance and develop the experience, this year, and for the first time, we introduced police helicopters to monitor the moving convoys on the highways and make sure that the drivers are committed to the convoys,” he said.

Mahdi, meanwhile, warned the drivers against leaving the track of the convoy or violating the rules, saying “we will decisively deal with any violation. Surpassing or leaving the track of the convoy will be regarded as big violations that require deterrent punishments.”

Alam Al-Huda Taha, a Sudanese passenger, told Xinhua that “the convoy is a safe way that is likely to reduce the traffic accidents. The convoy’s speed is slow, but it has contributed to the reduction of the accidents, which usually take place during Eids.”

Pietermaritzburg: Early Monday morning crash on the N3 leaves 2 dead 1 injured

4th July 2016

PMB N3

At 05h10 on Monday morning Netcare 911 paramedics received a call for a collision on the N2 at New England Road in Pietermaritzburg. Reports from the scene indicate that a vehicle was traveling south bound when the driver veered across the centre Median and collided with a vehicle traveling on the North bound lane.

Exact detail to the cause of the crash will form part of the South African Police investigation. Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the roadway to be littered with accident debris and the twisted frames of the vehicles, two people were found to be trapped in the twisted metal.

After the injured was examined it was found that a man and a woman both in their thirties tragically died on impact. A fifteen-year-old boy from the same vehicle was found to have sustained serious injuries while the driver of the Caravel escaped uninjured.

Ghana: 18 perish in two seperate accidents

3rd July 2016

18 Perish12Pic. The stationary truck that the two buses drove into

Eighteen people died in two separate gory accidents on the Accra-Kumasi highway between Thursday night and yesterday dawn.

The accidents involved a 207 Benz bus, with registration number AW 5174-13, and a Sprinter bus, with registration number GY 2520-13.

The two buses were traveling from Accra to Kumasi when the accidents occurred at Nobewam, near Konongo in the Ashanti Region. None of the dead, comprising five men and 11 women, has so far been identified. The bodies have been deposited at the Steward Hospital mortuary in Konongo, while the injured have been taken to the Konongo Odumase Government Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for treatment.

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The first accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday when the Sprinter bus rammed into a breakdown lumber truck that had been parked in the middle of the road.
Four people died on the spot, while one died later at the Konongo Odumase Government Hospital.

The second accident occurred at the same place around 4:30 a.m. yesterday and claimed 12 lives on the spot, while another passenger died later at a hospital, bringing the number of people who died in the two accidents to 18.

Scene : When the Daily Graphic visited the scene of the accidents, it observed that personal effects of the passengers were scattered there, while portions of the buses were stained with blood. In the front seat of the Benz bus, there was a jaw believed to belong to the driver of the vehicle. The seats in the vehicles had to be cut to enable rescuers to get to the victims.

Seven injured in collision, one critical in crash in Middelburg, Mpumalanga

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Seven people were left injured after a collision occurred on Louws Creek Road in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. The collision occurred in the early hours of this morning and involved two light motor vehicles.

When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found that the two vehicles had been heavily damaged and the driver of one of the vehicles was entrapped. With the assistance if rescue services,

ER24 paramedics extricated the trapped patient safely. After assessment, it was found that one person sustained critical injuries and six others had injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

ER24 treated and transported one patient to hospital for further treatment. The remaining patients were treated and transported by other services.

Two children killed in head on collision

Three people, including two children, were killed in a collision that occurred on the R114 in Diepsloot earlier this evening. Over and above the deceased patients, eight other people were also injured in the collision. The incident involved a bakkie and a light motor vehicle.

It is believed that the two vehicles collided head on with each other which lead to some of the occupants being ejected from the vehicles. When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found the mangled vehicles on both sides of the road. Many bystanders surrounded the scene.

Upon closer inspection it was found that one adult man believed to be in his late twenties and two children under the age of seven had unfortunately sustained fatal injuries. There was nothing that could be done for the patients and they were declared dead in scene.

Eight other patients, including three children under the age of twelve all sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. ER24 paramedics treated and transported two patients to Thembisa Provincial Hospital for further treatment. The remaining patients were treated and transported by other medical services on scene.

Fatal accident involving a bus and 2 vehicles on Chris Hani road

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Local-SA Posts Friday night around 23h00 accident involving a fatal bus and 2 other cars occurred.

Friday night around 23h00 accident involving a fatal bus and 2 other cars occurred on Chris Hani Road, Durban

19 Passengers Dies As Bus Collides With Truck Along Emezi Road

July 2, 2016

A bus conveying passengers has collided with a truck in accident along Emezi road thereby killing all the bus passengers.

The bus which was traveling from Enugu to Bayelsa was involved in a head-on collision with the truck at Okogbe town in Enugu, Nigeria.

There were 19 passengers in the bus including the driver and they all died on the spot. According to an eyewitness on Instagram, some unknown men tried to clean off the name of the company from the bus but were prevented by people who gathered at the scene.

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Road accidents: 13 dead, 322 injured in one week

 30th June 2016

Road accidents: 13 dead, 322 injured in one week

 ALGIERS-Thirteen (13) persons lost their lives and 322 others were injured in 255 road accidents that occurred in urban regions between 21 and 27 June, the Directorate General of National Police (DGSN)  announced Wednesday in a toll.

