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 15 injured in Alberton

31st December 2015
R59 Swartkoppies

15 people were injured when a taxi driver lost control of the vehicle on the R59 just after the Swartkoppies Road intersection in Alberton this morning.

When ER24 paramedics and other services including Fire and Rescue arrived on scene they found the taxi laying on its roof on the grass on the side of the road. Some patients were walking on scene while others were lying on the ground. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that they sustained minor to moderate injuries.

They were treated and transported to local hospitals for further medical care. The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Zimbabwe: Horror crash claims 10

by Munyaradzi Musiiwa and Paul Mundandi 31 December 2015

Ten people were killed, while four others were seriously injured yesterday afternoon when a Honda Fit collided head-on with a Toyota Noah along the Masvingo-Zvishavane Road.

The Honda Fit – with six passengers on board – reportedly exploded into a ball of fire on impact, burning all occupants beyond recognition.

Two people in the Toyota Noah died on the spot, while two others died on admission at a Zvishavane hospital. The four who sustained serious injuries were admitted.

When the Zvishavane Fire Brigade arrived at the accident scene, motorists and villagers were watching helplessly as the inferno engulfed the Honda Fit. Police Officer Commanding Zvishavane District, Chief Superintendent Edward Ncube, confirmed the accident which occurred around 1pm.

Police said after bolting through a roadblock, the driver of the Honda Fit failed to control the vehicle, encroached onto the right lane before colliding head-on with the Toyata Noah which was heading in the opposite direction. The accident, which occurred at Four Mile on the outskirts of Zvishavane, brings to 40 the number of people killed in road accidents since the start of the festive period on December 15.

Chief Supt Ncube said the Honda Fit was heading towards Zvishavane while the Toyota Noah was travelling towards Masvingo with eight people on board. He said the Honda Fit, which was over loaded, sought to avoid a police roadblock mounted near Four Mile, about 4km outside Zvishavane, and sped off towards town. He said the driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in the accident 400 metres away from the police checkpoint.

“I can confirm that 10 people died in an accident which occurred along Zvishavane – Masvingo Highway when a Honda Fit which was eluding police roadblock collided head on with a Toyota Noah,” Chief Supt Ncube said. Chief Supt Ncube said preliminary investigations indicated that the driver of the Honda Fit was speeding.

“The bodies of the victims were taken to Zvishavane White Hospital awaiting postmortem and the six injured people were taken to the same hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle (Toyota Noah) was seriously injured and his condition is said to be critical,” he said. The names of the victims would be released once their next of kin were advised, he said.

Two Burn To Death After Car Crash In FCT

Andrew Sweeney 30th December 2015

Horror strikes in the capital after two die in a car accident.

Two persons were burnt to death in a tragic motor accident in the Central Business District in the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday. Although the identities of the victims could not be immediately ascertained, they are understood to be one male and one female.

The accident, which happened at about 00:45, involved a male driver of a 2010 Toyota Camry and his female companion who were trapped in the car and subsequently burnt to death after it crashed. The car was travelling at an excessive speed when it lost control, hit a tree and burst into flames. The car engine was dislodged due to the impact of the crash.

An unidentified acquaintance of the driver who was passing by identified the car number plate and contacted the family members of the deceased who subsequently came to the scene. The relatives then retrieved the legs and burnt bones of the deceased male from the wreckage.

Zimbabwe: Road accidents claim 10 on Boxing Day, police impound over 60 unroadworthy vehicles

by Staff Report 29 December 2015

Police representative Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said 48 road accidents happened on Sunday while three deaths and 31 injuries were reported on the same day.

According to police reports 10 people died in 59 accidents recorded countrywide on Boxing Day alone.

Nyathi said police impounded 69 unroadworthy vehicles on Sunday. On the same day last year, 106 vehicles were impounded.

The festive season always records the worst accidents as there is a lot of movement and excitement which comes with the celebrations.

KZN accident claims three

28 Dec ’15 

Durban – Three people were killed when a vehicle carrying 13 rolled on the R102, in KwaDukuza at 4.30am on Monday. IPSS Rescue spokeswoman, Samantha Meyrick, said nine others were injured.

Also on Monday, a vehicle was washed into a river on the N2, near Zinkwazi. At the time of going to print, details were scant, but Meyrick said passengers had been trapped inside.

In the Free State, five people were killed in a head-on collision on the N1 near Ventersburg, 150km north of Bloemfontein, on Monday.

On Sunday a speeding motorist was trapped driving at nearly 200km/h on the N2, Department of Transport spokes-man, Kwanele Ncalane, said. “A driver of an Audi A3 was arrested after being clocked at 194km/h on the N2 near Port Shepstone.” Ncalane said he was expected to appear in court on Monday. Ncalane said that another motorist, also driving an Audi A3, had been clocked driving at 177km/h near oThongathi, while a taxi driver had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Nongoma. “The taxi driver of a Toyota Quantum, who was travelling with passengers from Hluhluwe to Nongoma, was found to have an alcohol level of .36%,” Ncalane said.

These arrests came despite warnings issued by the authorities to ensure safety on the roads during the festive season. Ncalane said there had been more than 940 vehicle crashes since December 1. “We can’t confirm the number of deaths at this stage as there is still verification to do, but more than 100 people (in KwaZulu-Natal) have died,” he said.

Ncalane also said traffic officers had stopped 145 000 vehicles on KwaZulu-Natal roads since December 1. Officers had issued 33 130 fines for various offences during this period.

A total of 6 289 vehicles were suspended and 161 unroadworthy public transport vehicles (taxis and buses) were impounded. Ncalane said 293 motorists had been nabbed while driving under the influence of alcohol, while 2 619 were caught without driver’s licences. And 2 521 motorists were fined for driving without wearing seat belts.

He said it was “quite alarming” the extent to which motorists flouted traffic rules, if the statistics relating to fines issued by traffic officers were anything to go by. “That is very unfortunate – and some of them are motorists in public transport.” Ncalane said the provincial transport department was satisfied with the work being done by various law enforcement agencies.

“The MEC, Willies Mchunu, has noted that there is too much lawlessness on the roads. So many people are caught on the wrong side of the law,” he said. There is still a lot to be done to change the mindset of motorists to ensure there is compliance and safety on the roads,” Ncalane said.

The six-year-old boy killed in a three-vehicle collision on the N3 near Howick last Wednesday has been named as Kairav Bhagwandeen from oThongathi.

Zimbabwe: Car crash claims five

by Munyaradzi Musiiwa 27 December 2015

Five people died while five others were seriously injured when a Nissan Sunny collided head-on with a Corsa Lite along the Gweru-Zvishavane Road, Saturday morning.

W Cape roads claim 14 lives over Christmas weekend

Sunday 27 December 2015 SABC

80 people have died in the Western Cape since the start of the festive season.(SABC)

Western Cape Traffic Authorities say 14 people road users have died since the start of the weekend. This brings the total fatalities on the province’s roads since the start of December to well over 80 people. Provincial Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says this is an alarming figure. Africa has urged road users to drive responsibly.

“The situation on our roads is that it’s very busy; the N1 and the N2. It seems a lot of holiday-makers are returning back to their different destinations. We would like to urge motorists to please take care. Do not take unnecessary chances when you’re on the road and please do not drink and drive.”

In the Eastern Cape, four people have died when two minibus-taxis hit into a truck at Lujecweni village in Ngqeleni. Details are sketchy at the moment, but Provincial Health Department spokesperson Siyanda Manana says the taxis caught fire.

He says a rescue team is on the way to the scene of the accident.

RTMC says vehicle that are in poor conditions contribute to the high number of fatalities on roads. Meanwhile, South African motorists have been urged to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy and meet standards of the traffic department. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says vehicle that are in poor conditions contribute to the high number of fatalities on roads. It says this month alone – more than half a million vehicles have been stopped in roadblocks across the country – which found more than 10 000 un-roadworthy vehicles.

A funeral – an excuse for speed

2015-12-27 Ahmed Areff. News24

Johannesburg – Five speedsters, who gave reasons ranging from being late for a golf tournament and for a funeral were arrested in the East Rand on Sunday morning, Ekurhuleni metro police said. Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wilfred Kgasago said all five were caught on the N3 highway, near the Rand Airport exit.

He said a 33-year-old man on a black Kawasaki motorcycle was caught doing 218km/h. He claimed he was rushing to meet friends.

“A male driver aged 26 in a silver Volvo SUV was arrested at 06:25 when registering 205km/h citing the reason that he was late for a golf tournament.”

The other three, who were all male, and were driving sedans were caught doing 174, 168 and 165km/h respectively.

All five were charged at Germiston police station for reckless and negligent driving and are expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court soon.  They were all released after posting bail of R1 500 each.

On Christmas Eve award-winning house DJ Black Coffee was arrested for speeding allegedly while trying to attend to a family emergency. The We Dance Again hit maker was arrested when he was caught travelling at 200km/h in a 120km/h zone. Black Coffee, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, was arrested on the N1 highway near the Maraisberg Bridge. He later released a statement on his Facebook page apologising for the incident.

Vehicle rolls injuring mother and two children

Vehicle rolls injuring mother and two children

A mother and her two children, boys aged 10 and 13, were injured this morning after their vehicle rolled on the N3 Townhill Road in Pietermaritzburg. ER24 paramedics were returning to their branch when they came across the incident.

A crumpled light motor vehicle lay on the side of the road, the occupants still seated inside. On assessment, paramedics found that all three occupants had sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to a nearby hospital for further treatment. It is understood that the woman lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Road accidents – 13 people die on Christmas Eve

26th December 2015

13 people died in road accidents on the 24th of December, a figure that is slightly lower than recorded on the same day in 2014 when 17 people perished.

127 accidents were recorded on December 24, 21 more than the 106 recorded on the same day last year. 62 people were injured this year, 16 more than the 46 recorded in 2014.

Meanwhile, police have warned officers manning roadblocks against engaging in corrupt activities. There has been a general trend by motorists especially commuter operators to offer bribes to traffic police officers at roadblocks.

Police Chief Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, said police officers engaging in such activities risk losing their jobs.

Luck ran out for some three commuter omnibus drivers who were arrested when that offered bribes to traffic police officers at a roadblock in Harare.

Parents and daughters killed in Christmas morning accident

2015-12-25 

Polokwane – A mother and father, and their two daughters, aged 14 and two, were killed when their 4×4 collided head-on with a truck near Makhado in the early hours of Friday morning, Limpopo police said.

Colonel Ronel Otto said the four died on the scene. The couple’s two sons, aged seven and eight, along with the truck driver were injured in the crash.

They had to be freed from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life. The family, as well as the truck driver were from Zimbabwe.

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ZA: At least three dead after vehicles collide, catch alight

25th December 2015

STOCK_Burning Car

At least three people died in a collision that saw both cars set alight on the N14 Kuruman direction Kathu early this morning. The incident took place about 20km from Kathu.

ER24 paramedics, provincial paramedics and Fire and Rescue Services attended to the incident. Upon arrival paramedics found the vehicles on the side of the road well alight. Part of the veld nearby was also alight.

It is understood that the vehicles collided head on and caught alight. There was severe damage to the fronts of both vehicles from impact. Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the blaze.

From what could be established at the time, there was one person in one car and two in the second car. Authorities are on on scene for further investigations.

3 killed, scores hurt in 3 separate taxi accidents

2015-12-24 Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban -Three people were killed early on Thursday morning when a bus and minibus taxi collided on the R617 between Kokstad and Underberg in southern KwaZulu-Natal. Sixteen other people were hurt in the smash, the cause of which has yet to be determined. KwaZulu-Natal EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie described the accident as “tragic”. “All the victims were from the minibus, and no-one in the bus was injured. In addition to the three fatalities, a total of 16 other people were treated for injuries, which were mostly critical in nature,” he said.

“The patients were stabilised at the scene before being transported to several nearby hospitals for continued medical care,” McKenzie added.In another incident, 17 people were injured when a taxi and a bakkie collided and rolled on the R707, about 15km out of Marquard in the Free State. ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found both vehicles on the side of the road.

“Paramedics assessed the patients, two from the bakkie and the rest from the taxi, and found that they sustained minor to serious injuries,” she said.  In Limpopo, medics attended to a scene on Lephalale Road where a taxi and bakkie collided. Netcare911 spokesperson Athlenda Matha said ten people were hurt. All had sustained minor injuries.

Zimbabwe: Road accidents claim 5 on Unity Day

by Auxilia Katongomara 24 December 2015

FIVE people died in road traffic accidents across the country on Unity Day this year, police have confirmed. Four people died on the same day last year. National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said 78 traffic accidents were recorded this year, compared to 85 last year.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to inform the nation that the following road traffic accident statistics were recorded on December 22, 2015 compared with the same day in 2014,” she said. “Total road traffic accidents this year are 78 against 85 last year; five people killed this year against four last year. 38 people were injured this year against 61 injured last year.”

Snr Ass Com Charamba said 149 vehicles were impounded for defects and being unroadworthy this year. She said during the same day last year, 223 were impounded. “About 7,448 people were arrested on December 22 this year against 7,479 arrested last year,” said Snr Ass Com Charamba. She urged motorists to be cautious and avoid speeding to safeguard lives on the road saying, ‘Speed thrills but kills.'”

Meanwhile 17 passengers travelling in a Bafana Bafana bus were hospitalised after the vehicle veered off the road, overturned and landed on its side on Monday, the eve of Unity Day. The bus which had 71 passengers on board was travelling to Filabusi.
National Traffic spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said no one was killed.

“On approaching the 20 kilometre peg, it is alleged that the bus hit a pothole, the driver lost control, it veered off the road and it overturned landing on its side,” said Chief Supt Nyathi. He said the injured were rushed to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

Road accidents: 77 killed, 617 injured in one week

 23rd December 2015

ALGIERS-Seventy-seven (77) people were killed while 617 others were injured in 350 traffic accidents that occurred between 15 and 21 December, the Command of the National Gendarmerie said Wednesday in a communiqué.

Algiers tops the list of number of accidents with 35 accidents, followed by M’sila (17), Batna and Medea (16 each), and Bouira (14), the statement said.

Drivers represent the main cause of almost 87% of accidents.

ZA: Vehicle ripped into two pieces, man dies

23rd December 2015

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A man died after his vehicle was ripped into two pieces after colliding with a tree and boundary wall in Hoffman Street, Potchefstroom, late last night.

Paramedics from ER24 and Fire and Rescue Services arrived on scene and found the two pieces of the vehicle a few metres apart on the sidewalk with a patient believed to be the driver in the front passenger seat.

Upon further assessment, paramedics found that the man, believed to be in his 20’s, was in a critical condition. He was treated and transported to hospital for further medical care. He sadly died in hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

Five killed after car overturns in Eastern Cape

2015-12-23 –Jeff Wicks, News24

 Durban – Five people were killed when a car overturned and rolled repeatedly on a reserve road near King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.

Provincial government spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said emergency personnel had rushed to the scene between King Williams Town and Stutterheim in the early hours of the morning.

“An Opel Corsa overturned and all of the passengers, along with the driver, were killed instantly,” he said. “The Jaws of Life had to be used to take the bodies out of the wreckage.”

In another accident in the province, one person was killed on the R61 near Cradock when a vehicle left the road. Later, six people were injured when a minibus hit a kudu near Middelburg, in the province.

“The provincial government reiterates the concern about these accidents and in the majority, they point to the unacceptable behaviour of drivers,” Kupelo said.  “There is total disregard for the rules of the road and we issue the warning that people will be brought to book. There is no such thing as Christmas for traffic officials in the Eastern Cape. We have deployed them in numbers to enforce the law.”

 

Taxi rolls down embankment, killing one injuring 17

22nd December 2015

Taxi rolls down embankment, killing one injuring 17

A woman was killed and 17 others injured this afternoon after a taxi rolled down an embankment off Edendale Road in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal.

A woman was killed and 17 others injured this afternoon after a taxi rolled down an embankment off Edendale Road in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, responded to the scene, and on arrival found the taxi lying upright down a small embankment. Occupants from the vehicle were scattered across the scene. Taxi rolls killing one, injuring 15 in Lenasia

On assessment, paramedics found the motionless body lying a few metres away from the taxi. Unfortunately the woman had already succumbed to her multiple, fatal injuries.

Nothing more could be done for the patient and she was declared dead on scene. 17 other patients were found on scene, all sustaining moderate injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported the patients to various hospitals in the area for further treatment. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

3 die 3 injured in multiple vehicle collision outside De Doorns

2015-12-22 Jenna Etheridge, News24

 (File, photo supplied)Cape Town – Three people have died and at least three others have been injured in a collision outside De Doorns on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.

N1 accident, Zimbabweans on their way home for holidays – WhatsApp Update

by Concerned Diasporan 21 December 2015

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12/21/2015, 12:03 PM –  One of the accident which happened along N 1 . Zimbabweans on their way to holiday home this morning.

Two people die in vehicle rollover

21st December 2015
 Two die in vehicle rollover

Two people died and one person sustained moderate injuries in a vehicle rollover in the early hours of this morning on the R28 heading towards Vereeniging from Westonaria.

ER24 paramedics as well as Fire and Rescue Services arrived on scene and found the badly damaged vehicle laying on its side in a veld several metres away from the road.

The vehicle had rolled multiple times. All three patients were believed to have been ejected. A man found next to the vehicle, believed to be 23 years of age and the driver of the vehicle, was assessed and found to have sustained fatal injuries. He was declared dead. A woman, also believed to be 23 years of age, who was found several metres away from the vehicle was also declared dead.

Another woman, believed to be 25 years of age, was assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries. She was treated and transported to hospital for further medical care.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Zimbabwe: Bus, kombi crash claims 7 in Rutenga

by Staff Reporter 20 December 2015

Seven people died while two others were injured in a road accident that occurred along the Masvingo-Beitbridge road near Rutenga in the early hours of Saturday. Police say a Munenzva bus, which was travelling from Beitbridge towards Masvingo with 42 passengers on board, hit a donkey and veered off the road to the right.

The bus rammed into the rear right side of a trailer which was being towed by a Mercedes Benz vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. The driver of the Mercedes Benz vehicle and five of his passengers died on the spot while three others were injured and taken to Mwenezi District Hospital where one died on admission.

No one was injured from the bus. The deceased were taken to Mwenezi District Hospital for post-mortem. The names of the deceased will be released in due course once their next of kin have been advised.

In a statement, ZRP Chief Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba urged drivers to be cautious this festive season to safeguard lives.

UPDATE 22nd December 2015

POLICE have released the names of 13 of the 14 people who died in road accidents that occurred along the Murehwa – Madicheche and Harare-Beitbridge roads on December 17 and 19 respectively. Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba released the names in Harare yesterday.

Murehwa Madicheche Road:

Munashe Matsika (14) of Musiiwa Village, Chief Chikosha, Shamva; Fidelis Chizhanje (52) of Matambanadzo Village, Chief Nyajina, Uzumba; Ashley Bepete (18) of No. 5628 Unit E, Chitungwiza; Lovemore Chaona (23) of 22 Infantry Battalion, Mudzi; Timothy Kapudza (23) of Chidodo Village, Chief Chipfuyamiti, Uzumba; Sunungukai Chisahwira (22) of Chidodo village Chief Chipfuyamiti, Uzumba. The other victim was yet to be identified.

The Murewa- Madicheche Road accident involved a Toyota Vitz and an Isuzu truck.

Harare-Beitbridge Road:

Shovai Gwezu (29) of No. 8685 Peargas, Chikanga, Mutare; Batsirai Chidzikwe (39) of No. 212 Area 13, Dangamvura, Mutare; Mollen Potsekayi (20) of No. 1901 Nyamhuru, Dangamvura, Mutare; Charles Mapfumo (33) of No. 9101 Nyamauru, Dangamvura, Mutare; Tania Mhatisa (27) of Chikanga, Mutare; Cathrine Murigwa (39) of Chikanga, Mutare; Golden Manyangadze (38) of Mamvura Village, Bikita, Masvingo.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba appealed to those who were missing their relatives to proceed to Murehwa Traffic and assist in the identification of the remaining body. The Harare-Beitbridge Road accident that occurred in Rutenga, involved a Munenzva Bus and a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

Weekend road carnage leaves 10 dead, scores injured

2015-12-20 Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban – Emergency service personnel from across the country have had their hands full dealing with fatal road accidents at the weekend.

On Saturday evening, a woman was killed when her car overturned and rolled on the N2 near Adams Road in Amanzimtoti. Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that the woman had been killed on impact and had sustained “extensive injuries”. He added that another woman had survived the accident.

 Later two people were killed in a head-on collision on Booth Road near the N2 Bridge in Chesterville, Durban. Rescuecare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that a minibus and car had collided, killing the two occupants in the front seat of the car. “The back two occupants had suffered moderate injuries and were stabilized on the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for further care that they required. One person from the taxi had sustained minor injuries and was also transported to a nearby hospital,” he said.

Jamieson said medics went on to attend an accident in the Bluff in which a woman was killed and three others were injured. In the early hours of Sunday morning, paramedics attended an accident in which a bakkie had veered from the N2 at Bazley and plunged down an embankment. Botha added that a fifteen-year-old girl had died at the scene and that five other children who were in the bakkie had been hurt.

After daybreak, paramedics responded to a crash in Warden in the Free State, which claimed the life of one man. “Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the crumpled remains of a bakkie had come to rest in the veld several meters from the roadway after hitting a truck. After medics examined that bakkie driver it was found that he had tragically died due to the extensive injuries that he sustained,” Botha said.

Also in the Free State near Bloemfontein, two people were killed when a bakkie overturned on a gravel road. Botha said that the bakkie had rolled repeatedly, flinging the occupants on the back into the veld.]

On Sunday night, three people were killed and seventeen others were injured when a bakkie and a minibus collided on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg in KZN. “Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the taxi had overturned and rolled several times, some of the injured were still trapped in the wreckage. Two men and a woman had died,” Botha said.

ZA: Car ripped to pieces in horror crash

2015-12-19 Jeanette Chabalala, News24

Two killed in Carletonville crash. (ER24)

Two killed in Carletonville crash. (ER24)

Johannesburg – Two people were killed and their car ripped to pieces when they crashed into the pillar of a bridge near Carletonville on Saturday, paramedics said. Paramedics arrived on the scene on the R501 around 14:30 and found pieces of a car scattered across the road, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.501-6

A man and a woman were killed. Another man was found lying near one of the car pieces. He had sustained only moderate injuries.

According to bystanders the car had swerved for a car in front of it, veered onto the gravel on the side of the road and slammed into the pillar.

The following article is the most sensible that I have read this year, on what road safety is all about. Well done! This journalist should run Road Safety – MW

EDITORIAL COMMENT: New traffic regulations unnecessary

December 18, 2015 Opinion & Analysis Chronicle Zimbabwe

The government this week announced a raft of measures aimed at reducing carnage on the country’s roads. The new measures come at a time when the nation is preparing for the Christmas and New Year festivities which usually record an upsurge in road traffic accidents.

According to new regulations, motorists risk being jailed for driving without a spare wheel, reflective triangles and fire extinguishers. It is now illegal for any vehicle to be fitted with more than two spot lights. Motorists who flout the regulations, if convicted are liable to a fine or imprisonment. It is now mandatory to carry a spare wheel, reflective triangles, tools kit and fire extinguishers under the new regulations which came into effect on Monday. Under the new regulations, vehicles should be equipped with no more than two spot lights which should be fitted at the height lower than that of the head lamps and shall be focused as to avoid dazzling the vision of the driver of an oncoming vehicle on a level road.

Vehicles fitted with more than two spot lights are not allowed on any road in Zimbabwe. It is an offence to drive a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a serviceable spare wheel, an efficient jack and a wheel-brace or wheel spanner. Zimbabwe has over the years witnessed an upsurge in road traffic accidents especially during public holidays such as Christmas and New Year and most of the accidents have been blamed on human error.

Research has in fact proved that more than 80 percent of the accidents are caused by motorists which means they can be avoided, hence the government has moved in to tighten regulations.

We are, however, of the feeling that the government this time around missed the point in its move to try and reduce the carnage on the country’s roads. Most of the new traffic regulations would not assist in reducing the carnage on the country’s roads but would instead increase inconveniences caused to motorists. Moving without a spare wheel for example will not cause an accident but would inconvenience a motorist in the event of a puncture. Moving with or without a tool kit will again not have an effect on road accidents but will inconvenience a motorist and his passengers. What has been established to be major causes of accidents is drunken driving, speeding, reckless driving, fatigue, unroadworthy vehicles and overloading. These are the issues that government should urgently address by coming up with stiff penalties.

The cocktail of new traffic regulations are, in our view, meant to make travelling more comfortable and enjoyable for both motorists and passengers but will not help reduce accidents. We want to therefore implore the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to revisit the issue of new traffic regulations with a view to coming up with regulations that help reduce accidents.

19 Injured in taxi crash in Durban

18th Dec 2015 Garrith Jamieson

19 Injured in taxi crash in Durban

Nineteen people have been injured two critically so after a taxi lost control and rolled several times on the N3 North bound near Spaghetti just after 7am this morning.

Rescue Care Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a single taxi had left the roadway and rolled numerous times up a bank at the Spaghetti Junction. Two patients had sustained critical injuries and were stabilized on the scene by Advanced Life Support Paramedics. One of the critically injured was placed on a manual ventilator. Once all of the injured had been stabilized on the scene they were transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required.

At this stage it is unclear what caused the taxi to roll however the necessary authorities were on the scene and will be investigating further.

Almost 500 drivers caught speeding in Mpumalanga – in one day

2015-12-18 Sharon Hammond, News24 correspondent

Mbombela – Some 496 drivers have been fined for speeding and 25 for drunk driving on Mpumalanga’s roads – all in one day.The incidents took place on public holiday, December 16. A further 110 were fined for overtaking on a solid line, said Joseph Mabuza, spokesperson for the provincial department of community safety, security and liaison.He said traffic officials also clamped down on overloading a day before the public holiday began. “The MEC [Vusi Shongwe] together with the management of the department supported operations held at different weigh bridges of the province,” said Mabuza on Thursday.He said Shongwe noted that overloading was one of the contributors to road accidents in the province; particularly during the holidays when vehicles were heavily loaded with goods and passengers.  On Tuesday, 665 vehicles were weighed and 75 motorists were charged for overloading.Of the vehicles weighed, 21 were found to be unroadworthy and were issued with notices to discontinue.

Eastern Cape road death toll continues to climb 5 dead 6 injured

2015-12-17  Jeff Wicks, News24

“They were transported by ambulance to the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital for treatment,” he said. Kupelo added the accident was the third fatal incident on the R61 over the weekend.

“On Friday we had an accident in which eight people were killed and that followed another accident in which three people were killed.

“What has become clear is that speeding and negligent driving would need to be investigated further. Motorists seem to be ignoring the roadworks happening on this road,” Kupelo said. He added that with the Eastern Cape being a “labour sending” province, workers had begun returning home.

“We urge people to plan their journeys because roadworks across the province are causing delays and people must be patient. We have taken a position as provincial government to deploy traffic officials at strategic points,” he said.

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ZA: Eight injured in head on collision

Eight people were injured after a head on collision on the N12 about 20 kilometres outside of Potchefstroom. The collision occurred at approximately 10:00 pm last night.

After ER24 paramedics assessed the scene they found that one person had sustained critical injuries which included a partial leg amputation. Four children under the age of twelve sustained minor injuries and three others were left with moderate injuries. ER24 paramedics treated and transported the critically injured patient as well as the children to Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital for further treatment. The remaining patients were treated and transported by other medical services on scene.

The cause of the incident remains unknown, however local authorities were on scene for further investigation.

Tombs bus accident kills 1 in SA, 8 seriously injured

by Staff reporter 16 December 2015 

A Zimbabwean woman was killed while eight other people were seriously injured when a Tombs Motorways bus overturned between Makhado and Musina towns on Monday morning. The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Chegutu. Makhado police spokesperson Constable Irene Radzilane said the incident occurred near Ingwe Lodge, 5km outside Makhado town along the N1 highway.

She said the injured were taken to Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital while the body of the deceased was taken to Makhado government mortuary.

“The bus was travelling to Zimbabwe with 65 passengers on board. It overturned when it reached Ingwe Lodge killing one woman who is around 38 years on the spot. Eight other people were seriously injured,” said Cst Radzilane. “The name of the deceased is unknown since she was not documented. Anyone with information should contact us on 0027 15 519 4300.” She said further investigations into the matter were underway.

Cst Radzilane also urged motorists and other road users to always abide by the road traffic regulations so as to avoid the unnecessary loss of life. The latest accident brings to 16 the total number of Zimbabweans who have died in road carnages along the N1 highway this year alone.

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.

8 killed in Eastern Cape head-on collision

2015-12-15  Genevieve Quintal, News24

Mthatha – Eight people have been killed in a head-on collision near Tabase outside Mthatha on Tuesday, the Eastern Cape government said.

The collision was between a fully loaded taxi and a Mercedes-Benz on the R61, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.He said the death toll could rise. Further details were not immediately available

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Six injured in five vehicle collision, Noordhoek

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Six people were injured this morning after a six vehicle collision on Ou Kaapse Weg in Noordhoek in the Western Cape.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, responded to the scene to find the road blocked by numerous vehicles.

On assessment, paramedics found that six people were injured on the scene, one of them critically.

Paramedics from various services began their treatment of the patients and provided the critically injured patient with advanced life support interventions.

Once treated, all the patients were transported to various hospitals for further assessment. Metro had to close the road for some time as to allow the scene to be cleared. Local authorities were on scene to investigate the cause of the collision.

Five die in KZN head on collision

14  December 2015

Five people have been killed after a light motor vehicle collided head-on with a tow truck in Ophongolo in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincial Emergency Services Spokesperson, Robert Mckenzie says one of the vehicles caught alight and the occupants were burnt beyond recognition.

“Five people have sustained fatal injuries on crash involving to vehicles on the N2 highway, near Phongolo, northern Kwazulu-Natal. One of the vehicles caught alight after the crash. Two people sustained serious injuries in the crash and were treated by the paramedics from the department of health emergency medical services.”

Two die in Limpopo wreckage

14 December 2015 Michael Makungo

Emergency personnel used the jaws of life to remove people who were trapped in the wreckage.(ER24)

Two people have died and other four seriously injured in a head on collision between two vehicles on the N1 south outside Polokwane in Limpopo on Saturday night.

The injured have been taken to a provincial hospital in Polokwane. It’s alleged that one of the vehicles went to the lane of oncoming traffic while avoiding colliding with a truck when the accident happened.

Emergency personnel used the jaws of life to remove people who were trapped in the wreckage.

Another accident happened at the same spot also last night, however no injuries were reported.

Journalists cheat death

by Thobekile Zhou 14 December 2015 ws

Scores of Harare based journalists cheated death after a NetOne hired bus they were travelling on hit a cow and veered off the road.

The scribes where returning to Harare from Bulawayo after watching Highlanders lift the Easy Call Cup on Sunday. No one was seriously injured and those who sustained minor injuries are currently receiving treatment in Gweru. Also on the bus was the official Netone Mascot – popular Dynamos fan Brian Gowa known as Dembada.

Normally, NetOne buses pays Harare journalists to their function much to the disdain of other reporters in various centres who are left out.

Car crashes into pole, killing two, Buccleuch

13th December 2015
Car crashes into pole, killing two, Buccleuch

Two men were killed this afternoon when their vehicle crashed into a light pole off the N1 highway in Buchleuch, Johannesburg. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found a light motor vehicle smashed against a street pole. Two male occupants lay trapped inside the vehicle.

On assessment, paramedics discovered that one of the occupants had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries. The second occupant was found lying trapped inside the vehicle in a critical condition. Fire services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the patient.

Paramedics treated the patient and provided him with advanced life support interventions. Unfortunately, after some time, the patient succumbed to their injuries and was declared dead on scene. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Driver found metres from vehicle in Potch accident

2015-12-13 Tammy Petersen, News24

The vehicle from which a man was flung. (Photo supplied)

The vehicle from which a man was flung. (Photo supplied)

 Cape Town – The body of a man was found metres from his bakkie after it rolled off the N12, 15km outside of Potchefstroom, on Sunday morning.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring in a statement said paramedics were called to the scene shortly after 07:00, and on arrival found a bakkie lying some distance off the side of the road.“On assessment, paramedics found the lifeless body of the driver lying five metres from his vehicle,” he said.“Nothing more could be done for the patient and he was declared dead on scene.” Meiring said it was understood that the driver lost control of the bakkie, causing it to roll multiple times. Authorities were on scene to investigate the incident.

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Truck and transporter collide injuring 17, Pietermaritzburg

Truck and transporter collide injuring 17, Pietermaritzburg

17 people were injured this afternoon when a truck t-boned a transporter vehicle on Market Road in Pietermaritzburg.

ER24 paramedics responded to the scene, and on arrival, found the truck and transport vehicle sitting in the middle of the road. Occupants from the transporter were found seated on the nearby pavement.

On assessment, paramedics found that 17 patients from the transporter had sustained only minor to moderate injuries.

Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg for further treatment.

The driver of the truck fortunately did not sustain any injuries. Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Two killed, two critical after head-on collision, Fochville

Two killed, two critical after head-on collision, FochvilleTwo men have been killed and two others injured this afternoon after two light motor vehicles collided head-on on the N12 outside of Fochville.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene to find both vehicles sitting in the middle of the road. Debris from both vehicles were spread across the scene.

Paramedics assessed the scene and found that two men, one in each vehicle, had sustained fatal injuries in the collision. Unfortunately nothing more could be done for the patients and they were declared dead on scene.

Two other patients, both woman in their 30s, were found on scene with critical injuries. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and provided the patients with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, both patients were transported to nearby hospitals. One was airlifted by the ER24 Helicopter while the second was transported by road ambulance.

Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

17 000 ‘ruthless’ traffic officers to hit roads over festive season

10th December 2015 Karabo Ngoepe, News24

The death toll on South African roads has reached 1 200. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Pretoria – About 17 000 traffic officers will be deployed across the country as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) and government try to curb accidents this festive season.

RTMC CEO Makhosini Msibi said traffic officers would not be allowed to go on leave during the festive season to ensure there was enough manpower on the ground.”We have 21 000 officers throughout the country, but we will be working with an average of 17 000. There will be officers on the road after every 30kms,” Msibi told reporters on Wednesday.”Officers will be conducting visible policing, while others will be recording speeds between the different points motorists will be passing.” Msibi was outlining plans for the festive season and how they would go about reducing road carnage. He said one of the biggest contributors to accidents on the roads was speeding.Msibi called on South Africans to stick to the speed limit. He added that there would be ghost cars on the roads to deal with speedsters. “We are going to be ruthless during this festive season,” he said. Apart from dealing with speed, officers would also be checking on the roadworthiness of cars.”There will be mobile weighing and testing stations on the road to ensure vehicles are roadworthy. We are not only going to be focusing on taxis because the majority of accidents are caused by private vehicles. There will be queues at the weighing bridges, it is a necessary inconvenience,” he said. The weighing and testing stations would also force people to rest and freshen up before continuing with their journey, he added.He said people should refrain from timing their trips and should rather focus on getting to their destinations in one piece. We are impatient and don’t respect each other [on the roads]. People calculate the time and say, I will leave Pretoria at such a time and I will be in Durban in five hours. Can we desist from that? Can we push it to eight hours?” he said. Msibi said a shift in mindset was required to be able to reduce accidents.Since the beginning of December, 218 people have died in accidents throughout the country. The number is slightly higher compared to the same period last year when 205 people died.

Tragedy Strikes As 6 Die In Kogi Auto Crash

Tragedy has struck in Kogi state as six people were on Wednesday, December 9, confirmed dead in an accident that occurred around Jimgbe, about 10 kilometres to Lokoja, the state capital.

The Nation reports that the accident involving one commercial bus and two tipper trucks happened close to Salem University, in Jimgbe village, around 10 am.

It was gathered that the commercial bus with registration no GKP 12 YN was attempting to overtake one of the tipper trucks marked UNN 702 XA right on the Jimgbe bridge when it brushed the other and forcing both off the bridge.

The six people confirmed dead were occupants of the commercial vehicle, including the driver while the second and the oncoming tipper truck with registration number LKJ 690 XA veered into the bush as it tried to avoid a head-on collition with both vehicles.

However, a six-month old baby, including the drivers of both tipper trucks survived and immediately rushed to the hospital for medical attention. William Aya, the Kogi state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), could however not confirm the incident.

The tragic incident comes just days after a car accident killed three and injures two in Abuja.

Zimbabwe: Trafficked Ethiopians Die in Crash – AllAfrica.com

64 accidents in 48 hours in Durban

IPSS MEDICAL RESCUE Two light motor vehicles were involved in a head on collision on the R614 near Nsuze.

Durban – Sixty-four accidents over a 48-hour period left emergency services with their hands full in Durban over the past weekend.At least eight people died and 48 were injured in the accidents.In one incident this weekend, IPSS Medical Rescue reported that the KwaDukuza Fire Department extricated three people and treated two patients and transported them to Stanger hospital in a critical condition. The third person died on scene.IMG_3132

In another accident two light motor vehicles, were involved in a head-on collision on the R614 near Nsuze.One person was declared dead on scene while another is in a critical condition.This comes as MEC for Transport in KwaZulu-Natal Willies Mchunu is set to launch the province’s Integrated Festive Safety Plan on Wednesday.

Two people died an three were injured when a vehicle overturned on the N2, near Ifafa.

5,996 killed, 32,063 injured in road traffic accidents- Gov. Abubakar

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Bauchi-The Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar has  said that the country recorded 5,996 deaths while 32,063 were injured as a result of road traffic accidents in the year 2014. The Governor stated this yesterday during the opening ceremony of the Federal Road  Safety Corps 2015 Zonal workshop, entitled ” Marshalling resources for improved stakeholders consultation” at the Government house in bauchi.

He said that in Bauchi state, 269 persons were killed while 32,063 persons sustained injuries during the year under review. Governor Abubakar said that from the month of January to September 2015, 123 persons were killed while 1,387 were injured in bauchi state. “Safety Digest reported that 2010, road traffic cost Nigeria about 30% of the nation’s gross domestic product which is about 17% of the current national reserve”

“Statistics  presented during the United Nation global ministerial conference held in Russia 2009, showed that 1.3 billion people died as a result of road crashes every year, not less than 80% of these crashes and deaths occur in the third world country” The Governor said

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to partner with the federal road safety commission in the state to reduce the rate of traffic road crashes to the barest minimum.

In his address at the occasion, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi who was represented by Deputy Corp Marshal of the commission,  Ahmed Hassan said that the workshop was timely, which was aimed at addressing the menace of road accident in the country.

He stressed on the importance of stakeholders partnership in the fight against road crash, noting that road traffic activities are the duties of every citizens of the country.

Highlight of the occasion was the decoration of three government officials with  honorary special marshals. They include the Speaker of the Bauchi  State  House of Assembly, Hon Kawuwa Damina, the  Chief of Staff,  Government house,  Abdul Sule Katagum  and the Vice Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Professor Saminu Ibrahim.

ZA: Driver and passenger injured in Gateway crash

Driver and passenger injured in Gateway crashDecember 07, 2015

A driver and passenger have been left with moderate injuries in a collision this morning at a traffic circle near to the Moreland Millennium Bridge.

It’s unclear what caused the driver to lose control of the car, resulting in it overturning. Both of the injured were attended to on scene before being taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance for further care.

KZN taxi boss, 4 cops killed in separate crashes

2015-12-07  Amanda Khoza, News24

Durban – A KwaZulu-Natal taxi boss was killed when his vehicle collided with another car at the weekend, the provincial Department of Transport said on Monday.KwaDukuza Taxi Association’s deputy chairperson Bongizwe Mhlongo, 41, was driving in Nsuze, near Ndwedwe, on Saturday when he crashed. He died on impact.

KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said four police officers had also died in a head-on collision in Harding at the weekend. He said road crashes were a “menace to society”.