The toll records a slight decrease in the number of accidents compared to last week (-3) with an increase in the number of wounded (+39) and the number of deaths (+3).

The human factor remains the main cause of accidents, in addition to the condition of vehicles and the state of cars.

In the same regard, the DGSN calls drivers to respect the Highway Code and remain more vigilant, adding that “the toll-free 1548 is at citizens’ disposal 24 a day.”

11 People were injured in bakkie rollover in Roodepoort

Accident happened earlier today, Thursday, 30 June 2016, at about 08h00. Durban.

Netcare911 Paramedics attended this accident scene. Netcare 911 is a wholly-owned pre-hospital risk management and emergency assistance subsidiary of Netcare Limited.

At least eleven people have been injured after a bakkie overturned on Ontdekkers Road and corner Mouton road in Roodepoort. Reports from the scene indicate that one person is in a critical condition while ten others have sustained moderate to minor injuries.

The exact detail to the cause of the accident will remain a subject for police investigation and comment. Netcare911 paramedics worked alongside various emergency services on scene to stabilise the injured.

All injured have been transported to various hospitals in the area for further medical care.

5 people die in construction vehicle accident

News – National 30th June 2016

Five people died during lunch hour this afternoon when a construction truck carrying 20 people overturned on the way to Groot Aub, some 40 kilometres south of Windhoek.

A statement issued by the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) on its Facebook page said 15 other people sustained injuries of various degrees.

The accident happened at about 13h23.

Tanzania: Mwanza Accident Kills Five, Injures 13 

By Twalad Salum 30th June 2016

Mwanza — Five people died and 13 others seriously injured in a bus accident in Mambuki Village, Misungwi District on Monday evening.

Mwanza Regional Police Commander Ahamed Msangi said the driver lost control after the Super Sam Company bus, which was heading to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam, hit boulders left on the road by unknown people.

The deceased, according to Mr Msangi, include William Macha, 35, who was the driver, Violet Oded, 21, and a man and two women whose names could not be immediately established.

 Those who were injured in the accident were shipped to Bugando Medical Centre.

He named those who were admitted at BMC as Sophia Miraji, Kibilo Mwacha, Boniface Zacharia, Sia Dauson, Hellen Leheke, Michael Leonard, Maritha Christopher, Elizabeth Simon, Dicson Msamba and six-month old baby Kudra Ibrahim.

Road accidents: 134 killed, 1,677 injured in first two weeks of Ramadan

 29th June 2016

Road accidents: 134 killed, 1,677 injured in first two weeks of Ramadan

  ALGIERS- 134 people lost their lives and 1,677 were injured in 1,113 road accidents that occurred nationwide during the first two weeks of the month of Ramadan, said a communiqué of the National Centre for the Prevention and Road Safety (CNPSR).

The number of road accidents dropped by 348 accidents, deaths (-107) and injured (-525) compared with the same period of 2015, said the communiqué.

2 men are fortunate to escape from burning vehicle with only minor injuries

28th June 2016car-alight

Two men managed to escape with minor injuries after the vehicle they were in was involved in a collision before bursting into flames in the early hours of Sunday Morning in Durban.

Rescue Care Paramedics responded to the accident in First Avenue in Greyville, Durban just after midnight on Sunday morning. On arrival they found that two vehicles had collided before one burst into flames, fortunately the two occupants managed to escape with minor injuries.

The fire was extinguished by Durban Fire Department. Both men were treated and transported by Rescue Care to a nearby hospital. One occupant from the second car had also sustained moderate injuries and was also transported by an ambulance to a nearby hospital.

At this stage the cause of the collision is unknown however SAPS were on scene and will be investigating further.

10 injured after taxi and SUV collide, Randburg.

28th June 2016

10 injured after taxi and SUV collide, Randburg.

Ten people were left injured this morning after a taxi and SUV collided on the Beyers Naude Road in Montgomery Park in Randburg.

ER24 paramedics received the emergency call at 07h50 and immediately responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, paramedics found a taxi lying on its side on the road while the SUV had already moved safely to the side of the road.

Paramedics found ten people seated outside the taxi. On assessment, it was discovered that all ten people had sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The patients were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.

Fortunately, no-one from the SUV sustained any injuries.

Two killed when ejected from vehicle on the N14 in Ventersdorp

Two people have been killed and three have been injured after a vehicle rolled on the N14 in Ventersdorp, North West.Two killed when ejected from vehicle on the N14 in Ventersdorp

Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle was heading to Mahikeng from Krugersdorp. When Netcare911 paramedics arrived on scene, we found the driver of the vehicle in a stable condition.

Netcare911 paramedics stabilised the man on scene before transporting him to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

The Provincial EMS had already transported a woman and a teenage girl to a nearby hospital for further medical care, they were both in a serious condition.

The two deceased were ejected from the vehicle on impact. The two – a man and a woman – were declared dead on scene by the Provincial EMS.

Namibia:  Accident kills 4 family members, neighbour

News – National 28th June 2016 by Marx Itamalo

FOUR members of the same family and a neighbour died on Sunday afternoon when their sedan collided head-on with a bakkie.

Among the dead was a mother, her son, two-month-old niece and daughter-in-law who were travelling in one car enroute to Eenhana for a traditional ceremony called “oitala pepata”. Ohangwena police spokesperson Abner Itumba said the accident happened at around 14h00 at Ondada village on the Eenhana-Onhuno main road.

Although the police could not release some names, Lamek Shapange told The Namibian yesterday that two of the five are his aunt, Marian Shapange-Ndemumona, and her son Joseph Ndemumona, who was driving. The daughter-in-law was identified as Rachel Paulus Ndemumona; the niece, Grace Nangolo; and the neighbour, Fransina Nghishiiko.

Shapange said Joseph was employed in Walvis Bay.  According to Shapange, the family was travelling in a convoy of three vehicles when the accident happened. Ndemumona’s other son, Shapange said, who was travelling in another vehicle was admitted at the Eenhana State Hospital for shock.

“It is a big loss to my father’s family. It never happened to us before that we have to lose such a number of people. My father is a widower, and my aunt was the one taking care of him,” Shapange said sorrowfully.

Itumba said it appears one of the vehicles was overtaking when the collision which wrecked both vehicles beyond repair happened.

Road accidents:7 killed, 36 injured on Saturday

27th June 2016

Road accidents:7 killed, 36 injured on Saturday

 ALGIERS- Seven people lost their lives and 36 others were injured in 22 road accidents that occurred in 19 provinces of the country on Saturday, said Sunday the National Gendarmerie in a communiqué.

The highest toll was recorded in Djelfa (2 dead), followed by Adrar (1 dead, 8 injured), Ain-Defla and Tindouf (1 dead, 2 injured in each), and Skikda and Tissemsilt (1 dead in each).

These accidents caused huge material damage to 22 vehicles, said the source.

Youth corp member, four others killed in road accidents

Soonest Nathaniel  25th June 2016

An accident in Akwa Ibom has led to the death of a female corp member – She was trapped in a vehicle that was engulfed by fire. Four other people  have died following an accident in Kaduna – Over-speeding is said to be the cause of the accident.

AccidentsThe accident in Akwa Ibom occurred at Mbiokporo Nsit in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area (LGA) of the state at about 3pm on Thursday, June 23. Eye witnesses say the deceased who was dressed in her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) uniform, was being driven in a Toyota Camry vehicle which caught fire  in which the female corp member died.  The driver of the vehicle and the commuter at the front seat reportedly escaped while the unknown female corps member was burnt beyond recognition.  Residents tried to salvage the situation to no avail, Daily Post reports.

Accidents 2In the same vein, about four persons were killed yesterday in a fatal accident in Kaduna state. The accident occurred some meters before the Kaduna toll gate in the early hours of the evening.   All four occupants in the vehicle were said to be traveling from Abuja in a Honda Accord with registration number GWA 55CL. According to eyewitnesses, the driver was on high speed and lost control when he maneuvered a pitch hole. The driver was said to have rammed into a parked vehicle and a motorcycle (popularly known as okada). Effort by passersby to salvage the situation yielded no result as the victims died on the spot.

Meanwhile, an accident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, June 22, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, when a fuel tanker fell, thereby causing gridlock. At least 13 notable ghastly motor accidents, were reported to have occurred in 2016 alone, It was a sad tale when a bus accident killed five people, while others sustained various degrees of injuries along an area called Gada Biyu village, along Abuja-Lokoja expressway. Daily Trust learnt that at least five people died in the ghastly motor accident, when an 18-seater commercial bus ran into an oncoming truck close to Yaba junction at Gada Biyu village, located along the Abuja-Lokoja highway in the late hours of Tuesday, June 21. It was also gathered that nine occupants in the bus sustained various degrees of injuries, after they were saved by officials of the Abaji unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who later took them to the hospital in that area.

Zimbabwean driver jailed for two years for cutting up Mugabe’s motorcade

He was charged with negligent driving after ignoring the presidential convoy when the veteran ruler was travelling to his home in the upmarket Harare suburb of Borrowdale. Mugabe travels with more than ten cars and motorbikes and drivers who interfere with the fleet face arrest or alleged on-the-spot assaults by his security staff.

‘Chakanetsa was convicted on his own plea of guilty after he told the court that he did not realise the president’s motorcade was passing,’ the paper said.  ‘He said the noise from his truck prevented him from picking out the police siren and when he realised that he had cut through the presidential motorcade, he literally lost his mind.’

Chakanetsa was arrested a few miles from the scene after attempting to escape by driving through traffic lights and at times in wrong lanes.

Mugabe (pictured) travels with more than ten cars and motorbikes and drivers who interfere with the fleet face arrest or alleged on-the-spot assaults by his security staff

Mugabe (pictured) travels with more than ten cars and motorbikes and drivers who interfere with the fleet face arrest or alleged on-the-spot assaults by his security staff

Road accidents: 44 dead, 497 injured in one week

 24th June 2016

ALGIERS-Forty-four persons lost their lives and 497 others were injured in 275 road accidents that occurred nationwide between 14 and 20 June, the National Gendarmerie announced Thursday in a toll.