“As we enter the festive season holidays, we are again urging citizens, drivers, pedestrians, bikers and cyclists to respect road traffic rules strictly and to drive cautiously.  “It is possible to have an accident-free province and country, if only we put our individual and collective consciousness to it.” Mchunu said the department would launch the province’s festive season safety campaign at the Mooi River Toll Plaza on December 9.

Fifteen killed in KZN, EC accidents

SOUTH AFRICA Sunday 6 December 2015File: Major accidents over the weekend in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have left 15 people dead. Photo: Twitter / @ER24

CAPE TOWN – Three major accidents in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have left 15 people dead over the weekend, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Sunday.The number of fatalities included four police officers who died when their vehicle collided with a minibus taxi in Harding, southern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Another collision involving a light delivery vehicle, two sedans and two taxis on the N2 in Margate left two other people dead.The other accident claimed eight lives when a taxi collided with a truck on the N9 between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape on Saturday night.

It is believed that the taxi hit a cow before the driver lost control and veered head-on into a truck.The RTMC said investigations into the causes of the accidents are under way. The agency has urged motorists to drive carefully and obey the rules of the road.

Midlands R603 crash leaves three injured

5th December 2015

Midlands R603 crash leaves three injured

This morning Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a head-on crash on the R603 in Eston Kwa Zulu Natal. Exact detail to the cause of the crash and preceding events is still speculative and will remain a subject for police investigation and comment.

Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that one of the vehicles had burst into flames on impact; fortunately, members of the public had pulled the man from the wreckage. Reports indicate that three people were injured but two was taken away by passers-by before our arrival. The driver of the vehicle that was burning was found to have sustained critical injuries.

Paramedics worked tirelessly at the scene to stabilise the man before they transported him to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg under the care of an advanced life paramedic for the specialised care that he required.

Nigeria: Oil tanker spills fuel, leaves houses, cars burnt in Lagos

Oil tanker spills fuel, leaves houses, cars burnt in Lagos

An oil tanker spilled its content around the Ojuelegba area of Surulere, Lagos early on Saturday, leading to a fire that destroyed four houses and several vehicles parked in the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that the fuel-laden tanker was conveying 33,000 litres of petrol and fell on the railings of the Ojuelegba bridge around 2.00a.m.

Giving his own account, Mr Rasak Fadipe, Director, Lagos State Fire Service, said that the tanker was ascending the Ojuelegba bridge, but rolled back and spilled the content on the road. Fadipe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some of the spilled content went into a nearby canal in the area.

”When we came here at about 5.30a.m, we tried to dispense liquid foam into the manholes and canal to avoid fire outbreak. ”I had gone round to see the area affected by the spill. While going round, I met some men smoking Indian hemp along the canal. “I warned them against it, that it may result to fire outbreak. ”They disregarded my advice. It was not long after talking with them that the fire broke out from there.

“If we had not dispensed chemical foams into the canal, the whole of Barracks area in Surulere would have been burnt down. ”So far, no casualties, three persons were taken to hospital as a result of shock, ”Fadipe said. A resident of the area, Miss Wunmi Bolu, however, told NAN that the fire started at 4.00a.m, hours after the tanker fell at 2a.m.

“It was when they were trying to tow the tanker that the chain broke and fuel started spilling,’’ she said, explaining that it later led to the fire.

A resident of Makinde Street, Ojuelegba, Mr Kayode Kadiri, urged government to seek lasting solutions to stop the perennial accidents of articulated vehicles along Ojuelegba area of Lagos.

In September, a container-laden truck fell off the Ojuelegba bridge, destroying cars and killing three persons.

Ghana: One dead; four injured in fatal road crash

 Dec 05, 2015

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An 18-year-old girl died at the spot in a gory accident at Nyamebekyere, off the Mamfe-Koforodua road in the Eastern region.

Three other persons on board the vehicle sustained various degrees of injuries and have been rushed to the Koforidua regional Hospital.

The accident occurred when the driver of a Toyota Corolla saloon car with registration number GR 7907-15 who was allegedly over speeding lost control of the vehicle and ran into a ditch Saturday morning.

Car Falls From Bridge, Kills Three, Injures Two In Abuja

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Three persons lost their lives while two others were seriously injured after a vehicle plunged into a bridge at Ushafa, along Dutse-Bwari expressway in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

It was gathered that a Toyota Carina 2 car, with registration number, AE 233 YLA, carrying five passengers, crashed under the bridge suddenly. An eyewitness said the driver, who was on top speed, on approaching the bridge, lost control and veered off the road and plunged into the river.

He said the three persons died on the spot as they were trapped in the car, which was damaged beyond repair. Similarly, an articulated truck was also involved in an accident same day while making a u-turn along Dutse-Bupma road in the area.

It was learnt that the driver of the truck with registration number, EH 345 DKA, rammed into a ditch after it lost control, leaving two persons injured. Confirming both accidents, unit commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dutse, Henry Igwe, said three persons died in the car that plunged into the river, adding that the injured were rescued through the combined efforts of his men and other security operatives.

Truck driver injured on N3 Townhill

Truck driver injured on N3 Townhill

A man was injured on the N3 Townhill south bound towards Pietermaritzburg earlier today.It is understood that the man, driving a truck, tried to avoid an obstruction as well as three other cars on the road.

When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found that none of the occupants of the cars, who were apparently also trying to avoid the obstruction when they lost control of their vehicles, were injured.

The truck driver however was assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries.He apparently lost control of the vehicle and rolled down an embankment.The truck was badly damaged. The man was treated on scene and transported to hospital for further medical care.Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Police dismiss whatsapp accident claims 70 dead

by Staff reporter 03 December 2015

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has dismissed as false messages circulating on the social media alleging that 70 students from Mutare Boys High School have died following a bus accident.

Drag racers with SA registered car crash, die in Bulawayo CBD

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TWO people died on the spot after the vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a tree in Bulawayo’s Central Business District last Saturday. The incident happened at about 12 midnight as the pair was allegedly coming from Queens Sports Club where they had allegedly been drinking beer. They were travelling in a South African registered Opel Corsa.

Thubelihle Dlodlo of Bellevue and Clifford Sibanda, from Hillside were allegedly drag racing when the accident occurred. The Bulawayo Fire Brigade officer Edward Mpofu yesterday said the accident occurred at about 12AM and fire fighters were at the scene five minutes later.

“We retrieved two bodies in the car. One of them was trapped. They were travelling in a South African registered Opel Corsa. The vehicle veered off the rod before ramming into a huge tree,” said Mpofu.

He said the pair could have been speeding as evidenced by the serious damage on their car. “I just suspect they were speeding. It’s said that they were coming from Queens Sports Club.” he said. Sources claim that the victims were street racing.

2 police die in highway car crash

by Elizabeth Tsuro 02 December 2015

Police officers examine the vehicle involved in a head on collision yesterday

TWO police officers died on the spot while a woman was seriously injured when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head on with a haulage truck on the outskirts of Gweru yesterday morning.

The Mazda vehicle which was coming from Kwekwe, was being driven by one of the officers. The injured woman was rushed to Kwekwe General Hospital and her condition is said to be critical.

When The Chronicle visited the scene of the accident, which is about 20km from Gweru at around 10AM, the bodies were still at the scene covered with jackets. Police officers later placed them in one coffin before they were taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary at around 10:30AM. Witnesses said the accident occurred at around 5AM.

“I saw the white Mazda encroaching onto the lane of oncoming traffic leading to a head on collision,” said a motorist who declined to be named. Another witness Tinei Masuku said the haulage truck veered off the road after the impact.

Efforts to get a comment from Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko were fruitless as he was said to be out of office. His mobile phone went unanswered.

Six injured in five vehicle collision

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Six people sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate in a collision that occurred on the N3 North in Pietermaritzburg yesterday afternoon.

The collision involved a truck, two bakkies and two light motor vehicles. ER24 paramedics treated and transported a total of four patients to Northdale Hospital for further treatment. The other patients were treated transported to hospital by other medical services on scene. The cause if this incident remains unknown, however local authorities were on scene for further investigation.

19 killed in incident between truck and taxi

29th November 2015

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It is understood that 19 people died and four others were critically injured in an incident involving a truck and taxi on the R28 towards Vereeniging about 6 kilometres from Westonaria. ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the area in chaos. Patients were lying all over the scene.

It is understood that the taxi lost control and the truck collided with it. The taxi apparently rolled multiple times and burst into flames. Patients were ejected.

Patients sustained multiple injuries including burn wounds. Three people who were critically injured were airlifted to hospital for further medical care. This included a young child.

One critically was transported by ambulance and the truck driver who sustained minor injuries was transported to hospital as well. The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene.

Teenagers caused accident which killed 15 people

29 November 2015

Three boys from Mudzi who allegedly rolled two big stones into the middle of the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, causing the road traffic accident that killed 15 people last week, have been arrested. The accused minors who are aged 12, 14 and 16 from Chief Nyamukoho’s area, were arrested by police in Kotwa after one of them reportedly confessed to causing the accident.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the development, saying investigations were in progress. “We are investigating accusations being levelled against the three minors,” said Nyathi.

However, according to a reliable source, the matter came to light after intensive awareness campaigns by police who engaged the community on the dangers of putting dangerous objects on the roads. It is alleged that the boys had accompanied a relative to a bus station on the fateful Friday night when they rolled two rocks to the middle of the road.

The Mudzi accident happened at around 11:20pm at the 205km peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway. According to police, 23 members of the African Apostolic Sect (Mwazha) sect were on board a Mazda Bongo vehicle when the driver lost control after hitting two big stones in his lane and swerved into the opposite lane where it collided head on with a bus which had 16 passengers on board.

Police said 13 people including the driver of the Mazda Bongo died on the spot. Twenty-two people were injured and rushed to Kotwa Hospital where two others died while being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. Four people escaped the accident unhurt.

9 Catholics Die In  Auto Crash 11 injured

Oladele Hakeem 29th Nov 2015

The women were on their way back from a burial ceremony at Orumba local government area of Anambra state, with 11 other people sustaining various degrees of serious injuries.

In matters related to accidents on Nigerian roads, the Federal Road Safety Corps on Sunday, November 15, attributed most accidents to speeding and violation of other traffic rules.

The ugly incident occurred before Ajalli police station along Ekwulobia road with the deceased in their 18-seater bus. An anonymous eyewitness who spoke to newsmen stated that the driver of the tipper vehicle was possibly drunk before he ran into the bus bringing the 9 Catholics back from Nanka, the hometown of the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Revd Paulinis Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor.

Findings indicated that while 6 of the women died immediately, the remaining 3 later died in the hospital. Out of those that sustained injuries, 10 were taken to an unnamed hospital. Two others with more serious injuries were moved to Nnamdi Azikiwe Univer­sity Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra state.

The names of the deceased were: Mrs Su­san Okafor, mother of Sr. Jane Francis Okafor, Mother-General of Sisters of Jesus The Saviour Ele­le, Rivers State; Mrs Alice Nwankwo Igbidi; Mrs Christiana Iloh; Mrs Cath­erine Okafor Agu; Mrs Veronica Ezibe; Mrs Rose Ogbunankwo, Secretary of the parish council; Mrs Therese Okoligan; Mrs Fredrick Ezeonwu and Mr Samuel Offormata known as Ashanti, who drove the bus involved in the accident.

Woman extricated from vehicle

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Three women were injured when the vehicle they were in rolled on Wetton Road, in Wynberg Cape Town, in the early hours of this morning.

ER24 and Life Healthcare paramedics as well as Metro Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and found that one woman was trapped in the vehicle that was lying on its side. Metro Rescue extricated the woman from the vehicle.

She as well as the two other women, one believed to be about six months pregnant, were assessed and found to have sustained moderate injuries. They were treated and transported to hospital for further medical care.

The exact cause of the incident is unknown. Authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Truck falls onto Gautrain tracks

PRETORIA – A truck fell from an overhead street onto the Gautrain tracks in Pretoria on Saturday morning.The accident happened in the Muckleneuk area. No one on the Gautrain is reported to be injured, but emergency workers are still trying to get to the truck driver, according to Twitter reports.

Video shows crowd looting stationary truck in KZN

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A minor accident that saw a truck overturn attracted scores of looters on the R56 highway, Umkomaas, south of Durban on Tuesday.

A video of the incident emerged on social media while looting occurred showing people removing what appears to be plastic basin containers.

Speaking to News24, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed the incident saying the vehicle was travelling from Pietermaritzburg to Ixopo.

Pupils injured in Blakiston school bus crash

November 25, 2015  by AUDREY MUTASA

A BUS ferrying Blakiston Primary School pupils from Harare for a field trip in Kariba was involved in an accident near Karoi on Monday morning, sending parents into panic, as social media networks broke the news.When NewsDay visited the school, restless parents and guardians were demanding clarification from authorities after learning of the news via several social media platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp.

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A school official, who declined to be named, confirmed the accident and said some pupils had been injured and taken to Karoi District Hospital, saying there were no fatalities. “If you have relatives with Grade 4 kids at Blakiston Primary, may you check on them. Their bus was involved in an accident just after Karoi, Makuti area,” read a message on WhatsApp, while a picture of the stricken school bus also circulated.“The bus rolled three times.

We thank God no deaths were reported, but some were injured. The injured are admitted at Karoi Hospital.” The official at the school said: “I cannot talk to the media without the authority from the (Education) ministry. Parents came here to enquire after learning of the accident, but as I said, I can’t say more.”Police spokespersons Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba and Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi could not be reached for comment yesterday, as their mobile phones were not reachable. A policeman in Karoi said he could not comment on the accident, as he had forwarded a report to Harare and only Charamba and Nyathi could comment.

While some parents were anxious about the safety of their children, others were attending the prize-giving day for the early childhood development class, seemingly oblivious of the unsettling situation.

 Ibadan Expressway dangerous transport

Nairaland user shared photos of two men riding a bike and carring another bike on top of the bike they are riding. The scene is quite shoking and dangerous even to look at.

“On my way back home from work this evening along toll gate to iworoad I found this shocking scene. It is quite unimaginable how Nigerians takes their life for granted, any mistake and their history,” the user with nickname elhakiimed noted.

15 die in Zimbabwe road accident

22nd Nov 2015

15 people died yesterday in a road accident which occurred along the Harare-Nyamapanda road near Nyamuwanga shopping centre in Mudzi.

National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident which occurred around 11.pm last night.

She said the circumstances were that, a Mazda Bongo was travelling towards Mutoko with 23 members of the Mwazha apostolic sect on board. On approaching that 205 kilometer peg, the vehicle hit two stones that were mounted on its lane. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it swerved to the right resulting in head-on collision with a commuter omnibus which was travelling towards the opposite direction with 16 passengers on board.

13 people including the driver of the Mazda Bongo died on the spot while 22 others, who were injured were rushed to Kotwa hospital. Two died later while being transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. Meanwhile, names of the deceased are being withheld until their next of kin are informed.

Three killed, two injured in Eastern Cape crash

2015-11-21 Genevieve Quintal, News24

The crash scene. (Photo supplied by the Eastern Cape Health Department)

The crash scene. (Photo supplied by the Eastern Cape Health Department)

 Middelburg – Three people were killed and two others injured when the car they were travelling in overturned on the N10 about 10km outside Middelburg, the Eastern Cape health department said on Saturday.

The group were travelling from Port Elizabeth to Noupoort, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.The two critically injured were taken to the Middelburg Hospital.The driver was among those injured and had already been discharged from hospital.
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Kenyans stuck in ’50km’ traffic jam on Nairobi-Mombasa road

19th November 2015

Mombasa-Nairobi traffic jamImage copyrightNTVImage captionSome people have been stuck in the jam for more than 48 hours

Kenyan police have been deployed to ease a traffic jam reportedly stretching for 50km (30 miles) on the highway between Mombasa and Nairobi. The road is crucial for East Africa’s economy as it links the port of Mombasa to landlocked countries, such as Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda. The worst-affected area is around Taru, about 80km from Mombasa. Correspondents say the jam has been caused by repairs to the road following heavy rains.

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Mombasa-Nairobi traffic jamImage copyrightNTVImage captionSome people have been stranded miles from the nearest shop

Traffic jams are common in Kenya and are often caused by its badly maintained road network but this is said to be the worst for several years.

More than 1,500 trucks have been stuck, Willingtone Kiberenge, acting chief executive of the Kenya Transporters Association, told Reuters news agency.

Some motorists have been stuck in the countryside, miles from the nearest shop, since the jam began on Tuesday evening.

“I have not eaten since yesterday morning, not showered and not even changed clothes,” Nathaniel Chweya, a lorry driver taking 10 cars to the Ugandan capital of Kampala, told Reuters.

Two killed after trucks catch fire on N8

2015-11-19 Jeff Wicks, News24

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Bloemfontein – Two people were killed when two trucks collided and caught alight on the N8 between Bloemfontein and Kimberley on Thursday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said at least two people sustained fatal burn injuries, leaving open the possibility that more may have been killed.

Paramedics arrived on scene, about 20km from Bloemfontein, and found the trucks alight. Fire and Rescue Services were on scene extinguishing the fire, she said.

“It was confirmed that there were two people who sustained burn injuries. Sadly there was nothing that could be done for them. “Authorities are on scene. It cannot be confirmed at this state if there were any other fatalities on scene,” Bodasing added.

In another incident in KwaZulu-Natal, two people were killed and four others injured when a bus and car collided on the Madadeni/Osizweni Road near Amajuba.

18 children injured after bus rolls on N4

2015-11-18 21:17

  • Johannesburg – Scores of children freed themselves from the remains of their bus by climbing out through the buses shattered windows, paramedics said on Wednesday.

The bus had rolled in Sunbury, Mpumalanga, leaving at least 18 children injured, said ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing.

“Its roof had collapsed and the doors and windows were broken. There was a lot of debris around the bus.

“The young children had apparently climbed out themselves through door and window openings,” said Bodasing.

The children had sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were treated on scene before being transported to hospital for further medical care.  The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

Last week, 3-year-old twin sisters were killed when their school bus caught fire in the Free State between Warden and Harrismith. About 19 other children were injured, including the twins’ 10-year-old sister who sustained severe burns to her face, trying to rescue her siblings from the blaze. Provincial education department spokesperson Howard Ndaba said the accident happened after the bus driver reportedly failed to apply the brakes after a terrible smell from the engine.

The driver was reported to have jumped out of the bus before it came to a standstill.

Ogun Nigeria:  Fatal Accident

18th November 2015

The reader, who did not disclose details of the incident, simply sent in the photos to our correspondent and did not also state whether there were casualties or not.

Bus overturns after being flagged down by traffic police

by Staff Reporter 17 November 2015

Several people were reportedly injured in Westgate, Harare, yesterday when a CAG bus overturned in wet conditions after the driver was flagged down by traffic police. In the picture, mechanics prepare to be getting ready to tow away the bus while people look on.

Bulawayo. 4 die in train, car collision

by Whinsley Masara 16 November 2015

Four people who died on the spot when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a train at a rail level crossing near Emganwini suburb in Bulawayo on Saturday night, were coming from a beer drink at Redwood in Figtree.

The vehicle which had two men and two women, was heading for Emganwini suburb when the driver failed to stop at a rail level crossing resulting in the accident. All the three passengers and the driver died on the spot.

The passenger train from Plumtreee was heading for Bulawayo and noone on the train was injured. Bulawayo Chief Fire Officer Richard Peterson who confirmed the death of the four people, said the vehicle was dragged for about 30 metres before it fell off the railwayline. Bulawayo province police spokesperson, Inspector Simango could not immediately comment on the accident.

Friends and relatives yesterday identified the male victims as Wonder Goredema, 63, and Gono Luckson, 46, both employees of Revival Motorways. The two women who were best friends and in their 20s were identified only as Rumbidzai and Melisa popularly known as “Gogola”.

Twin toddlers killed in N3 bus blaze

2015-11-13 Naledi Shange, News24

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Cape Town – Paramedics have confirmed that twin toddlers have been killed in a bus blaze on the N3 near Warden on Friday.

The girls were 3-year-olds, said Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha.Firefighters had been searching for the girls in the remains of the burnt bus.Two people were found to have sustained critical injuries while four were in a serious condition. Botha told News24 earlier that the cause behind the crash and the bus catching fire was not yet known.

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Container Falls Ontop Of A Car In Port Harcourt

Jerrywright Ukwu 13th Nov 2015

The incident is one of many accidents involving similar trucks across the nation which seem to have become a frequent concurrence. Accidents involving the trucks are more prominent in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos which has witnessed several of such accidents this year.

It is not clear if there were casualties in the accident but some witnesses claim one person was incised the car when the incident occurred.

The Lagos state government had vowed to go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravenes the law as such, the vehicle will be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.

On Friday, October 30, a similar accident occurred around the busy Bonny Camp bus-top in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Recall that on Wednesday, September 2, a heavy duty container skidded off the Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos and landed on two private cars, crushing the occupants of the vehicles.

Two days after the incident, another articulated truck skidded off along Ikorodu-Shagamu expressway causing serious vehicular obstruction in the axis.

Four Diplomats Involved In Car Accident In Abuja

Clement Ejiofor 10th November 2015

Four diplomatic corps officers from the Ethiopian Embassy were involved in a car accident that happened on Monday, November 9.

SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT ON INDEPENDENT AVENUE, CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (9/11/15). Credit: NAN-Photo

The Punch reports that the incident that occurred at about 2pm on Independence Avenue in the Central Business District in Abuja left the occupants of the diplomatic vehicle badly injured.

According to an eyewitness who pleaded for anonymity, the vehicle hit a billboard and somersaulted when the driver could not control the vehicle.

“I saw the vehicle and heard the noise when the driver was trying to apply the brake but he failed to control the vehicle.

“I think the driver slept off or lost control and collided with a billboard, pulling it down and making the vehicle to somersault.

“We pulled them out from the vehicle and they were badly injured. The police had rushed them to the hospital,” the witness said.

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DISTRICT IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (9/11/15). Credit: NAN-Photo

Meanwhile, Joseph Plangshak, a traffic officer, revealed that the cause of the accident was over-speeding and brake failure. He said that all the victims were taken to the National Hospital in Abuja for treatment.

“We were called to come and access the situation and evacuate the vehicle to ensure flow of traffic along the busy road,” he added.

Last week, another car accident happened few metres away from the Military Cemetary on the Airport Road in Abuja.

Nine vehicles crashed in the accident that was caused by a tipper driver whose vehicle apparently experienced a break failure.

Zimbabwe: Road accident kills 3

by Adelaide Moyo 09 November 2015

The wreackage of the Honda Fit which crashed in Victoria Falls on Friday night. A TEENAGER from Victoria Falls sneaked out of home for a beer drink leaving her two-year-old baby unattended, but she will not be able to hold the boy in her arms again.

Pinky Masuku, 18, was among the three people who died on the spot when a Honda Fit they were travelling in veered off the road and hit a tree near the Victoria Falls International Airport at midnight on Friday. One person suffered serious injuries in the accident that occurred at Chidobe Turn Off along the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo highway. The driver and only survivor, Nkosilathi Lusaba, a Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe employee, was airlifted in an EMRAS air rescue plane to Harare.

The four were driving from KoPanashe Leisure Spot which they left after it closed to continue drinking at Lupinyu Business Centre. Masuku was allegedly Lusaba’s girlfriend and they were travelling with two other friends, Nyasha Nyamandi and Andile Moyo, who also died in the accident.

Family members said Masuku left behind a two-year-old baby while Moyo is survived by a pregnant wife. John Nyamandi, Nyasha’s brother said: “Nyasha left home at 7PM with his friends and usually when they go out, they drink at Shoestrings. We heard that they left with their friend who works at the airport. They were drunk and the accident occurred when the driver tried to overtake another car. He lost control and the car veered off the road and hit a tree killing three of the passengers on the spot.”

12 injured when taxi overturns

2015-11-08 Lizeka Tandwa, News24

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Johannesburg – Twelve people were injured when a taxi overturned on the M13 in Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal on Sunday morning.

Shortly before 06:00 paramedics arrived on the scene where they found the taxi lying on its roof in the emergency lane of the highway, ER24 Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.A volunteer trauma doctor from Voluntary Emergency Medical Assistance Paramedics was already on the scene when ER24 paramedics arrived.Three people were treated for moderate injuries and nine others were treated for minor injuries on the scene. The injured were later transported to RK Khan and St Mary’s Hospitals.The exact cause of the accident was not known.

Nigeria: Family Dies In Fatal Car Accident In Benue State

 7th November 2015

Four members of a family crushed to death in a fatal accident that happened on Friday, November 6, along the Abakwa, Buruku local government area of Benue state.

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The accident involved a commercial bus that collided with a motorcycle carrying the family, which consisted of a man, his wife and two brothers.

All passengers of the motorcycle died on the spot, while a few passengers in the bus, including the driver, sustained serious injuries.Fatal car accident

Fatal car accident 1It was gathered that the deceased were returning from the burial of a family member when the tragic accident happened.

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Last month, 16 members of an extended family died in a fatal road mishap which occured at Gwarzo-Kano road in Kano state. The victims, who were relatives of the former managing director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Halilu Getso, were on their way to a naming ceremony when the accident happened.

Zimbabwe: 8 die in 2 accidents

by Staff reporter 06 November 2015

Eight people died in two separate horrific accidents in Masvingo this Friday.

In the first accident, six people died, three of them on the spot, while five others were injured when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst a tyre and overturned along the Masvingo-Great Zimbabwe highway. The commuter omnibus that was travelling from Nemamwa towards Masvingo city centre burst a tyre and veered off the road before overturning and landing in a nearby ditch.

Three people died on the spot while three others died on admission at Morgenster referral hospital. The accident occurred about six kilometres from Great Zimbabwe just before 1300hrs this Friday. When the ZBC News arrived at the scene of the accident, police were still removing the dead bodies from the wreckage of the commuter bus, while the injured were being ferried to hospital.

People who were close-by when the accident happened told ZBC News that they heard a loud noise that sounded like a tyre burst and rushed to the scene and found the injured crying for help. Some of the victims died while we were watching,” said an eye witness.

“We heard an unusual noise while in class at school and rushed to the scene of the accident . The victims were crying for help with no one to help them,” another eye witness said.  It is not yet clear whether the commuter bus was speeding or not.

In the second accident, two people were crushed to death after a Nissan Primera vehicle which was coming from the central business district collided with a 7-tonne Isuzu truck along the Masvingo-Harare highway late Friday afternoon.

The accident happened about 500 metres from the CBD, a few meters from the Masvingo Vehicle Inspection Depot. Eye witnesses say the Nissan Primera was speeding and the driver lost control of the vehicle resulting in him encroaching into the oncoming lane where he collided with the truck.

Of the three people who were in the vehicle, two died on impact while one was thrown out of the car and escaped with minor injuries. The driver of the truck was ferried to hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Road accidents claim hundreds of people every year in Zimbabwe with human error being the major cause.

15 injured, including children, in rear-end collision

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15 people were injured this afternoon, including 6 children, after a rear-end collision between a bakkie and minibus on the R103 Harrysmith Road, 10 kilometres outside of Ladysmith.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found the bakkie parked on the side of the road while the minibus was on the side of the road.

On assessment, paramedics found that 15 people had been injured in the collision, including 6 children aged between 4 and 7. Fortunately, the injuries sustained were only minor. No serious or fatal injuries were found on scene.

Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to various hospitals for further care. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

KZN: There has been a multiple vehicle crash in the Uthekela district

 There has been a multiple vehicle crash in the Uthekela districtEarlier this morning paramedics from KZN Emergency Medical Services responded to the R103 near the Peace Town turn off, where there was a crash reportedly involving a truck, bakkie and minibus.

The multivehicle crash left 12 people injured. The injured included four school children, who had been occupants of the minibus. The children had sustained minor injuries. The eight other patients, who had sustained serious injuries, were adults. The patients, were treated and stabilised by KZN EMS paramedics at the scene, before being transported to several hospitals in the area, by paramedics from KZN EMS and a local private ambulance service, for continued medical care.

The exact cause of the crash and the preceding events leading up to the crash are subject to police investigation and comment.

Baby killed in Zwelisha crash 5 dead 3 serious.

2nd November 2015 Naledi Shange, News24

Johannesburg – A baby girl was among five people who were killed when a vehicle crashed down an embankment in Zwelisha near Estcourt on Sunday. our other people survived the accident, said KwaZulu-Natal EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.”Paramedics from KZN Emergency Medical Services responded to the crash earlier this afternoon and had to clamber down to steep embankment to access the patients,” said Mckenzie.

One of the four was in a critical condition while the other three were in a serious condition. “The patients were stabilized at the scene, before being transported to hospital,” said Mckenzie. All nine of the patients were travelling in a single SUV. It was not immediately clear what had led to the crash.

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Nigeria: Fatal Accident In Anambra Leaves Many Dead

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A ghastly car accident occurred in the wee hours of Tuesday morning around 2am at the Obosi-nkpor Road in Anambra state.

Eyewitness report states that many passengers died on the spot as a result of varying degrees of injuries.

However, actual casualty figures has not been released.

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40 hurt in N2 bus crash

2015-10-26  Tammy Petersen, News24

The scene of a bus crash on the N2 in Cape Town (ER24)

The scene of a bus crash on the N2 in Cape Town (ER24)

  Cape Town – About 40 commuters were injured on Monday morning when two buses collided on the N2 near the Jan Smuts Bridge near Athlone, paramedics said.

Peak hour traffic was disrupted leading to major delays as two lanes of the highway were closed.ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement that paramedics arrived on scene and found some of the passengers from both buses walking around.”On assessment, paramedics found that roughly 40 patients had sustained minor to moderate injuries in the collision,” he said. No one was seriously injured. “Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to various hospitals in the area for further treatment.”The cause of the rear-end collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations,” Meiring said.

Kenya road death toll among the highest globally

25th October 2015

East Africa has some of the worst rates of road traffic accidents in the world, according to a new report.

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The Ntulele black spot on the Narok-Maai Mahiu road. Despite many people having lost their lives in grisly accidents here, many drivers still drive at dangerously high speeds near this sharp bend. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

East Africa has some of the worst rates of road traffic accidents in the world, according to a new report. The World Health Organisation says that Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda with respectively 29.1, 32.9 and 32.1 deaths per 100,000 people, are amongst the worst 10 performers — in terms of fatalities in Africa — and among the worst 20 worldwide. Uganda’s rate is a little better at 27.4.

The report, “the Global Status on Road Safety,” says that around 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes, despite improvements in road safety. The report also found that some vehicles sold in 80 per cent of all countries worldwide fail to meet basic safety standards, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where nearly 50 per cent of the 67 million new passenger cars were produced in 2014.

Forty of the 50 countries with the highest road-death rates across all ages are in Africa. Traffic accidents now kill more people than malaria in many African countries, including Kenya and Ethiopia.

Africa’s roads are the world’s deadliest for a multitude of reasons including lax enforcement of traffic rules, often due to corruption, poor road conditions, lack of pedestrian infrastructure such as pavements and crossings, and weak levels of accident and emergency care.

The report also says that no African country except South Africa meets any of the UN’s seven main vehicle safety standards. “Road traffic fatalities take an unacceptable toll – particularly on poor people in poor countries,” says Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.

However, the number of road traffic deaths is stabilising even though the number of motor vehicles worldwide has increased rapidly, as has the global population. In the last three years, 79 countries have seen a decrease in the absolute number of fatalities while 68 countries have seen an increase.

Countries that have had the most success in reducing the number of road traffic deaths have achieved this by improving legislation, enforcement, and making roads and vehicles safer. “We’re moving in the right direction,” adds Dr Chan. “The report shows that road safety strategies are saving lives. But it also tells us that the pace of change is too slow.”

The WHO report highlights that road users around the world are unequally protected. The risk of dying in a road traffic crash still depends, in great part, on where people live and how they move around.

LOWEST RATES

A big gap still separates high-income countries from low- and middle-income ones where 90 pc of road traffic deaths occur in spite of having just 54 pc of the world’s vehicles. Europe, in particular the region’s wealthier countries, has the lowest death rates per capita; Africa the highest, with the exception of Thailand and Iran.

The good news, however, is that more countries are taking action to make roads safer. In the last three years, 17 countries have aligned at least one of their laws with best practice on seat-belts, drink–driving, speed, motorcycle helmet or child restraints.

The report reveals that globally:

* 105 countries have good seat-belt laws that apply to all occupants;

* 47 countries have good speed laws defining a national urban maximum speed limit of 50 km/h and empowering local authorities to further reduce speed limits;

* 34 countries have a good drink–driving law with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit of less than or equal to 0.05 g/dl as well as lower limits of less than or equal to 0.02 g/dl for young and novice drivers.

1 dead, 14 injured in Pietermaritzburg accident

2015-10-25 Adam Wakefield, News24

Picture: ER24Johannesburg – One person died and 14 others were injured when a construction vehicle overturned on Murray Road in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday morning.The construction vehicle was transporting 15 passengers at the time of the accident, ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said.”When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene they found that besides the one deceased patient, all the other injuries that were sustained ranged from minor to moderate,” he said.”ER24 treated and transported a total of eight patients to Northdale Hospital for further treatment. The other patients were transported by other services to nearby hospitals.”The cause of the accident was unknown. Local authorities were investigating.

Zimbabwe: Fatal accident kills 6 pupils and 6 critical

by Staff reporter 23 October 2015

Unconfirmed reports indicate that six children who were travelling to school from Mberengwa to Zvishavane this morning have died in a fatal road accident which occurred along the Bulawayo-Zvishavane highway.

Five died on the spot, while one died on admission at Zvishavane hospital. Another six who were critically injured have since been transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo.

The accident occurred when a Toyota Granvia which transports the children to school veered off the road and rolled several times before it landed on its road. It is believed that they were 22 children on board. Ten are admitted at Zvishavane hospital.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to ZBC over the phone say the driver was speeding and lost control of the vehicle which then veered off the road and rolled several times before landing on its roof. However, police are still attending to the accident scene.

 38 children injured in Maritzburg bus accident

22nd October 2015  Adam Wakefield, News24

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Johannesburg – A total of 38 children between the ages of 4 and 7 were injured on Wednesday afternoon after the bus they were travelling in overturned at the Shive and Regina roads intersection in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, paramedics said.

“When ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene, they found a school bus lying on its side against a residence wall. Children from the bus were found walking around on scene,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.”On assessment, paramedics found that 38 children had sustained minor injuries in the collision. Fortunately no serious or fatal injuries were reported on scene.”

Paramedics treated the children and then transported them to various hospitals for further treatment. “It is understood that the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll,” he said. “Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.”

Zimbabwe: 4 killed in accident

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FOUR people died, while six others were seriously injured when a haulage truck they were travelling in overturned in Chipinge last Friday. The truck was carrying 17 tonnes of wheat.

The accident occurred near the 45km peg along the Birchenough Bridge-Mt Selinda Road at around 6.30pm. Police said the truck had 18 passengers on board who had been offered a lift.

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, confirmed the accident. “Police would like to confirm the death of four people in a road traffic accident which occurred near the 45km peg along the Birchenough Bridge-Mt Selinda Road on October 15, 2015,” she said. She said Moses Bomba was driving the truck with a trailer loaded with 17 tonnes of wheat.

“On approaching the 45km peg, the driver lost control of the truck and it veered off the road to the left, overturned and landed on its roof. Four people died on the spot and six others were injured while eight others escaped unhurt,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.

Traffic Accidents Kill 1.25 Million Each Year, Africa Deadliest: WHO


1.25 million people die in traffic accidents around the world every year, the World Health Organization said in the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety published Monday.

With Africa by far the continent with the most dangerous roads,WHO chief Margaret Chan said in a statement “Road traffic fatalities take an unacceptably high toll, particularly on poor people in poor countries,”

The UN health agency’s report showed that the situation is improving, with the number of deaths remaining stable in recent years even as the number of cars and other vehicles on the road has increased rapidly. But traffic accidents are still the leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds worldwide and cost governments on average about 3.0 percent of their annual gross domestic products, the report showed.

And while many countries have stepped up efforts to improve the situation, including law changes and making vehicles and roads safer, many poorer nations especially are lagging far behind.  A full 90 percent of global road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though they count only 54 percent of the world’s vehicles.

The death rate in Africa is particularly high, counting 26.6 annual traffic deaths for every 100,000 citizens, compared with 9.3 in Europe, where the death rate is the lowest.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” Chan said, noting that “the report shows that road safety strategies are saving lives.” “But it also tells us that the pace of change is too slow,” she added.

Nearly half of all those killed in traffic are either walking or on two wheels, Monday’s report showed, with pedestrians accounting for 22 percent of all deaths, motorcyclists making up 23 percent, and cyclists four percent.

Africa is particularly deadly for pedestrians and cyclists, who make up 43 percent of all road traffic deaths on the continent, according to the report. “Decision makers need to rethink transport policies,” said Etienne Krug, head of WHO’s disability, violence and injury prevention unit, warning that “the lack of policies aimed at vulnerable road users is killing our people and harming our cities.”

Monday’s report found that road safety had improved significantly in countries with laws regulating five risk factors: speed, drunk driving, and the use of helmets, seatbelts and child seats.

Over the last three years, 17 countries, with a total of 409 million inhabitants, have adopted laws in at least one of these areas in line with international best practices, it said. WHO recommends that maximum speed in urban areas should be set no higher than 50 kilometres (31 miles) per hour.

But only 47 countries, representing 950 million people, respect that recommendation, the report found.

The report also stressed the importance of banning drunk driving, noting that only 34 countries, with a total population of 2.1 billion, follow WHO recommendations to limit permitted blood alcohol levels to below 0.05 grammes, and for younger drivers to 0.02 grammes. “Twenty-one of these countries are in the European region, suggesting the need to extend good practice globally,” the report said.

As for helmet use, WHO would like to see it made mandatory for all two-wheel users, including children, but only 44 countries, with some 1.2 billion inhabitants, currently have such laws on the books.

A full 161 countries meanwhile have national seatbelt laws, and 105 of them, representing 4.8 billion people, meet best practices by requiring that the life-saving belts are fastened both in the front and back seats.

Monday’s report also found that vehicles sold in 80 percent of the world’s countries fail to meet basic safety standards.

2 killed, 13 injured as taxi rams into Greyhound bus

2015-10-19 15:14

Cape Town – Two people were killed and 13 injured when a taxi rammed into a Greyhound bus early on Monday morning on the N1 at the Hex River Pass between Touws River and De Doorns, Western Cape Traffic Services have confirmed.Traffic chief Kenny Africa said the crash occurred at 04:00 when the Toyota Quantum, heading north from Cape Town, drove into the stationery bus, which was parked on the side of the road with mechanical problems.”While there were no fatalities or injuries on the bus, two taxi passengers died and three were seriously injured. Ten others sustained slight injuries,” he said.The patients were taken to Worcester Hospital.

“The road was closed between 04:00 and 08:00 as the scene was cleared,” Africa said.

Touws River police are investigating.

10 killed in different E Cape accidents

Sunday 18 October 2015 21:06 SABC

South African roads continue to claim lives in horrific accidents.(SABC)

Ten people have been killed in various crashes in the Eastern Cape over the weekend.

In the latest one a mini-bus taxi overturned between Molteno and Dordrecht killing five people. Six people were injured, one of them seriously.  The Eastern Cape emergency services say the taxi was travelling from Ngcobo to Cape Town.

Meanwhile, five people have been killed in four separate crashes in Mqanduli, Tsolo, Kirkwood and Tarkastad.

Spokesperson for the provincial Health Department Sizwe Kupelo says more than 20 people were injured and hospitalised.

One person who was in a critical condition was airlifted to the Nelson Mandela academic hospital in Mthatha.

Ghana: Mahama’s driver threatened with curses after accident

18th Oct 2015

John Dramani Mahama ShadesPresident John Dramani Mahama

An estate developer, Nana Agyemang, whose vehicle was part of a presidential convoy accident at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region is threatening to invoke curses on the driver of the first family.

The driver, who is also a military man named as Benjamin Takyi, was said to have pulled a gun on the businessman and threatened to shoot him for being the cause of the accident. The accident occurred about a month ago when some members of President Mahama’s family run into a Chrysler belonging to real estate developer at Gomoa Ojobi in the Central region.