The toll was recorded in the province of Algiers with 201 accidents, followed by the province of Boumerdes (20 accidents and Medea (18 accidents), the same source said.

These accidents were caused by the human factor, condition of vehicles and carelessness of pedestrians, the same source added.

Zanu PF MP questions govt policy on children’s protection on roads

by Stephen Jakes 24th June 2016

Zanu PF MP Terence Mukupe

A Zanu PF MP Terence Mukupe has questioned the Ministry of Transport if there has been a change in the policy which previously saw the traffic safety council  officials visiting schools to teach children on how they should cross the roads in an effort to prevent accidents.

The questions to the ministry come amid an increase in a number of children being killed by vehicles along the city roads.

“My question originates from the children of Highlands Primary School in my constituency and is directed to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development.  When we were growing up, the Zimbabwe Traffic Council used to visit schools conscientising pupils on traffic rules, regulations and how to cross the roads,” Mukupe said.  “Minister, has the policy changed with regard to the mandate of the Zimbabwe Traffic Council in conscientising pupils on how to maneuver their way on the roads?”

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Jorum Gumbo   said government policy has not changed pertaining to the mandate of the Zimbabwe Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe.

“Currently, the council is going out to various schools conscientising pupils on what he raised as well as distributing literature and enlightening them on the new SADC traffic signs that are now being used in the region. The challenge the council is facing limited traffic manpower,” Gumbo said.

“I think the council team had not reached Highlands Primary School at the time of his visit to that school but they are going to all schools to conscientise the children on road traffic signs.”

Car crashes off bridge

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A vehicle went off a bridge and crashed in Soofi Road this afternoon (Thursday) after the driver allegedly lost control. An elderly couple were in the car. They were seriously injured and rushed to hospital.

Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMS, ER24, police and towing services were on scene.

Road rage murder suspect pleads

Road rage murder suspect pleadsWindhoek NamibiaThe man accused of shooting a Finnish citizen nine times with a pistol in an apparent fit of road rage last year entered a plea of not guilty to both charges he faces before the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court.Danne Rodney Shaningua, 44, answered not guilty in Afrikaans after Prosecutor Ntelamo Mabuku read the charges of murder and defeating or attempting to defeat the course of justice.

It is alleged Shaningua fired nine shots at Ronni Marco Kristian Uolevi, 42, at around 00h30 on August 2 last year. Uolevi died shortly afterwards at the scene outside Joker’s Bar along Bell Street in Windhoek’s southern industrial area.The incident allegedly happened after Uolevi, a Finnish national married to a Namibian citizen, bumped into the rear of Shaningua’s car and drove off. Apparently infuriated by this, Shaningua allegedly followed Uolevi and when he caught up with him, emptied his 9mm pistol in a hail of bullets that killed Uolevi.Defense counsel Orben Sibeya, who represents a calm looking Shaningua, dressed casually in a striped black suit, confirmed to Magistrate Justine Asino that the pleas are in accordance with his instructions.He further said they do not intend to reveal the basis of their defense at this stage and would only do so at trial. Asino postponed the matter to August 29 for the Prosecutor-General to decide where Shaningua will be tried, according to Section 119 of the Criminal Procedures Act.

Ghana: MMT declares war on ‘alcohol drivers’

23rd June 2016

Metro Mass BussesFile photo

Management of Metro Mass Transport Limited (MMTL) has warned local drivers to avoid drunk-driving in order to prevent needless road traffic crashes in the country.

The state transport company has consequently vowed that any driver or conductor of the MMT found to have engaged in drink or dangerous driving would not be spared so that it will serves as a deterrent to others.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today in Accra yesterday, Administrative Manager of MMT, Stephen Yeboah further warned drivers not to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drug because it could affect their driving ability and cause accidents.

Mr.Yeboah issued the warning while he was briefing Today on the recent move by the MMT to embark on alcohol testing exercise for its drivers and conductors plying Accra, Kumasi to some major destinations in the country.

He told Today that although over 400 bus drivers and 200 conductors of the company who were tested during the exercise in Accra and Kumasi were alcohol free, the drivers of MMT must refrain from drinking when they are behind the steering wheel.

Read more: www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/MMT-declares-war-on-alcohol-drivers-449595

50 Zimbabweans injured in bus crash in South Africa

 By Thupeyo MuleyaThe Greyhound Bus being towed away

At least 50 Zimbabweans were injured, some of them seriously when the driver of a Greyhound bus they were travelling in lost control and overturned near Luis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province yesterday.

Sources in that country said the incident occurred at around 2am, a few kilometres from the town’s Central Business District along the N1 Highway.

The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Bulawayo, with 50 people on board, including the bus crew.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatse Ngoepe, said doctors were still assessing the nature of injuries to the victims at Luis Trichardt Memorial Hospital.