They were part of a convoy heading to Ekumfi Otuam where President John was expected to commission one of 200 Community Schools. The black Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle had both tyres deflated with a major dent around the bonnet area of the vehicle. The Chrysler vehicle had its driver’s door completely removed and tyre removed as well.

Since the accident about a month ago, Nana Agyeman on Adom News claimed the police has swept the case under the carpet because it involves people at the presidency. He indicated that his mangled Chrysler is still in police custody which is affecting his movement as a businessman.

“I spent a lot of money to rent a vehicle because the presidency has not repaired my Chrysler as promised,” he bemoaned. But his decision to invoke about 16 deities on Benjamin Takyi and his colleagues is because he dared him [Nana Agyeman] to do his worst because “ they are not ready to repair his car for him.”

“The driver who caused the accident insulted me at the police station, so I want to show him where power lies,” he stressed. Nana Agyemang called on President Maham to disassociate himself from the issue and do the right thing to save his family from the wrath of the gods.

Road accidents: 75 killed, 623 injured in one week

 17th October 2015

Road accidents: 75 killed, 623 injured in one week

 ALGIERS-Seventy-five (75) persons were killed and 623 others injured in 355 traffic accidents recorded over the country during the period from October 6 to 12, according to the National Gendarmerie’s toll published Wednesday.

The province of Algiers tops the list in terms of the number of accidents (20), followed by Bouira (17) M’sila (14), Oran and Sétif (13), the statement added.

The human factor remains the cause of these accidents, the drivers (88.45%) and pedestrians (05.35%), followed by other factors such as vehicle state (03.10%) and roads (03.10%), said the source.

Many Feared Dead As Arun River Swallows 18-Seater Bus

Eustace Dunn 16th Oct 2015

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed an incident about the immersion of an 18-seater commercial bus into a river in Ogun state on Thursday, October 15.

According to Vanguard, the bus had an unspecified number of passengers who may have drowned following the plunging of the bus into the Arun River at Ogere, near Ijebu Ode in the state.

In line with the confirmation by the NEMA public information officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed in Lagos that rescue operation had begun.

He said: “A report has just reached NEMA that an 18-seater bus plunged into Arun River at Ogbere, after Ijebu Ode in Ogun state. “NEMA, in strong partnership with the Ogun state government, Ijebu East local government council, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Nigerian police have mobilised local volunteers and divers to begin recovery of the victims.”

He noted, however, that only two bodies had been recovered from the scene. However, there are reports that this incident is the first to have vehicle plunge into the Arun River. It was said that there had been similar cases some years back.

Bus driver sentenced to three years after fatal crash

15th Oct 2015

Mbombela – A bus driver convicted on four counts of murder and 62 counts of attempted murder after the bus he was driving collided with a train in Mpumalanga five years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Goodman Ngomane, 49, from Mahushu near Hazyview, was sentenced when he appeared in the Circuit Local Division of the Eastern Circuit District Court in Mbombela on Wednesday.

The bus, which was ferrying pupils and teachers from Khokhoba Primary School in Islington Trust near Bushbuckridge, collided with a train outside Thulamahashe on July 31 2010. Ngomane and the passengers were returning from a school trip to Pretoria.

The bus was ferrying pupils and teachers from Khokhoba Primary School, in Islington Trust, back from a school trip to Pretoria. Three pupils and a teacher died, and 62 pupils and teachers were seriously injured.

Judge Nomsa Khumalo sentenced Ngomane to five years imprisonment, of which two years were suspended for five years. She also suspended his driver’s licence for 12 months. Khumalo said the accused told the court that his job and family were at stake. “The families who lost members have also not found closure,” Khumalo said.

Did not admit to all the facts. Ngomane’s defence, Coert Jordaan, said he had been instructed to apply for an appeal against the sentence. But Khumalo rejected the appeal, saying another court was unlikely to reach a different conclusion.

The judge said during his plea the accused had not admitted to all the facts. “He said when he approached the railway line, he noticed a stop sign on the right, stopped, looked right and left. He realised it was safe to cross.

“This is in contrast to what was submitted. Two witnesses, a Grade 4 teacher and Sydney Mathebula, who were in the front of the bus, did not say the accused stopped. The court gave sentence based on public safety,” Khumalo said.

Jordaan said they would like to take their application to the Supreme Court of Appeal. “The accused did not intentionally commit the crime, it was negligence. I believe another court would reach a different conclusion,” Jordaan said. Khumalo advised Jordaan to submit the application in writing.

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Car Accident Leaves 16 People Dead In Kano State

Clement Ejiofor 13th October 2015

At least 16 members of an extended family crushed to death in a fatal road mishap that happened at the weekend in Kano state.

Daily Post reports that 11 other people suffered varying degrees of injury in the accident, which occurred at Gwarzo-Kano road.

The victims, who were family members of the former managing director of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Halilu Getso, were on their way to a naming ceremony when the accident happened.

According to eyewitnesses, the two buses were overtaking another vehicle and in the process collided with an oncoming truck. The drivers of the buses and 16 passengers died on the spot.

Mallam Aminu Usman, the Kano state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, confirmed the accident and added that the bodies of the dead, mostly youths, had been evacuated and buried according to Muslim rites.

Same weekend, 6 people were seriously injured in a car accident that occurred at the Ile-Ise Awo junction along Lagos-Abeokuta road few kilometres to Neuro Psychatric hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun state. Sources disclosed that the driver of the car might have been drunk and lost control when it approached the truck.

Another horrible accident happened in Umuchu town in Anambra state, on Sunday, October 11. A truck driver lost control of his vehicle after its brake failed and about 25 died on the spot with over 40 others, who were seriously injured, rushed to different hospitals in the area.

Terrible Accident Leaves 25 People Dead In Anambra

Dokunola 12th Oct 2015

Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead in an accident that happened in Umuchu town in Anambra state, on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

PM News reports that a truck driver lost control of his vehicle after its brake failed and about 25 died on the spot with over 40 others, who were seriously injured, rushed to different hospitals in the area.

The vehicle involved in the accident on Sunday, October 11, 2015

The vehicle involved in the accident on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Even the survival of those who were rushed to the hospital during the incident which occurred when indigenes trooped to the market square to watch masquerades after their annual new yam festival held the previous day, could not be guaranteed

It was also reported that some masquerades were involved in the incident as many properties were destroyed including market structures and vehicles parked within the market.

According to PM News, the driver of the trailer loaded with plank, who lost control after the trailer’s brake failed as the vehicle was descending a slope on the expressway by the market, survived the incident with his assistant and were apprehended by some irate youths in the community who wanted to mob them.

Some community leaders however, rescued them and handed them over to the police at Umuchu division. The community has since been thrown into mourning as about three ambulances and police vehicles quickly conveyed the corpses to the mortuary and ferried the injured to hospitals.

Meanwhile, a terrible accident occurred in Ogun state on Saturday at the Ile-Ise Awo junction along Lagos-Abeokuta road few kilometres to Neuro Psychatric hospital in Abeokuta, leaving many people injured.

Crash In Lagos Claims Six Lives

10th Oct 2015

Six people have lost their lives in the fatal accident at Onipanu bus stop.

The crash involved a popular Lagos bus, also called “danfo”. The driver and five other passengers died.

Recall that earlier this year there was another accident in the same area, between Onipanu and Palmgrove bus stops along Ikorodu road. Two loaded trucks collided on the fateful day of July, leaving the driver and passenger of one of the trucks dead.

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Terrible Accident That Happened In Lagos

9th Oct 2015

A terrible accident occurred in Ajah Lekki area of Lagos state on Thursday, October 8, 2015, but no death was recorded.

According to photos posted by Linda Ikeji’s blog, the accident happened this evening in Ajah.

The scene of an accident which occurred in Ajah Lekki area of Lagos state this evening

The scene of an accident which occurred in Ajah Lekki area of Lagos state this evening.

  Reckless Tipper Driver Kills 3 In Ado Ekiti

Gbenga Adedamola 7th Oct 2015

The incident, according to some eyewitnesses was caused by the recklessness from the drivers, calling on the state government to place ban on the night operations of the tipper drivers in the state.

It was gathered that their were seven passengers in the vehicle, as two women were reportedly killed at the scene of the incident while another young lady gave up the ghost while taking her to the hospital.

The accident scene

The accident scene

Other occupants in the vehicle who sustained various degree of injuries have been taken to a yet to be identified  hospital in the town. They submitted that the government should limit their operation in the day to at least 6:00pm, which according to them, will reduce killing of innocent people due to their reckless driving.

An eye witness, Mr Emmanuel Ajigbola suggested that the government should enact a law that will restrict the truck drivers from carrying their loads, (sand and gravel) at night, also added that most of them are without headlight.

It would be recalled that about four weeks ago, a tipper driver knocked down an Okada rider in Ado Ekiti, and the matter nearly degenerated to bloodshed if not for the quick intervention of the combined efforts of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Ekiti State Traffic Management Agency to restore normalcy in the area.

The accident scene

The accident scene

Zimbabwe: 5 cops arrested after demanding bribe

7th Oct 2015 by Mbongeni Msimanga

 FIVE Bulawayo police officers were yesterday arrested for soliciting bribes from motorists at a road block along Siyephambili Drive.

The five police officers, Inspector Takawira Mukadzi and Constables Murombedzi, Lice, Mutote and Masakwata were arrested amid jubilation from touts who cheered and ululated as the drama unfolded.

Witnesses said four detectives from the anti-corruption unit boarded a kombi travelling towards the city centre pretending to be commuters. “On arrival at the road block, the detectives handed over a 50 pula note to the driver after the police officers manning the road block allegedly demanded a bribe,” said a passenger.

A tout told The Chronicle there was commotion as the detectives pounced on the police officers and arrested them soon after they pocketed the bribe money. “We whistled and cheered because this particular group of cops is a menace on the road. A vehicle will never pass their roadblock without parting with cash equivalent to the fare for four passengers (about R30),” said the tout.

A kombi driver said the arrest proved the police force’s commitment to ending the “cancer of bribery.” A police source said the five police officers were found with $158.

Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri has declared zero tolerance to corruption. Last year, 368 police officers were fired from the force for various offences, mainly involving corruption. More are being arrested for soliciting bribes by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc).

Mom watches as child is killed in accident

PRETORIA – A two-year-old toddler was killed and his father seriously injured after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck.The child’s mother was driving behind their vehicle and witnessed the accident, which happened on Simon Vermooten Road in Pretoria.Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the toddler had tragically died due to the extensive injuries sustained.Spokesman Chris Botha said the father was stabilised at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital.

2 dead, 5 injured in KZN accident

2015-10-04

Pietermaritzburg – Two men died after a car and a bakkie crashed into each other near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday morning, paramedics said.

“When ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene, they found debris from the car … spread over several metres. The car was badly damaged. The bakkie involved in the collision had gone down an embankment into a veld,” spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.

The front and back passengers of the car died on the scene. Five other people in the vehicles sustained moderate to minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

The cause of the collision would be investigated.

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Another Container Falls Off Ojuelegba Bridge

Ajomole Helen 1st Oct 2015

Report reaching us now says another trailer with a loaded container has fallen off while ascending Ojuelegba bridge in Lagos state

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The scene of the accident

This is coming barely a month after one fell off the bridge and landed on an SUV, killing three occupants of the vehicle involved. The accident has led to a traffic gridlock and the roads inward Barracks and Stadium, in Surulere, have been closed.

The number of casualties is yet to be ascertained as at the time of this report.

There’s been countless number of truck accidents in Lagos and other parts of the country. Months back, an accident occurred involving a fuel tanker and a trailer along Ikorodu road, Lagos.Oju (1)Oju3

The fuel tanker carrying petroleum product was involved in an accident at Mobil junction close to Anthony bus stop along Ikorodu road.

THREE KILLED AFTER TRUCK CRASHES INTO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN CT

29th Sep 2015

It’s understood the deceased succumbed to multiple injuries before ER24 paramedics arrived.

Three people have died after a truck crashed into a residential property in Fresnaye in Cape Town. Picture: @ER24EMS.

CAPE TOWN – Three people have died after a truck crashed into a residential property in Fresnaye in Cape Town.

ER24 has confirmed the deaths of the three people after a large truck crashed into a residence garage this afternoon.

The cause of the accident is not known and an investigation has been lodged by authorities. City fire trucks and ambulances are on scene.

The affected area has been cordoned off as police and paramedics continue to assess the situation. Law enforcement officials are there directing traffic as curious people drive by slowly, asking what happened.

Eyewitness, John Smith says he heard a loud bang prompting him to leave his office across the road. ER24’s Russel Meiring says the deceased succumbed to multiple injuries before paramedics arrived. Paramedics found the truck wedged into the residential garage and upon further assessment we found that all three male occupants had sustained multiple fatal injuries.”

Meanwhile, the three bodies are still trapped inside the basement and have attracted curious onlookers. Eyewitnesses say the cars in the garage are also still trapped inside.

Tumu DCE’S Crush (Crash) Helmet By – Law Working Like Magic

By Nagumo Walter-Rodney 29th Sep 2015


Road traffic accidents are still a leading cause of death in the county. Northern Ghana is popularly noted for high motor bike accidents. The youth are the worse affected age group.

In the north of Ghana, motor biking is the easiest and cheapest way to be mobile. Can you imagine yourself in Bolga or Tamale without a common means like a trotro? Every teacher,nurse, student or for that matter any other worker owns a motor bike. It would surprise you that, every household owns at least one. Motor bikes are likely to be part items on the prospectus of any tertiary first year student. A motor bike might even be part of dowry items in marriage lately.

One matter that has been of concern however is the blatant refusal of riders to wear crush helmets for their own safety. Is only in Ghana you have to force persons to safe guard their own life’s. Many women riders would complain that the helmet messes their hair do and gives them heat. Some people just refuse to wear it for no obvious reason.

Authorities have been battling with this lawlessness for some time now. Other offences in relation include unlicensed riding and use of unregistered motor bikes. It can be recalled that exercises to curb the situation rather resulted in brutalities and confrontations between the community and police especially in Wa municipality and Tamale Metro. People got injured and others lost their lives in an attempt to escape police arrest.

It is for these reasons, the Sisaala East District Security council(DISEC) headed by the DCE Hon. Johnson Sabor in collaboration with the district police commander and the Paramount Chief of Tumu Traditional Area, in the Upper West Region, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, passed a by law. The by law has been christened by the town as’’ operation waste the Riders Time.’’ This by law allows a police officer cease and keeps a motor bike for a length of time not exceeding a day before giving it back. A rider must bring a crush helmet to claim his/her motor bike.

The chief himself has long been an advocate. He has been seen on a number of occasions insisting on a crush helmet. When questioned why he as a chief was seen doing police work, he replied ‘I cannot sit down and watch my people die avoidable deaths.’ Now sanity has been brought back to Tumu township, since nobody wants his time wasted. Even visitors would notice the strict compliance. Nobody rides a motor bike in town without a crush helmet.

It is also however an excitement for motor dealers now since there is a mad rush for crush helmets and business is booming.

The Hon. DCE Johnson Sabor has made it a point to deter offenders rather than punish. As humans, minimal restrictions work much better than hash prosecutions from law enforcement. He said he believes prosecution works best for recalcitrants.

It has been hinted that same strategy will be used soon to clamp down on unregistered motor bikes and insistence on riders incense.

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  Police truck crushes two siblings to death

Tragedy struck in llesa, Osun State on Sunday when a driver of a police Armoured Personnel Carrier crushed two kids of the same parents to death. Our correspondent gathered that the kids were playing in front of their parents ‘ residence when the driver of the APC rammed into an electric pole before crushing the kids to death.

Residents alleged that the APC’s driver was drunk. The older kid, Sade was said to be five years old while the other one, Aanu was three years old. Sympathisers, mostly okada riders, reportedly chased the police vehicle but the driver escaped together with the vehicle.

Irked by this, the angry mob were said to have attacked the ‘A’ Division Police Station at Ayeso where they vandalised all the police operational vehicles parked in the station including other valuable property and police quarters inside the station. Policemen on duty were reported to have engaged the mob by firing tear gas canisters and shot into the air repeatedly to scare them.It was learnt that the mob did not leave the station until they accomplished their mission.

The distraught father of the children was said to have gone to the police station to collect the corpses but he was denied.

But the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, when contacted, said that the policeman who drove the APC lost control and hit an electric pole which eventually electrocuted the kids.

Young people top death toll in car crashes

By Staff Reporter 21st Sep 2015

 YOUNG people continue to perish on Namibian roads every day, the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund chief of corporate affairs Kapena Tjombonde has said. In a statement released on Thursday, Tjombonde said road traffic injuries have become one of the causes of fatalities among young people aged up to 35.

She said people in this age group are consistently the hardest hit in road crash fatalities and injuries, putting a worrisome strain on the national economy and causing pain and misery to family members who are left to grasp with the sudden loss of their beloved ones.

“Namibia can no longer afford to lose its productive citizens in this quite preventable manner,” she said. During August alone, she said records of road crashes indicate that young people made up 56% of 46 recorded fatalities. Tjombonde said these were young people at the prime of their lives and poised to become leaders and economic drivers of the country.

Recorded fatalities per region indicate that Erongo, Oshana and Otjozondjupa roads each claimed seven lives, while Khomas and Kavango recorded five each and Omusati and Oshikoto recorded four. Tjombonde said afternoon and late evening hours recorded most crashes with 204 having occurred between 14h00 and 23h59 during the previous month.
Furthermore, she said 351 crashes which occurred last month injured 642 persons, the highest number of injuries for the year so far. This means an increase of 8% in comparison to last year.

“MVA noted a significant reduction of 78% in road fatalities during August 2015 in comparison to the same month last year, where 82 lives were lost in road crashes, compared to 46 fatalities recorded this year,” Tjombonde said adding that last month road crashes fatalities were also 31% lower than in July which recorded 67 deaths.
She once again appealed to all road users to be vigilant at all times, wear seat belts and drive within the specified speed limits.

Gospel singers hurt in crash

2015-09-20  Amanda Khoza, News24

Members of KwaZulu-Natal gospel group the Zulu Messengers were injured in a crash on Spine Road in Westville. (Picture: ER24)Durban – At least 14 members of KwaZulu-Natal gospel group the Zulu Messengers were injured in a crash on Spine Road in Westville on Sunday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said all the injuries were minor.

“ER24 paramedics treated and transported 11 patients to King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban for further assessment.”

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

5 killed as car lands on railway track near Ladysmith

2015-09-19 09:07 Jenna Etheridge, News24

 Robert McKenzie, KZN EMS

Cape Town – Three adults and two children were killed when the car they were travelling in crashed and caught fire near Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal paramedics said on Saturday.

The car apparently left the N11 highway and landed on railway track electrical cables, said KZN EMS spokesperson, Robert McKenzie.He said the vehicle was still burning when emergency services arrived on scene around 01:00 on Saturday and had to be extinguished.

Officials identified two women and a man, all believed to be in their thirties, as well as a young boy and girl of around 7 and 10 years old. “Emergency services worked on the scene for several hours and only finished just before sunrise,” McKenzie said. Police were investigating the cause of the crash.

25 vehicles burnt in Lagos mechanic village fire

25 vehicles burnt in Lagos mechanic village fire
Scene of a fire incident, where many cars were burnt at Mechanic Village in Asabi Cole Street, Agidingbi, Lagos yesterday. | PHOTO: Uwalaka Benedict

At least 25 vehicles and other items worth millions of naira were destroyed yesterday in an early morning inferno that engulfed the Mechanic Village at Asabi Cole Street, off Agidingbi Road, Ikeja, Lagos. The cause of the fire, which occurred barely three days after the inferno that gutted the Ultimate Plaza in the Broad Street area of Lagos Island, could not be immediately ascertained.

The leader of the mechanics, who identified himself simply as Ayodele, told Daily Trust that no life was lost in the incident. “The fire started around 1.00 am and lasted till about 5.00 am. The night security guard raised an alarm immediately the fire started and the fire service eventually came to combat the inferno,” he stated.

Apart from vehicles, Ayodele said that other valuables including refrigerators and generators, as well as over N1 million cash were consumed by the fire. He called on the government to come to the aid of the affected mechanics as all their work tools also got burnt, adding that that there was no insurance cover on the village by any individual or groups working there

In a related development, a section of Leventis Motors in Apapa area of Lagos was yesterday gutted by fire. The Public Relations Officer of National the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South-West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed both fire incidents said the no-one died in both incidents.

Farinloye said the Mechanic Village fire destroyed 16 shops, 23 vehicles and 38 generators.
Folarin said the Leventis fire was minor and was quickly put out by the timely arrival of firemen from both state and federal government.

South Sudan oil tanker blast ‘kills 170’

17th Sep 2015

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At least 170 people have been killed after an oil tanker exploded in South Sudan, officials say. The tanker had veered off the road in Maridi, Western Equatoria state, and local residents were siphoning off the fuel when the vehicle exploded, they said.

At least 50 people are reported to have been injured. Local hospitals have been overwhelmed, and state officials have appealed to the Red Cross and the UN for help. The tanker was travelling from the capital Juba and was close to Maridi, some 250km (155 miles) away, when it came off the road and overturned.

Maradi county commissioner Wilson Thomas Yanga told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that while the driver went to the nearest town to get help, local residents had descended on the tanker to collect some of the petrol it contained. He said it was not yet clear what caused the explosion.

Mr Yanga confirmed the death toll had risen to 176, and said officials feared the true number of wounded was not yet known as many may have fled the scene. Doctors and medical staff were flying in from across the country to help with the emergency, he added.

Local doctor Chandi Savior told Radio Tamazuj that they were low on supplies of basics such as oxygen and pain killers. He said many people had arrived with burns and they were “not really able to calm down this pain”.

South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, after a peace deal with Sudan that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. But the country is one of the poorest in Africa, and more than 2.2 million people have been forced to flee their homes because of a conflict between government troops and rebel factions.

A tentative internationally-mediated peace agreement was signed in August but the ceasefire has already been violated.

17 people burnt to death in Ondo auto crash

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Seventeen people died Tuesday evening after a bus they were travelling in collided with a truck, at Igushin Town, along Ondo-Ore Expressway in Ondo West local government area of Ondo State.

According to a witness, the 18-seater bus somersaulted several times after the collision, before bursting into flames. Only one passenger of the bus survived, the witness said.

The Head of Operation of the state Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Akin Akin Adedipe, confirmed the incident. Mr. Adedipe described the vehicle as a white Mazda 18-passenger bus with registration number BWR 116 XC and a white DAF Truck with registration number AAA757XN. He said the lone survivor was severely injured.

According to him, those dead include 11 males, six females and one male child whose identities were yet to be ascertained. Mr. Adedipe said the deceased had been taken to the mortuary of the State Specialists Hospital in Ondo town.

Three confirmed dead in horror Durban crash

15th Sep 2015

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Durban – Three people were confirmed dead in a horror crash on the N2 near Queen Nandi drive in Durban on Monday.

The accident involved two trucks and four light motor vehicles. It was not clear how the accident was caused.

Marketing manager at Crisis Medical Kyle van Reenen said the three dead were all male. The men had been trapped under one of the trucks.

He said seven additional people suffered injuries that were minor to moderate, while one person was in a critical condition.

“The driver of one of the trucks – a cement mixer – was in cardiac arrest when we arrived. After an hour, paramedics managed to bring him back. He is in a critical condition in hospital. The driver of the second truck is also in a serious condition,” said Van Reenen.

He said the scene had not yet been cleared and the road was closed. Describing the scene shortly after the incident, Van Reenen said there was “absolute chaos”. The cement mixer on one of the trucks had also come off.

Netcare 911 Chris Botha said in a statement that when they arrived at the scene, they found accident debris and the twisted frames of the vehicles spread over about a hundred metres. Botha said only one lane of the N2 north was open and traffic was backed up as far as the M7 for several hours while the police investigation was under way. Earlier KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert Mackenzie said traffic in both directions on the N2 was severely affected.

Divers Recover Bodies, 5 Days After Taxi Plunged Into River

Oluwatobi Bolashodun 14th Sep 2015

Three people have been confirmed dead by local divers after a taxi with four persons traveling from Obubra in Cross River state to Calabar, the state capital, plunged into a river along the Calabar-Ikom highway on Saturday, September 8.

According to Vanguard, the taxi was trying avoid a collision with a truck that had left its lane, when the driver swerved the car off the road and plunged into the river.

Bloated corpses of three passengers was dragged out of the river after a four day search by local divers.

Ekong, a 21-year-old female who survived the terrible tragedy, was temporarily deaf due to the impact of the crash. She could not explain which side of the river the taxi plunged into, apart from saying that her boyfriend was inside.

10 die in Western Cape road accidents

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An injured man is loaded into an ambulance after a crash that took place on Settlers Way at Hospital Bend in Cape Town on Friday. Picture: LEON KNIPE

Cape Town – At least 10 people were killed in crashes on the province’s roads this weekend, seven of them in a head-on collision on the N2 outside Riversdale on Friday night.

The crash occurred shortly before 7pm when a bakkie tried to overtake a truck, roughly 10km outside Riversdale, in the direction of Heidelberg.

Another three Capetonians died in three separate accidents over the weekend, bringing the death count in the province to at least 10 at the time of publication. ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said when paramedics arrived at the scene of the Riversdale crash, five men had already died as a result of their injuries. Paramedics tried to give two more patients, who were in a critical condition, advanced life support and took them to Riversdale Hospital. Meiring said: “Unfortunately, en route to hospital, one of the patients succumbed to his injuries.”

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said the death count in this accident had risen to seven. The deaths include three men travelling in the bakkie, and four occupants of a car: a father, a mother and two sons. A witness described the crash to officials, saying the bakkie tried to overtake a truck when it crashed into the car. “It is extremely worrying that people are take such chances when overtaking,” said Africa. “Drivers need to change their behaviour.”

Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant called the crash “tragic and unfortunate”. He said traffic officials would assist police in investigating the cause of the crash. “Early investigations suggest that human error may have played a role.”

Cape Town traffic services spokeswoman Maxine Jordaan said a motorcyclist crashed and died in the early hours of Friday on Kommetjie Road after his motorcycle hit the curb.

On the same day at 7.20pm, a 30-year-old male passenger travelling in a small truck died when it crashed into another truck.

Africa said a third fatality happened when a pedestrian was struck by a car in Kenilworth.

Statistics released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation on Friday in Joburg showed that between April and last month 5 433 people died on South Africa’s roads. According to the Western Cape government, 852 people died in the province between January 1 and August 31.

6 killed in Western Cape collision

12th Sep 2015 Mpho Raborife, News24

Johannesburg – Six men were killed on Friday evening when the vehicles they were travelling in collided head-on along the N2 in Riversdal in the Western Cape, paramedics said.Five people were declared dead on the scene where a bakkie and a light motor vehicle had crashed, spokesperson Russel Meiring said.Two critically injured occupants were treated with advanced life support before being transported to hospital for further treatment.One of the men succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital, Meiring said.

Motorcycle Riders kill Toll Collectors In Ikorod

12th Sep 2015

Trouble is brewing at the Igbo-Olomu community in Ikorodu Lagos state, following the murder of two men by suspected motorcycle riders.

It was gathered that the deceased said to be toll-collectors, allegedly seized the motorcycles of suspected Hausa men whose identities were given as Mohammad and Hassan.A cross-section of motorcycle riders.

In a swift, the motor cyclists stormed the base of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to retrieve their bikes, but a fight started which led to the alleged killing of the toll-collectors.

A source said: “These boys called themselves ticketers but in actual fact, they are omo niles who just feel that they can oppress non indigenes working in their community. That fateful day, the ticketers stopped the okada riders and they demanded money.

They have been collecting money from bus riders and commercial motorcycle riders called okada with impunity. The Hausa ‘Okada riders’ refused to give them the money and they seized their bikes and took them away.

However, the ‘abokis’ organised themselves and went to recover the bike. That was how a fight started and two of the ticketers were killed. The Okada riders ran away but there is tension in the community as the Yoruba youth are hunting for northerners in the area.

The elders have tried to intervene, while the police have been invited into the matter.

Ghana: 6 vehicles crash on Tema motorway

9th Sep 2015

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About six vehicles have been involved in an accident the Tema motorway near the abattoir.

It is unclear what might have caused the accident but a motorist, Derek Laryea attributed it to “bad visibility,” as it was raining at the time.

According to him, the injured have been transferred to the hospital, but added that about 40 minutes after the accident, the Police had still not arrived at the scene.

The Tema Motorway has recorded several similar incidents in the past where victims have in some cases lost their lives.

On December, 25 2014, there was a fatal accident on the same stretch which resulted in the death of about two persons and left many others in a critical condition.

Road accidents: 78 killed, 879 wounded in one week

Road accidents: 78 killed, 879 wounded in one week

 ALGIERS- 78 people were killed while 879 others were injured in 460 road accidents occurred between 18 and 24 August, the Command of the National Gendarmerie said in its weekly report.

Oran tops the provinces having recorded the highest number of accidents (25) followed by Setif and Tipasa (20), Boumerdes and Bouira (19) Tizi-Ouzou (18) and Algiers (17 accidents).

The highest death toll was recorded with Mila (6 deaths) and Tizi-Ouzou and Batna (5 dead).

The human factor remains the main cause of those accidents with 81.25% of the cases, in addition to the condition of the vehicles and the road, and the negligence of pedestrians.

6th Sep 2015

Seven persons have lost their lives in a motor accident at Ute village along Benin-Lagos bypass in Edo State. A Toyota Haice bus marked LAGOS EKY-733 XD had reportedly rammed into a parked Iveco trailer  last Wednesday, resulting in the death of seven passengers.

The bus was said to be conveying passengers from Lagos when it lost control and collided with the stationary truck with registration number SMK 799 XN about 12:30 pm.
Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Stephen Onwochei, who confirmed the incident,said bodies of the victims had been deposited at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) mortuary.

He gave details of the casualties as four females and three males, including the driver of the passenger bus. He advised drivers to drive with care during and after the ember months.

Another Truck Skids On Ikorodu-Shagamu Expressway

4th Sep 2015

At the moment, the traffic along Ikorodu-Shagamu expressway is gathering momentum as report says an articulated truck has just skidded off along Ikorodu-Shagamu expressway causing  serious vehicular obstruction in the axis.

Naij.com gathered that the truck conveying a 40-foot container slud side way while in motion at winners bus stop in Ikorodu few hours ago.

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Zimbabwe: 17 people killed in separate accidents

 The wreckage of the kombi which overturned along the Gweru-Lower Gweru road and Gibson Marazane the only survivor of the mishapGibson Marazane sole survivor

AT least 17 people were killed in two separate accidents involving commuter omnibuses that occurred in Lower Gweru and Marondera within 24hours.

Twelve people died on the spot and one person was seriously injured when a kombi they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled several times along the Gweru-Maboleni Road on Tuesday evening.

The only survivor in the accident is admitted at Gweru Provincial Hospital, where his condition was said to be stable.

National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed both accidents and appealed to public vehicle drivers to stick to road regulations.

The Marondera accident claimed five lives and left several others injured when their commuter omnibus collided with an Isuzu truck and a haulage truck on the 66km peg at the Police Projects Farm along the Harare-Mutare Highway.

The haulage truck driver, Virimayi Masocha, who escaped unhurt, said the kombi driver, rammed into the back of an Isuzu truck that had slowed down at a cattle-crossing point and later collided with his lorry.

All the injured were rushed to Marondera Hospital, while bodies of the deceased have also been taken to the hospital’s mortuary

12 Die In Fatal Accident 4 critical

Omotayo Yusuf 3rd Sep 2015

A ghastly accident has claimed the lives of 11 bus passengers and a driver who were travelling from Lagos to the eastern part of the country.

According to PM News, the vehicle which belonged to The Young Shall Grow bus transportation got involved in the fatal crash around 1 p.m on Thursday, September 3.

The vehicle which was a 16 seater bus crashed into a truck parked by the side of the road when the driver swerved to avoid colliding into an oncoming SUV.

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The vehicle involved in the accident /  Credit: PM News

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The vehicle involved in the accident / Credit: PM News

The driver and 11 other passengers reportedly died on the spot while four others were critically wounded. The mangled bodies of the deceased were taken to the mortuary. The survivors were said to have been rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment.

Some of the travelers who witnessed the accident blamed the incident on overspending.

Eastern Cape families visit horror crash site

2nd Sep 2015 –Jeff Wicks, News24

 Durban – At the end of a veritable black weekend on the roads in the Eastern Cape, the families of 10 Cradock accident victims have visited the crash scene on Tuesday. They were accompanied by officials of the Eastern Cape Transport department, Road Accident Fund and social workers.

According to a statement issued by the department, the grieving families would also be taken to the mortuary, where they will identify the deceased. The 10 died when a minibus overturned on the R61 between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet on Saturday.On the same day, 35 people died when the bus in which they were travelling plunged into a dry river near the Congo Bridge near Nkelekethe Village, between Butterworth and Willowvale.

The Eastern Cape government has declared the two accidents a provincial disaster.  Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana said: “This is a very difficult period for all of us in the province, and we would like to convey our condolences to the affected families and wish those that are still in hospital a speedy recovery.”

“We call upon all our drivers to exercise caution at all times. Those who are driving long-distance vehicles must always find time to rest to avoid fatigue, which we suspect [played a role] in some of the accidents that occurred at the weekend,” she said.

A mass memorial service will be held for the victims at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Friday.

Horror crash splits car in two

IOL news pic Car split in half accident N2 Cape townCAPE ARGUS Three people died after a car swerved off the road, hit a camera pole and split in two on impact on the N2 near Firgrove. 

Cape Town – A car skidded on a wet road, veered into a pole and split in half, killing three people on Sunday night. The jaws of life had to be used to retrieve two of the bodies, while a third was flung from the vehicle.

This was just the latest in a series of crashes over the weekend that saw at least 14 people die and several people badly injured on Cape roads. But it was Cape Town that bore the brunt of the carnage with several horrific accidents.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said incidents took place in Lentegeur, Table View, Worcester, Plettenberg Bay, Kraaifontein, Strand and Oudtshoorn. Africa said on Sunday night a car collided with a camera pole, killing two passengers and the driver, and a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car that then sped off up Robert Sobukhwe Road.

Africa said motorists needed to change their attitudes and respect each other on the roads. “We are doing our part as traffic officials to end road fatalities, but motorists need to come to the party too. They need to respect each other and stop taking chances on the roads because people lose their lives as a result.”

ER24 spokesman Pieter Rossouw said three people were killed in the collision with the pole on the N2 close to the Macassar off-ramp on Sunday night. The collision occurred around midnight and involved only one vehicle. The road was wet and the vehicle allegedly lost control at a slight bend.

President Jacob Zuma on Sunday called for motorists to be more cautious after dozens of people lost their lives in accidents across the country in the past few days.

Nigeria: How The Police Arrested 109 People For Crossing Highway

31st August 2015

In an effort to prevent loss of life on highways and ease the free-flow of traffic in Lagos state, a combined team of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) unit of the Lagos state police command, Task Force and officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) have apprehended 109 people, 102 male and 7 female, for crossing the expressway at Ketu bus-stop along Lagos-Ikorodu road over the weekend.

The police said the special operation was necessitated following an increase in death on the highways. It was learnt that  the commissioner of police, CP Fatai Owoseni, ordered  the arrests to prevent loss of life on highways and to instill discipline regarding the use of pedestrian bridges.

Some of the culprits

Some of the culprits

“This operation is a continuous one. We are saddled with the responsibility to instill discipline into erring individuals to prevent lives and properties. This is why we can’t fold our arms seeing many lives being lost for not using the bridges,” the RRS commander ACP Olatunji Disu said.“This act of indiscipline will not be allowed in Lagos any longer. If traffic is allowed to flow freely, the menace of in-traffic robbery cases will become thing of the past,” the police source said.

A resident Remi Fagboungbo, expressed satisfaction towards the exercise, urging the operatives not to relent in making sure people‘s attitudes to the use of pedestrian bridge change.“The overhead bridge is built to protect our lives. I wonder why people refuse to use it. In recent time, a commercial bus driver knocked down a young man on this highway when he wanted to cross from other side of the road. This exercise must continue because it will help a lot in reducing deaths on highways and allow free-flow of traffic,” she said.#

Another resident Alonge Ajasa thanked the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for acting to curb these acts of indiscipline.“This is indeed the change-time in this country. This exercise will in turn be beneficial to the citizenry if it continues this way. Our governor has really done well to prevent loss of lives on our highways as well as to ease vehicular movements,” Ajasa noted.

Ghana: Two Police officers killed, 15 iofficers njured in accident

 31st August 2015

Two Police officers are reported dead after the vehicle on which they were travelling on got involved in an accident near Winneba Junction on Saturday. One died on the spot whiles the other died on arrival at the Winneba Municipal Government Hospital.

The Winneba Municipal Police Commander of the Moro Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Paul Akonde confirmed this to the Ghana News Agency in a telephone interview on Sunday.

The identities of the dead were not given, but it includes the driver and a female police officer, whilst a total of fifteen Police Officers also got injured. According ASP Akonde, a police convoy of three vehicles was returning from the wedding of a colleague at Mankessim in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region to Accra when the accident occurred.

The Police Vehicle on which the two officers were travelling on collided head-on with a Toyota Camry vehicle coming from the opposite direction of the road, he said. The Winneba MTTD Commander said five Police Officers, who were in critical condition, have been referred to the Police Hospital in Accra for further treatment.

According to ASP Akonde six other Officers, who sustained minor injuries were treated and discharged at the hospital on Saturday. He said three officers, a female and two males are on admission at the Hospital responding to treatment. ASP Akonde said the driver of the Toyota Camry is also on admission at the Winneba Trauma and Specialized Hospital and was responding to treatment. He said the bodies of the two Police officers have been deposited at the Winneba Municipal Hospital Morgue awaiting autopsy.

35 killed in South Africa bus accident

Only nine of the 44 passengers survived the horror crash

August 30, 2015

Cape Town: A bus drove off a cliff, killing 35 people on board in Eastern Cape province on Saturday, authorities said.

The crashed busOnly nine of the 44 passengers survived the horror crash, Xinhua reported citing the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). Eight sustained moderate injuries and one was seriously hurt, the RTMC said. But according to Eastern Cape provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo, six were in a critical condition. Of those killed, four were children, said RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane.

The crash took place between Butterworth and Willovale in the province, he said. It was believed that the victims were all from the same village in Willowvale near Dutywa, Eastern Cape province.

Initial reports put the number of deaths at 25, but after all of the passengers trapped inside the bus had been removed, the death toll rose to 35, Zwane said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known. “We cannot speculate at this moment as to the cause of the accident but our investigators will rely on witnesses statements to try and establish what happened,” Butterworth police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said. Manatha, however, said a case of culpable homicide had been opened by police.

Swazi Fatal crash death toll rises

JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) — Death toll from a truck crash involving young girls has risen to 65, the Swaziland Solidarity Network reported on Saturday.Horror: the girls bodies were seen on the truck after the dreadful accident on Friday afternoon

Horror: the girls bodies were seen on the truck after the dreadful accident on Friday afternoon

The females were travelling on a highway between the Swazi cities of Mbabane and Manzini when the truck carrying them smashed into another vehicle and was then hit in the rear by a second truck the Times of Swaziland reported.

38 SWAZI GIRLS KILLED EN ROUTE TO REED DANCE

29th August 2015

The accident comes just a day before King Mswati the third is expected to choose a new wife.

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JOHANNESBURG – At least 38 young Swazi girls have been killed and 20 others critically injured while on their way to cut reeds for the Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland.

Reports say the girls were travelling in an open truck along the Mbabane Manzini highway on Friday night when their vehicle hit a car.  The accident comes just a day before King Mswati the third is expected to choose a new wife.

It’s understood police and the local media have been barred from reporting on the incident. The Swaziland Solidarity Network’s Lucky Lukhele says the death toll is expected to rise.  “We can confirm that 38 died and that was confirmed on the spot and some have been admitted to hospital.”