Fuel tanker causes accident on Lagos-Ibadan

Oladele Hakeem 23rd June 2016

A heavy traffic jam was witnessed in the early hours of Wednesday, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway – In recent times, the expressway has been known to have accidents occurring on it. Information coming from The Punch learnt that the traffic jam was caused by a fallen fuel tanker, which fell at the end of the highway, which was closer to Ibadan. The Punch had earlier reported that at least 80 persons have been killed in different auto accidents on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway between January and June 2016.

When the the oil tanker fell, some people, who were at the scene, came to give supporting hands the road agency workers, who cleared the road, after traffic jam had built up for some hours. The figure was gotten from only the cases reported by and confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), the Ogun state Police command and other agencies.

About a month ago, a ghastly motor accident which occurred along Lagos-Ibadan expressway was reported to have claimed several lives of some secondary students from Kano state.

Road accidents: 11 dead, 33 injured in one day

 22nd June 2016

Road accidents: 11 dead, 33 injured in one day

 ALGIERS- Eleven people lost their lives and 33 other were injured in 28 road accidents that occurred Tuesday in several regions of the country, said Wednesday the National Gendarmerie.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the commune of Staouali (Algiers) where three (03) people were killed and another was injured in an accident where the drivers of two motorbikes on their way to Staouali from the village Bellouta lost the control of their means of transport which overturned, said the source.

13 injured when loose truck tyre comes off – collides with minibus taxi in Centurion

22nd June 2016

In the early hours of this morning EMER-G-MED’s M05, V02, A07 and A08 were dispatched to reports of a mass casualty incident on the corners of Old Johannesburg Road and Lenchen Road, in Centurion.

It’s believed that a truck’s tyre came off and collided with the taxi, TYRE1leaving the taxi seriously damaged.

The thirteen occupants of the taxi all sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were triaged and treated on-scene before being transported to various nearby medical facilities.

Nigeria: Road Traffic Accidents, How To Avoid A Head-On Collision

NOTE: FOR COUNTRIES WHERE YOU DRIVE ON THE RIGHT

Discussion in ‘Life Line‘ started by Samguine,  21st June 2016

A head-on collision is one of the most terrifying experiences for drivers. Not only do you have to witness the accident as it occurs, fatality rate is extremely high too. With these few tips, you can learn how to prevent head-on collisions or considerable reduce the probability of you being in one
rt.jpgWy do head-on collisions happen?

Often, head-on collisions occur because of distractions, fatigue, intoxication, and bad decision-making on the part of the drivers involved. Windy roads are also a factor sometimes.

How to avoid head-on collisions

The first basic precaution is to pay attention. Even if the other drivers on the road are drowsy, distracted, drunk, or whatever the case, you will have more time to react. If you are fully aware of your surroundings, you’ll be able to see the driver swerving down the road. Turn on your headlights to bring the driver’s attention to your presence, even during the day. They’ll begin to think about the other cars on the road. But be prepared to drive into the shoulder if they continue to swerve toward you.

Also, never straddle the center line. This is inviting trouble. Drive in the right lane in multi-lane traffic areas. Drive in the right lane in multi-lane traffic areas, and if you are in the left, drive as close to the right as is safe. This is particularly true of curvy roads, so you can avoid the driver speeding around the bend toward you.

What to do if you’re faced with a head-on collision

Sometimes head-on collisions are unavoidable despite your best precautionary efforts. There are actions to take in that situation that can reduce the risk of collision, or lessen the impact.

  • Reduce your speed.Don’t allow yourself to lose control by braking so suddenly that you skid, but slow down as much as is safely possible. If there is an impact, this will greatly reduce the damage done and the risk of fatality.
  • Drive to the right.Ditches and shoulders are always better to collide with than other vehicles. If the driver is swerving into your lane and you’ve reduced your speed, drive toward the right of the road. This increases the odds of the other driver going right by you, rather than colliding with you. Also, the driver may realize his or her mistake and quickly try to correct the situation. In that case, you want to be as far right as possible, rather than left.
  • Be prepared.If you have to drive to the right, don’t wait until the last second to do so. If you begin leaning to the right before the other car is directly in front of you, you have a higher chance of avoiding colliding with a solid object. If you must hit a solid object, try for a light glance off of it at the side of your car. Don’t hit it head-on. Remember that you may have some damage done to your car, but it will certainly be better than a head-on.

Good luck!!

Lucky escape for 60 kids after bus crashes, Potchefstroom

Lucky escape for kids after bus crashes, Potchefstroom A bus, full of primary school children, crashed this afternoon into an advert board at the corners of Chief Albert Lithuli and Govan Mbeki Drive in Potchefstroom. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found the large school bus parked on one of the islands in the road. Roughly 60 young children were still found seated in the vehicle.

The driver later told paramedics that his breaks had apparently failed, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, and crash into a sign board. Paramedics assessed the scene and found that the children and driver had fortunately escaped without injury.

Paramedics and local authorities remained on the scene until the children were removed privately.

Namibia: Single curriculum coming for driving schools

News – National | 2016-06-21by Chamwe Kaira

THE Ministry of Works and Transport plans to regulate driving schools in the country through measures that will include introducing a single curriculum and placing emphasis on driver behaviour, and not just the ability to drive a car.