Mbabane – The Swaziland Solidarity Network says 38 girls were killed in an accident while they were on their way to cut reeds for the annual Umhlanga reed dance. Another 20 were seriously injured. In a statement on Saturday, the group said: “What saddens our network is the fact that the loss of life was avoidable. To begin with, carrying people in trucks is against traffic laws.” Reports say the girls were at the back of an open truck when the collision occurred.  The group further went on to call for the reed dance to be cancelled, and for the royal family to help the respective families bury their children.

The Times of Swaziland reported that the accident involved two trucks carrying the girls, and a Toyota van. Witnesses reportedly said traffic police officers pulled over the Toyota and the first truck smashed into it. The second truck crashed into the back of the first truck.

The network says the Swazi government must be held accountable. l station collision, seven injured

 27th August 2015
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A total of seven people were injured in a collision that occurred on Moshoeshoe Road in Bloemfontein earlier this morning. The collision involved a taxi as well as two light motor vehicles. The taxi allegedly lost control and collided with two stationary cars at a nearby petrol station. Amongst the injured were five children. Fortunately, all the patients only sustained minor injures. ER24 paramedics treated and transported five patients to Palenomi Hospital for further treatment. The remaining patients were transported by other services to the same hospital. The cause of the incident remains unknown, local authorities were on scene for investigation.

Nigeria: Many Feared Dead In Tragic Road Accident

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27th August 2015

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Pictures have surfaced of a terrible accident that happened on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway today, Thursday August 27, 2015.

The driver of the bus was reportedly over-speeding and collided with an oncoming truck, resulting in the death of virtually all the passengers on board, including the driver.

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Over Speeding: Driver Kills Self In Ogun

Judith Biodun 24th August 2015

A ghastly motor accident occurred this morning along Ijebu Ode – Benin expressway, just before Babcock University junction, killing the driver.

The deceased who wore a black pair of jeans with blue-white T shirt was seen in a pool of blood. It was reliably gathered that the incident was a lone-accident which occurred as a result of over-speed. Narrating the incident on phone, an eyewitness, who does not want his name to be mentioned, disclosed that the incident occurred around 6:17am today.

“We were in a car coming from Ijebu Ode to Sagamu, there was a red vehicle going before of us and it was only the driver that was inside the over speeding car. You need to see the way the guy was driving as if he is rushing to catch up with an appointment, suddenly, we just saw him swerving on the road and in a twinkle of an eye, it is over.

We hurriedly parked our car and rushed to the scene, hoping that we may still rescue him, but he hit his head and the blood was too much.

“Other people parked their vehicles and when we discovered that the guy is dead, we just had to leave while other people were still there watching.

“A man was making frantic efforts to call the police, but as at the time we left the scene, the call had not gone through. With what people were saying there, it seems he dozed off a bit while on high speed and the end comes,” the eyewitness explained.

Ghana: How Nuamah died: The inside story

24th August 2015 Latest

The National Security has begun investigations into circumstances leading to the death of one of the presidential press corps members in a motor crash near the Shai Hills in the Greater Accra region last week.

23rd August 2015

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Details are emerging of the gory accident that claimed the life of Ghanaian Times Presidential correspondent, Samuel Nuamah and left others fighting for their lives.

News about the accident on the Accra- Akosombo Highway involving the Presidential Press Corps on Thursday spread like wild fire, leaving many asking questions about the safety of journalists detailed to cover the presidency and other high-profile officials. A number of journalists, in life – threatening conditions, are meanwhile, receiving treatment at the 37 Military hospital.

The deceased was thrown off the vehicle, crashing his head, when the driver applied the brakes upon bursting a tyre, which obviously precipitated the vehicle’s somersault.

The press corps was returning to Accra from the Volta Regional capital, Ho, where President John Mahama had attended the annual convention of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which he climaxed with the donation of a vehicle to the church.

Interesting Revelations: It has emerged that the GMC Savanna mini bus with registration GB 506 – in which the 12 journalists were travelling, was hired at Ho by a Presidential Staffer in charge of the media for use to Accra as the Civilian Bus with which they had travelled to the Regional capital was said to be engaged over there.

This revelation has angered Ghanaian Times journalists who have lost their colleague in the line of duty. Reporters were said to have been in a hurry to return to Accra and file their stories on time and in this haste, the boisterous Presidential Staffer went to the Ho main station and chartered two mini buses for them, one of which got involved in the fatal crash at Shai Hills.

Arrogant: Members of the presidential press corps said they had often complained about the safety of the vehicles allocated to them but their complaints had fallen on deaf ears as the presidential staffers thwarted every attempt to report the issue to the President.

A staffer even cynically remarked that “you are not part of the Presidential staff,” when the journalists at one point tried to complain about the state of a vehicle allocated them.

Interestingly, on every Presidential trip, the presidential aides are always seen driving in expensive and more secured four-wheel cross-country vehicles, leaving the poor journalists to their fate. DAILY GUIDE learnt that journalists at the presidency are treated separately from all other staff around the President. They are allegedly asked to bring in their own cutlery sets for lunch and are not supposed to use anything from the Flagstaff House.

The Injured: So far, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s Pascaline Amenyo Adadevoh and Napoleon Ato Kittoe of GTV, Patrick Biddah of the Enquirer and William Gyentu of Peace FM are receiving treatment. The rest are TV3’s Edward Frimpong Kwabi and TV Africa’s Mawusi Gborglah who are also on admission.

Mr Gyentu is said to have regained consciousness but was yet to speak; while Pascaline, Atto Kittoe and Biddah were able to grant interviews.

Ato Kittoe had major parts of his face covered with plaster while TV3’s Edward Kwabi’s neck and right leg were bandaged. Enquirer’s Patrick Biddah had some cuts around his mouth, spotting a swollen jaw.

Police Version: Preliminary investigations conducted by the Police into the accident indicated that the sudden brake applied by the driver when the tyre burst, led to the vehicle veering off the road and somersaulting before landing in mud. Chief Superintendent Oduro Amanning, Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Tema Regional Police Command told DAILY GUIDE yesterday that observation on the road revealed signs of brake applied by the yet-to-be identified driver from a distance after a suspected tyre burst.

“We suspect the vehicle was on top speed and, applying brake after a tyre had burst, definitely the car would veer off and summersault,” he said, adding, “The driver could have handled the car carefully after the tyre burst but we suspect he applied the brake.”

He said the police observed that the driver might have exhibited unprofessional driving tactics when the left rear tyre got burst.

15 injured in head-on taxi crash in Joburg

2015-08-21  Thomas Hartleb, News24

  Johannesburg – Fifteen people were hurt in a head-on collision between two minibus taxis in Parktown, Johannesburg on Friday morning, emergency services said.

Two of those hurt, including one of the drivers, were critically injured in the accident on Jan Smuts Avenue, at the intersection with Eton Road, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said. The two sustained serious head and spinal injuries. The other 13 passengers had minor to moderate injuries.

The accident happened near where 11 people, including seven schoolchildren, were injured in a side-impact collision on Wednesday morning.

SA horrific accident victims named

by Thupeyo Muleya 22 August 2015

THE Zimbabwe Consulate in South Africa has released the names of Zaoga band members based in South Africa who were killed in a road accident in Pretoria on Thursday morning.

Moments of Praise band members, not More Praise band as earlier reported, died near the Nellmapius off-ramp in Irene when their vehicle collided with a speeding car, a year after they rose to fame with their song Zaoga Yafamba. It emerged yesterday that four were band members while the fifth victim was their friend who attended AFM church in Johannesburg.

Zimbabwe’s Consul General to South Africa Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro identified the victims as Isiah Ringisai, 33, (Nyanga), Naison Sithole, 24, (Chipinge), Mark Abiding Zhakata, 24, (Harare), Tawanda Makwavarara, 24 (Murehwa) and Praise Gombakomba (Buhera), whose age was not given.

He said Makwavarara was a member of the AFM church in Johannesburg while the rest were members of the praise and worship band Moments of Praise who attended Zaoga Church in the same city.

Mukonoweshuro said the Road Accident Fund would facilitate their repatriation today and the victims’ respective churches were assisting. “This has been a terrible period for our nationals travelling on South African roads. The tragedy is more depressing and saddening coming soon after another nine lives were lost in a similar manner in Mokopane” said Mukonoweshuro.

“These young singers had a real promising future and it was unfortunate for them to perish at such a tender age. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families, relatives and all those who knew them”.

He said a memorial service was expected to be held for the five at AFM Germiston and the mayor of Pretoria Kgosietso Ramakgopa had been invited.

Nigeria: How A Bus Driver Allegedly Killed An ‘Okada Rider’

20th August 2015

Policemen attached to the Alakuko police station have arrested a commercial bus driver identified simply as Tunde for alleged manslaughter.

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It was reported that the suspect allegedly drove carelessly and hit the bike rider identified as Musa on a busy road in the Alakuko area of Lagos state, which led to the bike rider sustaining injuries and later caused his death.

A police source stated that the driver fled after hitting the bike rider but he was later apprehended and handed over to the police by a group of commercial bus riders popularly called okada after they trailed him for days.

The source said: “The okada rider and the bus driver were heading at opposite directions when the bus hit the okada and caused him to crash. The bus driver did not stop despite the shouts from residents and other motorists that he had hit somebody.

“Sympathizers however came to the rescue of the victim and they rushed him to the hospital. Other ‘Okada-riders’ trailed the bus driver but he abandoned his vehicle and went into hiding.”

According to the police source, the suspect blamed the deceased for the accident.

He said: “It was the okada man that drove roughly and hit himself against my vehicle from the rear. He (okada rider) was trying to navigate his way from a tight and busy angle of the road but he could not control the bike and he fell and hit his head against my bus. I fled because I did not want the angry mob to lynch me”.

The matter is under investigation.

25 injured in Mpumalanga mass collision

2015-08-16

(MENAFN – Muscat Daily) Five citizens were killed in a collision between a truck and a car in Adam in Dakhliyah in the early hours of Thursday. They were travelling in a car which collided with a truck near a deviation on the Adam road. According to sources they were travelling from Salalah to Saham. Two other cars were also involved in the accident.

Last fortnight five Emiratis were killed in a road accident in Adam. The incident happened when a car in which they were travelling lost control and collided with a truck killing all five on the spot. They were headed to the Salalah festival.

Meanwhile two Saudi nationals were killed when the car in which they were travelling lost control in Thumrait last month. They were also going to Salalah.

The ROP has said that it has made elaborate arrangements to curb road accidents and other untoward happenings during the Salalah festival. It has also urged motorists to be cautious and not overspeed on the highway.

12 killed in crash on N1 in Limpopo

2015-08-13 Mpho Raborife, News24

0Johannesburg – Twelve people were killed in the early hours of Thursday morning when a minibus taxi and a truck collided head-on along the N1 in Limpopo, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.The crash occurred at about 01:00, south of Naboomspruit, spokesperson Simon Zwane said. “It is believed that the vehicles collided head-on after which the minibus caught fire.

“Zwane said the cause of the crash was being investigated. He urged motorists to be extra careful when driving at night or during the early hours of the morning, as it was a period generally associated with a high number of accidents.

Horrific accident claims 6

by Staff reporter 13th August 2015

Six people died on the spot when a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a horrific road traffic accident at the six-kilometre peg along the Bulawayo-Harare highway on the outskirts of the City of Kings Thursday morning.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident saying all passengers and a driver who were in the Toyota Vits died on the spot.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said the Toyota Vits driver failed to stop at a police road block and hit some drums losing control of the vehicle, ramming into an oncoming haulage truck killing all the passengers in the process.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba urged motorists to adhere to road rules to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

Accident victim awarded R4.6m (358,000USD)

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Pretoria – In a sequel to an accident more than 14 years ago, a young man from KwaZulu-Natal is now due to receive more than R4 million in damages from the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Sicebi Mathaba was a bright schoolboy with great prospects, but when he was 9 years old he was run over by a car, and the accident left him with severe injuries. Now aged 22,

he is repeating matric in the hope he can get good enough results to study electrical engineering. Mathaba instituted a damages claim against the RAF in the high court in Pretoria. Previously, it was ordered that the fund be responsible for his damages he suffered.

On Tuesday, acting Judge Nelisa Mali, after hearing evidence regarding the severity of his injuries, fixed the amount at R4.6m.

In the accident in Mthunzini in KZN in April 2001, Mathaba suffered injuries to his head and pelvis among things, and was in hospital for about a month.

He could not go to school for six months and he at the time had to repeat Grade 2. Today he still has severe headaches which make reading and concentrating difficult.

An educational psychologist told the court that his chances of improving his matric marks may be slim as he suffers from severe neuropsychological problems.

An industrial psychologist testified that his injuries had a major restrictive impact on his level of scholastic functioning. It was said that he could not perform at the same level as before the accident. However, Mathaba remains adamant he wants to reach his dream and go to university.

The RAF had contested the level of Mathaba’s performance before the accident as he did not produce any early school reports. However Judge Mail said this did not change things. According to reports before court, Mathaba is set on going to university

Zimbabwe: 5 die, 68 accidents recorded

11 August 2015

Five people were killed and 63 others injured in 68 recorded road accidents that occurred yesterday.

Police National Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the law enforcement authorities will continue with their operations to curb road carnage.

She encouraged public service vehicle drivers to avoid speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said the police will impound all unroadworthy vehicles, adding that accidents caused by mechanical defects can be avoided.

A visit to Mbare Musika bus terminus indicate that most people travelled on Friday and Saturday and today there were few people seeking transport.

Two People Die In A Fatal Accident In Lagos

11th August 2015

Two people died after a trailer collided with a train on August 10, Monday, in Agege area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. Photo Credits: Michael Opeyemi

Accident in Agege area of Lagos

PM News reports that the accident happened around 8:45pm when the driver of the trailer wanted to drive through the rail line not paying attention to the horn of the train.

Two persons who were hanging on to the train were said to have fallen off and died immediately due to the sudden collision of the train with the trailer. The tragic accident caused traffic gridlock in Agege and its environs, therefore, motorists spent over four hours navigating through the area. It reportedly took several hours before the police, officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency and others could remove the train and the trailer from the road to allow other motorists to navigate.

Accident in Agege area of Lagos

On August 11, Tuesday, Michael Akindele, the general manager of LASEMA, confirmed that two persons, Saka Nagim and Segun Adebambo, lost their lives in a tragic accident.

Akindele called on Lagosians to value their lives and stopped hanging on trains. He also said that the train was coming from Ikeja while the trailer coming from Okekoto towards Pen Cinema wanted to push through the rail line before the train ramped on it.

According to eyewitnesses, shortly after the accident the driver of the trailer absconded, while the second person was arrested by the police.

19 Killed, 12 Injured in Traffic Accident in Northern Sudan

10th August 2015

KHARTOUM — The SUNA news agency reported that 19 people died and 12 others were injured on Sunday in a traffic accident along the national road connecting Khartoum and the Northern State.

Brig. Ahmed Abu Zaid, the commissioner of Al-Daba locality, was quoted by the agency as saying that the incident occurred in the Um Al-Hasan area when two passenger trucks collided as they were traveling in opposite directions.

Ahmed Abdin, the medical director of the Al-Tadamon hospital in the town of Al-Daba, was also quoted as saying that the fatalities include four women, thirteen men and two children. He added that 12 injured victims were taken to Khartoum hospital.

Zimbabwe: 6 killed in road accidents

by Staff reporter 09 August 2015

Six people died while several others were seriously injured in three separate accidents on Friday night.

Two of the accidents that claimed five lives occurred along the Harare-Mutare highway while the other one happened at Jerera Growth Point in Zaka, Masvingo Chief Nyakunhuwa Jerera Wafawanaka Mashavave.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accidents last night. Snr Ass Com Charamba said three people died at the 104 km peg along the Harare-Mutare highway near Macheke when one Artwell Gunha who was driving a vehicle with a South African registration number was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle while attempting to overtake four vehicles at a blind spot.

About eight people were seriously injured after the vehicles piled up and they were taken to Marondera hospital.

Another two people died when the driver of a vehicle they were travelling in lost control after a tyre burst, also along the Harare-Mutare road. The vehicle overturned.

Five ‘robbers’ die after Durban crash

2015-08-08 Jenni Evans, News24

  Durban – Five suspected house robbers were killed when they crashed into a tree while trying to get away from police on Friday night, a paramedic said. Paul Herbst of IPSS Medical said they were believed to have committed a house robbery in Tongaat and were driving so fast when the police were coming after them that they crashed along the Watson Highway near Crawford College.

Three people were declared dead inside the Toyota Avanza, and another man who had been flung out of the car was also declared dead. A fifth person was in a critical condition and died later.”All five died,” said Herbst. Netcare911 paramedics were also on the scene and, according to spokesperson Chris Botha, ”it was absolute carnage”.
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Nigeria: Dead drunk cop!

8th August 2015

There have been several shameful incidents involving drunken police officers, but it seems that this policeman has managed to outdrink them all! 

drunk police officer in Lagos

Photo: Sahara reporters

It’s not just another shameful appearance of a drunken police officer in public. According to some witnesses this policeman appeared dead drunk in the Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos. According to Ayyuba Idris Ibrahim, who witnessed this shameful incident with the intoxicated police officer, it happened on Friday around 2 pm.

It is clearly visible that the policeman, whose name is Aminu, couldn’t cope even with sitting straight. SO he had to be helped by another police officer while a crowd of passers-by was watching the scene described on social media as “a shame to the Nigerian police.

There have been several outrageous incident involving police officers under the influence of alcohol recently. In one case, the officer, identified Tafa Mohammed, got mad after the female food seller was said to have declined to selling fish alone except to those buying food with it. The alcohol reeking mobile policeman wanted this fish to finish up his beer.

Mopol Tafa has also assaulted a female customer who was buying food at the time he got there. The woman got dipped in muddy water. Later The Nigeria Police Force confirmed the arrest of a brutal drunken police officer who has been captured on video assaulting two women, while the crowd watched.

Besides that, yesterday, a police man was spotted in Ibadan in a manner not expected of a uniformed man. According to a witness, the police man was drunk and could not control himself.

Namibia: Police officers worst drivers – Chief Ndeitunga

By Theresia Tjihenuna 7th August 2015
 
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POLICE officers, according to the police inspector general Sebatian Ndeitunga, have been caught “racing police vehicles like Michael Schumacher”.
In an interview with The Namibian this week, Ndeitunga said a lot of police cars have been damaged, while a police report said this has cost government about N$3,6 million.“We have a huge concern of members about the police force destroying vehicles by racing them because some of them are not well trained and they speed for nothing when they are not supposed to speed.“I always tell them that I have not appointed a Michael Schumacher. We are working hard on the issue of having drivers that are trained because I have to account for them,” he said. A 2013/14 police annual report indicated that more than 375 cases involved police officers caught on the wrong side of traffic law.The Erongo region reported the highest number with 59 cases, followed by Otjozondjupa region with 40 cases.
“A total of 1 100 job cards for repair, servicing and maintenance of police vehicles were opened [during the 2013/2014 financial year],” reads the report. “As a result, 1 239 vehicles were repaired at the Namibian Police Force Medium Workshops countrywide, whereas 411 vehicles were referred to private garages for repair,” states the report.Government procured 172 vehicles for the police and decommissioned 64 vehicles, which became obsolete during the last financial year. Ndeitunga said the police plan to purchase more than 100 new vehicles in this financial year.The report also revealed that there have been 151 cases of traffic accidents involving police vehicles during the indicated financial year. The Khomas region reported the highest incidences with 35 accidents.Although Ndeitunga said so far there have been no cases of police officers who have been caught driving official vehicles while under the influence of alcohol, they did so while driving their personal vehicles.The report also highlighted that during the period under review, alcohol was regarded as the major contributing factor among other social issues regarding members of the police.“Members tend to abuse alcohol due to psychosocial malfunction, such as stress caused by chronic diseases, family, marital and workplace relationships, which may all lead to mental health problems,” reads the report.
The report says identified social cases were dealt with accordingly and referrals were made to other professional and specialised institutions for further handling.According to the report, the police’s Social-Service Sub-Division recorded 116 cases of substance abuse, 38 cases of stress, 46 cases of mental illness, 7 cases of anger management, 23 cases of suicidal thoughts and 15 cases of domestic violence among its members.

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Durban teen killed in ‘high-speed’ N2 crash

6th  August 2015  Jeff Wicks, News24

A teenager was killed in a 'high-speed' crash on the N2 in Durban. (Supplied, Crisis Medical)

Durban – A teenager was killed in a “high-speed” crash on the N2 at the M19 off-ramp in Durban late on Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said the 18-year-old’s car had veered from the road and struck the barrier.

“Paramedics arrived on scene to find the wreckage of a BMW occupying the width of the roadway, with the driver still in the vehicle.”

“Specialised rescue tools were needed to cut the man free and on closer examination it was discovered that he had unfortunately suffered a fatal traumatic brain injury. He was declared dead on the scene.”

 “The facts pertaining to the incident are unclear. However, eyewitness accounts allege the driver lost control of the vehicle at high speed, colliding with the Armco-barriers before spinning several times and colliding with the concrete support of the overhead bridge,” Van Reenen added.

“The South African Police Services were in attendance and the incident is under investigation. The roadway remained closed well into the early hours of Thursday morning while emergency services worked to clear the scene.”

Six die as learner driver fails to stop

2015-08-06 

Pietermaritzburg – Six people were left dead and three others injured when a car allegedly failed to yield at an intersection and collided side-on with a truck.

Emergency services raced to the accident at the Drie­fontein turn-off between Lady­smith and Newcastle, on the N11 on Wednesday.

According to police sources, it is believed that the driver of a grey Toyota Cressida sped through a stop-street without yielding, and the truck collided side-on with the vehicle at a high speed.

It is further alleged that the driver only had a learner’s driving licence. It is believed the vehicle was travelling from Burford to Ladysmith, where the occupants lived.

Six of the seven people in the car died on impact; two of them were men and four were women. According to KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie, paramedics rushed to treat the three people who survived the initial impact of the collision.

One of the patients, a woman from the car, was left critically injured and the two men, who were occupants of the truck, sustained serious and minor injuries respectively. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the police.

Acting MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Sibongiseni Dhlomo  on Wednesday expressed his “shock” after learning of the incident. Dhlomo also expressed concern at the growing number of mass casualty accidents: “It is indeed devastating to learn of the accident that has claimed the lives of six people this morning near Ladysmith. This accident follows one that happened in Bulwer last month and took the lives of eight people.

“Respecting road rules is a sure way to saving lives on our roads”, Dhlomo said.

Six killed as car, truck collide in northern KZN

2015-08-05 

 Durban – Six people were killed and three were injured when a car and a truck collided on the N11 near Ladysmith in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday. KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the accident had forced the closure of the road while emergency service personnel tended to those injured.

“The exact location of the crash is at the Driefontien turn-off about two kilometres from Ladysmith. The road has been closed,” he said.

“Sadly six people have passed away in this crash, two men and four women to be precise. KZN EMS paramedics together with those from a private ambulance service have treated three people who have survived the initial impact of the collision.

“One of these patients is a woman, who is critically injured. While two men, who were occupants of the truck, sustained serious and minor injuries respectively,” McKenzie said.

“The paramedics worked together to treat the injured patients at the scene before the patients were transported to hospital for continued medical care. The cause of the crash, which left the road closed, is being investigated by the police.”

Photos Of The Accident In Lagos

Omotayo Yusuf 5th August 2015

An accident occurred involving a fuel tanker and a trailer along Ikorodu road, Lagos. It was reported that the fuel spilled on the road and some people were seen scooping the fuel.Officers from the Lagos state fire service were available to mange the situation. Policemen were also on site to arrest ‘area boys‘ who were caught scooping fuel.

Naij.com’s  photojournalist, Emmanuel Osodi took some pictures of the accident scene. See pictures below.

Pic (1): Lagos state rescue team on duty at the scene of the petrol tanker accident in ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

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Pic (2) : Nigerian Police men moving away an area boy that was caught scrooping petrol from the falling petrol tanker at the scene of the accident in Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Nigerian Police men moving away an area boy that was caught scooping petrol from the petrol tanker at the scene of the accident in Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Pic (3): The falling petrol tanker at the scene of the accident in Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

The fallen petrol tanker at the scene of the accident in Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Pic (4) : Nigerian Police men arresting two area boys that was caught scrooping petrol from the falling petrol tanker at the scene of the accident along Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Nigerian Police men arresting two area boys that were caught scooping petrol from the petrol tanker at the scene of the accident along Ikorodu road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Pic (6) Lagos state fire service officials at work at the sean of the accident in Ikorodo road. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi

Meanwhile, tragedy struck at the weekend, when a woman and her three children were crushed to death in an auto crash in Bayelsa state.

Kenya: 16 injured as matatu crashes on Nithi bridge in Meru

1st August 2015

Nithi bridgeSixteen people were injured when a driver lost control of a matatu and it rammed the guardrails on the notorious Nithi bridge on the Meru-Nairobi highway.

Seven of the injured are students at Egoji Teachers Training College who were heading home on Friday for August holidays. The injured were taken to Chogoria Mission Hospital, where they received treatment. The hospital’s Chaplain, the Reverend Roy Kamau, said most passengers suffered fractures and soft-tissue injuries.

BRAKES FAILED: Chuka traffic commander Galale Mnazi said the driver of the vehicle, which was heading to Nairobi from Meru, said he lost control when the brakes failed and the vehicle veered off the road.

Meru South deputy police boss John Kilonzo told Nation.co.ke that preliminary investigations point to brake failure. “Vehicle inspection will, however, reveal the true cause of the accident,” said Mr Kilonzo.

Ghana: Two perish in accident on Mallam-Kasoa road

The Ghana Water Company car after the accidentThe Ghana Water Company car after the accident

By: Saturday, 01 August 2015 

Two persons died on the spot while two others sustained varying degrees of injury in an accident which occurred on the Mallam-Kasoa highway yesterday.

The accident, which occurred at about 3 p.m., involved a Ghana Water Company pickup, a Ford vehicle and a tipper truck. The driver of the Ford vehicle and another occupant died on the spot.

Two other occupants of the Ghana Water Company vehicle who sustained injuries were taken to the Ga South Municipal Hospital and later transfered to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The Odorkor Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTU) Divisional Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police, (DSP) Mr  Abdulai Mumuni, told the Daily Graphic that the driver of the Ford vehicle, who was travelling towards Kasoa from the Mallam-Odorkor area, “for some unknown reason, veered off the road and ran into the Ghana Water Company pickup.

He said in the process the Ford vehicle somersaulted  while the tipper truck which was closely behind the Ghana Water Company truck rammed it. He said the driver of the tipper truck attempted to avoid hitting the pickup but failed. However, he said, the driver of the tipper truck and the driver of the Ghana Water Company vehicle escaped death while the two occupants on the Ford vehicle died on the spot.

“The bodies are yet to be unidentified. The Ford vehicle is so mangled that it is difficult to tell the type of the car even though it looks like a four wheel drive,” he said. The three vehicles were later towed to the Odorkor Divisional MTTU. Mr Mumuni said the police had commenced investigations into the accident

Angola: Chief Justice Concerned About Road Accidents

31st July 2015

Cuito — The Chief Justice of Supreme Court, Manuel Aragão, expressed concern Thursday in Kuito, central Bie province, about the number of traffic accidents recorded in that country’s region, claiming high death toll. This was during his 24-hour visit to Bie province.

Chief Justice told the press at the end of the meeting with the local justice administration bodies that he regretted the high rate of road accidents that result in many human and material losses.

 Manuel Aragão recommended the National Police (PN) to keep raising awareness among motorists. The magistrate also asked the pedestrians to abide by the road code.

Sixty-one people have been killed and 301 slightly and serious injured as a result of 296 traffic accidents occurred in Bié province in the second quarter this year, Angop has learnt from official source.

There was an increase of 10 deaths, 29 wounded and 20 accidents, in addition to material damage estimated at AKz 13. 6 million ($108.,000 usd)

KZN taxi crash leaves 13 school kids injured

2015-07-30 Jeff Wicks, News24

Durban – Thirteen school children were injured when a minibus taxi and a car collided at the junction of Otto Volek and Shepstone roads in New Germany on Thursday.ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the taxi on a concrete pillar.”Children, who were scared and shocked, were sitting on the grass close by. They ranged from the ages of about 5 and 14 years old,” she said.”They were assessed by paramedics and found to have sustained minor injuries. They were treated and transported to a nearby clinic. The exact cause of the collision is unknown.”

Police warn against reckless driving as three die in accidents

July 30, 2015

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) has warned road users against violating traffic regulations that has continued to claim people’s lives and property.

Jean Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, the spokesperson of the Traffic and Road Safety department, said the majority of road accidents are due to violation of traffic rules such as speeding, negligence and driving while on phone.

The warning follows four accidents registered across the country on Sunday and Monday, which claimed at least three people and injured two others. The accidents were registered in Rubavu, Ngororero, Kayonza, and Gasabo districts.

In Rubavu, a Fuso truck knocked cyclists Theoneste Hafashimana and Dieudonne Twagiayezu. The two were taken to hospital where Hafishimana died on arrival. Emmanuel Hategekimana, the driver of the truck, was arrested and is currently held at Gisenyi Police Station.

“We have said it time and again for road users, especially drivers and motorcyclists, to abide by traffic rules and regulations, avoid driving while talking on phone, overtaking in dangerous corners, speeding and reckless driving,” Ndushabandi said.

“It’s also in the interest of drivers to abide by the road use regulations. They will be sparing their lives and that of their passengers. When driving, safety should be a priority.”

Police also called on owners of vehicles with mechanical faults to take them for inspection and to fix them to avoid likely accidents. Vehicles not satisfying the set technical criteria will not be issued a certificate. Owners of vehicles without the certificate will be liable to a fine of Rwf25,000 ($35US).

ZA: Out-of-control car ploughs into commuters waiting for bus

 Durban – Six people were badly injured when they were hit by an out-of-control car which veered from Main Road in Ndwedwe on Wednesday. The group is understood to have been waiting for a bus at the roadside when the careering car struck them as it rolled up an embankment.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said that two people in the group were in “critical condition” and were fighting for their lives. “What we understand is that the car had mounted the curb after leaving the road and hit the embankment. The people who were standing on the sidewalk waiting for transport were directly in its path,” he said.“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the injured lying near the wreckage of the car. Two people were [injured] in a bad way and advanced life support paramedics set about trying to stabilise them. They were the priority and were rushed to hospital by ambulance,” he said.

Herbst added that the cause of the crash was still unclear.

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Tanzania: Old Tyres Blamed Over Accidents

By Lawrence Raphaely 29th July 2015

DRIVERS have been urged to stop using motor vehicles with worn out, old tyres so as to avoid unnecessary road accidents which have been killing a number of innocent citizens.

According to the Traffic Police Department, out of 990 roads accidents which occurred last year were associated with faulty motor vehicles and 254 were due to use of worn out and old tyres.

Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a two-day symposium that brought together various stakeholders concerned with road safety to discuss the use of quality tyres as a way to avoid road accidents, the Deputy Commanding Officer from the Traffic Control Department, ASP John Shawa, said that the use of vehicles with poor tyres was one of the main sources leading to accidents that have been killing passengers.

He said there is also low understanding among drivers on how to use motor vehicles while observing the capacity of the tires thus sometimes leading to overweight or over pumping of air into tyres, something which has been causing accidents.

He therefore said that due to low understanding among drivers on the use of motor vehicles while observing the tyre quality and capacity there is an urgent need to educate drivers and vehicle owners so that they be informed of appropriate use of their vehicles while observing tyres.

Mr Shawa also called upon the relevant authorities related to monitoring of quality of goods including Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) to clearly oversee the importation of tyres so that only good tires are imported.

On his part, the Deputy Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Pereira Ame Silima, said the increase in road accidents has been a burden to the nation which has affected the county’s economy by killing productive people.

He stressed that most accidents have been caused by the use of old tyres and thus there is an urgent need to educate the drivers and vehicle owners on the appropriate use of tyres.

“More than 80 per cent of Tanzanians are users of daladala and bus transport and most of them are not satisfied with such transport because of the alarming rate of accidents,” he notified.

He said the symposium was therefore meant to create awareness among the road safety stakeholders on the use of quality tyres as a way to avoid accidents.

On his part, the SUMATRA Director General, Gilliard Ngewe, said the vehicle owners and traders have every reason to take into consideration the use and maintenance of quality tyres for the growth of the transport sector.

Nigeria: Photos From Fatal Accident On Ikorodu Road This Morning

Oluwatobi Bolashodun 28th July 2015

There was a terrible accident this morning between Onipanu and Palmgrove bus-stop along Ikorodu road, Lagos state.

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Two loaded trucks collided, leaving the driver and passenger of one of the trucks dead. The driver of the other truck survived but fled from the scene.

Meanwhile another accident also occurred close to this scene, at Aladiyye bus-stop. A container fell on a car but luckily no lives were lost in that accident.

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Man, three kids killed as brand new car sliced in half

26th July 2015 Jenni Evans, News24

The car moments after the horrific crash. (Pieter Rossouw, ER24)

The car moments after the horrific crash. (Pieter Rossouw, ER24)
Johannesburg – The proud owner of a new car was killed with three of his neighbour’s children when his car was sliced in half when he crashed while taking them for a drive to show off his new wheels.

The 39-year-old man’s 10-year-old son was also in hospital fighting for his life after the accident on a curve near the Dros restaurant in the Mpumalanga city of Middelburg.Police spokesperson Captain Khanyisile Zwane said that Joe Majajula, had just bought the Golf 7 on Friday. ”He had not even registered it at the municipality yet because it was too late,” she said, as she told of the tragedy.

 At around 20:30 he took his 10-year-old son and three of the neighbour’s children, two girls and a boy aged 5, 10 and 7, for a drive. ”The three children from the neighbours all died,” said Zwane. Majajula was taken to hospital, but died. His son was in a critical condition in hospital on Saturday. ”He must have lost control and hit the tree,” said Zwane.

Spokesperson for ER24 paramedics, Russel Meiring, said the children had been trapped in the vehicle for some time, before they could be freed.

Liberia: Several Passengers Injured in Accident

 26th July 2015

A commercial bus with no license plate lost control on Benson Street Hill and ran down Meclin Street into a Liberia Water And Sewer Corporation (SWSC) truck, thereby leaving the bus driver and his carboy in critical condition, while several passengers sustained severe injuries.

The incident occurred around 3:p.m when the driver of the car reportedly lost control before his vehicle slammed into a parked LWSC vehicle that was being vacuumed. Members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) informed reporters that the victims were immediately taken to the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital in Monrovia for treatment.

A survivor of the accident, Samuel Korpu, told reporters after the terrible incident that he escorted his friend to Waterside where his friend had gone to purchase a gift for his sister who will be graduating from the AME University.  On their way home, they got in the bus which lost control and ran into the SWSC truck.

Klajue Tukon, another survivor of the accident, who also sustained injury on his shoulder, explained that he and his friend were seated at the back of the bus when it lost control on Benson Street Hill and swerved off the road down Meclin Street.

Truck driver flees accident scene

Durban – A truck driver ploughed into an accident scene in Durban on Saturday night, allegedly killing a tow truck driver on the scene before the driver stole an ambulance and fled the scene. The fleeing driver was then involved in a high speed collision and arrested by police who are investigating the incident.

Rescue Care Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said paramedics had attended to a scene where there were fortunately no injuries on the M7 West Bound before Wakesleigh Road intersection around 9pm on Saturday. “As the ambulance was leaving the scene they noticed a truck ploughing into the accident scene before leaving the roadway and coming to rest down the embankment,” Jamieson said.

“Paramedics ran to the scene and found a critically injured breakdown operator down the embankment. All efforts were tried to try save the breakdown operator, however he had suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene by paramedics.

“Whilst Paramedics were attending to the patient, the truck driver stole the ambulance that was attending the scene and fled. Bystanders followed the man in the ambulance until the ambulance was involved in a high impact collision at the corner of Umbilo Road and Deodar Avenue. The suspect was then arrested by SAPS and the second driver was treated for his injuries.

“We at Rescue Care would like to send our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the man that lost his life whilst trying to assist others. In regards to the theft of the ambulance we will be leaving all investigations up to the SAPS and assist them in whatever way they need to ensure the law takes its course.”

Victims named in horror crash

24th July 2015

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Bulawayo Bureau
POLICE have released the names of the seven people who were killed in Tuesday’s horrific head-on collision which occurred about 20km from Kwekwe along the Kwekwe-Gweru highway.

A Honda Fit which was travelling towards Gweru collided head-on with a Mazda B2200 that was transporting security guards in the Kwekwe direction.

Police Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said a majority of the deceased were from Kwekwe. He said the deceased were; Blessing Gonga of Mbizo in Kwekwe, Tinodaishe Chigiga (39) of Subdivision One, Sherwood Block, Kwekwe, Andrew Gwebu (50), Martin Mativenga (55), Hlupe Mcini (25), of Roasting Plant Kwekwe, Joseph Dube (43), of Chombe Communal Lands, Chief Gwesela, Zhombe and Watson Zulu (30), of Mbizo Kwekwe.

“The bodies are at Kwekwe Provincial Hospital Mortuary,” he said.

The accident occurred near Kwekwe River at 4:30am, leaving seven people dead and five others were seriously injured. The Honda Fit had two occupants while the truck had 11. Both drivers died on the spot. Of the seriously injured, two were transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital while the other three were admitted at Kwekwe General Hospital.

Chief Supt Nyathi appealed to road users and drivers to be observant along the highways adding that they should stick to stipulated speed limits.

Nigeria: Teenage Meat Seller Crushed To Death In Ekiti

Gbenga Adedamola 22nd July 2015

Tragedy struck in at the Nova junction axis of the Adebayo Iworoko road, Ado Ekiti at the early hours of Wednesday, as a ghastly accident involving a commercial truck carrying bottled drinks, crushed a motorcyclist leading to the death of the passenger on the motorcycle.The motorcycle involved in the ill-fated accident that killed a teenager in Ekiti state, southwest Nigeria, a few hours ago

The accident, according to eyewitnesses, was caused by over speeding of the motorcyclist, a meat seller who was trying to beat the morning rush to get to the abattoir. The motorcycle involved in the accident which killed a teenager in Ekiti state earlier today. Photo: Gbenga Adedamola.

The motorcyclist had tried to overtake the truck but miscalculated the large waste bin on the road and swerved under the rear tyre of the large truck.The rider of the motorcycle escaped unhurt, but the passenger, a young boy of about 16 years (name withheld), was unlucky as he was crushed by the truck.Some passers-by were of the opinion that the large waste bin on the roadside was responsible for the accident, while some said it was caused by over speeding.

Zambia crash victims identified

by Staff reporter 22 July 2015

Four Zimbabweans who died in an accident involving a Zimbabwe-bound King Lion bus in Zambia have been positively identified while concerted effort is being made to identify the remaining bodies.

Zambian police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Munganda Chanda confirmed the development, adding that some of the bodies have since been claimed by relatives.

Police named two of the four as Ruvimbo Tamirepi (18) and Nigel Musumudzi Zulu (28) both of Harare, but withheld the names of the other two.

“So far, two bodies have been positively identified and their relatives have since collected the bodies,” said Asst-Comm Chanda. “Six other bodies remain and it has been difficult to identify them. This could be because it is difficult to match the travel documents to the bodies.” The other two identified bodies are of Democratic Republic of Congo nationals.

Asst-Comm Chanda appealed to relatives who suspect that their relatives could have boarded the King Lion bus to come forward and identify them.

Angola: Over 20 People Killed in Road Accidents at Week-End

21st July 2015

Luanda — Twenty-seven people were killed and 76 wounded across the country as a result of 81 road accidents recorded at the week-end, Angop has learnt.

The information was released by the spokesperson for General Command of National Police, Aristófanes dos Santos.

According to the senior officer of National Police, there was an increase of 30 accidents, eight dead and at least 16 wounded.

High speeding, poor servicing of vehicles, disregard of traffic rules, driving under alcohol and poor street lighting blamed for accidents.

Zambia: Two bus accidents over weekend kill passengers

July 20 2015
Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 06.15.19OnSaturday, a Shalon bus overturned near Sesheke district killing some people and injuring many Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 06.21.23others.
The next day, another bus overturned in Chirundu killing eight Zimbabweans and injuring 53 others. The Chirundu accident occurred when a Harare-bound bus burst a tyre just after Kafue Gorge in Zambia.