The regulations are part of broader efforts by the ministry to reduce road accidents in the country. The ministry hosted a driving schools consultative workshop in Windhoek yesterday. Over 100 stakeholders attended it.Damien Mabengano, the deputy director of transportation policy and regulation, told the attendees that the ministry wanted to inform the driving schools of its plans, which also include the review of the Driver Licensing System.

Director of transportation policy and regulation Cedric Limbo said the ministry plans to meet driving schools all over the country.Meanwhile, deputy transport minister James Sankwasa said road safety should be the concern of all Namibians. “In 2015, 681 lives were lost on Namibian roads, and 90% of the accidents were due to human error,” he said. The age group most affected by road accidents is 18-24 years.“This is a group still experimenting with life,” he said.

Sankwasa said drunkenness, especially during weekends, was another leading cause of accidents. He said the current licensing system does not put much emphasis on driver behaviour and regard for other road users, but only “teaches how to change gears.”Important factors in a good road transporting system must incorporate good roads, roadworthy cars and a good attitude by drivers. “We need to include driver behaviour in the system,” he stressed. The ministry will regulate driving schools by, amongst other things, introducing a single curriculum for all driving schools. “We need proper standards” Sankwasa said.

15 die in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash

15 die in Lagos-Ibadan expressway crash

Fifteen people yesterday died in a multiple auto  accidents on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

It involved a truck, a fuel tanker and a commercial bus. The accident, which occurred  at the Fidiwo-Ajebo, Ogun State stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, left 14 passengers and driver of the commercial bus dead on the spot.Scene of the accident. Photo credit: The Punch

The truck was marked AJG 40 XA and fuel tanker has registration number RAN 571 XA. The passenger bus was marked (LAGOS) AGL 373 XR. It was learnt that the accident occurred, when the driver of the fuel-laden truck moving in the direction of Ibadan, Oyo State, attempted to overtake another truck at a road diversion point. But the driver lost control of the truck and veered off, crashing into the commercial bus, which was coming in the opposite direction.

As at 2:30pm, operatives of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), the police and the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) were seen trying to pull victims out of the mangled passengers’ bus.

The Sector Commander, Ogun State Command of the FRSC, Adetunji Adegoke, in a text message toThe Nation, stated that 15 persons  – six females and nine males – died in the accident. One person sustained injuries. Adegoke, who blamed the cause of the accident on “wrongful overtaking”, added that the injured was taken to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

He said the dead were taken to FOS Mortuary, Ipara, near Sagamu.

The FRSC Sector Commander advised “drivers to obey road traffic rules and regulations, avoid wrong overtaking, observe speed limit as well as shun the use of expired/tokunbo tyres to avoid accidents on the roads”.

Abia FRSC Commander enjoins motorists to embrace speed limiters to reduce road traffic crashes

By Boniface Okoro, Umuahia on 20/06/2016

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Abia State, Mrs Stella Uchegbu, has enjoined motorists, especially commercial drivers, to install speed limiters in their vehicles as a measure to check road traffic accidents in the country.

Mrs Uchegbu who made the call during an interview with News Express in her Asaba Road Office in Umuahia, identified over-speeding as one of the major causes of road traffic crashes in Nigeria, stressing that installing speed limiters would go a long way in reducing the carnage on Nigerian roads.

“I want to enjoin drivers and all motorists to take this issue of speed seriously. Speed thrills but it kills,” the Abia State Sector Commander said. “I want to also advise that they should not kick against this issue of speed limiters. It was done in good fate and with the lives of the citizenry in mind. We have just got to know that the easiest way to kill the crashes is to kill speed. Immediately you kill speed, you kill crash. So, let them install speed limiters in their vehicles,” she counselled.

The FRSC chief noted that since the issue of speed limiters cropped up, “events have been showing us that there is need for it,” and enjoined all motorists to buy into the project  and the programme, as “it is for their own good.” She pointed out that the speed of a truck on the expressway should not exceed 60 km/h, while buses should not speed beyond 90 Km/h.

“The speed limiter is something they (motorists) should desire to put in their vehicles if they love their lives,” Mrs Uchegbu emphasised. “In fact,” she said, “I will prefer that we (FRSC) do preventive enforcement, instead of going to rescue crash victims or to convey dead people to the mortuary. It hurts to see another human being there no matter how you try to put a strong face. Embarking on a journey and making it to your destination safely is the essence of travelling.”

The FRSC Commander was emphatic that the decision to speed or not was a voluntary action and choice of the driver, adding that both have consequences.

Pedestrian killed in collision on the Old Inanda road in Verulam

19th June 2016Pedestrian killed in collision on the Old Inanda road in Verulam

A pedestrian has been killed and five people have been injured after two vehicles collided with each other on the Old Inanda road in Verulam. The exact detail to the cause of the accident will remain a subject for police investigation and comment.

Netcare911 paramedics worked alongside various emergency services on scene to stabilise the injured. The pedestrian was declared dead on scene due to the extensive injuries he sustained.

Nigeria: How we escaped death—Ikorodu Utd official

JUNE 19, 2016.

The team bus of Nigerian Premier League side Ikorodu United was involved in an accident with a trailer on Friday, en route Makurdi for a weekend fixture against Lobi Stars.  The accident happened along AMA Brewery Road 9th mile in Enugu.

A team official and seven players were treated in hospital for minor injuries, with 11 players and six officials of the Lagos-based side escaping unhurt after jumping out of the bus windows.

Ikorodu United team from Lagos, in an auto-crash en route Makurdi, Benue State A trailer was speeding in the direction of the Ikorodu bus, but the driver quickly swerved before the trailer crashed into another passenger bus, leaving it completely flattened, a team official said. “It was a scary moment but we all managed to get out of the bus through the windows,” team media officer Babatunde Ayoola told BBC Sport. “We are lucky to be alive because the crash impact killed all the passengers inside an 18-seater bus on the spot.

Ghana: Another soul perishes on ‘killer’ N1 Highway

19th June 2016

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 Several lives continue to perish on the George Walker Bush Highway, popularly known as the N1, due to government’s failed promises to construct an additional overpass on the Abeka-Lapaz stretch of the N1.

Just two days ago (Wednesday) around 9pm, a man believed to be in his 40s was killed instantly in a hit and run accident, while trying to cross the three-lane Lapaz-Awoshie section of the road.
Blood was oozing from his head and his body appeared crooked. He laid two pavements away from where he was hit until a policemen came to carry him away. Two weeks ago, a car knocked down a woman and her daughter when they attempted crossing the highway. Several cars have also rammed into each other on the same road.

The George Walker Bush is a six-lane, 14-kilometre highway. It is one of the roads in the capital which has seen more accidents since its completion in February 2012. Within ten months after commissioning, 43 people were killed in a motor accident there.

The nearest footbridges are about 15 minutes walking distance from the traffic light intersections. Many pedestrians, after alighting from commercial vehicles, find it burdensome to access these footbridges which are way behind. Pedestrians who use this stretch of the road are always on a marathon even when the road is clear to cross.

Some pedestrians and traders who spoke to Citi News said “I have witnessed several accidents on this particular road. We have complained ever since this road was completed. We thought this was a venture that was going to bring us some relief but it has rather worsened our plight” one trader said.

“What have we not said about this road? You just cannot imagine the number of souls that have perished here at Lapaz especially.It is very scary crossing this road especially when the traffic lights are off. The drivers take over the road and expect us to compete with them. Only God can save us,” another pedestrian lamented.

In 2013, drivers, pedestrians and residents in the area protested and blocked some parts of the road, halting the movement of vehicles in a move to get the government to construct more footbridges. However, no action was taken.

Former Roads and Highways Minister, Alhaji Aminu Sulemana, promised in Parliament that overpasses would be constructed but this hasn’t happened. In January 2015, the current Minister, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, assured that enough funds have been secured to start the construction of seven more footbridges from Fiesta Royale, Lapaz, Kwashieman all the way to Awoshie.

But four years after this project, more than 200 deaths have been recorded on this highway. Some pedestrians and residents who spoke to Citi News say they believe the footbridge project may not see the light of day.

What happened a few days ago is yet another accident to occur on the N1. The big question is- how long will people continue to die recklessly while the authorities watch?

Thirty five people  injured after three taxis collided on the M4 in Durban 

18th June 2016

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Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on scene to find that three taxis had collided in the fast lane of the busy freeway. Two people were entrapped in one of the vehicles and fire department was called to assist as well as more ambulances due to the number of patients injured.

Advanced Life Support Paramedics worked to stabilise all of the injured including the two entrapped before using multiple ambulances to transport the injured through to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

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Senegal: Accident: Both drivers sentenced to 3 and 6 months

19th June 2016

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Picture of Victims: Mary and Rokhaya Parsine Diop Diop

Ibrahima Ndiaye and Mamadou Coundoul were sentenced yesterday to respectively 3 and 6 months by the court for flagrant offenses of Dakar. They were guilty of lack of insurance and  guilty of manslaughter by road traffic accident and forgery and use of false plates.

They were arrested and placed in custody following the accident which occurred February 10, 2016 around 11 am on the highway and that had claimed the lives of the two sisters, Mary and Rokhaya Parsine Diop Diop.

That day, a Renault 19 from the Bridle was hit from behind at high school Mariama Niasse, by a van. The driver of the R19 has lost control of his vehicle and, because of damaged rails, found himself on the other path taken by motorists from Dakar bound for Bridle.

6 injured in Durban crash

17th June 2016 Jeanette Chabalala, News24

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Durban – Six people were injured when a truck and a car collided at the intersection of Clark and Manning road in Umbilo, Durban on Thursday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said when paramedics arrived on the scene, they found that the truck had come to rest on its side, balancing against the wall of a property. He said the truck driver and one assistant were trapped in the truck. “Paramedics climbed into the truck and stabilised the two whilst Durban Fire and Rescue prepared the Jaws of Life and other hydraulic equipment,” he said.The patients were freed from the truck and transported to hospital. One other assistant was also injured and taken to hospital. Jamieson said three people in the car had sustained various injuries and were also stabilised on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital.

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Kenya: Bus fire

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Passengers narrowly escaped death on Wednesday when a Mombasa-bound bus they were travelling in caught fire. Tahmeed bus which had deported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is said to have burnt down due to friction between tyres.