Zambian police confirmed the accident, saying the King Lion Scania bus overturned along the Chirundu Road and landed on its right flank trapping passengers inside.

The accident occurred at 10 AM.

According to the police, 27 Zimbabweans were admitted at Kafue Hospital.

The cops said the driver, who was speeding, failed to negotiate a corner resulting in the accident. The driver, identified as Nyamande, was by Sunday evening said to be still at large.

Angola – Over Thousand Killed in Road Accidents in Six Months

19th July 2015

Luanda — More than one thousand people were killed in road accidents in the first semester of this year in Angola.

The information was released Friday in Luanda by the National Police general commander. Commissioner Ambrósio de Lemos was speaking to the press at the end of the National Council on Road Traffic presided over by the vice president, Manuel Vicente, intended to outline strategies to reduce death on Angola’s roads.

The officer said the road death toll remains very high and the police are working to make of 2015 a safer year than the preceding period. Ambrósio de Lemos mentioned reckless driving, poor lighting of the roads as some of the main causes of road accidents.

11 dead, 32 injured in Masindi road accident

By Francis Mugerwa & George Muzoora Posted  Saturday, July 18  2015

Eleven Kinyara Sugar Factory workers in Masindi District died in a motor accident on Thursday afternoon.

The midwestern regional police spokesperson, Ms Lydia Tumushabe, said a lorry that was transporting workers from the sugar factory to Masindi Town overturned at about 1.30pm after failing to brake.

Police have identified the dead as Merida Akugizibwe, Grace Nyangoma, Wilson Isingoma and Rogers Kugonza. Others are Grace Tibulihwa, Jamila Katusabe, Sarah Mugisa, Grace Basemera and Hilda Katwesige. The identity of the other two could not be readily established by press time.

Police said the driver lost control of the lorry as he approached a zebra crossing on Masindi-Hoima road junction. “Eleven people died instantly while over 32 others sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Masindi Hospital. The accident was due to reckless driving,” Ms Tumushabe said.

Eyewitnesses told Saturday Monitor that business in Masindi Town was paralysed for hours as residents rushed to the crash scene. According to police, out of the 11 who died, nine were women. Out of the 32 injured, 30 were women. The sugar factory workers were returning to their homes after the day’s work.

The Minister of State for Bunyoro Affairs, Mr Ernest Kiiza, who is also Masindi Municipality MP, sent his condolences to the bereaved families. “We need to caution drivers and all transporters to take precaution as they transact business and their vehicles should be roadworthy. I have been told the driver overloaded yet he knew the vehicle was not in a sound mechanical condition,” he said.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 89 Killed, 961 Wounded in One Week

18h July 2015

In terms of number of accidents, the highest death toll was recorded in the province of Algiers with 26 accidents, followed by the provinces of Oran and Bordj Bouarreridj with 23 accidents each, Bejaia (20 accidents) and provinces of Medea, Ain Defla and Chelef (19 accidents each), said the source.

 The human facture remains the main cause of these accidents, in addition to roads and the environment and vehicle status.

Liberia: 6 Killed, 5 Hurt in Monrovia – Ganta Fatal Highway Accident

14 July 2015

Yellequelleh District, Bong County – Six passengers have reportedly died with five others injured in multiple accidents, which occurred in Kandakai’s Town, Yellequelleh District, along the Monrovia-Ganta highway on Monday, July 13, 2015 evening.
FrontPageAfrica has gathered that the dead were three males and three females. According to eyewitnesses, the accident involved two unlicensed commercial vehicles. The accident happened close to a reconstruction point on the highway, and a site where the construction company handling the Monrovia-Ganta road project, CICO, has its yard.

He said: “It is true that a multiple accident involving two vehicles happened on the Monrovia-Ganta highway. Both the FRTUL officials and policemen are there for rescue operation. Adding, he said: “Those injured in the accident have been taken to a hospital in the area.”

The medical doctor of Phebe hospital, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, who was at the crash site told FPA that those injured were taken to the Phebe hospital in Suakoko and another private clinic near the scene of the accident. Continuing, he said: “Those who were injured have been taken to Phebe hospital, and a private clinic.” Efforts to reach the Commander of the Bong County Police detachment, Frederick Nappy, on the incident proved unsuccessful as did not pick his calls and also failed to reply a text message sent through his phone.

However, the head of the Traffic Division of the Bong County detachment of the Liberia National Police Augustine Kanneh, whose men were also at the crash site, confirmed the death of six people died and injuries to five other. The text message from the local police official on the accident read, “Six people died – three males and three females – while five others were injured.”

Nigeria: Four die, as oil spill causes multiple accidents in Ogun

16th July 2015 By Daud Olatunji (see original story below 14th July 2015))

ABEOKUTA—Four  persons, including a commercial motorcyclist, yesterday, reportedly lost their lives, while others sustained injuries in a road accident on Sagamu-Benin Expressway.

Vanguard learned that a diesel-laden tanker crashed, Monday, and spilled its content on the highway on its way to Lagos around 8p.m. Confirming the incident, the state Public Police Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the tanker ran into a bad portion of the road. He said the spill made the road slippery and vehicles coming in the opposite lane ran into it unawares, which made them skid off the road.

He said: “The tanker was carrying black oil. It crashed around 8p.m. on the Sagamu-Benin Expressway and spilled its content on the highway, mostly on the opposite lane. Vehicles coming ran into it and skidded off the road.

“We heard that it was only one person, the okadaman, that died. Some others were injured and they are receiving treatment in the hospital.” However, an eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Bayo, said no fewer than four persons died in the crash.

A Dangote truck driver, Abubakar Umar, who survived the accident, said he escaped death by the whiskers. He said: “I ran into the slippery portion unawares and the truck lost balance, skidded off its track before plunging into a valley by the roadside.”

Another eyewitness told Vanguard that four vehicles, which were on their way towards the Sagamu-Benin-Ore area, lost control when they ran on the spilled diesel. The eyewitness said: “Another truck carrying tyres also fell, spilling its contents on the road. A commercial bus and one other lorry were also involved, while a damaged motorcycle was also seen at the accident spot.”

This led to a gridlock on the expressway yesterday, as all the vehicles on the highway were diverted to a single lane. Operatives of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, the state’s Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency and police were seen controlling traffic at the scene, while some men were covering the oil-filled road surface with sand.

Scores hurt in Durban taxi smashes

2015-07-14

(ER24)

Durban – Seventeen people were injured when three minibus taxis and a car collided on Mount Moriah Drive, Durban, on Tuesday morning.

Over 30 people have been wounded in two separate taxi collisions in the space of 12 hours.

Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said that the pile-up occurred when one taxi slammed into the others.“Bystanders allege one of the taxis collided at high speed into the rear of another causing the pile up.

 “All of the injured were treated and stabilised on scene before being transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals for further care. Traffic was severely affected and the local authorities were on scene to assist,” he said.

In another incident on Monday night, another seventeen people were hurt when a taxi lost control and rolled on Booth Road near the N2 Bridge. Five were in a serious condition.  Rescuecare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that medics attending to the scene found injured commuters lying along the road. “Paramedics arrived on scene to find the multiple patients lying on the side of the roadway. More ambulances were immediately requested to assist in the multiple casualty scene.“A total of 17 people had sustained various injuries with five sustaining serious injuries. Once all of the injured had been stabilised they were transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required,” he said.

Another Truck Falls On Sagamu Express Road

JULY 14, 2015

accident2accidentA tanker carrying 33,000 litres of black engine oil fell along Benin – Sagamu expressway and spilled its content over the busy expressway.The content spilled at about 1.5km away from the ever busy Sagamu express junction. A 911 truck was affected by the spill.

The truck fell and crossed the road on Sagamu-Benin axis of the expressway. FRSC tow truck is presently at the scene to remove the truck with combine effort of Ogun State Traffic Compliance And Enforcement Corps (TRACE), and other agencies. Motorists are advised to take other alternative routes because some portion of the road has been blocked to allow the tow truck remove the obstruction caused.

Cases of tanker falls have been rampant in Nigeria of late, about six days ago Lagos State Government compensated the victims of Iyana Ipaja tanker explosion incident.

At least 3 died and 28 injured in a road accident in Egypt

CAIRO:  A security forces vehicle collided head on with a bus killing at least 3 people and left 28 wounded in Qena Governorate, Egypt on Tuesday. According to the police reports, the accident occurred when the vehicle collided with the bus in the Karam Omran village situated in the upper Egyptian city of Qena.

Around ten Ambulances reached on the accident spot to transfer the dead and injured to the nearest hospital, police reported. The poor vehicle conditions and roads along with rash and careless driving lists Egypt among the country’s with highest accident rates.

According to World Health Organisation, after India, China and the United States, Egypt is ranked among the tenth worst country in road accidents and its recently published  Global Status Report on Road Safety states that even if Egypt has laws on alcohol concentration in blood, speed limit, helmet and seat belt wearing, they are not properly enforced.

Rwanda: Police Attribute Last Week’s Accidents to Overspeeding

14th July 2015

Police has attributed last week’s accidents in different parts of the country to overspeeding and reckless driving. Six road accidents happened on July 11 leaving three people dead and 23 others injured. The injured were rushed to different hospitals for medical attention. Chief Inspector of Police (CIP), Emmanuel Kabanda, the spokesperson for traffic and Road Safety department, said most of the accidents were a result of overspeeding and careless driving.

Police warned drivers against reckless driving that leads to costly and dangerous accidents. Two of the recorded accidents occurred in Nyarugenge and Kicukiro districts of Kigali City.

Two other accidents happened in Muhanga and Kamonyi districts of Southern Province; while in the Western Province, two accidents happened in Ngororero and Nyabihu districts. Kabanda warned drivers to take extra precaution and respect traffic rules. “These were avoidable accidents if drivers hadn’t defied traffic rules; driving or riding requires complete alertness; therefore, acts like talking or texting on cell phones while driving are distractive and highly discouraged,” CIP Kabanda said.

 “People who are more observant are more likely to focus while driving and thus avoid accidents,” said CIP Kabanda. CIP Kabanda urged road users to partner with police by providing timely information through the use of toll free numbers; 112 for emergency services, 113 for road accidents and 3511 to report any malpractices.

Police carries out regular outreach programmes for road users, including vehicle owners and motorcycle operators, to promote road safety initiatives and partnerships with the public through community policing. The annual road traffic week is geared towards enforcing road traffic rules and ultimately ensure road safety.

Ethiopia: Nation Working to Reduce Road Accident Deaths

13th July 2015

The University and ABH are planning to launch various Masters and PHD Programmes in the near future in Addis Ababa. The Ministry of Transport said Ethiopia is working to cut road accident death rate, which stood at 64 persons per 100,000, by 75 per cent over the coming five years.

The Third African Road Safety Conference on the Status of Implementation of the African Road Safety Action Plan (2011-2020) kicked off at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Hall here Thursday.

Transport State Minister Tekletsadik Reba on the occasion said Ethiopia is working to significantly reduce road accident in the remaining implementation period of the Action Plan.

Despite the efforts to reduce road accident death to 27 persons per 100,000 at the end of the first Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period, it remained at 64, he added. However, the efforts launched to reduce the death to 27 persons will be strengthened in the future, he said.

Ethiopia has been involving stakeholders widely in the National Road Transport Safety Council which it established two years ago to effectively implement the Plan, Tekletsadik told Confrence participants. Moreover, it is devising various mechanisms at all levels which include the use of alcohol detection sensor and public awareness raising to address the problem.

Representative of UNECA, Robert Lisinge, on his part praised the performance of most African countries putting Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa at the forefront.

South Africa street sign kills Lesotho boy on school trip

BBC News 10 July 2015

Police work the scene of the accident in Dick King Street in the Durban city centre. A teenage boy was killed when his head struck the sign attached to the street pole on the rightA 16-year-old Lesotho pupil has died after his face was sliced off by a street sign while on a school tour in the South African city of Durban.

The boy had been looking out of the bus window as it drove down a narrow street in the city centre, witnesses say.

Police cordoned off the scene and covered the body with a blanket before it was removed by a mortuary van. The teenager, whose identity has not been released, was among a group of 106 pupils from Molapo High School.

The authorities are investigating the circumstances around the teenager’s death. The students and teachers, who are said to be severely traumatised, are receiving counselling. A security guard, who asked not to be identified, had been stationed outside a car dealership nearby.

“[The bus] first hit this sign; everybody was still inside… The boy then peeked his head out the window – he was sitting near the back – to see what was happening and before he knew it, he was struck by the sign on the second pole,” he told the Durban Mercury.

“Everyone was crying, the teachers, the pupils; it was hectic. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t. He was still breathing – blood still gushing – when I got to him. But there was absolutely nothing I could do for him,” said another witness.

Zimbabweans killed in SA horror collision

 10th July 22015

Musina – Seven Zimbabweans died and nine others were critically injured in a freak accident between a taxi and truck at the Weigh Bridge traffic light in Musina Wednesday morning.
zimIt is alleged that the taxi full of passengers failed to stop at the traffic lights and crashed into a truck carrying fuel.

Limpopo Department of Transport, Safety, Security and Liaison spokesperson Kagiso Mootane said: “Jaws-of-life were used to remove lifeless bodies and the injured passengers in the taxi.” She said the taxi was transporting passengers from Beitbridge to Musina when the horror happened at around 5am.

“Luckily the fuel-transporting truck didn’t explode,” Mootane said. Spokesperson for Police in Limpopo Col Ronnel Otto said they had opened a culpable homicide docket and bodies were not yet identified by the time of going to Press.

An eyewitness, Lucas Mozile, said emergency workers had their hands full to dispatch all the injured to Musina Hospital for treatment. He further said it was one of the most traumatic horrors on the Musina to Beitbridge road.

Limpopo Transport minister Mapula Mokaba Phukwana expressed her shock over the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased during this time of grief, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured ones. “The department shares the heartache and is saddened that so many lives continue to be lost on South African roads, which not only impacts negatively on their families but on the province and the country in general,” Mokaba said. Premier Stan Mathabatha expressed his shock about the horrific accident and sent his condolences to the bereaved families.

He again reiterated the government’s stance on unroadworthy vehicles that continuously flooded the province’s roads. “Traffic officials must continuously perform their work with due diligence to stamp out rowdy driving and unroadworthy vehicles,” Mathabatha said.

Rwanda, Karongi: Seven prisoners have died in burning car after crash

10th July 2015

Seven prisoners were yesterday confirmed dead after the an accident in Karongi District.

The prisoners were being taken for a hearing of their case when the truck they were travelling in was involved in a collision with a passenger minibus at Karenzi in Bwishyura Sector and caught fire.

Twelve other people were injured and admitted to hospital. Police said after the collision, the truck rolled into a ditch by the road side and burst into flames.

“The prisoners who died were trapped under the burning vehicle and could not manage to get out in time,” Police added.

There were 12 prisoners and four prison wardens. Five prisoners and the four wardens were injured.

They were taken to Kibuye Hospital but five of those who sustained serious injuries were airlifted to Rwanda Military Hospital, Kanombe, in a military helicopter.

The driver of the coaster minivan belonging to Capital Transport Agency and two passengers escaped with minor injuries.

The Spokesperson of Police in the Western Province, Emmanuel Hitayezu, said the accident was caused by reckless driving. “The driver of the minivan veered off his side of the road and hit the oncoming prisons truck which was speeding,” Hitayezu said.

One killed, 8 injured in Swakop car crash

By Adam Hartman 9th July 2015

TRAGIC… The body of Malachi Goabab covered at the scene of the accident. (Photograph by Adam Hartman).

ONE man died and eight others were injured after a collision of two vehicles at the Swakopmund airport turn-off on the B2 highway yesterday morning.

The accident happened about 07h45 and the wreckage resulted in the highway being closed off and motorists directed to take a detour during the morning rush hour.

A dark green VW Jetta with six occupants coming from the direction of Arandis and a red bakkie with three occupants coming from Swakopmund collided head-on, resulting in the Jetta rolling and landing on its roof. The driver of the Jetta died on the spot. A man who said he was the deceased’s uncle, Rudie Aoseb, identified the driver as 42-year-old Malachi Goabab.

The other occupants of both vehicles were rushed to hospital and their injuries were described by medics as ranging from serious but stable to light and in shock. Aoseb told The Namibian that Goabab and the other occupants were returning from a farm near the Spitzkoppe about 90 kilometres from Swakopmund.

Aoseb burst out into tears as he became overwhelmed with emotion. Police officers attended the scene and were investigating the cause of the accident.

Nigeria: Kogi, Kaduna Auto Crashes Claim 15 Lives

7th July 2015

Two motor accidents, one in Kaduna state and another in Kogi state have claimed the lives of at least 15 people. 

The Kaduna accident occurred at the weekend in Wuroko village in Saminaka local government area of Kaduna state.

According to the Daily Trust, a Golf car carrying four people was in a head-on collision with a Peugeot J5 carrying goods. The victims were reportedly returning to their local government from Kaduna, where a civil service verification exercise was taking place, when the accident occurred.

Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Kaduna sector command spokesperson, Mansur Isyaku, said: “Two vehicles including a Peugeot J5 and a Volkswagen Golf, were involved in a head on collision in Wuroko village.The victims were taken to  Saminaka General Hospital, where they were confirmed dead on arrival.”

Meanwhile the Kogi accident occurred on the Lokoja-Abuja highway when a luxury bus coming from Lagos ran into a road block mounted by armed robbers and while attempting to manoeuvre around it, collided with a truck loaded with over 20 cows.

An eye witness told Daily trust that twelve people died while 16 others sustained various degrees of injuries in the accident that occurred on Sunday morning.

accident_0The witness also claimed over 20 cows died in the accident which caused heavy traffic jams on the highway.

FRSC Kogi state sector commander, Charles Abochi, said 73 passengers were involved in the crash. The bodies of the dead have been taken to Alheri Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja.

In a related development, thousands of protesting Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), students, last week closed the Sagamu-Ilisan stretch of the Lagos-Ore expressway as they protested at the scene of an accident that claimed the lives of 12 students of the institution.

The students were crushed to death and others severely injured on Friday when a container fell on a passenger bus carrying the students in Ago-Iwoye, Osun state. l

Uganda: Control Speeding to Curb Road Accidents

7th July 2015

Traffic police, road agencies and users, should embrace efforts aimed at curbing accidents on our roads. Three lives were lost in a Kampala-Masaka road carnage last Saturday. The young people were on a national duty of promoting Uganda’s tourism sector as ambassadors of brand Uganda.

According to police, the driver was speeding, a claim substantiated by one of the survivors of the accident. Whereas it is easy to blame accidents on potholes and narrow roads, a recent World Bank-funded Road Safety Audit and Improvement study in Uganda – and police reports – highlight human error as the greatest cause of accidents.

Errors such as reckless driving, speeding, inconsiderate use of the roads, careless or ignorant pedestrians, incompetent drivers, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, contribute more than 80 per cent of road accidents.

We would greatly reduce road accidents if road users observed traffic guidelines such as speed limits and guideline on overtaking. It is disappointing that despite the existence of laws, enforcement is lacking. When the Saturday accident happened, the driver was not only speeding, but also overtaking at a wrong stretch.

According to data from police, in 2011, careless driving alone contributed 38.9 per cent of road accidents. Clearly, motorists bear a big responsibility as far as road accidents are concerned. Careless driving not only puts in harm’s way the lives of people in the driver’s hands, but also other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 85 Killed, 740 Injured in One Week

2nd July 2015

Algiers — Eighty-five people lost their lives and 740 others were injured in 424 road accidents that occurred from 23 to 29 June, said the National Gendarmerie Wednesday.

The heaviest toll was recorded in Algiers with 25 accidents, followed by the provinces of Bouira and Medea (18 accidents in each), and Tipasa (17 accidents).

 These accidents were mainly caused by the reckless behaviours of drivers in 88.44% of cases, especially with dangerous overtaking, speeding and tailgating, in addition to mechanical failures, pedestrians and poor road conditions.

Nigeria: Petrol Tankers Blame Accidents On Regulators, Bad Roads

 By Bridget Chiedu Onochie 2nd July 2015

Abuja — PETROLEUM Tanker Drivers’ Association (PTD), an arm of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), has blamed the incessant petrol tanker accidents on inefficiency on the part of regulatory agencies.

PTD Chairman, Salimon Oladiji, said at the commissioning and launch of the Nigerian Road Transport Owners’ secretariat and office annex yesterday that the inability of traffic agencies, coupled with the deplorable state of Nigerian roads, are responsible for the incessant road crashes. “The regulators are partly responsible for the situation,” he said.

“A situation whereby you fail to charge a rickety truck, and do not stop trucks that are no longer road-worthy, make them part of the problem.” However, he disclosed that following the ugly incidents in the past, the PTD has been training its hired drivers across the country “to tackle what we feel are the causes of the accidents.

I believe that training and retraining of our drivers, which we do in partnership with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), will be of help. “We make our drivers understand that a good driver is the one that takes the tanker away and brings it back at the end of the journey.”

On the allegation that some tanker owners engage under-age drivers as well as drug addicts, Oladiji said the FRSC should also be blamed for issuing licences to such drivers. He queried: “Who are the people issuing them driver’s licences? “That is the reason I blame the situation on regulators.

In fact, we have asked FRSC to use alcohol detector to find out drunken drivers and as well ensure that tanker drivers maintain minimal speed limit.” Nevertheless, he kicked against any move to restrict tanker drivers to night movement, stressing that the security situation in the country and the state of the roads could pose a serious challenge.

Also speaking, NARTO National President, Dr. Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya, dismissed claims that transport owners have been frustrating government’s efforts to revamp rail transport across the country. According to him, NARTO has never gone against the resuscitation of railway lines.

 Namibia: Police urged to speed up boy’s case

By Staff Reporter 1st July 2015

 THE mother of a young child who was killed during a hit-and-run accident in Windhoek three months ago says she is losing patience with the police over the slow progress in the case.

Adrian Virghillo Jacobs (4) was run over by a speeding vehicle outside the Beautiful Kids Pre-Primary School in Damara location on 20 March. The driver of the BMW, Willem Kelamin, has been released on bail after being held for two hours and charged with culpable homicide and drunken driving.

Adrian’s mother, Melissa Lottering said police have been playing hide-and-seek with her. “What I do not understand is that someone is fined or jailed for running over a cow, but someone who runs over a human being is allowed to go scot-free,” she said. Lottering believes Kelamin should not be charged with culpable homicide, but with murder.

“He was drunk when he ran over my son. I believe if he had not been speeding, my son would still be alive today.” Lottering said Kelamin’s parents visited her on the day her son died. “They came pleading for my forgiveness, but I believe Kelamin himself should be the one seeking my forgiveness.” Eye-witnesses said Kelamin was drunk and speeding when he ran over the boy. Kelamin has since appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court. Melissa said eyewitnesses on the scene saw her son being thrown in the air like a rag doll before hitting the ground.

The investigating officer in Jacob’s case, inspector Petrus Mukulu, said police were still busy with investigations and called for patience from the grieving family as the case was being handled by the courts.

Somalia: Deadly Car Accident Kills 3 People in Hargeisa

HARGEISA, Somalia-At least 3 people including Horn Cable TV journalist, have been killed in a deadly car accident that took place on Monday in Hargeisa town lies 1600Km away from Mogadishu.

Mr. Abdurahman Abdullahi Nur, Horn Cable TV’s head editor based in Mogadishu told Shabelle Media that his colleague, Mohamed Da’ud died in the headquarters of Somaliland after a vehicle he was traveling went upside down.

 In Somalia, car accident often causes deaths and injuries in which are attributed to the drivers who do not have enough experiences for driving and the unrepaired roads in some Somalia regions.

Malawi: Death Toll in Balaka Accident At 8

Reports reaching Malawi24 say that 8 people are feared dead following a head on collision that happened around Utale in Balaka on Saturday morning.

According to information made available to Malawi24, the victims, together with some football fans, were travelling to Blantyre to watch the just ended Blantyre derby but met their fate when the mini bus they were travelling in collided with another mini bus belonging to Hotel Victoria.

“It’s a sad day to our club Big Bullets as we have lost 7 supporters in an accident at Utale in Balaka. “The victims were travelling to Blantyre to watch the just ended Blantyre derby but they met their fate on their way. May their souls rest in peace,” said Bullets Second Chairman Austin Kasito.

According to reports, two of the victims died on the spot and few hours later, two more people were announced dead upon arrival at hospital.

However, the number of deaths increased to 8 when three more people were announced dead in the afternoon. Meanwhile, they are fears that the death toll may increase following reports that so many people have sustained serious injuries and they are in a very critical condition.

2 dead after car ploughs into house

26th June 2015 Naledi Shange, News24

Two people were killed after their car crashed into a house in Pietermaritzburg. (Supplied, ER24).

Johannesburg – Two people have been killed after their car crashed into a house in Pietermaritzburg on Friday morning, said paramedics.Two others were injured in the incident, said ER2Two people were killed after their car crashed into a house in Pietermaritzburg. (Supplied, ER24)4 spokesperson Russel Meiring.”When ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene, they found a wrecked light motor vehicle stationary against a collapsed residence wall,” saidMeiring. The four occupants were lying motionless inside the car.

 “Paramedics found that the male driver had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries. Three other patients in the vehicle had sustained critical injuries in the collision,” said Meiring.

Paramedics removed the patients from the car and administered advanced life support before transporting them to the hospital. One the men, however, died upon arrival at the hospital. “Fortunately no one from the house sustained any injuries,” said Meiring. The cause of the crash was unclear.

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Zim: Tenda bus accident, 2 dead 31 seriously injured

26 June 2015

Two people died on the spot while 31 others were seriously injured when a Mutare-bound bus belonging to Tenda Bus Company got involved in an accident near Rusape.

Police have attributed the accident to speeding, which resulted in the driver losing control of the vehicle that subsequently veered off the road and crushed into trees. Those injured were rushed to Rusape General Hospital where some were treated and discharged while some are still receiving treatment.

Ghana: Accident vehicles take over police stations

25th June 2015

Accident N1 Highway

 Today can authoritatively report that the various Police Stations and barracks in and around the national capital have turned into dumping grounds for accident vehicles and other means of road transport such as motorcycles impounded by the police for one or the other reason. Besides constituting a nuisance to members of the public who go to police stations to make enquiries, lodge or respond to complaints, the haphazard manner in which these vehicles are parked creates an eyesore.

At every police station and barracks visited by the Today team, it was realised that patrons of these public places could not freely move about or easily get parking lots for their vehicles raising issues of whether the lands were being put to optimum use and also casting doubts if someone was in charge.  Among the police stations visited include, Tesano, Amasaman, Mile 7, and Police headquarters, Nima, and Accra Central in the heart of the city as well as Kasoa in the Central region.

At each of these police stations, the team saw that some of the vehicles had been damaged beyond repairs with some overgrown with weeds and appeared the owners had abandoned them. Residents in the vicinity of the police stations told Today they had even lost count of the number of years some of the vehicles had been sitting at the police stations and wondered why the police had still not taken any decision to dispose of them. Some police personnel who had been at post between 6 and 10 years admitted some of the vehicles had been there for many years before they were posted to the stations.

At the Accra Central Police Station yard, a source disclosed that some of the impounded vehicles have virtually become state property in the light of how long they have been there. The situation was nothing different at the police stations at Amasaman in the Ga West district capital. Apart from the damaged accident vehicles, our team further observed that both motorbikes and cars were so many that the place could easily be mistaken for a scrap dumping area rather than a police station.

For his part, the MTTU commander at the Accra Central Police Station, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Mr Fosu Ackaah, disclosed that some of the undamaged vehicles were retrieved from thieves and reckless drivers around town.

Malawi: Four Die in Mzimba Road Accident

 By Thula Chisamba 23rd June 2015

Four people have been confirmed dead while about 14 are in a very critical condition at Mzimba district hospital after a car they were travelling in overturned near Mzimba bridge.

The car, registration number BR9747 is reported to have overturned after one of its tires burst when it was close to Mzimba bridge.

Reports reaching this publication indicates that the car was travelling from Mzuzu to Mzimba.  Mzimba police publicist Sergeant Gabriel Chiona has since confirmed the incident and has revealed that those seriously injured are receiving treatment at Mzimba district hospital. Two of the bodies are said to have been identified.

This has happened just in concurrent with the accident that has left Chancellor College students die and some injured severely.

Ghana: 5 die in Sampa road crash

Jun 21, 2015

Five persons have been confirmed dead in a road accident at Sampa in the Brong Ahafo region.

The incident occurred Saturday night when a Samyang Istana mini bus with registration number A- 4783-12 traveling from Kumasi to Atebubu burst a tire and somersaulted killing four passengers and the driver instantly.

Three others who survived are currently receiving treatment at the Atebubu Government Hospital.

Last week, eight others died in a similar fashion on the same road.

The Atebubu district Police commander who confirmed the incident to Starr Newssaid the bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Atebubu hospital morgue.

He blamed the frequent rate of accidents on that particular stretch of road on the failure of drivers to carefully inspect their vehicles before moving them.

Four killed in horrific taxi crash

20th June 2015

Johannesburg – Four people have been killed and eight others injured when a taxi overturned on the R103 in Vosloorus on Saturday, paramedics said.

“[Paramedics] arrived on the scene where they found occupants of a taxi scattered across the road,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said. “It is understood that the occupants were ejected when the driver of the taxi allegedly lost control over the vehicle and it overturned multiple times.”  The four people died on the scene.

 The injured, which included two children believed to be aged 8 and 9, we’re critically injured. The children were airlifted to hospital, Vermaak said.

A  total of 18 people were in the taxi when the accident occurred.

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Tanzania: Let’s Make Tanzania an Accident-Free Country

17th June 2015

THE country has once more been plunged into mourning as another bus accident claimed 33 lives, injuring more than 34 people.

It occurred when a bus christened ‘Another G’ rammed into a truck along Iringa-Mbeya Highway at Kinyanambo area in Mafinga Township, Mufindi District in Iringa Region.

What pains most is that it came at a time when the nation thought a permanent solution to such accidents had been found following a short break from a series of accidents that had become part and parcel of everyday life in this country.

Just like many other accidents that rock this country and, as is the norm; human error is to blame for the accident. According to the Acting Iringa Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ms Pudenciana Protas, the bus driver, Nicholaus Nagura (30), lost control while trying to overtake a number of vehicles.

It is unfortunate that the issue of accidents is treated with kids’ gloves in the country with the people and leaders forgetting about it once the dust has settled. The time has come, and the time is now when Tanzanians should join hands and say enough is enough on the roads.

The situation is unacceptable as dozens of lives continue being lost on our roads. In fact, major highways have been turned into killing grounds where upcountry bound buses and vehicles continue to claim lives.

 14 killed, 70 injured in Tunisia train accident

Posted by: Jagriti Kumari  17th June

14 dead in Tunisia train accident

At least 14 people were killed and 70 injured when a passenger train smashed into a lorry in Tunisian capital on Tuesday, media reported. According to media reports, the accident took place at 6:30 a.m. outside the town of Fahs, approximately 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the capital, Tunis, where the train was heading. Most of the dead were passengers on the train, which derailed, Tunisia’s transport ministry said.

Bus crashes in Egypt kill 23, injure 17 others

14th June 015

 (File: AFP)Cairo – Officials say two separate road accidents in Egypt on Sunday have killed 23 Egyptians and injured 17 others.

Husam Gamil, director of emergency services for the Red Sea governorate, says one accident occurred when a passenger bus flipped over near the resort city of Hurghada, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others.Major General Mohamed Ismail, a local security director, said 12 people were killed and another six injured when their minibus collided with a truck carrying construction materials near Wadi Natrun, some 125km northwest of Cairo.Deadly road accidents claim thousands of lives in Egypt every year. They are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or lack of regular vehicle maintenance.Road accidents killed about 14 400 people in Egypt last year.

Two die in horror head-on crash in KZN

13th June 2015

Emergency officials work at the scene of a collision in Illovo, KwaZulu-Natal. (News24)

Naledi Shange, News24

Emergency officials work at the scene of a collision in Illovo, KwaZulu-Natal. (News24)

Durban – Two people were killed in an accident in Winklespruit near Illovo in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, said paramedics.

RescueCare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said two light motor vehicles collided head on.

“In the one vehicle, a driver and a front-seat passenger passed away while the back-seat passenger was injured,” said Jamieson.

The driver of the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries. It was unclear what caused the accident. Police were investigating, said Jamieson.

22 injured in taxi collision on KZN south coast

2015-06-13 07:26 Giordano Stolley

Durban – Paramedics had to treat 22 people injured in a collision between two minibus taxis and a car near Port Edward on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

Robert McKenzie, spokesman for the provincial Emergency Medical Service, said that of the 22 people injured, three were in a critical condition and four were described as being in a serious condition.

The accident took place close to the border with the Eastern Cape before the R61 heads inland to Bizana early on Friday evening. Police were on scene, investigating the cause of the accident.

Kenya: Seven Killed, Eight Injured in Salama Accident

Seven people were killed and eight others injured when a mini bus and a truck collided head on in Salama, Makueni county.

The driver of the mini bus was speeding when he rammed into the truck on Thursday morning, the Kenya Red Cross Society said via Twitter.  Those injured were taken to Machakos Level Five Hospital.

Road accidents: 15 killed, 27 injured in 24 hours

 9th June 2015

  ALGIERS-Fifteen (15) persons were killed and 27 others were injured in 22 road accidents occurred Sunday across 18 provinces of the country, the National Gendarmerie said in a toll.

The most serious accident was reported at 11: 30 am on the road from Ghardaia to Tamanrasset, 35 km south of the town of El-Menia. 4 persons were killed and 27 wounded in this accidents, said the source.

“A vehicle brand Renault master heading from In-Salah to El-Menia, whose driver was driving on the left, collided with a Volvo semitrailer truck coming the other way,” says the National Gendarmerie.

Cape church group injured in taxi crash

8th June 2015 Jenna Etheridge, News24

(South African Paramedic Services via Facebook)

 Cape Town- Eleven teenagers were injured when the taxi they were travelling in overturned on the N1 near Laingsburg on Sunday afternoon, the provincial traffic chief said.

“It was a taxi with youth from the New Apostolic church in Worcester. They were on their way from Prince Albert back to Worcester when the tyre burst,” traffic chief Kenny Africa told News24.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

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 ZA: Four dead 18 injured in 13-vehicle Vaal River pile-up

6th  June 2015

CAPE TOWN – Thirteen vehicles were involved in a pile-up on the Vaal River bridge on Friday, leaving four dead and several more injured, ER24 reported. ER24 spokesperson, Pieter Rossouw, said four people died. Two people died at the scene and two others died in hospital.The accident took place on the R59 route. “The collision involved nine light motor vehicles, three taxis and one truck, bringing the total amount of vehicles involved to 13,” said ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing.ER24 paramedics found the vehicles piled up upon arrival and found a critically injured person trapped in one of the vehicles.  An additonal critically injured person was found soon after. Bodasing said up to 18 other people suffered minor to moderate injuries.The cause of the collision was thought to be a veld fire, which caused smoke to billow across the road, minimising visibility and making driving hazardous. “ER24 paramedics treated and transported three patients, one of whom was critical, to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further treatment,” Bodasing said.Local authorities were on scene to investigate.

BBC: Ghana petrol station inferno kills about 175 in Accra

4th June 2015

175 people have died in a fire at a petrol station in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the fire service says. The fire started as people in the city are trying to cope with two days of heavy rain, which has left many homeless and without power. The flooding hampered rescue efforts and may have led to the fire, the BBC’s Sammy Darko reports from Accra.

Sickening: Bodies are piled into the back of a pick-up truck. There are fears the death toll will continue to rise as more victims are found among the wreckageThere are fears that the number of dead could rise as the search of the site continues. t is thought that people were in the petrol station sheltering from the downpours when the fire broke out, our correspondent says.

Fire at petrol station
Survivor
Survivor Yaw Aforve said he was sleeping in his car at the petrol station when he heard the fire

Bus conductor Yaw Aforve was sleeping in his vehicle which was parked at the petrol station when the fire started. He said he jumped into the floodwaters and when he came up for air, the fire burnt his face. “I was swept away by the water to the other side [of the road],” he added. “I saw so many people screaming and shouting.”

Burnt out petrol station
The petrol station was totally destroyed by the fire

The flooding helped cause the fire, the Ghana fire service said.

The waters “caused the diesel and petrol to flow away from the gas station, and fire from a nearby house led to the explosion”, spokesman Billy Anaglate said, the Associated Press news agency reports.

President John Mahama has visited the burnt-out petrol station and appealed for calm as the authorities try to cope with the aftermath of the fire and the flooding.

He praised the rescue workers for the lives they had saved but said he was lost for words to express his feelings for those who had died.

Men stand over a body
One of those who died in the blaze was a child
Mother being consoled
The child’s mother was consoled by bystanders

There are chaotic scenes with cars being carried away by the water and many roads blocked off.

Hundreds have been trapped in their offices and some have been forced to spend the night in their cars as traffic came to a standstill. Parts of Accra have been left without power as electricity sub-stations have been damaged in the flooding, which is making the ongoing energy shortages even worse.

Flooded street scene
Cars have been washed away and roads have been blocked by the flooding
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Many homes have been inundated and people have been wandering around in their nightclothes after being forced to leave their beds. One man told a local radio station that he had put his children on top of a wardrobe to save them from the water coming into his house.

President Mahama said that “people building in waterways [and] littering the drains” had contributed to the flooding in the city. Weather forecasters are saying that more rain is on its way.

Following an emergency meeting of cabinet and security chiefs on how to tackle flooding, the government says it will release £9m ($14m) to help flood victims. Schools were closed across the capital and children asked to stay at home.

Shops, Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Falls Off Lagos Bridge

Ajomole Helen, 3rd June 2015

Several shops and vehicles were destroyed by fire early this morning after a tanker loaded with fuel swerved off a bridge in the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos state and exploded.

Shops, Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Falls Off Lagos Bridge

The fire burnt the line of shops, covering over 50 metres by the road side. According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the incident was reported at about 12:58am. A spokesman for the NAMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said: “We received the alert around 12:58am and we swung into action. Unfortunately it was a late action. When we heard it, we thought it was a pipeline fire. We deployed fire service to the area.

Shops, Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Falls Off Lagos BridgeShops, Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Falls Off Lagos Bridge

“We were able to contain it… The police got to the scene and were able to also ward-off so many people that had wanted to turn the place to a place for sightseeing”.

No casualties have been reported so far.

Shops, Vehicles Burnt As Tanker Falls Off Lagos Bridge

In Onitsha, on Sunday, May 31, about 50 people were burnt to death as a result of a tanker lorry accident at Asaba park in

Trailer Accident Leaves 50 Burnt To Death In OnitshaLatest reports inform that the death toll in the Onitsha tanker fire that occurred on Sunday has risen to about 70.

It was a tragic day in Onitsha, on Sunday, May 31, 2015, when about 50 persons were burnt to death as a result of a tanker lorry accident that happened at Asaba park in Onitsha Upper Iweka.

According to The Guardian report, Governor Willie Obiano was unable to withstand the shock as he wept when he visited the scene of the accident with a team of government officials.

Obiano urged relatives of the victims to take heart, even as he promised to assist the injured.

According to reports, the incident which happened at about 3pm also saw 15 other buses burnt to ashes. Those that witnessed the tragic scene told newsmen that a tanker conveying fuel fell and burst into flames which led to the massive death toll.

Narrating how the accident happened, Victor Ugwummadu, one of the eyewitnesses, stated that the driver of the petrol tanker was descending the Upper Iweka down Fly over from the Enugu-Nkpor end of the expressway when he lost the control.

Ugwummadu said the tanker caught fire about 10 mins after ramming into the building.

TRAGEDY: 3 Corps Members Die In Delta State

2nd June 2015

A tragic accident has claimed the lives of three National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and a driver along Kwale road in Delta State.

According to Leadership report, the back tyre of the Nissan Primera pulled off and the driver rammed into a stationary truck.

Before the accident, the driver, whose name is yet-to-be ascertained was said to have rushed his ill relative to an undisclosed hospital. Unfortunately, the sick relative died before they got to the hospital and his corpse was deposited in a morgue.

On his way back, the grief-stricken driver picked up three corps members in his car. As they were speeding along the Kwale road, the back tyres pulled out and that’s when he lost control of the car.

Egypt road crash kills 13 policemen, 3 others

30th May 2015

Accidents are common in Egypt, where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations little enforced. By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File)
<b>Accidents are common in Egypt, where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations little enforced. By Khaled Desouki (AFP/File)</b>
Cairo (AFP) – Sixteen people were killed, all but three of them Egyptian policemen, in a collision between a police vehicle and a truck south of Cairo, authorities said on Saturday. The accident happened on Friday night along a stretch of road in Beni Suef province about 100 kilometres (62 miles) from the Egyptian capital.

The police vehicle, which was carrying conscripts, crashed into the truck, sending the two vehicles into a roadside canal, said medics and the police. “Sixteen people were killed and four were injured,” a health ministry official told AFP.

Accidents are common in Egypt, where roads are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations little enforced. The World Health Organization says they account for nearly 12,000 deaths annually.

ZA: Truck collides with barrier, injuring four

28th May 2015

Four men were injured this afternoon when a tipper truck collided with a barrier on De Waal Drive in Woodstock in the Western Cape. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found the smashed tipper truck against the roadside barrier. Rubble that had been carried by the truck was spread across the whole road.

Four men were found lying outside their truck. Assessments showed that three men had sustained moderate injuries while the fourth sustained only minor injuries. Paramedics immobilised and treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for further medical treatment. Local authorities were on scene to investigate the cause of the collision.

Zimbabwe: Three Die, 13 Injured in Bus Accident

By Munyaradzi Musiiwa 28th May 2015

Three people died on the spot while 13 others were seriously injured when a cross-border bus they were travelling on side-swiped a haulage truck at the 72-kilometre peg along the Zvishavane-Gweru Road yesterday. Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident which occurred at around 4:30am.

The Gweru-bound Tombs bus with 35 people on board, was on its way from South Africa when overlapping pipes in the haulage truck ripped off its windscreen, resulting in the driver losing control. Chief Supt Nyathi said after the side-swipe, the bus veered off the road, overturned and rolled before landing on its roof.

“I can confirm that an accident occurred along Zvishavane-Gweru Road involving a haulage truck and a Tombs bus which was coming from South Africa,” he said.  “The driver of the truck did not stop.”

3 children remain in hospital after school bus accident

 26th May 2015  Tammy Petersen, News24

Cape Town – Three of the pupils injured in Tuesday morning’s bus accident on the R44 near Stellenbosch remain in hospital.

A total of 36 of the 57 Cloetesville High School pupils travelling on the bus were hospitalised for a range of injuries after the bus overturned. Paramedics found two children in a critical condition and another child was seriously injured.

Provincial education department spokesperson, Jessica Shelver, said one of the children was undergoing surgery for a leg injury at the Stellenbosch Mediclinic, while two pupils were in the trauma unit at Tygerberg Hospital. “They are in a serious, but stable condition,” she told News24.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer visited pupils at Stellenbosch Hospital on Friday morning. “According to the health department, four hospitals have treated or are caring for 36 learners. They include 19 patients at Paarl Hospital. The hospital expects to discharge all of these learners today,” she said.

“Stellenbosch Hospital has treated and discharged seven learners, and has admitted the driver for observation. We are hoping for a speedy recovery for the remainder of the learners and the driver involved.” The department has sent psychologists, social workers and counsellors to the hospitals and school to provide trauma counselling.

Schafer said the department would fully investigate the accident, in line with procedure. “Our officials are working with the school to keep parents informed and to arrange necessary support,” she said.

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One killed, 16 injured in taxi collision

25th May 2015

One man has been killed and 16 others injured this morning after a taxi collided with two vehicles and rolled at the William Nicol and Wedgewood Link Road intersection in Fourways. ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found the taxi lying on its roof, leaning on the nearby pavement.

On assessment, paramedics discovered the lifeless body of the man taxi driver next to the vehicle. Unfortunately the man had already succumbed to his multiple fatal injuries. Further assessment showed that 16 people found on scene had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. One of the moderately injured patients lay trapped inside the taxi.

Fire services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the patient from the overturned taxi. Paramedics treated the patients found on scene and transported them to nearby hospitals for urgent medical assessment. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

 Three dead 3 injured in Free State accident

Cape Town – Three people, including a five-month old girl, died when the bakkie they were travelling in overturned in Ficksburg in the Free State.ER24 reported that the accident happened on Saturday evening on the R26. Three other people were also injured in the accident.“Paramedics arrived on scene to find a bakkie lying on its side on a gravel road,” ER24 reported.“Occupants from the bakkie were lying all around the scene.”

“On assessment, paramedics found that six people had been travelling in the bakkie when it left the road and rolled multiple times.”“Two lifeless bodies of a male in his 40s and 5-month-old girl were found lying lying 20 metres away. Unfortunately both patients had already succumb to their multiple fatal injuries prior to the arrival of paramedics.”

“Four other patients were found lying some distance away, two of them critically injured,” ER24 said.“Paramedics set out treating the patients and providing the two critically injured patients with advanced life support interventions. Once stable, the critically injured patients were transported to a nearby hospital for urgent medical treatment.“Unfortunately, en route to hospital, one of the critically patients succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead.”

Two other patients on scene were found to have sustained moderate injuries and were treated on scene before being transported to a nearby facility for further treatment.The cause of the accident is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations. – ANA

ZA: 46 Year old seriously injured in Benoni collision

46 Year old seriously injured in Benoni collision

 A 46-year-old man is in a serious condition after his vehicle collided with a tree on Hanekom Road in Benoni last night.

At approximately 10pm paramedics from ER24 as well as local Fire and Rescue Services arrived on the scene where they found the man still trapped behind the steering wheel of his vehicle. The rescuers had to use the jaws of life to free the man from the vehicle.Hanekom_ER24 1

Paramedics treated him for multiple injuries on the scene before rushing him through to Life Glynnwood Hospital for further medical treatment.

The exact cause of the collision is not yet known, however it is understood that the driver allegedly lost control while traveling through a bend on Hanekom Road near Northmead swimming pool. The exact cause will be investigated.

The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.

 Child dies, 20 injured in bus crash

CAPE TOWN – A child died and several others sustained minor to moderate injuries when a bus overturned in Olieboom Road in Schaapkraal, Cape Town, on Wednesday evening, paramedics said.

“The bus was transporting at least 25 people, [the] majority [being] young children. ER24 paramedics and paramedics from metro as well as Fire and Rescue Services attended to the incident,” ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.

“There were at least 20 people in need of medical attention. One of the children had succumbed to their injuries.”

One woman was in a critical condition and all others injured, both adults and children, sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were treated and transported to different hospitals for further treatment.

The cause of the accident was unknown. Police were investigating.

Nigeria: Woman Cured Of Insanity After Being Hit By Vehicle

Clement Ejiofor, 21st May 2015

A mentally-challenged 62-year-old Victoria Ugwu has become absolutely sane again after she was hit in an accident. This miraculous incident reportedly occured at Ugwuawarawa in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state. It could have sent the mother of four to her grave, but instead it served as the beginning of her healing process from the protracted mental illness.

Story here: http://www.naij.com/442476-mad-woman-cured-of-insanity-after-being-hit-by-vehicle.html

ZA: 14 Injured in Taxi crash

19th May 2015

Fourteen people were injured this morning after a taxi collision on Johan Le Roux Road in Meyerton, near Vanderbijlpark.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found the wrecked taxi wedged up against a residence wall. The occupants of the taxi were found walking around on the scene.

Paramedics assessed the patients on scene and found that fourteen people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. They treated and stabilised the patients on scene for their injuries and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for urgent medical treatment.

Fire services were also on scene to offer their assistance. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Northern Cape enrolls 252 rural schools learners for Drivers Licence Programme

19th May 2015

The Northern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison has enrolled 252 matriculants from rural schools in the Province for the Learners and Drivers Licences Programme.

The Learners and Drivers Licences Programme forms part of government’s efforts to improve the lives of our people, provide opportunities where possible and promote Road Safety as per the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety declaration.  The programme is also in line with the National Road Safety Strategy to equip learners with driver’s license before they finish school.

The Department has rolled out the Learners and Drivers Licences Programme in all five Districts of the Province in conjunction with Road Traffic Management Corporation.  Special focus was given to Grade 12 learners in rural schools, where resources and access to information is limited.

Head of Department, Mr Steven Jonkers during a briefing with the media revealed that 5 Schools in each district were selected on needs basis with 10 learners selected in each school to participate in the progamme that is fully funded by the Department.  “This means 50 learners per District were selected with John Taolo Gaetsewe being the exception with 2 additional learners.  The programme has also found a balance with gender; ensuring both males and females are given the opportunity,” he said.

Jonkers added that of the 252 learners:  48 learners have successfully completed their learners licences in Frances Baard, 36 learners in John Taolo Gaetsewe District, 30 in ZF Mgcawu Disctrict, 20 in Pixley Ka Seme District and 8 learners in Namakwa were also successful.

Zimbabwe: Bus accident, 36 injured

19th May 2015

A total of 36 people were injured yesterday morning, six of them seriously when a Harare-bound bus they were travelling in burst a tyre and overturned along the Harare-Nyamapanda road, 23 kilometres from the capital.

The Kabor Transport bus which was coming from Mudzi had 67 people aboard. The accident occurred at almost the same place where 24 people died in January when a ZUPCO bus and a Pioneer bus were involved in a head on collision.  According to ZBC, the bus burst its right front tyre and veered off the road near the Pig Industry Board.

The driver is said to have lost control of the bus which then overturned trapping the people inside while others were sent sprawling onto the ground due to the impact. National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the bus had 65 passengers and two crew members, adding investigations into the real cause of the accident are underway.

The injured people were rushed to Parirenyatwa hospital where the seriously injured are receiving treatment.

Prominent Malawian journalist Raphael Tenthani killed in car accident

Kizito Tenthani said on Sunday that his brother was killed in a car accident at around 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. Tenthani’s two sons who were in the car with him, along with the driver and another passenger survived with minor injuries.

Tenthani, 43, was best known for his weekly column “Muckraking on Sunday” in the Malawian press and was a contributor for The Associated Press and the BBC. He was also known as a press freedom activist.

According to an AP newsletter, Tenthani was the recipient of a United Nations Media Award in 2010 for his contribution to an AP series on the Millennium Development Goals.

Five injured after car flips several times on Queen Nandi Drive

Five injured after car flips several times on Queen Nandi Drive

Five men all believed to be in their thirties have been left injured, one of them seriously so,after the vehicle they were traveling in flipped several times on Queen Nandi Drive in the early hours of Saturday morning (2015/05/16).

Crisis Medical paramedics arrived on scene to find the men all lying in the centre median, having freed each other from the badly wrecked vehicle. One of the men sustained a serious head injury and advanced life support intervention was initiated.

The other four men sustained serious but moderate injuries and were stabilized by intermediate life support paramedics before being placed on specialised stretchers and transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals for further care.

It’s alleged that the vehicle was traveling in an easterly direction before careening into the opposite side of the road and flipping several times. The exact facts of the incident are unknown though and the local SAPS are investigating further.

All of the men remained in a stable condition on handover at hospital and we wish them a speedy recovery.

Akasia bike crash leaves two dead

17th May 2015

Akasia bike crash leaves two dead

Two people tragically died in a motorbike accident along John Voster Drive, Karenpark, Akasia. Exact detail to the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain a subject for police investigation and comment.

Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the wreckage of the bike several meters from the two riders. After triaging the patients, it was found that a man and a woman had tragically died before our arrival due to the extensive injuries that they sustained.

Tragedy As Camry Ram Into A Danfo Bus In A Fatal Accident At Third Mainland Bridge,Lagos

17th May 2015

It was an unfortunate day for a Toyota Camry driver as he rammed into a Danfo bus driver from behind in a fatal accident at Third Mainland bridge,Lagos.

The tragedy occurred few hours ago.According to an eyewitness,the Danfo bus almost fall into the water.There were casualties but the today number could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report as members of the Nigerian army took over the condition.The incident caused a traffic jam along the bridge

11 die in 3 horror crashes

by Pamela Shumba 16 May 2015 |

ELEVEN people died in three separate road accidents on Thursday and yesterday, police said.

Yesterday morning, near Shangani, a sedan heading to Bulawayo burst a tyre, left its lane and smashed into an oncoming car.Five people died on the spot and a sixth victim succumbed to his injuries on admission to the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH). The accident occurred at about 10AM at the 341km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway.

National Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “A Honda Fit, which was travelling towards Bulawayo with five occupants, burst its tyre and encroached onto the lane of the Nissan Blue Bird which was travelling in the opposite direction with four occupants. “Four people from the Honda Fit and the driver of the Nissan Blue Bird died on the spot while three passengers and the driver of the Honda Fit were seriously injured and referred to UBH.”

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said four other people died in another accident on Thursday along the Mutare-Chimanimani Road. She said the driver of a Zimbabwe National Army truck with 16 passengers on board had a side-swipe with an Atico Benz, which was travelling in the same direction. The army truck veered off the road to the right and overturned, throwing out all the passengers before landing on its roof. “Three passengers from the truck died on the spot while a fourth died on admission at Mutare Provincial Hospital,” added Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo told The Chronicle that a man died in the city centre early yesterday morning after losing control of his BMW while coming from a nightclub. The dead man has been named as Herbert Mabika.

Wicked act: Man pushes peacemaker into speeding truck

Oluwatobi Bolashodun, 16th May 2015

A truck crushed a driver identified as Rafiu Baale to death as he was pushed into the path of the truck by a tricycle driver, Imeh Matthew during a fight.

Truck Driver Crushes Man To Death

According to Punch, the sad incident occurred in front of a warehouse at Iyana Isolo area of Lagos state as Imeh and his brother were in the tricycle when a car driver bashed it.

It was gathered that they stopped to challenge the owner of the car.

The incident caused traffic forcing the manger of the warehouse to intervene asking both parties to vacate the company’s gate area. That was when the deceased, who was a driver at the company, came out and joined in the call for calm.

However, the fight and peace making continued, the tricycle driver was alleged to have pushed Baale to the road and he was crushed to death by a speeding truck. The matter was said to have been reported at the Answani Police Station, and the truck driver, Aliu Salisu, and the tricycle driver, Imeh, were arrested.

Imeh who spoke to Punch said he acted in self-defence and had no intention of killing the driver. It was learnt that the truck driver crushed the victim and unknowingly dragged him on the road. The truck driver Salisu, said it was his conductor that called his attention to the incident. The victim did not die on the spot after the incident, but died on the way as he was rushed to the hospital. He was confirmed dead at the hospital

 Six injured in N1 truck and car collision

15th May 2015

ER24 paramedics found the truck and car stationary on the right lane of the highway, said spokesperson Russel Meiring. “Three of the six occupants were found seated against the barriers while the remaining three were found seated inside the vehicle,” said Meiring.

He confirmed that the vehicle had been overloaded. All the car occupants sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. They were treated on scene before being transported to the Helen Joseph Hospital for further medical care, Meiring said.

The truck driver was not injured. Meiring said it was unclear what had caused the accident. The crash caused a heavy traffic backlog but the scene had since been cleared, Meiring said.

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Truck Driver Disappears After Accident In Kirikiri

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The truck carrying container full of wood turned over this morning in Kirikiri area of Lagos while driving over the bridge.

The truck driver was nowhere to be found after the incident. Luckily there were no casualties in the incident.

Robbers arrested after losing control of vehicle in police chase

13th May 2015

Robbers arrested after losing control of vehicle in police chase

Yesterday afternoon at about 16:00 five males entered a liquor outlet situated on the corners of Varkensvlei road and Olieboom road Philippi. Three of the men were armed and demanded money from the cashiers at gunpoint. The five suspects looted an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a white Volkswagen Polo. Police were alerted immediately after the robbers fled.

Police who were in the immediate vicinity of the crime scene gave chase to the armed robbers. On Weltevrede road in Philippi about two kilometres away from the crime scene the driver of the Volkswagen Polo lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Two of the robbers fled from the scene and was apprehended within minutes. Police arrested the remaining three suspects where their vehicle overturned and also seized a loaded shotgun which was used in the robbery. The serial number of the shotgun was filed off

No shots were fired and nobody was injured during the armed robbery or during the chasing of the suspects. The five suspects aged 22, 23, 25, 27 and 32 respectively sustained minor injuries when their Volkswagen Polo overturned. Some of the cash was also recovered.

Ibadan Youths Scoop Fuel From Crashed Tanker

Akinshilo Ayomide 13th May 2015

 Youths in Ibadan risked their lives to scoop fuel from a tanker that crashed in Olodo garage area of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

According to the Vanguard, a tanker had fallen into a gutter after it failed to kick into gear and youths from the area who saw the crash, rushed with their kegs and containers to scoop the leaking fuel.

Ibadan Youths Scoop Fuel From Crashed Tanker

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel who were at the scene had a hard time in warning the youths of the dangers of what they were doing. The youths were scooping the fuel from a gutter where the tanker had spilled its 33,000 litres of fuel.When men from the State Fire Service arrived and poured some soapy substance on the spot to prevent fire outbreak youths who had filled their kegs ran into a popular a pentecostal church by the road side.

According to the report, the tanker was going to Iwo when it lost control as it was able to switch gears while ascending a hill hence the tanker drifted backwards and into a ditch. Principal Fire Superintendent, Michael Olapade told newsmen that the fire service received a call some minutes before 10am on Monday. On arriving the scene the service men poured foam compound to cover the petrol.An Officer of the National Security Civil Defence Corps, Disaster Management Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Mr. Adedapo George said his team got to the scene before 9am and the second driver admitted that the tanker was headed for a filling station in Iwo and had failed to kick into gear as it ascended the hilly road.

The driver also said there were no causalities. Mr. Adedapo also said while they were able to  stop the scooping of fuel into a nearby church the youth had thrown stones at them. Eyewitnesses  said that the driver abandoned the tanker after the crash leaving his assistant at the scene.

Ghana: 5 Die In Adawso Accident 7 injured

9th May 2015

Five persons have been confirmed dead following a car accident at Adawso in the Eastern Region on Friday afternoon.

A private saloon car rammed into a group of market women, who were busily selling at the Adawso market after the driver lost control following a brake failure.

Speaking to Atinka News, Amoah Isaac Atiemo, an eyewitness said four people died on the spot while one person died upon arrival at the Mampong hospital. Seven (7) other people who sustained life- threatening injuries were sent to the Mampong Hospital and the Koforidua Central Hospital respectively .

The driver of the saloon car took to his heels after the accident and is yet to be found for questioning. The police had a mounted a search for the driver as at press. time.

Tanzania: Road Accidents Linked to Fake Spare Parts

5th May 2015 By Nelly Mtema

THE Minister for Trade and Industries, Dr Abdallah Kigoda, has said that the Tanzania Bureau of Standard (TBS) will sign a contract with the National Institute of Transport (NIT) to ensure that the imported and manufactured motor vehicles and their spare parts meet the required standards.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during an occasion to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between TBS and their Zanzibar counterparts, Dr Kigoda said the move is aimed at addressing longstanding complaints over substandard motor vehicles and spare parts, which have been blamed on the increasing road accidents.

 He said once signed, the NIT will team up with TBS to ensure that all motor vehicles and spare parts adhered to the set standards. He reiterated the commitment to extend the working relations with a number of various departments to ensure that substandard goods do not have room in the country.

“It takes joint efforts to ensure that we meet the benchmarks set. TBS alone cannot make it happen. Other key stakeholders need to join these efforts,” said Dr Kigoda.

1 killed, 11 seriously injured in minibus collision

5th May 2015 Giordano Stolley, News24

(EMS, Supplied)

Durban – A woman was killed and 11 others were seriously injured in a collision between a minibus taxi and a sports utility vehicle near Estcourt on Monday morning, paramedics said.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Service spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the accident took place on the Loskop road southwest of Estcourt. The woman who died was a passenger in the taxi.

He said that the taxi overturned and the jaws of life were used to extract one of the patients.

He described the 11 patients as being in a serious condition and they were all taken to the Estcourt provincial hospital for treatment. He said the cause of the crash was not immediately known and police were investigating.

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Kenya: Four Killed, 13 Injured in Busia, Voi Accidents

4th May 2015

Two people were killed and 13 others injured when a matatu rolled several times along Busia-Mumias Road on Friday. A witness said the driver of the matatu was speeding on his way from Busia when he lost control near Mungatsi market.A 12 year-old-boy escaped unhurt, Joel Wandera said, adding that casualties were robbed of their money and cell phones. Those injured were rushed to Busia County Referral Hospital.

 Two others died after two trucks collided head-on at Ndii area in Voi along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. One of the truck drivers was trying to overtake when the accident occurred, said Taita-Taveta county police commander Richard Bitonga. Bitonga said the police are looking for the driver who escaped after the incident on Friday. “He was the cause of the accident and we will charge him accordingly,” he said.The bodies were taken to Moi Referral Hospital Mortuary in Voi.

Kenya: Three Die in Accident Along Thika – Garissa Highway

3rd May 2015

Three people have lost their lives in a road accident along Garissa highway at Mboondoni area. The accident occured on Sunday following a head on collision between a Toyota probox heading to Nairobi and a mini-bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Confirming the incident, Mwingi central OCPD Gerald Barasa said the car which had been speeding lost control when it hit the oncoming the mini-bus. Three of the passengers who were in the probox died instantly while a fourth person sustained injuries. The bodies were taken by to Mwingi level 4 Mortuary.

The OCPD said passengers in the minibus sustained minor injuries. The injured were rushed to Mwingi level 4 Hospital.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 47 Dead, 794 Injured in One Week

1st May 2015

Algiers — Forty-seven (47) people were killed and 794 others injured in 492 road accidents that occurred nationwide from April 21 to 27 according to a toll released on Wednesday by the National Gendarmerie.

The highest toll was recorded in the province of El Oued with 28 accidents, followed by Algiers (27 accidents) and Oum El Bouaghi with 23 accidents, the same source said.

 Excessive speed, dangerous overtaking and failure to respect the safety distance remain the main causes of accidents.

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Fourteen hurt in Durban taxi crash

26th April 2015  Jeff Wicks

Durban – Fourteen people were injured when a minibus taxi overturned on the N2 in Amanzimtoti, south of Durban, on Sunday.Emergency Medical Rescue Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said that the crash occurred in the vicinity of the Galleria Mall.“Paramedics came across the crash while travelling on the N2 earlier today [Sunday]. They called for further assistance and then started to triage and treat the fourteen patients who had all been seriously injured in the crash.”

McKenzie said that the accident was limited to the one taxi.  “More paramedics and the relevant emergency services were dispatched to help at the crash site. The paramedics from KZN EMRS and several private ambulance services worked together to treat the injured patients.”

“The patients, once stabilised, were transported to hospitals in the area for continued medical care. The police are investigating the cause of the crash,” he said.

Nigeria: Auto Crash Claims 3 Lives, Others Seriously Injured in Edo

26 Apr 2015 By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City

No fewer than three persons lost their lives with others seriously injured in a motor accident that occurred on Saturday by Obayantor, along the Benin-Warri highway in Edo State.

The accident, which occurred at about 8.30am, involved a Navy-blue 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus with registration number Lagos XL 617 AGL, with an aluminum- coloured Toyota Sienna bus, with registration number Delta BUR 598 AA.

Both vehicles were travelling towards Benin City from Warri end of the double carriage way, but according to an eyewitness account, the Hiace which carried obituary posters of a woman, apparently on top speed, lost control and rammed into the Sienna bus from behind, causing both vehicles to skid off the road.

The eyewitness who identified himself simply as Joseph, said one of the injured passengers said they were travelling to Ekpoma, administrative headquarters of Esan West local government area of Edo State for a burial ceremony.

At the scene of accident, lifeless bodies of the casualties were on the ground while the injured were rushed to Stella Obasanjo hospital in Benin. Youths of the village blocked the two sides of the dual carriage-way, thereby causing long queues of vehicles on the roads, alleging insensitivity on the part of other motorists to assist the injured to the hospital.

5 burnt in auto-crash on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

FILE PHOTO: The petrol tanker suddenly caught fire

Five persons were burnt beyond recognition Wednesday night during a head-on-collision between two trailers along Mowe/Ibafo axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The accident occurred few kilometres away from the popular Danco filling station along the axis in the Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun State.

A trailer had reportedly broken down by the roadside, leading to serious traffic congestion along the axis. A tanker loaded with petrol drove against the traffic enroute Sagamu, its driver trying to maneuver his way through the traffic jam around the area. The tanker eventually collided with another trailer laden with granite enroute Lagos from Abeokuta. The resulting inferno led to the death of five people believed to be occupants of the trailers.

The Public Relation Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, when contacted on phone confirmed the incident. He explained that officers of the corps were on ground immediately to manage the traffic situation around the area.

He added that the corpses have been deposited at a Sagamu morgue. In March, seven people were killed, while 23 others were seriously injured in the same area when a trailer fell on two commercial vehicles, killing all occupants.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 81 Dead, 735 Injured in One Week

24th April 2015

Algiers — Eighty-one (81) people were killed and 735 others injured in 425 road accidents that occurred nationwide from April 14 to 20 according to a toll released on Thursday by the National Gendarmerie.

The highest toll was recorded in the province of Algiers with 28 accidents (5 dead and 33 injured), followed by Ain Defla (17 accidents) and Boumerdes (16 accidents). The human factor, the non-respect of the Highway Code by pedestrians, as well as the state of routes and vehicles remain the main causes of these accidents, said the same source.

2 dead, 23 seriously injured in kombi crash

23 April 2015

The sect members were driving to Gombekombe, Chiweshe, for a prayer session

Two people died while 23 others were seriously injured when a commuter omnibus they were travelling on rammed into a stationary haulage truck along Bulawayo road Thursday morning. The two who died are members of the Johane Masowe Wechishanu from Bulawayo who were going to a church gathering.

According to eye witnesses, the stationary haulage truck did not have a stop sign. They said the driver of the commuter omnibus might have fallen asleep.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident and called on commute omnibus drivers to be careful on the roads and not to overload as the omnibus was overloaded.

The injured were taken to Parirenyatwa hospital.

In a second accident which claimed  two lives  a few kilometres from the Manyame River bridge along the same road. The accident killed two women, while the other one was seriously injured when the driver of a BMW they were travelling in swide-swiped a truck. The car was travelling from Norton to Harare.

Zimbabwe: 11 died over the Independence Day holiday

21 April 2015

Police yesterday said 11 people died in separate road traffic accidents recorded over the Independence Day holiday. In a statement, national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said most of the accidents involved pedestrians trying to cross busy roads or standing by the roadside.

Over the same period last year, road accidents claimed 10 lives.

“Police are concerned with the loss of human life on our roads. We are passionately appealing to all road users to have conscience when driving and respect other road users,” Charamba said. The conduct of some commuter omnibus operators is disturbing and in some instances nerve-wrecking; for example, driving through red robots, overtaking in front of oncoming vehicles, driving dangerously in between lanes and speeding in residential areas.

Tanzania: Campaign Checks ‘Bodaboda’ Accidents

21st April 2015

REGULAR training provided to motorcycle riders (bodaboda) and three wheelers in the country has cut down the rate of accidents by more than half in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same period last year.

This was said on Friday by the National Traffic Police Commander, Mohamed Mpinga, when presenting certificates to at least 1,000 ‘bodaboda’ riders, who attended three-week free safety training in Kibaha, Coast Region.

With funding from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT) together with Education Unit of the Tanzania Police Traffic Headquarters, have been providing regular training to ‘bodaboda’ riders for the past three years.

“We started in Dar es Salaam Region by training at least 4,000 riders up to last year and further 1,000 riders have been trained in Coast Region and are receiving their certificates today (yesterday). “It is pleasing to note that the number of accidents recorded have more than halved in the first three months of 2015 compared to same period in 2014,” said commander Mpinga.

He said from January to March 2014, a total of 1,449 accidents were recorded but the figure dropped to 668 in the same period this year.

5 KILLED, 50 INJURED IN CARLETONVILLE CRASH

20th April 2015

A bus with children and motor vehicle collided head-on near Carletonville this morning.

Five people have been killed and at least 50 others injured this morning when a bus and light motor vehicle collided head-on on the Welverdiend Road near Carletonville on 20 April 2015. Picture: ER24.

Paramedics found the bodies of five women inside the motor vehicle, all of whom had succumbed to their fatal injuries.

At least 50 others were found on scene with minor injuries.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigation. There were 127 children on board the bus. Most of them sustained minor injuries while some escaped unharmed.

Tanzania: 18 Lives Lost in Yet Another Grisly Accident

20th April 2015 By Masembe Tambwe

IF it was not the fear of committing blasphemy, one can rightfully assume that the Angel of Death has been cloned and is stuck in the country, following another accident on Friday that left 18 people dead in Mbeya Region. The Mbeya Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ahmed Msangi confirmed the accident, revealing that 17 of the victims perished on the spot and the other one died on the way to Rungwe District’s Igogwe Hospital.

“The accident happened as the minibus (Hiace) was descending on a hill at high speed and the driver who was one of the deceased, lost control of the vehicle after encountering a sharp corner and plunged into a river,” he said. RPC Msangi said that the vehicle was heading to Kyela from Mbeya and that the accident occurred at Kiwira area, adding that three people were injured and have been admitted to hospital. He said that the bodies have yet to be identified and that the preliminary cause of the accident is speeding.

He cautioned passengers to refrain from encouraging drivers to speed. The Tanzania Truck Drivers Association (TTDA) Chairman, Mr Clement Masanja, admitted that the current accident trends were very scary and that it made him believe the allegations of some drivers who are using driving licences that have been bought. Mr Masanja said that he was looking forward to the scheduled meeting with stakeholders that are connected to the transport sector this morning.

Nigeria: Multiple Motor Accidents Claim 21 Lives

Akinshilo Ayomide, 19th April 2015

At least 21 people reportedly died over the weekend following accidents in Enugu and on the Akure-Ilesa expressway.

Leadership reports that the accident on the Akure-Ilesa expressway occurred on Sunday with 14 dead while others sustained varying degrees of injuries. It was learnt that that the passengers died in the head-on collision between two vehicles. One said to be coming from Akure while the other was coming from Ilesa.

According to the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for South-West, Ibrahim Farinloye, the vehicles collided at Ayo Babalola Seminary in Osun State area, leading to the death of 14 passengers on board both vehicles. The spokesman said: “The road crash involved two vehicles – one coming from Akure and other one coming from Ilesa. “The vehicle coming from Akure with a wedding train had five people dead while the other one coming from Ilesa, going to Akure had nine people dead on the spot. The total number of casualties from the crash are 14 death on the spot.”

Meanwhile the accident in Enugu which was confirmed by the Enugu State Police Command claimed at least seven lives in an accident that occurred along Oji River Onitsha road at the weekend.

Ghana: Mass burial for nine SDA members killed in Easter tragedy

19th April 2015

Mass funeral service is currently underway at Ahwiaa in the Ashanti Region, for nine members of the Medoma North SDA church who died in a fatal accident during the Easter holidays.

The service is full of emotion as the church grapples with the Easter Saturday tragedy.

Among those to be buried is a 44-year old man who died along with his two children, aged 11 and 7 years. Representatives of some political parties were there to commiserate with the church and also pledge to support children of families who may have lost a breadwinner.

The accident occurred Easter Saturday afternoon on the Tano Odumase stretch of road when the church members were returning home from a church conference. It involved three vehicles- a sprinter bus, a Madza vehicle and a taxi- all of which were said to be moving in a convoy. At some point of the journey, the taxi attempted to overtake the two vehicles-the sprinter and the Madza- but was faced with the fatal possibility of a head-on collision with an oncoming truck.

The driver of the sprinter vehicle, which was leading the convoy, in an attempt to save the situation had to quickly apply his brakes to allow the taxi to manoeuvre. The Madza vehicle which was trailing the convoy then bumped into the sprinter and both vehicles veered off the road and landed in a ditch, killing eight people on the spot.

The ninth person was confirmed dead later on Easter Sunday. Several others sustained varying degrees of injuries

Ghana: Four die in gory Tema-Dawhenya road accident

Saturday 18th AprilAn inter-city STC bus

Four persons yesterday died in a fatal accident on the Tema-Dawhenya road.

The accident is said to have involved six vehicles.

According to the Prampram District Police Commander, DSP Paul Mensah Bampoe, an Intercity STC bus from Aflao, collided with an articulated truck. Four other vehicles from both directions on the highway subsequently rammed into the two vehicles.

According to him, two of the victims died instantly while the other two passed away at the Tema General Hospital. Several other passengers suffered various degrees of injuries and are receiving treatment at the same hospital.

“We have not been able to identify any of the victims. The road has been cleared, we have moved all the vehicles to the police station and there is free flow of traffic now,” DSP Bampoe told Citi News.

Meanwhile management of Intercity STC in a statement has sent message of condolence to the bereaved families. The statement said the accident was caused by “pure negligence on the part of the articulated truck driver who suddenly veered off his lane in an attempt to overtake another ahead of him without any signal.” The statement signed by the company’s head of Public Affairs, Nana Ama Asafo-Boakye assured the travelling public of intercity STC’s commitment to safety, saying “we are still committed to saving lives on the roads.”

In a different explanation, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Paul Mensah Bampo, explained that the driver of the STC bus, which was moving from Aflao in the Volta Region to Accra, attempted to overtake a truck on that stretch. According to him, unfortunately the driver of the STC bus was unsuccessful in overtaking the truck, thereby colliding with the DAF truck from the opposite direction.

He said two vehicles also got damaged in the process, adding the STC bus was damaged beyond repairs.

Family Of UNMIL Accident Victims Appeals For Help

Mr. Toeman, Rachel and her mother Nora

The relative of a woman and her daughter who were reportedly hit by a vehicle assigned to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is making a passionate appeal to the government and all well meaning Liberians to intervene to get help for the victims.  Mr. James Toeman, a brother of the victims, made the appeal yesterday when he walked into the McDonald Street offices of the Daily Observer in Monrovia.

 According to Mr. Toeman, since the incident about a year ago, the victims’ lives have become miserable because following their discharge from hospital on July 2, 2014 they have not received wheelchairs or crutches to improve their mobility.

  On March 20, 2014, the victims, Nora Wogbeh and daughter, Rachel Wogbeh, were reportedly knocked down by an UNMIL vehicle with license plate number 1416 near Tappita, Lower Nimba County.

 As a result of the accident, Mr. Toeman said Nora’s right foot was completely smashed by the UNMIL speeding vehicle, and she was later rushed to the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita.  “Her damaged leg was amputated by doctors at the John F. Kennedy Hospital where she was transferred,” Mr. Toeman lamented.

 As for Rachel, he said, “she too was knocked down along with her mother, resulting in her right foot and two of her teeth being broken.”He is appealing to humanitarian organizations in the country to come to their aid with wheelchairs and crutches.

Zimbabwe: Policeman charged with fraud and violation of traffic laws

by Stephen Jakes 16 April 2015

A POLICE OFFICER based at Inyathi is in trouble after he was involved in an accident while driving his vehicle and later produced a fake certificate of competency.

The police officer Mkhokheli Moyo was not asked to plead to the charges of fraud and driving the vehicle without adequate and proper documentation when he appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Merilyn Mutshina. He was remanded out of custody to April 30 for trial.

The court heard that on February 1 this year Moyo was driving his vehicle an Opel Record Registration number ABQ 8137 at Inyathi Police Camp when he lost control of the car which veered off the road and hit a tree. The accident was attended by the police from Mbembesi Traffic who instructed him to produce vehicle documents together with his driver’s licence within seven days.

On February 9 Moyo with intent to deceive the police at Mbembesi Traffic produced a fake certificate of competency number 080209 purporting as if the certificate was genuine. Investigations carried out revealed that the certificate of competency number 080209 produced by Moyo differed in number of entries from the fast copy kept at vehicle inspection depot in Bulawayo as records indicated that the said certificate was issued to Maidei Sibanda.

Algeria: 14 Killed, 71 Injured in Traffic Accidents On 9-11 April

13th April 2015

Algiers — Fourteen people were killed and seventy-one were injured in traffic accidents during the period from April 9 to 11, said the report of Civil Protection, released Saturday.”Many traffic accidents were recorded during this period, including 22 deadliest ones having killed 14 people and injured 71 others, treated then evacuated to hospitals,” said the source.

 According to the report, the highest death toll was recorded in the province of Laghouat, with two dead and fifteen injured in two traffic accidents. The most serious accident, has caused the death of two people and three injured following a collision between two light vehicles on the truck road, in commune of Hassi R’Mel.

BBC News. Morocco bus crash: Children among 33 dead in collision

11th April 2015

Schoolchildren returning from a sports competition were among at least 33 people killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a gas tanker in southern Morocco, officials sayRemains of the burnt-out bus near Tan-Tan, Morocco, on 10 April 2015. The bus burst into flames after the crash on Friday morning near the city of Tan-Tan in the district of Chbika.

mapNine people were injured and taken to hospital but two later died.

Local media said the children had been taking part in an athletics competition and were travelling with their coaches.

One survivor said, “We were sleeping, most of us were sleeping. We heard the explosion, followed by the burning.”

Some reports said they were travelling from the capital, Rabat, to Laayoune, which is in the Western Sahara. “A majority of the victims are children aged eight to 14,” an official from the regional sports and youth ministry told the AFP news agency. Hassan Issengar, a well-known athlete, was travelling with the children and is among the dead, reports said.

King Mohamed VI has sent a message of condolences to the families and said he would pay for the burials as well the hospital fees for the injured.

Road accidents have been on the rise in Morocco as car ownership has nearly doubled over the past 15 years, according to Reuters news agency. An average of 10 people are estimated to die every day in road accidents.

Tanzania: 12 Killed, 83 Injured in Tanga, Moro Accidents

10th April 2015

In Handeni District, 10 people died and 35 were reportedly injured after two buses and a private car were involved in an accident. Acting Tanga Regional Police Commander Juma Ndaki told the ‘Daily News’ over the phone that the accident occurred late in the morning at Mkata area, Mbweni village.

He said the accident involved a passenger bus, Ngorika, with registration number T 770 BKW that was heading to Arusha from Dar es Salaam, another bus, RATCO, bearing number T 665 CBR that was travelling from Tanga to Dar es Salaam and a private car, a Toyota Passo, with registration number T 628 CXE. Mr Ndaki said that accident was due to careless overtaking by the private car that led to a head-on collision between the Ngorika and RATCO buses.

“The buses (Ngorika and RATCO) collided as they were trying to avoid the private car that was carelessly overtaking,” he explained. According to the Acting RPC, eight travellers, including the driver of the Ngorika bus died on the spot while all the two people aboard the “Toyota Passo’’ were killed instantly.

“No death was recorded in the RATCO bus although the driver had his legs fractured. The ‘Ngorika’ bus was the most affected,’’ Mr Ndaki told the ‘Daily News’.

The Acting RPC said the deceased and the injured were yet to be identified.

Meanwhile, two people were reported killed while 48 others were injured in another accident at Mikumi in Morogoro Region, which involved a bus christened ‘’Happy Nation’’ with registration number T 618 BDN, travelling from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya. Police in the region are looking for the driver who fled after the accident.

Eye witnesses and survivors attributed the accident to speeding and careless overtaking.

 ZA: 32 injured, three killed in accidents countrywide

 2015-04-10 12:25 Genevieve Quintal, News24

 Johannesburg – Thirty-two people have been injured and three killed in road accidents around the country since Thursday night. A man was killed on the R21 just past Nellmapius Road in Erasmuspark on the way to Pretoria, paramedics said on Friday. “A light delivery vehicle had rear-ended a heavy goods vehicle [on Thursday night],” Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said. “Upon assessment of the occupant of the light delivery vehicle, paramedics found that a man had tragically lost his life during the crash due to the extensive injuries sustained.” The driver of the heavy goods truck was not injured.