It is reported that a passenger requested the driver to stop at Komkonga to uproot some medicinal herbs when he (passenger) noticed fire on one of the tyres.

The passenger then alerted fellow travellers who quickly moved out of the bus.

In a video shared online, a voice of a man presumably, that of the driver is heard pleading with God to help him. Click image to view.Bus fire

Gari limeisha jamani mungu niskie roho yangu nitajibu nini leo jamani gari imeisha yote “Subhan Allah” Mungu niskie kwa hili niskie kwa nyingine Mungu wangu nimejaribu imeshindikana, nimejaribu kadri ya uwezo wangu kuokoa gari lakini ikashindikana.”

“In a relative translation….The bus is completely destroyed God hear the prayers in my heart. How am I going to explain this? Glory be to God. God hear me on this, help me in other situations as well. My God, I tried but I failed, I tried to save the bus the much I could but I failed.”

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Taxi overturns in Glenhills, bursts into flames

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PASSENGERS of a taxi that overturned on Harrison Drive early on Wednesday morning were lucky to escape unharmed after the vehicle burst into flames. According to Marshall Security’s Kyle van Reenen, the incident occurred near the Poinsettia Road intersection.

“We had to close off the road while the fire department put out the blaze. It’s unclear what led to the taxi overturning but the driver and passengers escaped unharmed. Thankfully no one was injured. The fire was put out speedily by firefighters,” he said.

Ghana: Accident causes traffic on Tema motorway

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An accident on the Tema-bound side of the Accra-Tema motorway on Tuesday afternoon left a trail of heavy traffic on both sides of the motorway during rush hour.

The crash, said to have happened around 4pm at the Trasacco area, involved two vehicles, a Toyota Hiace mini bus and a Metro Mass Transit (MMT) bus with registration number GC 1895-11.The accident left many passengers aboard the Hiace injured. They were sent to various hospitals in Accra and Tema for treatment.The Toyota Hiace with registration number GW 5937 R, said to be moving from Accra to Akuse in the Eastern region run into the MMT bus. A police officer, Sergeant Eric Asare from the Airport Police station who was at the scene to control traffic told Graphic Online’s Isaac Yeboah that a female passenger on the front seat of the Hiace was thrown through the windshield.The traders goods were scattered all the road and left a trail of heavy traffic on both sides of the motorway. The Toyota Hiace was badly mangled. Another accident involving a tanker with registration number GN 9564-12 happened a few metres away from the second accident scene earlier in the day.The tanker was still at the scene at the time of the second accident.

Road accidents: 8 dead, 30 injured in 24 hours

 14th June 2016

Road accidents: 8 dead, 30 injured in 24 hours

 ALGIERS- Eight (08) people were killed and thirty others were injured in 17 road accidents that occurred throughout 12 provinces of the country, according to the National Gendarmerie’s toll.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the town of Boudria Beniyadjis in the province of Jijel, where two people were killed in a tragic accident while in Ksar Al Boukhari, another accident killed one person and injured 7 others, said the source.

‘Carnage’ as taxi splits apart in horror Durban crash

14th June 2016 News24 Correspondent

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Durban – A minibus taxi split apart in a horror crash on the N2 in Durban that left two dead and one injured, paramedics reported on Sunday.

Describing the scene as “carnage”, Rescue Care Paramedics operations director, Garrith Jamieson, said after a bakkie and minibus collided, “the minibus came to rest on top of the bakkie”.

The incident occurred on the N2 northbound near the NPC Cement Factory in Durban on Saturday night.

Jamieson said a person had been trapped in the one vehicle but “he had sustained multiple injuries and was declared deceased on the scene”.  Another person was found dead on the scene, while a third sustained moderate injuries and was stabilised before being transported to a hospital.

Zimbabwe: ‘Careless pedestrians cause accidents’

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Pedestrians are to blame for high number of road accidents, the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe has said.

TSCZ spokesperson  Ernest Muchena confirmed that pedestrians were careless on the roads. “The law requires that a pedestrian should cross the road at a designated crossing point such as a pedestrian crossing and a traffic light controlled intersection to avoid being hit by a car,” he said.

“One should cross within the marked pedestrian crossing area and not anywhere outside the marked crossing path which results in jaywalking.”

Recent statistics revealed that at least 2 000 pedestrians have died on Zimbabwe’s roads after being hit by vehicles in the last three years, while more than 30 000 were injured during the same period.

Namibia: 13 deaths and 64 serious injuries on Namibian roads

13th June 2016 by Nomhle Kangootui

DEADLY MEETING … These two cars were involved in a head-on collision on Saturday evening on the Outapi-Oshakati main road, in which six people died. Photo: Nampa

AT least 13 people died in fatal crashes, while 64 others sustained serious injuries this past weekend on national roads, the police said yesterday.

In one of the incidents, six people died on the spot after returning from a funeral when the car they were travelling in on the main road between Oshakati and Outapi collided head-on with another vehicle on Saturday. According to police spokesperson, inspector Slogan Matheus five motor-vehicle accidents were reported to the police over the weekend, while the chief executive offi