On Friday morning, a cyclist in his 20s was killed after being hit a car while riding on the N8 outside Bloemfontein, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said. “Paramedics from the ER24 Bloemfontein branch arrived on scene and found the lifeless body of the cyclist lying 10m away in the veld. “The light motor vehicle that had collided with the cyclist had parked a few metres away on the side of the road,” said Meiring. The driver of the car was not injured.

Smouldering wreckage

Also on Friday, a motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a truck in the west of Johannesburg. “A man in his 30s was killed this morning after his motorcycle t-boned a truck on the R41 in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. “When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, they found the smouldering wreckage of the motorcycle lying in the middle of the road. A truck had stopped a short distance away from the motorcycle,” said Meiring.

A woman was injured on Thursday night on the N4 in Pretoria when she crashed her car into a bridge pillar on the highway, said Steinmann. The woman was seriously injured and taken to hospital. The cause of the accident was not known.

On Friday morning alone, 28 people were injured in three separate accidents. Ten people were injured in Edenvale, Johannesburg when a bus and truck collided on the R24, ER24 said. The 10 people, who were passengers on the bus, had sustained minor injuries. They were taken to One Military Hospital in Pretoria, ER24’s Meiring said.

Taxi overturns

In Limpopo, 15 people were injured on Friday when a taxi overturned on the R521 about 20km outside Polokwane. “Paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found an overturned taxi lying on the side of the road,” Meiring said.  “The occupants from the vehicle were found walking around on scene.” No one was seriously injured. Those who needed treatment were taken to Seshego Hospital.

On the M19 in Melkbosstrand four people were injured in a head-on collision. Meiring said paramedics found one of the cars in the middle of the road, while the other lay off the side of the road. Two occupants from each vehicle had minor injuries.

In Randburg, Johannesburg, three people were injured on Friday morning when a taxi overturned on the Jan Smuts and Republic Road intersection. “[Paramedics] found the taxi lying on its side in the middle of the road,” Meiring said. “The occupants of the taxi were standing around on the scene.”  It was understood that the taxi driver had lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.” The taxi was eventually pushed upright by a crowd of bystanders,” he said.

Namibia: 180 000 warrants of arrest issued

By Ndanki Kahiurika 9th April 2015

MORE than 180 000 warrants of arrest were issued in Windhoek alone against errant motorists who failed to pay fines for traffic offences or appear in court since 2007.

Windhoek divisional magistrate Rina Horn said in an email to The Namibian that since 1 January 2007, a total of 183 411 warrants of arrest had been issued against traffic offenders because they had not paid the fines for traffic offences or appeared in court on a date indicated on the fine tickets.

She said ever since 2007, only 69 983 warrants of arrest were executed leaving 113 428 warrants outstanding.

Although she could not say how many motorists were convicted for defaulting to pay fines, she pointed out that there is no specific sentence or term of imprisonment imposed on offenders. “The term of imprisonment differs from case to case,” said Horn. City of Windhoek’s head of the traffic management unit Adam Eiseb said in an email response to The Namibian that the unit could not establish how much the city was owed in fines as they do not have a database to enable them to calculate the monetary value of the default fines.

Eiseb said motorists are only arrested after they fail to appear in court and not paying fines. Motorists accused of violating traffic regulations are normally issued with a ticket showing the amount of fine they should pay. They are also given the option to defend themselves in court on a specific date if they dispute the offence for which they have been fined.

“Traffic offenders are told of their rights when they are issued with tickets and are also informed of the consequences of failing to appear in court. We try to use the media to inform the nation about the importance of summons to appear in court and what the consequences for failure to do so are,” said Eiseb. Asked whether the number of traffic offenders were increasing, Eiseb said indeed they were due to the corresponding increase in the number of vehicles people owned coupled with the reluctance of drivers to comply with the law.

He encouraged members of the public to always comply with law and to be the eyes and ears of the City Police by reporting lawlessness without fear of favour through toll-free number 302 302.

At least 30 die 55 injured on ZA roads over Easter weekend

 Johannesburg – At least 30 people died and 55 were injured in accidents across South Africa over the Easter weekend, according to figures released by ER24 on Tuesday.”These are figures related only to incidents attended to by ER24,” spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said.”Overall ER24 noticed that the number of emergency calls attended to were lower than 2014.”The emergency service attended to just over 400 collisions across the country this Easter weekend, and while the call numbers were lower , the impact of the collisions was just as profound.

 “Where injuries were sustained, these ranged from minor to critical. Incidents included several modes of transport including taxis, trucks and motorbikes,” she said.Some of the accidents ER24 attended to were:-

A collision in which five people died when a truck and car collided on the N5 near Bethlehem in the Free Sate-

A collision between a bakkie and car in which one man was killed and seven others injured on the R34 in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal-

An accident on Villiers Road in the Vaal that resulted in the death of three people. Two other people were injured-

An accident involving a taxi on Dinkleman Road in New Germany, KwaZulu-Natal, that left three people dead and 10 others injured-

A collision between a bakkie and taxi that resulted in the death of 10 people on the N1 in Limpopo. Twelve others were injured-

A collision between a bakkie and car in which two women died and two others were critically injured on the R29 near Leandra in Mpumalanga-

A collision between two vehicles that left two men dead and six people injured on the R40 outside of Hazyview,

Mpumalanga”Our busiest branch was Durban followed by Johannesburg North. The third busiest branch was Johannesburg West followed by Cape Town East,” Bodasing said.ER24 urged motorists to keep in mind the number of deaths and injuries sustained over the past weekend. Motorists needed to be patient, not drink and drive, and make sure they were fully rested especially before driving long distance.

Johannesburg – Thirty-two people have been injured and three killed in road accidents around the country since Thursday night.

A man was killed on the R21 just past Nellmapius Road in Erasmuspark on the way to Pretoria, paramedics said on Friday.

“A light delivery vehicle had rear-ended a heavy goods vehicle [on Thursday night],” Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said.

“Upon assessment of the occupant of the light delivery vehicle, paramedics found that a man had tragically lost his life during the crash due to the extensive injuries sustained.”

The driver of the heavy goods truck was not injured.

On Friday morning, a cyclist in his 20s was killed after being hit a car while riding on the N8 outside Bloemfontein, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

“Paramedics from the ER24 Bloemfontein branch arrived on scene and found the lifeless body of the cyclist lying 10m away in the veld.

“The light motor vehicle that had collided with the cyclist had parked a few metres away on the side of the road,” said Meiring.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Smouldering wreckage

Also on Friday, a motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a truck in the west of Johannesburg.

“A man in his 30s was killed this morning after his motorcycle t-boned a truck on the R41 in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, they found the smouldering wreckage of the motorcycle lying in the middle of the road. A truck had stopped a short distance away from the motorcycle,” said Meiring.

A woman was injured on Thursday night on the N4 in Pretoria when she crashed her car into a bridge pillar on the highway, said Steinmann.

The woman was seriously injured and taken to hospital. The cause of the accident was not known.

On Friday morning alone, 28 people were injured in three separate accidents.

Ten people were injured in Edenvale, Johannesburg when a bus and truck collided on the R24, ER24 said.

The 10 people, who were passengers on the bus, had sustained minor injuries.

They were taken to One Military Hospital in Pretoria, ER24’s Meiring said.

Taxi overturns

In Limpopo, 15 people were injured on Friday when a taxi overturned on the R521 about 20km outside Polokwane.

“Paramedics, along with other services, arrived on scene and found an overturned taxi lying on the side of the road,” Meiring said.

“The occupants from the vehicle were found walking around on scene.”

No one was seriously injured. Those who needed treatment were taken to Seshego Hospital.

On the M19 in Melkbosstrand four people were injured in a head-on collision.

Meiring said paramedics found one of the cars in the middle of the road, while the other lay off the side of the road.

Two occupants from each vehicle had minor injuries.

In Randburg, Johannesburg, three people were injured on Friday morning when a taxi overturned on the Jan Smuts and Republic Road intersection.

“[Paramedics] found the taxi lying on its side in the middle of the road,” Meiring said.

“The occupants of the taxi were standing around on the scene.”

It was understood that the taxi driver had lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.”

“The taxi was eventually pushed upright by a crowd of bystanders,” he said.

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Kenya: Four Killed, 12 Injured in Kinungi Accident

By George Murage 7th April 2015

Two people were killed and 12 injured when a lorry rammed into two vehicles in Kinungi, Naivasha on Monday evening. Two others died shortly after arrival at Naivasha subcounty hospital following the 5pm accident along Nairobi-Nakuru highway.The lorry hit a matatu parked by the roadside and a private car before rolling several times, said John Mwangi, a witness. Mwangi said the driver, who was heading to Nakuru, was speeding. It is also suspected that the vehicle developed mechanical problems.

 Seven of the victims are admitted at the hospital in critical condition, a doctor said. He added that two others with serious head injuries were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised treatment.

 The wreckage was towed to Naivasha police station.

Namibia bad start to holiday weekend

7th April 2015

SIX people were killed in a horrific motor vehicle accident between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja after a pickup and a minibus collided on Friday.

Police spokesperson Slogan Matheus said the incident happened at around 22h05 on the B1 Otjiwarongo-Okahandja main road. Those who perished at the accident scene were identified as Junias Matheus (33), Tobias Dalisto Maruwasa (33), Michael Vuluka Naluno (23), Victoria Rakutura Shilongo (25) and Epafras Erasmus (39) who was a passenger in the van.
One person succumbed to his injuries and died on Saturday at the Windhoek Roman Catholic Hospital. He was identified as Joseph Mbangula. The driver of the pickup truck, a 49-year-old male, was admitted to the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek and his condition was described as critical.

Police have also reported another accident on Friday at the Engela-Okalongo main road where a driver of a white pickup van lost control of the vehicle and overturned it. He was killed on the spot. It is alleged that the driver was trying to avoid running into a pedestrian when the car overturned.

The deceased has been identified as 43-year-old Likuis Weyulu. A passenger who was travelling with Weyulu, Tuhafeni Nghishikungu was admitted to the Engela State Hospital and his condition is reported to be serious but stable.

A 45-year-old man died last Thursday on the main road off the Oshakati open market. Armas Iipinge was run over by a pickup van and died on the spot. It is alleged that he was riding a bicycle and was knocked over by the vehicle while trying to cross the road. The next of kin was informed and police investigations into the matter continues.

A 55-year-old man was killed after being hit by a car on Saturday while crossing the road at Omutsegonime Village in the Omuthiya area. Lickius Fuma was allegedly in the company of two friends and while crossing the road he was hit by the vehicle and died on the way to the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.

Police also reported an accident at Ondjola Location between Tsandi and Okahao on Friday where a sedan knocked down a woman who was crossing the road carrying her baby boy on her back.

The boy, who was identified as two-year-old Tangeni Onene Hidipohamba, died on the spot while his mother, 31-year-old Helvi Kalola Wilhelm, sustained serious injuries and was transferred from the Okahao State Hospital to the Oshakati State Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries yesterday.

The Namibian could not obtain the complete list of accidents that occurred over the Easter weekend as a spokesperson at the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund said they will only be able to release the accident statistics today.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 57 Dead, 640 Injured in One Week

3rd April 2015

Algiers — Fifty-seven (57) people were killed and 640 others injured in 341 road accidents that occurred nationwide from March 24 to 30 according to a toll released on Wednesday by the Command of National Gendarmerie.

The highest toll was recorded in the province of Algiers with 26 accidents, followed by Ain Defla (22 accidents) Adrar and Boumerdes (17 accidents each). The non respect of the highway code by drivers and pedestrians as well as the state of vehicles and routes remain the main causes of these accidents, said the same source.

ZA. M7 Accident Leaves One Dead

1st April 2015

M7 Accident Leaves One Dead

A female has tragically died in an accident along the M7 east bound near the North Park off ramp this morning. A report from the scene indicates that the car was traveling towards Pinetown when it veered into the Durban bound lane and landed in front of a petrol tanker.

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A ZIMBABWE National Army bus carrying officer cadets crashed near Makuti in Mashonaland West Province, killing two recruits and a member of staff on the spot.

Director Army Public Relations Lieutenant Colonel Alphios Makotore confirmed the accident saying several other officer cadets were injured.  The Zimbabwe National Army regrets to announce that its luxury coach ferrying Regular Officer Cadets and staff was involved in a fatal crash this morning,” he said. “The accident happened near Makuti at the 300km peg along the Harare Chirundu Road.

“The cadets were en-route to the training exercise area in the Zambezi Valley and Makuti general area. “Two officer cadets and a member of staff died on the spot and several were injured.” He did not reveal the number of those injured. Lt Col Makotore said names of the deceased would be announced when their next of kin have been informed.

Road closed as 2 die in horror crash 5 injured

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Pretoria Moreleta Park R50 crash leaves two dead and five injured

Pretoria – Two men were killed when a car and a delivery vehicle collided near Moreleta Park, Pretoria, on Monday morning, paramedics said. Five others were injured in the accident on the R50, Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said.

The car was found against a barrier and the delivery vehicle at the bottom of an embankment. The two men died on the scene. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. The road would remain closed until the scene was cleared.

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AT LEAST 35 PEOPLE KILLED IN DEADLY BUS ACCIDENT NEAR CAIRO

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Rescue workers prepare to pull a bus out of a canal in Marioutiya, west of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Over 10 workers were killed when their bus plunged into the canal Saturday morning, according to a health official. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan)Rescue workers prepare to pull a bus out of a canal in Marioutiya, west of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 21, 2015. Over 10 workers were killed when their bus plunged into the canal Saturday morning, according to a health official. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan)

CAIRO (AP) — At least 12 workers were killed when their bus plunged into a canal west of Cairo on Saturday morning, according to a health official.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the bus fell off a bridge into the canal accident. The accident occurred after several vehicles crashed on the road, leading the bus to plunge into the canal, witnesses said.

Images broadcast on private television channels showed rescue workers pulling a lifeless body and the mangled yellow bus out of the murky canal as crowds of bystanders gathered at the water’s edge. Deadly road accidents claim thousands of lives in Egypt every year. They are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or lack of regular vehicle maintenance. Road accidents killed about 13,000 people in Egypt in 2013.

Former Bauchi Govt Director Killed In Car Accident

Akinshilo Ayomide 21st March 2015

Former Bauchi Govt Director Killed In Car Accident

Tukur who worked with the Bauchi State Ministry of Animal Resources died on the spot after he was hit, Leadership reports.

A statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in charge of the Bauchi State Police Command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, described how the former director was killed. The state says the late Mohammed, 61, parked his Chevrolet car by the roadside and was trying to open the boot of his car when he was hit by a man in a Honda car. According to the statement, the deceased was knocked down by one Maigari Mohammed, 52, and a staff member of the Ministry of Interior, Abuja.

As a result, victim died on the spot while the Honda driver sustained injury,” the police spokesman stated. DSP Mohammed further stated that a police patrol team attached to Azare division visited the scene of the accident and rushed casualties to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Azare for medical attention and postmortem examination.

Tukur is just one of two civil servants to die this week. On Monday, Abdul-Aziz Aliyu, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State, and his younger brother, Salmanu Aliyu, were killed in an auto accident along Jere Town of Kaduna State.

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Zimbabwe: Donkey cart accidents, 2 dead

19th March 2015

(Library picture) Two people were killed while two others escaped unhurt in separate scotch-cart accidents that occurred in Bulilima in Matabeleland South and Mwenezi in Masvingo, police have said.

A 10-year-old boy was crushed to death in Bulilima after a scotch cart he was travelling in overturned and hit him on the head. In Mwenezi, a 34-year-old man died on the spot and two others escaped unhurt when a 200-litre drum of water on a donkey-drawn scotch cart they were travelling in slid backwards and hit him.

Headman Ndolwane confirmed the Bulilima accident which killed a Grade 5 pupil, Simon Ncube of Ndolwane area. Simon’s aunt Julia Ndebele said her nephew was on his way to the shops in the company of his siblings when the incident occurred on Sunday afternoon.
She said her nephew was buried on Monday at her homestead. “Simon was living under my care and the incident has left me devastated. He left with his siblings and cousins heading for the shops in a donkey-drawn scotch cart when the incident occurred.

“It appears that Simon was the only one sitting in the scotch cart as he was the youngest which explains why he was the only one who was harmed,” said Ndebele. She said one of the scotch-cart wheels hit a tree stump causing it to overturn once. Ndebele said that her nephew was thrown out of the scotch-cart and his body was trapped underneath.
“From what the other boys said the scotch-cart hit him on the head and rested on his body. They called for help and removed him from beneath the scotch cart but he was already dead.

“It appears that he suffered a severe blow on the head because he sustained a deep wound. Simon was bleeding profusely. When I reached the scene the boy was already dead,” she said. Ndebele said her nephew was reportedly driving the cart at a high speed while his cousins were chasing after him.

Chief Masendu said scotch cart accidents had caused the deaths of many youngsters in Bulilima. He said adults needed to accompany children using scotch carts on long distances to avoid loss of lives. Matabeleland South acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Nkosilathi Sibanda said he heard of the accident but was yet to receive a detailed report on what transpired.

In Masvingo, a 34-year-old Mwenezi man died on the spot while two others escaped unhurt in an accident that happened on a steep terrain at the 10km peg along Mateke Hills–Chigoyi Farm Road, police confirmed yesterday. Morgan Kuriremu of Chihota Farm, Mateke Hills was fatally hit as he attempted to jump out of the moving scotch cart when he saw the sliding plastic drum coming his way. Masvingo police spokesperson, Inspector Charity Mazula, said the incident happened on Friday at around 5PM. “I confirm receiving a report of an accident which claimed a Mwenezi man’s life. Kuriremu died before he could be rushed to hospital. His body was taken to Neshuro Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem,” said Insp Mazula.

She said Kuriremu sustained serious head injuries as the plastic drum slid backwards and hit him as he was in the process of jumping out of the scotch cart.

The other occupants escaped unhurt.

Insp Mazula said:

“Upon reaching Chigoyi Farm gate, the drawbar sprung upwards due to the steep terrain leading to the drum sliding backwards.

“The drum hit Kuriremu on the head. He tried to jump from the scotch cart but the drum which was sliding faster hit his head resulting in him sustaining serious injuries.

“He died on the spot, ten minutes after the mishap. The other occupants escaped unscathed.”

A report was made to Mwenezi police who attended the scene and took the body to Neshuro Hospital mortuary.

Insp Mazula advised members of the public to always exercise caution when travelling in scotch carts to avoid loss of life. – See more at: http://www.harare24.com/index-id-news-zk-28930.html#sthash.g7GgBsEu.dpuf

3 Boys die in separate road accidents

19th March 2015

Lusaka – Three boys perished on the country’s roads – a teenage boy plus 2 toddlers died in 3 different accidents across the country, reported Tumfweko. The boys between 5-years, 9-years and 12-year old died in Lusaka, North Western provinces after being hit by cars.

Road Traffic Safety Agency chief executive Zindaba Soko cautioning motorists said that they should know “they do not own the roads.” In a statement issued by police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda, two of the boys were hit as they were crossing the road whilst the other was hit by a GRZ vehicle which tried to avoid a speed hump.

He further stated that 2 drivers were arrested while the 3rd driver left his vehicle and fled on foot. According to her the 5-year old boy was hit by a Toyota Land Cruiser Reg. No. AAR 6159 along the Kasempa-Mufumbwe road.

Meanwhile the 9-year-old was hit by a Toyota Noah Reg. No. ALB 8984 along an access road in Lusaka’s Chinika area. Furthermore the teenage boy was walking on the side of the road, as he was on his way from school , its alleged that a Toyota Land Cruiser GRZ 666 CE, which was trying to avoid a speed hump along the Solwezi-Chingola road swerved and hit him. He said the institution would work hand in hand with the police and ensure that the driver on the run is apprehended as they had all registration details in their database.

Vice President Mnangagwa’s ally in car accident

18th March 2015

CONTROVERSIAL Zanu-PF MP for Gokwe-Nembudziya Justice Mayor Wadyajena was Monday involved in a car crash in Harare which has left him nursing serious internal injuries.

The accident occurred along Borrowdale Road near the Air Force of Zimbabwe Headquarters around 10am when the legislator’s BMW M5 rammed the back of another car that suddenly braked in front of him. Police spokesperson, Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident which occurred in the morning while the legislator, a runner for vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, was driving towards the city centre along Borrowdale road.

According to close confidents who rushed to the accident scene, the MP’s BMW M5 sports car, suffered a breaks fault and ploughed into the back of a slowly moving truck.

The source said the lawmaker was rushed to a private medical centre in the capital where he was receiving treatment. Source: herald

Algeria: Ten Killed in Serious Accident in Tamanrasset

16th March 2015

Algiers — Ten people have been killed and ten others injured in a serious road traffic accident occurred Sunday morning in the province of Tamanrasset (1970-km south of Algiers) following a between a passenger bus and a camion semi-trailer, the Civil Protection said in a statement.

“Tamanrasset’s Civil Protection (In-Salah secondary unit) intervened at 5:00 in the morning following a serious road accident. A bus carrying passengers from Tamanrasset to Bejaia collided with a semi-trailer on the trunk road n°1, 80 km from In Salah,” the source underlined. According to the first casualty toll, 10 people were killed and ten others injured. They have been taken by the Civil Protection to hospital.

Eight ambulances have been mobilized in the rescue operation, the Civil Protection said.

13 injured in KZN taxi accident

Durban – An accident on Monday morning involving a taxi in Bellair in KwaZulu-Natal left 13 passengers injured. The taxi rolled through a fence on Sunderland Road in Bellair.  ER24 paramedics, along with other services, found the taxi on its side, lying on the embankment, with the injured passengers sitting on the nearby pavement.

“On assessment, paramedics found that two patients had sustained moderate injuries while 11 others had sustained only minor injuries,” ER24 said. The passengers were treated for their injuries and transported to various hospitals for further treatment. The cause of the collision was not known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

ZA minister killed in car crash

15 March 2015
South African cabinet minister Collins Chabane, who has been killed in a road accident, pictured in October 2013

SOUTH AFRICA’ Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane and two body guards were killed instantly when a truck did a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 in Polokwane, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa told Eye Witness News on Sunday.

“It happened in the early hours of this [Sunday] morning, around 1.00am on the N1 Polokwane. He died instantly with his two protectors,” national spokesman Zizi Kodwa told the broadcaster. “Apparently the truck made a U-turn as they were driving and they collided with the truck.”

Mr Kodwa said Chabane was one of the “most committed cadres” of the ANC’s struggle movement. Mr Chabane was an all-rounder who was good in sport as well as a good lawyer.
“[He was] very disciplined, very dedicated in terms of his work, very focused.” “He played an important role in the development of the ANC constitution and equally played a role in the development of South Africa’s constitution.” He was the planning chief for the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

“He followed and understood our principle… we are serving the people, not us,” Mr Kodwa told the broadcaster. President Jacob Zuma was shocked by Chabane’s death.

Four injured in truck collision near Ladysmith

14th March 2015

Four injured in truck collision near Ladysmith

Four people were injured after a truck rolled down an embankment on a small Road between Colenso and Pieters, near Ladysmith.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene to find the truck lying at the bottom of the embankment with a group of bystanders gathered around.

On inspection, paramedics discovered that four people were injured in the collision, one of them critically after she was ejected from the vehicle. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries, as well as providing advanced life support for the critically injured patient. Once treated, the patients were transported by ambulance to Ladysmith Hospital for further medical treatment.

It is believe that the driver lost control of the truck causing it to roll down the embankment, throwing its cargo of meat across the scene. Local authorities were on scene. Russel Meiring ER24 Spokesperson.

Road accidents: 65 dead, 539 injured in one week

 12th March 2015

ALGIERS- Sixty five (65) people were killed and 539 others injured in 334 road accidents that occurred from 3 to 9 March in various provinces of the country, said Wednesday the National Gendarmerie in its weekly toll.

The highest toll was recorded in the provinces of M’sila and Biskra with 16 accidents each, followed by Algiers with 13 accidents then Bouira and Mascara with 12 accidents each, added the source. Among the main causes of these accidents, the human factor (84,13%), pedestrian carelessness (84.13%) and the state of the vehicles (4.20%), added the source.

41 people dead 23 injured in Tanzania road accident

 March 11, 2015,

A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania.Two lorries and a bus have collided in Tanzania’s highland region of Iringa. A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania.

 It’s not clear how many people are injured, said regional police commissioner Ramadhan Mungi, but survivors had been rushed to Iringa Hospital. Efforts to free some people who were trapped between the truck and bus were delayed due to lack of equipment, he said.Government spokesman, Assah Mwambene, said the truck was heading from the town of Mbeya to Dar es Salaam while the bus was heading in the opposite direction.Many bodies were scattered on a hillside near the scene of the accident in an area called Mafinga, he said.”What I can explain on this accident is that this accident is grisly,” he said.

A police officer keeps traffic and people away from the scene of a bus crash, center-left, near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania.A police officer keeps traffic and people away from the scene of a bus crash, center-left, near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania.

scene of the crash

The accident happened after a lorry driver swerved to avoid a pothole, the regional commander told the BBC.

One of the lorries’ containers fell on to the bus that had been heading to Dar es Salaam, crushing many passengers to death, he said. Traffic accidents are common in Tanzania, where the state of the roads and the vehicles is often poor. The crash happened next to this pot hole

a pot hole near the crash

President Jakaya Kikwete released a statement saying: “This gives cause for great mourning. The entire country has been shaken,” the AFP news agency reports. Iringa regional police commander Ramadhan Mungi said a further 23 passengers had been seriously injured and had been taken to Mafinga hospital.

All the bodies trapped between the lorries had been removed, he said. The bus had been travelling from the south-western town of Mbeya to the commercial capital.

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Chad shutdown over deadly helmet protests

10th March 2015    BBC News

Street in N'Djamena, 2006 file pictureMotorbikes are a popular means of getting around in Chad – but helmets are often dispensed with.

Chadian authorities have closed all schools and universities after deadly protests over new regulations requiring motorbike riders to wear a helmet.

At least three people were killed over several days of student-led protests.

Motorbikes are a popular form of transport in Chad, and are frequently used as taxis. Many people oppose the new safety regulation, arguing that helmets are too expensive, as well as too hot for the climate. Helmet prices have tripled since the new regulation was introduced earlier this month.

Zimbabwe: Kombi crash kills 7

Sunday, 08 March 2015

Seven people were killed and 10 others injured when a Toyota Hiace they were travelling in burst a rear tyre and veered off the road before hitting a tree at the 155 kilometre peg along Masvingo-Beitbridge highway.

Police spokesperson, Chief Superintendant Paul Nyathi said the accident occurred on Friday evening and the un-registered Toyota Hiace was carrying mostly cross border traders from Masvingo. Five people died on the spot while the other two died on admission at Neshuro Hospital in Mwenenzi.

The deceased are Gumbere Luka (47), Rosemary Nkala (37), Walter Muchineripi (34), Olivia Muzozviona, Benius Makamba (31), Precious Mugabe (31) and Vengai Munotii (35).

Police urged the public not to board un-registered vehicles.

The robocops fighting crime in the Congo: Towering solar-powered droids are helping traffic police – but how effective are they?

7th March 2015

By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and AFP

In the teeming capital of Congo, where drivers often flout traffic rules, five chunky, arm-waving robots equipped with cameras and lights have been set up to watch over the roads. The 8ft solar-powered aluminium robots are huge, towering over the jammed streets of Kinshasa, as cars and motorcyles jostle for road room, their horns blasting. Each hand on the odd-looking machines – built to withstand the year-round hot climate – is fitted with green and red lights that regulate the flow of traffic in the sprawling city of nine million.

The 8ft solar-powered aluminium robots are huge, towering over the jammed streets of Kinshasa, as cars and motorcyles jostle for road room, their horns blasting

 The robots are also equipped with rotating chests and surveillance cameras that record the flow of traffic and send real-time images to the police station. Although the humanoids look more like giant toys than real policemen, motorists have given them a thumbs up. ‘There are certain drivers who don’t respect the traffic police. But with the robot it will be different. We should respect the robot,’ taxi driver Poro Zidane told AFP.

‘We’re very happy about it,’ he said, his taxi packed with passengers as drivers around him honked their horns in a desperate bid to cut through the traffic jam. Of the five robots set up across the capital, two have been regulating traffic since 2013.

Each hand on the odd-looking machines - built to withstand the year-round hot climate - is fitted with green and red lights that regulate the flow of traffic in the sprawling city of nine million 

The robots are also equipped with rotating chests and surveillance cameras that record the flow of traffic and send real-time images to the police station

Last week, three new and improved robots developed by a Congolese association of women engineers were set up across the city. The newcomers even have names: Tamuke, Mwaluke and Kisanga. They each cost $27,500. Therese Izay, president of Women’s Technology, the group behind the robots, believes the invention will help make it far more difficult for motorists in Kinshasa to get away with traffic violations. ‘In our city, someone can commit an offence and run away, and say that no one saw him.

‘But now, day or night, we’ll be able to see him in real time and he will pay his fine like in all the serious countries of the world,’ she said. The new robots ‘react much more quickly’ than the older models, she said. ‘The electronic components work much better now than the ones from the first generation,’ she said, adding that she had submitted a proposal for the authorities to purchase 30 more robots to watch over the country’s highways.

Five of the machines have already been sent to Katanga province, in the southeast of the country. General Celestin Kanyama, chief of Kinshasa’s police force, said the new electronic cops were a welcome addition in a city where 2,276 people have died in traffic accidents since 2007. ‘These robots will be an important asset for the police,’ he said. But Kinshasa governor Andre Kimbuta said that while the machines could regulate traffic, they were no match for real policemen who could chase motorists who jump red lights and raise civic awareness. ‘We should congratulate our Congolese engineers, but policemen also need to do their job,’ he said.

3 dead 26 injured after Franschhoek Pass bus crash

7th March 2015

 The scene of the tragic bus crash on Frranschoek Pass where three people are confirmed dead. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWNEmergency Services have confirmed three people have been killed and at 26 people have been injured after the bus they were travelling in went over a cliff near the Franschhoek Pass in the Western Cape.

It’s believed the 29-seater bus was carrying a group of school-children on their way to a rugby event in Villiersdorp.

Injuries range from minor to critical,” ER24 said on their website.  “Multiple ER24 vehicles and paramedics are still on scene.” Western cape emergency medical and forensic pathology services were not immediately available for comment.

The cause of the collision was unknown.

Egypt scales down death toll in crash, says 7 killed

6th March 2015

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Health Ministry said that an accident early Friday east of Cairo killed seven people, less than half of the fatalities reported in the initial confusion surrounding the crash.

The accident took place when a speeding bus failed to stop in front of railroad tracks and was hit by an oncoming train, ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said. He said five of those killed were school children.

Abdel-Ghaffar said 24 people were also injured in the crash, and seven of them were reported to be in critical condition. He said the injured, including several children, were transferred to hospitals.

The police chief of Sharqiya province where the accident occurred, Meligi Meligi, said the initially reported death toll of 15 was a mistake, stemming from the confusion surrounding the accident. A microbus, initially reported to have collided with the bus, actually rear-ended it, he said.

Deadly road accidents claim thousands of lives in Egypt every year. They are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or lack of regular vehicle maintenance. Road accidents killed about 13,000 people in Egypt in 2013. In November 2012, a train crashed into a bus carrying children to kindergarten, killing more than 50 people.

Rwanda: Catholic Priest Dies in Road Accident

6th March 2015

A catholic priest died on the spot when the car he was driving veered off the road and overturned in Musanze District. The deceased was identified as Thacien Havugimana, 33. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening.

Chief Inspector of Police Andre Hakizimana, the Northern Province Police spokesperson, said the victim was driving to Musanze from Remera Sector. The body was removed from the wreckage and taken to Ruhengeri Hospital mortuary. Hakizimana said investigations to ascertain the cause of accident were ongoing. He challenged drivers to exercise caution whenever they are on the road.

Four killed, seven injured in Free State collision

5th March 2015

A collision between a mini-bus and bakkie on the R30 near Bultfontein in the Free State has left four people dead and seven others injured this afternoon. ER24 paramedics from the Bloemfontein branch arrived on scene and found both vehicles sitting in the middle of the road. The mini-bus had been transporting elderly patients to Bloemfontein when it collided with the bakkie.

On inspection, paramedics discovered that two men and two woman had sustained fatal injuries in the collision. Unfortunately nothing more could be done and they were pronounced dead on scene. Seven other patients were found on scene with injuries ranging from minor to critical. Paramedics set out treating the patients as well as providing the critically injured with advanced life support. Once all the patients were treated, they were transported to Mediclinic Bloemfontein for further medical treatment.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Zimbabwe: Speeding bus crushes woman, injures several others

5th March 2015

One person was crushed to death and several others were injured when a Mbofana bus veered off the road and ploughed into a crowded market at Nembudziya growth point on Tuesday.

Two of the seriously injured were rushed to Gokwe North District Hospital where their condition was said to be stable.  According to witnesses who spoke to the Newsday, the driver of the bus was speeding and lost control as he approached a busy vegetable market close to the terminus.

Hove said the bus smashed the booth before it rammed into a tree following which the driver took to his heels.  Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Angola: Road Accident Killed Over 300 People in 2014

5th March 2015

Sumbe — At least 366 people died and 915 were injured during the year 2014 in coastal Kwanza Sul province as a result of 850 traffic accidents, in comparison to 2013, Angop learned Wednesday from the local command of the National Police.

 According to the corporation’s assessment report, drinking alcohol, speeding, recklessness and bad technical condition of the vehicles are on the basis of accidents.

24 Children hurt in KZN minibus crash

04 March 2015 by Sapa –

Twenty-seven people, including 24 schoolchildren, were injured when a minibus overturned in Mount Edgecombe, north of Durban, on Wednesday, KwaZulu-Natal emergency services said.

 Three of the injured sustained serious injuries, the rest minor injuries. He said paramedics assessed and treated the children on scene before transporting them to the Phoenix clinic and local hospitals.

The cause of the accident was not known.

Zimbabwe: Bus Accident Claims 6 dead 39 injured

3rd March 2015

Six people were killed while 39 others were injured when a Mutare-bound Trip-Trans bus was involved in an accident near Kushinga Phikelela Polytechnic on the 87km peg along the Harare-Mutare Highway.

Witnesses say the bus veered off the road and overturned, landing on its side, killing five on the spot, while another passenger died on the way to Marondera Hospital. Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident but was yet to confirm the circumstances leading to the accident as the investigations were in progress. However, reports say the driver failed to negotiate a corner when he wanted to stop and pick up a passenger.

5 die, 15 injured in weekend accident

March 02, 2015

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The mangled remain of the ill-fated coaster is taken away by a recovery vehicle at Karehe Village, Rugarika Sector yesterday.

Five people died and 15 others were injured in an accident on the Kigali-Huye highway yesterday morning.

Police said the accident occurred when a coaster minibus registration number RAC 404H heading to Huye District collided head-on with a truck heading to Kigali from Muhanga registration number RAC 849L.

The accident occurred in Kamonyi District, Rugarika Sector at a place called Nkoto at 7.45am. Three people died on the spot, including Kigali Basketball Club player, Jean Rutayisire, 30, while other victims were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Rutayisire was travelling to Huye together with his teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda’s team.

Fifteen passengers were injured, seven critically, Police said. Those injured in the accident were taken to Central University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (Chuk). Dr Theobald Hategekimana, the medical director of Chuk, told The New Times last evening that only four of those who were admitted to the facility were still in critical condition, 10 were steadily recovering.

The driver of the minibus identified as Jean Musoni, 40, was among the dead. The truck’s driver, Ernest Kavutse, 34, escaped. The coaster had 28 passengers on board while the truck was carrying bricks, Police said. Police attributed the accident to speeding and warned drivers against reckless driving.

“The coaster driver was trying to overtake another coaster when he collided with the truck,” Simon Peter Mukama, the Regional Police Commander for Southern Province, told The New Times. The truck had two occupants. “Drivers are driven by the interest to get money. We want transport agencies owners to avoid giving wages to drivers according to trips they make as this makes them hasty,” he added.

Jean Claude Mutangana, an eye witness, said they suspected the truck braking system had failed when it reached ‘Nkoto’ area as the driver tried to stop in vain. It was racing like a thrown stone when it hit the coaster… later; we saw bodies along the road,” Mutangana, a motorcyclist, said.

The government last year devised several measures following numerous road accidents. These include confiscating driving licenses, installing speed governors in public service vehicles, and heavy trucks, adding vigilance and efforts in vehicle mechanical inspection as well as sensitising road users.

Kenya: Two Passengers Dead, Six Injured in Voi Accident

2nd March 2015

Two passengers have died after a Mombasa-bound bus collided with a trailer at Man Eaters of Tsavo area in Voi sub-county. The accident that occurred on Saturday along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway involved a bus that was carrying 30 passengers. Six of those in the vehicle were left with serious injuries following the incident. They have since been rushed to Moi Hospital in Voi.

Speaking to KNA , County Police Commander Richard Bitonga said that the driver of the bus has since gone underground and the police are searching for him.  He said that investigations into the accident have been initiated and called for drivers to be cautious when driving along the highway.

” The accident happened on the opposite lane so there is a possibility that the driver was either sleeping on the wheel or was attempting to overtake,” he said.

The accident comes after two people died on Friday morning at Ndara area in Voi when a canter ferrying motorbikes to Nairobi collided head on with an oil tanker headed to Mombasa.

Murder charges for Lamu cop after girl hit with gun dies

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2015

A photo of Margaret Njeri who was hit by a policeman Photo/Courtesy
A photo of Margaret Njeri who was hit by a policeman Photo/Courtesy.

A policeman will be charged with murder following the death of a girl who fell off a motorcycle in Mpeketoni, Lamu, after he threw his gun at the rider. Margaret Njeri, 22, died in the ICU at Pandya Memorial Hospital, Mombasa, where she had been admitted for over two months.

Lamu West OCPD Zachary Kimani said a manslaughter case had been established against the officer. Kimani said investigators were waiting for Njeri to recover to obtain a statement from her.“Since the girl has died the case will change from manslaughter to murder,” he said. Acting county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki said he had ordered the arrest of the policeman.

Ndambuki said the case has been under investigation since January 17 when the accident occurred in Kanyanyaini. “I know this issue has raised a lot of emotions, I am calling for calm to allow the security agents to carry out their work. The culprit will be arraigned in court as soon as possible,” he said. Njeri’s mother Miriam Njuguna said all she wants is justice.

Speaking to the press after her death, she asked the officer to come forward and apologise to her family, saying she has an important message for him. “My daughter was scheduled to go for the fourth surgery on her cracked skull before she died, which is very sad,” she said.She noted that Njeri celebrated her 22nd birthday days before the accident.

The officer allegedly threw the gun at the boda boda rider in a bid to stop him for defying curfew. The gun reportedly missed the rider and hit Njeri on the head causing her to fall and sustain serious injuries. Several Lamu county leaders promised to ensure that justice is served and that the Sh2 million hospital bill is paid.

Governor Issa Timamy called on IPOA to investigate the matter and prosecute the officer. He accused the police of dragging the investigation despite the availability of witnesses willing to testify.

“What the officer did was witnessed by many but the police do not want to do anything about it. They chose to transfer the officer to Kizingitini. We cannot have a wolf among sheep. How does he feel now that he has killed,” he asked.

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa threatened to storm the officer’s new station and have him ejected if no disciplinary action is taken. “The officer has just committed the biggest offence in Kenya’s crime books; he has murdered. A young life has been lost because of him yet he is still on the government’s payroll,” he told the Star on phone.

1 dead, 23 injured as bus heading to Prez Mugabe birthday overturns

One person died while 23 others were injured when bus owned by Masvingo Urban MP Daniel Shumba overturned at Mbalabala, on its way to Victoria Falls for president Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash.

File Picture: Zanu PF has a tendency of endangering its supporters by packing them into these trailers while transporting them to party functions
File Picture: Zanu PF has a tendency of endangering its supporters by packing them into these trailers while transporting them to party functions

The accident occurred just before Mbalabala along Bulawayo- Masvingo road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

In an interview with Nehanda Radio, Shumba said he was devastated by the accident.

“My constituency had sent its members to Victoria Falls and they were involved in an accident,” Shumba said.”I do not have details of what happened but I heard the bus driver died on the spot while three are very critical.”

In 2013 eight people died, seven on the spot while 57 were seriously injured when a Nissan UD truck they were travelling in to a Zanu-PF rally overturned thrice at the 23km peg along the Bulawayo-Nyamandlovu Road.

3 Women Killed As Customs Knocks Bus Off Highway

Ajomole Helen, 28th February 2015

READ ALSO: Customs Clash With Smugglers Leaving Two Dead 

The commuter bus with registration number EDO AKA 35 LG carrying second hand clothes also known as okirika, somersaulted during a hot chase by Customs officials from the Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja from one of their checkpoints in Ijebu Ode. The driver of the bus allegedly refused to stop when flagged down at their checkpoint which resulted in the tragic chase.

3 Women Killed As Customs Knocks Bus Off Highway

3 Women Killed As Customs Knocks Bus Off Highway

According to the driver who was in severe pains, having lost one of his legs in the accident, when the Customs pick up van could not overtake him, it hit his bus at the rear which caused the vehicle to summersault several times into the bush at a place indigenes called J3.

On sensing that the bus had crashed into the bush, the Customs officials beat a hasty retreat to avoid being attacked by members of the public that immediately rushed to the scene of the accident.

Three women in the bus died on the spot and the other injured victims were brought out of the bus and were writhing in pains. There was no policeman or road safety official on hand to assist them.

Until the time our correspondent, who was on his way to Port Harcourt, left the accident scene, the corpses of the three women and the victims were still lying there.

Some of the sympathisers at the scene lamented that some time ago; road safety officials had equally chased some passengers to their death in the same area.

They called on appropriate authorities to check the excesses of law enforcement officials on the road.  It will be recalled that just 3 days ago, At least two people were killed in a bloody clash between men of the Nigerian Customs service attached to Federal Operation Unit, FOU, and rice smugglers in Sango Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.

15 children injured in Germiston crash

24th February 2015

One of the vehicles involved in the crash. (Netcare911_sa, Twitter)

One of the vehicles involved in the crash.

Johannesburg – Fifteen children were injured when two light delivery vehicles collided in Leondale, Germiston, on Tuesday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said the children were between one and five years old. She said one of the vehicles crashed into a tree. “Upon their [paramedics] arrival at the scene all the patients were out of the vehicles and standing on the side of the road.”

She said on assessment it was found that all the children had sustained injuries, ranging from minor to serious. They were treated at the scene and transported to hospital.

One dead, three injured in Musanze-Kigali highway accident

24th February 2015

According to Police, the accident that occurred at Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District, involved a Toyota Prado, registration number RAA 643E. The vehicle had five occupants including two females and three males. The deceased was identified as Jean-Claude Nzarora, 31, the driver. The identity of the injured could not be identified by press time but police said they were rushed to the Central University Teaching Hospital (CHUK). The body of the deceased was taken to Kacyiru Police Hospital.

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Traffic Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police Emmanuel Kabanda, could not reveal the cause of the accident, saying that investigations were still ongoing.

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However, according to one of the survivors  Rwandapaparazzi.net talked to, the cause of the accident was a brake failure.

“We were traveling from Musanze to Kigali. When we reached Kanyinya, the car suffered a brake failure. The driver was going to crash into one side of the road but he then veered off to the other side. That was when the car overturned. He (the driver) died on the spot”.

Angola: 5 Killed 39 injured in Luanda Carnival Accidents

19th February 2015

Luanda — At least five people were dead and 39 others injured following 33 road accidents recorded in the last day of Carnival, said Wednesday the general command of Police in Luanda. According to the police spokesman, commissioner Aristófanes dos Santos, there was an increase of one dead, eight wounded and less seven accidents, compared to the previous day.

The senior police said that factors such as the speeding, drunkenness, failure to abide by traffic rules, poor street lighting, crossing in inappropriate places and little caution by pedestrians and motorists, were blamed for the accidents.

…plus….Rain kills five in Luanda Province

Luanda – The latest rain that befell Luanda Province on 13 and 14 February caused five deaths and five injuries, 136 residences collapsed and 2,675 houses were flooded.

José Caculo informed also that as consequence of the collapse of several houses about 150 families were left homeless.

 According to the source, the most affected zones were the urban districts of Sambizanga, Rangel and Ingombota, in Luanda Municipality.

16 injured in taxi collision

18th February 2015

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16 people were injured this morning after a taxi rolled on the N12 in Alberton.

ER24 paramedics from the Johannesburg South branch arrived on scene and found the taxi lying on its roof near the fast lane. The occupants of the taxi were all walking around on scene.

On inspection, paramedics found that 16 people had sustained minor to moderate injuries in the collision. Fortunately no-one sustained any serious injury. Metro services closed off one lane of the highway to allow paramedics to work safely. Paramedics treated the patients for their injuries and thereafter transported them to nearby hospitals for further observations.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigation

Reports indicate that an accident occurred at Obafemi Awolowo Way in Ikeja, Lagos.

February 18, 2015.

Photos from the accident at Obafemi Awolowo way, ikeja, Lagos, this morningThe accident occurred in the early hours of this morning. It was reported the bus which conveyed the 13 passengers including the driver and conductor lost control and veered off the road. At least four people were seriously injured and have been rushed to the hospital.

READ ALSO: Pregnant Woman And Others Die In Car Crash

Tragedy: 11 women supporters of Nigeria’s First Lady die in auto crash

16th February 2015 Statement: “The First Lady, Dame Dr. Patience Faka Jonathan wishes to commiserate with the Government and people of Bayelsa State, over the death of some prominent Bayelsa women in a motor accident around Elele in Rivers State, on their way to Bayelsa.

“The First Lady prays the Almighty God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest and the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

February 15, 2015 

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The accident occurred at Ahoada axis of East-West road in Rivers State. The Bayelsa Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Vincent Jack, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday. Mr. Jack explained that nine persons were burnt to death, two died without burns, while many others who sustained injuries were rushed to Madonna clinic in the area.According to him, the accident occurred when the tyres of a Toyota Sienna burst and rammed into the bus carrying the women. The bus, which had the inscription of the organisation, subsequently went up in flames.

A former councillor in Ogbia Local Government Area, Gbaregolo Eseimokumo, listed some of the victims as Consider Amadi, a former women leader in Ogbia; Clara Abila, a grassroots politician; Immaculate Amasimua, former Commissioner at the Civil Service Commission in Bayelsa; and Elisabeth Oguru, wife of the Secretary to the State Government. Others are Zimbra Goma, former Commissioner for Women Affairs; Ruby Benjamin, former House of Assembly member representing Brass Constituency 1 in Bayelsa; amongst others. A security official said all the women in the bus, but one, were killed. The survivor is receiving medical attention. The women were said to have paid a two-day solidarity visit to the first lady in Okirika, Rivers State.

6 injured in kombi high-speed chase

by Leroy Dzenga 14 February 2015

AT least six people were injured when commuter omnibuses collided while fleeing a Harare City Council vehicle this afternoon. The incident happened at corner Chinhoyi Street and Kwame Nkrumah Avenue.

According to an eyewitness, a Toyota Vigo believed to be a Council vehicle was chasing a commuter omnibus along Kwame Nkrumah. “When the commuter omnibus got to Chinhoyi Street intersection, it collided with another Copacabana bound commuter omnibus before ramming onto Chicken Slice food outlet. “The Council vehicle fled the scene after realizing that an accident had happened.”

The injured were taken to hospital by a well-wisher.

Two people killed in road accident in East Darfur

February 13, 2015 (KHARTOUM) – Two people were killed and 17 others injured when their truck flipped while it was heading from Asalaya market to the locality of Yassen in East Darfur state.

A survivor told Sudan Tribune on Thursday the accident was caused by arm suspension failure, pointing that seven people suffered multiple fractures and need to be transferred to Khartoum for treatment. He added that 10 other injured are in stable conditions, noting the number of passengers and their luggage outweighed the load capacity of the truck.

Residents of East Darfur complain about rugged roads and careless driving which lead to traffic accidents, demanding the state’s government to finish the work in the Inqaz al-Gharbi highway to minimise road accidents. They also underscored the need to build paved roads to connect between the various localities in the state.

A source within East Darfur’s traffic police department acknowledged to Sudan Tribune that 720 car accidents had occurred since the final quarter of last year. He said that 40% of car drivers are unlicenced and that several paramilitary troops do not follow traffic rules, saying lack of resources prevented police from carrying out its duties in full.

KZN biker to be paid for speed bump injuries

2015-02-12 05:00

Pietermaritzburg – A Richard’s Bay motorcyclist who crashed at an unmarked speed bump has been granted a 50% liability admission for her knee injuries and damages from the KwaZulu-Natal roads department. The case, brought by Lourika Boisson, was heard by Deputy Judge President Gregory Kruger in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday. She said that her hospital expenses were R60 000 and repairs to her BMW motorcycle would cost about R43 000. She developed necrosis, a skin flap was debrided several times and she needed a skin graft. Her knee was permanently disfigured.

 On the road to Stanger in March 2008 she crashed at the unmarked and unpainted speed bump. She said that the roadside warning sign was obscured by tree foliage and was in shade. She said the department failed to maintain warnings to road users of the speed calming device. The amount to be paid to her is still to be decided.

Zimbabwe: Christmas Pass bus accident, 20 people injured

by Staff Reporter 13 February 2015

AT least 20 people were injured, while four cattle were killed at Christmas Pass Thursday afternoon when an ISUZU lorry carrying 15 cattle lost balance after one of its front tyres burst and crashed into a Trip Trans Yutong bus travelling from Harare to Mutare.

According to Chronicle, the lorry was travelling from Chinhoyi to Chipinge The injured passengers were ferried to Mutare Hospital.

The remaining 11 cattle were badly injured, with many of them sustaining broken legs.
Officials from the SPCA were forced to put down one of the seriously injured beasts.

Menace Of Pedestrian Bridges?

Ajomole Helen 11th February 2015

Pedestrian bridges are a common feature in cities across the world. These bridges are constructed to reduce the risk of accidents, save time that pedestrians waste by waiting for vehicles to speed past and equally offer beautiful sights in the environment.
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The importance of these bridges, which are designed for foot traffic as opposed to vehicle traffic, cannot be undervalued which is why they are capital intensive projects gulping millions of naira. As the population grows, human and vehicular traffic becomes heavier, hence the need to construct more bridges across the nation.

Apparently, in Nigeria today there are more bridges than ever in the past – albeit insufficient in number for the population of the country.  When awarding contracts for the renovation and construction of different road constructions, the government should endeavour to equally award contracts to build bridges in different parts of the country.

More bridges will prevent deaths on the highways suffered at the hands of ‘hit and run’ drivers. Pedestrian bridges are meant to provide a safe means of crossing expressways and to prevent the obstruction of free traffic flow, but despite the importance of these bridges, many citizens detest using them, even when they are aware that some drivers are very reckless.

Research reveals that many people think that bridges are often dilapidated and structurally insecure. Some also complained that the bridges are steep and dangerous, especially for elderly people and children. Despite the punitive measures governments have put in place to deal with people who flout rules about crossing roads, there does not seem to be any considerable increase in the number of people using the bridges.

Muyiwa Odunsi, 37, a marketer, believes dashing across the road usually saves him a few minutes when he is behind schedule. According to Sola Samson, a Lagos resident who works at the Computer Village in Ikeja, climbing pedestrian bridges is a waste of precious time and energy. He said: “Crossing the road is shorter and faster. I cross the road especially when I have appointments to keep, as I can’t afford to waste time.”  Kamil Akin, another Lagos resident and a mechanic in Ilasamaja, believes that most Lagosians are in the habit of rushing even when there is no need to do so.

Experts say there should be routine checks on the bridges to ensure there have no structural defects and are safe, adding that, due to the pressure on the bridges many of them have started vibrating, giving rise to serious concerns about the safety of pedestrians. This alone is a put-off for the average pedestrianOther issues which discourage people from using these bridges are beggars, traders displaying all manner of wares and in some cases human faeces littering the bridges.

If the bridges are kept clean, I am sure they will be regularly used. Even though the new bridges especially in Lagos have concrete culverts and durable aluminum with staircases that are not so steep, many of the old ones which are subjects of complaint should be taken care of.

Unlike the old ones, the new bridges have sun shields and good lighting systems to illuminate them at night. With the new bridges, traffic will be reduced and road accidents will also reduce drastically. The Nigerian Society of Engineers and civil society organisations should serve as watch dogs to ensure that safety and quality are not compromised when constructing and maintaining the bridges.

But even in the face of these observations and criticisms, there is a general consensus that the bridges are not enough for the growing Nigerian population. For example, it has been observed that these footbridges are built very far from each other, thereby forcing pedestrians to either trek long distances to and from their residences or bus stops in order to cross them; or to dash across the road thereby putting their lives in danger, as motorists have no patience to wait for people to cross.

In such circumstances, pedestrians are tempted to risk crossing the ever busy highways despite the dangers inherent in this. There is therefore a call for government to look into this with a view to constructing more of the bridges at very strategic locations.

7 dead on the roads as bad weather hits

7th February 2015

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Johannesburg – Five people, including a baby, were killed overnight in parts of KwaZulu-Natal during severe weather conditions, the province’s Emergency Medical Services said on Saturday.

In Umlazi, south of Durban, two people were killed and three others injured in separate incidents when two informal shacks collapsed on Friay night, said spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.

In another incident a tree had fallen on a shack. Mckenzie was unable to clarify if anyone was injured or killed in this incident.

In Mariannhill, one person was killed and another critically injured when their mud dwelling collapsed during a heavy downpour. Mckenzie said another two people were killed in Pietermaritzburg when their houses were struck by lightning. One was a five-day-old baby girl from Sweetwaters, and the other was a 77-year-old man from Tailors Halt. “There were also several reports of severe hailstorm in the Pietermaritzburg, Stanger and Ixopo areas, which caused extensive damage to houses and vehicles,” he said.

Meanwhile, two people have been killed in a motorbike accident near Bloemfontein, paramedics in the Free State said. The incident happened on Friday evening on the N8, ER24 said in a statement. “Paramedics from ER24 Bloemfontein that arrived on the scene found two people, a man and a woman, with fatal injuries,” it said. “Unfortunately there was nothing that paramedics could do for them and they were declared dead on the scene.” It is alleged that the man and woman were both on the motorbike and had hit into the back of a truck.

Nigeria: Pregnant Woman, Seven Others Die In Onitsha Car Crash

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 No fewer than seven persons, including a pregnant woman, yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, lost their lives, while about 15 others sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a tanker and other vehicles.

The accident, according to an eyewitness, occurred when a 40-foot fuel-laden tanker, descending the Awka Road, had a brake failure and rammed into vehicles at Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS/Awka Road traffic light junction.

According to reports, the driver, in a bid to avoid more destruction, tried to control the tanker but to no avail. It first hit a blue Mitsubishi bus fully loaded with passengers before it hit four tricycles at a stretch resulting in the casualties.

According to an eyewitness, “the pregnant woman was standing at the bus-stop waiting for a commuter bus when she was crushed by the tanker.” “Others were mostly passengers in the four tricycles that were hit in the multiple accident,” he stated.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Okpoko Police Division, Mr. Emeka Ugwu, sent police officers to the scene of the incident on getting a distress call. Officials of Fire Service rushed to the scene of the crash to prevent the petrol tanker from exploding.
The Onitsha Police Area Commander, Mr. Philip Ezekiel, the Inland Town Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Cosmas Eze and the Onitsha Central Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Isa Abubakar, all battled to save lives.

Rwanda: Three Rwandans Killed in Road Accident

Three Rwandan nationals died on the spot after a Kigali-bound Trinity bus they were traveling in last night rammed into a heavily loaded truck in Uganda, Police have said. Trinity is a Rwandan transport company and one of the several companies that serve the Kigali-Kampala route. The accident, blamed on speeding, occurred in Buwama in Mpigi District outside the capital Kampala at around 9p.m Rwanda time (10p.m Uganda time).

Casualties of the Kampala Coaches bus accident at Mbarara Referral Hospital (FILE PHOT: Joshua Nahamya/ChimpReports)

Casualties of the Kampala Coaches bus accident at Mbarara Referral Hospital (FILE PHOT: Joshua Nahamya/ChimpReports)

 The Police spokesperson for Katonga region, Philip Mukasa, said the driver of the bus was among the deceased alongside two passengers – a man and a woman. He identified the deceased as Jacques Habiyambere (the driver), Eteline Uwamahoro and Kubwimana. “It was a clear case of reckless driving. The bus driver was speeding and he lost control when he attempted to overtake the trailer,” Mukasa told The New Times, adding that the deceased were all Rwandans. “We are working closely with Trinity Bus Company to identify the relatives of the deceased and the injured. But so far so good,” he said.

Mukasa said the bus, registration number RAC 403 P, hit from behind the heavily loaded trailer, UAN 691F, that was carrying electric poles. The bodies were transferred to Mulago hospital in Kampala, while 13 people who sustained injuries, among 10 Rwandans and three Congolese nationals, were by press time still being treated in Gombe hospital.

Officials from the Rwanda High Commission in Kampala were this morning at Gombe Hospital monitoring the situation, while plans were also underway to transfer the remains of the deceased for burial in Rwanda. There are also reports that a fourth person had died from injuries in the hospital but Rwanda Police Spokesperson Celestin Twahirwa could not readily confirm this. Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga largely attributed nighttime road accidents to fatigued bus drivers who ply the very busy Kampala – Kigali road. “The bus drivers understand very well the sharp bends and dangerous spots of that road. The biggest challenge is that they embark on that long journey when they are already tired,” he said.

Earlier in the week, a bus belonging to Kampala Coach, one of the several transport companies that operate the cross-border route, was also involved in an accident in Uganda.

Kigali: Renowned City Tycoon dies in an Accident
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5th February 2015. Assinapol Rwigara, renowned Rwandan Tycoon has died in a fatal accident that happened on Wednesday Evening when a heavy Truck hit a Mercedes Benz in which there were Rwigara and his companions.

The accident happened on Nyarutarama Road in a place called Kabuga ka Nyarutarama. This website cann0t independently confirm the circumstances of the accident except the fact that Eye witnesses have told IGIHE that all passengers in a Mercedes Benz died on the spot. Rwigara was expected to appear in Court next month because of land issues that he had with Nyarugenge District.

Sudan: 23 Injured in Road Accidents

5th February 2015

Buram / Nyala — 15 people sustained various injuries in Buram locality, South Darfur, on Tuesday, when the commercial vehicle they were travelling in overturned. In another traffic accident, near state capital Nyala, eight passengers were wounded.A witness reported to Dabanga that the vehicle was on its way from Nierteti to Nyala. “It overturned near Bulbul. Eight people were injured. They were transferred, two of them in a coma, to a hospital in Nyala for treatment.”

One of the passengers told Dabanga that the van they were travelling in from El Teifara to Buram overturned at the area of El Nemat. The driver was allegedly speeding. “The 15 wounded were transferred to Buram Hospital.”

 In the area of Bulbul, west of Nyala, capital of South Darfur, eight passengers of a commercial van were injured, two of them seriously, in a second traffic accident on Tuesday.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 44 Killed, 512 Injured in One Week

5th February 2015

Algiers — 44 people were killed and 512 others injured in 296 road accidents that occurred in the period from 27 January and 2 February, said Wednesday a report of the Command of the National Gendarmerie.

Algiers ranks first with 21 accidents, followed by Ain Defla (19 accidents) and Djelfa with 14 accidents, said the source. The human factor is responsible for 82.09% of these accidents besides the roads (7.43%), the source added.

Nigeria: 17 killed 50 injured At Yobe Road Accident

3rd February 2015

 Yobe Road Accident claimed 17 lives

At least 17 people on Monday lost their lives in an auto mishap that happened at Dogon-Kukah village of Damagum Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Mallam Isa Yusuf, Head of the accident and emergency unit of the Damagum General Hospital, told newsmen that 17 corpses were brought to the hospital and that 50 others were currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

He said in line with the Yobe State Government’s policies, those on admission would be treated free for 48 hours. An eyewitness, Mallam Isa Yahaya, told journalists that the accident involved a luxurious bus and a trailer coming from opposite direction. He said the passenger bus had a burst tyre on motion, before it rammed into the oncoming truck.

The corpses of the 17 people had been deposited at the Damagum General Hospital.

Namibia: 6 dead in head-on near Usakos

3rd February 2015 By Adam Hartman

DEADLY … A wreckage of one of the vehicles in the middle of the road. Both vehicles involved in the crash were burnt out.

 A GRUESOME head-on collision between two sedan vehicles claimed the lives of six people on Sunday near Usakos, with 10 more people killed in car crashes all over the country during the weekend. Among the dead in Sunday’s accident were three adults and three children – one of them a baby. The names of the deceased [three were children] have not been released as yet, as the next of kin must still be informed.

The incident occurred around 13h30 about 20km from Usakos towards Arandis. The female sole survivor was transported to the Usakos State Hospital by a private vehicle. She is in a serious condition. It is understood that the vehicles caught fire on impact, burning the two drivers beyond recognition. The B2 route had to be closed off for more than four hours for the police to conclude their investigation and for one of the wreckages to be removed from the road.

The latest Motor Vehicle Accident Fund statistics released yesterday indicated 16 people were killed in different fatal motor vehicle crashes over the weekend. Of the deceased, eight were drivers, six were passengers, while two died as pedestrians. Also on Sunday a pedestrian lost his life in a hit-and-run incident on the Rehoboth-Bahnhof road. On Saturday, two people were killed in separate crashes when the vehicles they were travelling in left the road and rolled over on the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road.

Another fatality was reported from Gobabis following a roll-over, while one more person was fatally injured when the vehicle he was travelling in collided with an animal. The incident happened behind Dr Lemmer Secondary School in Rehoboth.

On Friday, one person was killed following a roll-over at Oshigambo in the Oshikoto region. Two more people lost their lives in a head-rear collision between a truck and a Nissan NP200 on the Trans-Kalahari Highway at around 22h00. A 4-year-old child is said to have survived the horror crash with moderate injuries.

The condition of the truck driver is not yet established. Another person died in a head-on collision on the Okahandja – Otjwarongo road. His vehicle is said to have caught flames following the crash. A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run incident at Eembidi in the Ohangwena Region.

The weekend bloodshed on Namibian roads brings the total number of fatalities recorded between 26 January and 1 February 2015 to 26.

This includes the seven lives lost in a head-on collision between a VW Polo and a Toyota Corolla, which occurred on the Onyaanya – Ondangwa road on Monday, 26 January 2015. Three more people were killed on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 when their vehicle veered off the road and rammed onto a stationary truck.

Since the start of 2015, 63 people have died in vehicle accidents.

Ghana: 10 MOGPA worshippers feared dead in motor crash

1st February2015

About 10 persons of the Moment of Glory Prayer Army (MOGPA) are feared dead in a motor crash at Adansi Fomena in the Ashanti region.

The victims, most of whom are women, were returning to Cape Coast from an all-night prayer section at MOGPA in Kumasi when they met their untimely death, reports Starr News’s Emmanuel Ohene Gyan.

A survivor, who gave her name as Esi, recounts the hired vehicle on which they were travelling had a brake failure when it was descending from a hill and crashed into a stationary articulated truck.

Four persons lost their lives on the spot whilst six more are reported to have given up the ghost at the hospital.

Eight killed as bakkie over turns on N3 near the Marlboro onramp

  31 January, 2015 14:23

N3 freeway closure still in effect from Marlboro Northwards
Image by: PigSpotter

 Eight people were killed when the bakkie they were travelling in rolled on the N3 near the Marlboro onramp, Johannesburg metro police said on Saturday.

“It’s a few metres from the Marlboro onramp on the N3, a white bakkie over turned…,” said Superintendent Edna Mamonyane. The driver was one of the eight men who were killed in the accident. Around 18 people were in the bakkie when it crashed around 11.15am, she said. The passengers were treated for their injuries and transported to various hospitals. “One male was airlifted from the scene,” she said.

It was unclear what caused the accident and a case of culpable homicide would be opened.

2 feared dead in Danquah-Circle accident

31st January 2015

Two people are feared dead in an accident involving a taxi cab and a trailer at the Danquah-Circle in Accra.

The container compartment behind the trailer is reported to have fallen on the taxi after it attempted to negotiate a curve.

The driver of the taxi and one other passenger are reportedly trapped in the taxi. The police and other emergency workers are yet to arrive at the scene.

School kids seriously injured in KZN taxi accident

Thursday 29 January 2015

crashKwaZulu-Natal has been rocked by two horrific road accidents involving school children, in the past 24 hours. 22 children have been injured in a minibus taxi accident in Umlazi, south of Durban. Photo: eNCA

DURBAN – At least 21 children – all under the age of 13 years – have been seriously injured in a minibus taxi accident in Umlazi, south of Durban. They were on their way to school at the time. The driver is critically injured, and was trapped inside the taxi.According to Paramedics from KZN Emergency Medical Services the mini bus collided with a bus, just before 07h00 on Thursday morning, on the Mangosuthu Highway in Umlazi’s V section.The injured occupants were transported to the Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi for continued care.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

6 kids killed after bakkie overturns

29th January 2015

 (Picture: ER24)Johannesburg – At least six children were killed when a bakkie overturned on Edendale Road, Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Pieter Rossouw said it appeared the bakkie veered off the road and crashed into a fence and a house.

“The collision killed six children under the age of 13 and left 18 others injured,” he said.

Of the injured, seven were critical, nine sustained moderate injuries and two had minor injuries.

 Robert Mckenzie, spokesperson for Emergency Medical Services, said the six children, four girls and two boys died on the scene. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the police.

Namibia: Nine killed within 12 hours

28th January 2015 By Oswald Shivute

 

 JAWS OF LIFE … A Toyota Corolla taxi and a Volkswagen Polo collided head-on at Omatyatya/Okatope villages on the Oshivelo-Ondangwa main road on Monday afternoon, killing seven people in the process. Police had to cut the Toyota into pieces to remove some of the bodies trapped in the taxi.

 The first accident occurred on Monday at 15h00 on the Ondangwa-Omuthiya road, where two sedan vehicles collided and killed seven people on the spot. One of the sedan vehicles, a Toyota Corolla taxi, was carrying five people, four of whom died instantly while the other sustained severe injuries. The other sedan, a Volkswagen Polo, had four people, two of whom died while the other two sustained serious injuries. All the injured were rushed to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.

The second accident occurred at 02h22 on Tuesday, barely 12 hours later, on the Okahandja-Karibib road, when a sedan vehicle veered off the road and rammed into a stationary truck, killing three people instantly. One of the four passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Okahandja State Hospital.

Oshikoto police public relations officer, Chief Inspector Stephan Nuuyi, yesterday said that they are still trying to get full details about all the deceased so as to inform their next of kin.

Nuuyi told The Namibian that those who were involved in the Ondangwa-Omuthiya accident were two women aged 55 and 52 years and two men aged 43 and 24 years as well as the driver whose age and other details were still not known. The survivor in the taxi was a 28-year-old woman.

Nuuyi further said police had not established what caused the accident but investigations were in progress. One of the villagers said she rushed to the scene, as people cried for help, “It was a terrible accident.”  Nuuyi urged motorists to drive carefully and called on communities who might have lost their loved ones to contact Warrant Officer Kanyamba at the Okatope police station or call her on 0812538817.

52 injured in Free State bus accident

25th January 2015. Johannesburg – At least 52 people were injured when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Harrismith on Saturday morning, Free State police said.

“At about 8am the bus’s front tyre burst and it left the road into the nearby farm where it overturned and came to a halt,” said Sergeant Mmako Mophiring.

“Unfortunately the driver, 35, from Tshiame near Harrismith and all (the) passengers sustained minor and serious injuries and were rushed to various hospitals with different ambulance services.”

The Maluti bus was transporting 31 school pupils to their weekend classes at New Horizon School in Harrismith. The rest of the passengers were adult commuters.

Police were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving, said Mophiring.

Nigeria: 14 Die in Accident Involving Gombe Gov’s Convoy

NO fewer than 14 persons were reportedly killed in an accident involving a convoy of Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and three Hummer buses along Bauchi-Gombe road on Thursday.

Bauchi State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Haruna Mohammed, told The Guardian that the accident occurred around 7pm on Thursday. “There was a fatal motor accident involving a convoy of the governor along Bauchi-Gombe Federal Highway in Alkareri Council and as a result, 14 people were burnt beyond identification.” Mohammed confirmed that the accident involved three Hummer buses and a motorcycle, which were gutted by fire.

“The Police Patrol Team attached to Alkaleri Division visited the scene, cleared obstruction and evacuated the casualties to the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Gombe for medical attention and postmortem examination and the case under investigation,” he said.

 The Police spokesman further explained that the Command would not fold its arms and watch disgruntled elements disrupt public peace in the state. “Groups or individual desiring and preparing to cause chaos in the state are warned to desist, as any breach of public peace will attract severe legal consequences,” he stressed. Similarly, Mohammed disclosed that around 1.30pm on Thursday, a group of miscreants went on rampage in some parts of Bauchi town, threatening the public peace. He said that security forces, including the Police and Army, dispatched to the scene, dispersed the hoodlums and restored normalcy in the affected areas. “So far, nine suspects have been arrested for criminal conspiracy, inciting disturbance and mischief, while patrols are being intensified within and outside the town,” he disclosed.

No funds for Botswana accident victims burial

by APA 20 January 2015

THE bodies of some of the 11 Zimbabwean immigrants who died in a horrific car accident in Botswana two weeks ago are expected to be repatriated to their country this week, APA learnt here on Tuesday.

However, some relatives of the deceased are reported to have approached the relevant authorities saying due to financial constraints, they were not sure if they will have enough funds to transport the corpses to Zimbabwe for decent burials.

Senior superintendent Neo Kedumetse of Botswana Police stated that if some of the families fail to take their deceased ones, a decision would be reached between the relatives and the Botswana government to bury them locally.

Zimbabwean Embassy spokesperson Perfect Nyakudya declined to comment.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 46 Killed, 1378 Injured in One Week

The heaviest toll was recorded in Oran province with six killed and 44 injured in 40 road accidents, said the source. The elements of Civil Protection made 913 interventions to put out 552 industrial and urban fires, added the source.

Kenya: Eight killed, four seriously injured in Kisumu road accident

The Matatu that was involved in an accident at Nywakwere Road in Kisumu county is towed away from the scene. Eight people died in the accident, another four are still in hospital.Photo/Faith Matete

The Matatu that was involved in an accident at Nywakwere Road in Kisumu county is towed away from the scene. Eight people died in the accident, another four are still in hospital.Photo/Faith Matete

EIGHT people died in a road accident on Monday morning at Sango’ro area in Nyakach, Kisumu County.

The accident occurred along the Kisumu-Homa Bay road, after a Nissan matatu lost control and rolled several times killing four people, including the driver instantly. Four other people succumbed to their injuries at Pap Onditi Hospital District in Nyakach where they were rushed for treatment.

Nyanza Regional Traffic Commandant Joseph Omukata said the vehicle had a tyre burst causing the driver to lose control. Omukata said three students were among those who died in the accident that occurred between 1.30pm and 2pm. He added that another four sustained serious injuries and are admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. The traffic boss said police have launched further investigations into the accident. He urged drivers to be cautious on the roads.

One killed, 10 injured in KZN crash

18th January 2015

Zimbabwe bus accident, 26 dead

Update 20th January: The government today declared the bus accident that killed 26 people along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway Sunday a national disaster. This as police released the names of the victims, including four people from the same family. The crash occurred in the afternoon when a Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) and Pioneer buses side swept each other. Twenty-five people died Sunday, and one is said to have died Monday, increasing the death toll to 26.

Sunday’s accident nearly wipes whole family

The tragic accident that killed 26 people on Sunday along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, almost wiped out an entire family. It remains a nightmare for the Chinyama clan from Mutoko after four members of the same family died in the accident.
Vengai Chinyama lost his wife, Nyaradzo Chihowa and three children, a son Tafadzwa (12) and twins Tanaka and Tashinga. He now has to take care of a 2-year-old son, Tawananyasha who survived the accident and was discharged from hospital this Tuesday. In the middle of such adversity and surrounded by almost total darkness, many of the fallible human race will crack, but Chinyama still has the strength to narrate events of the fateful Sunday. “I tried in vain to convince my wife not to embark on the journey. However, it is God’s will and I am thankful that my other son, Tawananyasha is still alive,” said Chinyama.
Meanwhile, relatives of the deceased say government should expedite the process of assisting them after the accident was declared a state of disaster.

18 January 2015

Onlookers gather around the scene of the accident where more than 20 people are feared dead. Pictures by Tawanda Mudimu and citizen journalists

A two bus crash along the Harare -Nyamapanda highway has claimed at least 23 lives.  21 people died on the spot while several others were injured in an accident, involving two buses, near the Harare-Mutoko tollgate. The buses sideswiped each other in opposite directions leading to gross damage.

It is believed that the accident involved Unifreight and ZUPCO buses, with one going to Mutoko while the other was headed for Harare.As yet unconfirmed reports say that two more people died on the way to hospital. One of them is believed to be one of the bus drivers.

Eye-witnesses attributed the accident to speeding by both drivers. They called on relevant authorities to put signs for motorists to reduce speed at the place which they say is a blind spot.

Police are yet to confirm the number of casualties and they have indicated that they will issue a statement shortly.

Kenya: One Killed, Three Injured in Limuru Accident

A man was killed and three others injured after two vehicles collided at Kanari in Limuru on Friday.St John Ambulance official Samuel Mathore said one of the vehicles was overtaking another along Nairobi-Nakuru highway when the accident occurred. Mathore said the man died on the spot while the injured were rushed to Kijabe mission hospital.  The body was taken to Naivasha Subcounty Referral Hospital mortuary.A resident appealed for the rehabilitation of road signs in Limuru, saying they have become unclear.

Nigeria: An accident this morning at Opebi/Oregun Link Bridge involving a trailer and 4-5 vehicles

17th January 2015

opebi2According to an eye witnesses at the scene, the trailer had no brakes, and after the accident occurred the trailer driver took to his heels. Thank God no lives were lost.

opebi

3 Taxi accidents in 2 hours leaves 33 injured in afternoon crash in Pinetown

The Catholic Secretariat of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi has announced the tragic death of Rite Reverend Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza.

Bishop Zuza died from the serious injuries he sustained in a car accident in Chikangawa near Nthungwa in Mzimba district.

MalawiReports received from eyewitness says the car he was in overturned several times. Bishop Zuza was rushed to Mzuzu Central Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries.

“He passed on while being attended to in Mzuzu” Communications Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), Father Andrew Kaufa, said in a statement to Malawi24.

Zimbabwe: Two Catholic Priests Killed in Road Accident. 18th January 2015

The two were travelling from Bindura to Mt Darwin Christ Mambo Parish where they were based. Father Aleni James yesterday confirmed the death of the priests.

Cameroon: Nine Perish in Diverse Accidents

The unfortunate incidents occurred over the weekend in Fako and Meme Divisions.

The just-ended weekend was very gloomy in the South West Region following three separate unfortunate incidents that led to the death of at least eight persons. Two fatal road accidents occurred separately on Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Ediki, a locality along the Buea- Kumba highway. This left five persons dead; while the other in Dibanda (Mile 14) along the Buea-Mutengene road claimed three lives.

The Dibanda accident, according to eye witness accounts, involved an 18-seat bus and a small passenger car (‘clando’) that collided head on with one another, leaving three persons dead; amongst them the two drivers. The injured were rushed to the Buea Regional Hospital for treatment while one critical case was transported to Douala for emergency medical attention. Meanwhile, the mortal remains of the two drivers and a passenger, whose names we could not get by press time, were kept in the mortuary of the same hospital.

Nigeria fatalities

15th January 2015

Three member of the Kwara State chapter of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) have lost their lives in two separate car accidents in Ilorin.

FRSC In Kwara

The three IPMAN members lost their lives when their car, a Prado Jeep, lost control along Oke-Oyi section of the Ilorin-old Jebba road as they were returning from a meeting of the Youth Wing of their association at the Oke-Oyi NNPC Depot.

One of the deceased, Alhaji AbdulWaheed Abese, was a chairmanship aspirant in the association’s election slated for next month. The other two victims were Alhaji Bola Taiwo and Hajia Rasheedat Gada. Alhaji Taiwo was a dealer with Forte Oil and had a station along the popular Murtala Mohammed road in Ilorin while a third victim was the owner of Ramwat filling station around Sango area of the metropolis.

According to Leadership Nigeria, the lone survivor of the accident, Hajia Sekinat Lukman told newsmen that the driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling had attempted to avoid an oncoming car when he lost control and somersaulted before landing in the bush.

The vehicle reportedly somersaulted about six times and was a total wreck when sympathisers rushed down to rescue the victims. But while she survived, her three other colleagues, died immediately from the impact of the crash. Other deceased have also been buried according to Islamic rites.

In the other accident, a woman, simply identified as Alhaja Iya Ganiyu, was crushed to death when a car ran into her trading kiosk located at Ori-Oke junction in Sango area of the state capital. An eyewitness account claimed that the deceased was observing her ‘Asr’, Islamic prayers inside her kiosk when the incident occurred.

11 Zimbabweans were killed and 7 injured

13 January 2015

ELEVEN Zimbabweans were killed and seven others escaped with severe injuries after a South Africa-bound minibus hit a donkey and then rammed into a tree, Botswana policesaid yesterday.

Assistant Commissioner Christopher Mbulawa, Public Relations Officer for Botswana Police Service said the accident occurred along the Palapye-Martins Drift Road in the neighbouring country. He said 11 Zimbabweans – five men, five women and a child- were killed in the horror crash. Of the survivors, two were reported to be in a critical condition.

Investigators say only the driver, who is among the dead, had a passport – suggesting all his 17 passengers were illegal immigrants. Ass Comm Mbulawa said the injured were admitted at Palapye Primary Hospital. He, however, could not release the names of the dead as their next of kin were yet to be informed.

Botswana’s highways – although well-maintained – are notorious for livestock encroachment, usually donkeys. Sources yesterday said the minibus had come from Tsholotsho, and the driver was an umalayitsha, who had been engaged to transport the illegals into South Africa following the end of the festive season. Omalayitsha are illegal facilitators of border jumping.

Many Zimbabweans returning to South Africa after the holiday period often use the longer but quicker route through Botswana to avoid queues at Beitbridge. Those without passports pay huge sums to enter neighbouring countries illegally. Omalayitshas pay off immigration officers and the police for safe passage. Omalayitsha also double as “road nannies” as parents working in neighbouring countries approach them to help facilitate the smuggling of their children.

Some guardians and parents resort to this strategy even though their children have passports in order to avoid the cumbersome process of acquiring an affidavit for minors as required by law. Over the years, omalayitsha have recorded brisk business ferrying money, goods and people. Departing from Bulawayo, they are paid between R1,500 and R4,000 per person during peak periods. Documented Zimbabweans pay R400 for the same trip, on the other hand. Although widely used, this illegal service has often proved risky, with the threat of imprisonment if intercepted.

ZA. 7 killed as taxi, bus collide on N1

13th January 2015

Cape Town – Seven people, including three children, were killed when a minibus taxi and bus collided on the N1 near Touws River, Western Cape emergency medical services said on Tuesday.Eleven people were injured in the accident around midnight, spokesperson Robert Daniels said. “Emergency medical services rushed the survivors to Worcester Provincial Hospital where three remain in a critical condition,” he said.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 70 Dead, 622 Injured in One Week, Says National Gendarmerie

Algiers — Seventeen (70) persons died and 622 were injured in 344 accidents de la route, which took place between 30 December 2014 and 5 January 2015 nationwide, the National Gendarmerie said Thursday in a toll.

Algiers tops the list of number of accidents with 23 ones, followed by Djelfa (20), Medea and Biskra (17) and Relizane (15). These accidents are mainly due drivers (78.20%) and the state of roads (9.59%). Pedestrians are also responsible of these accidents (6.98%), the same source added.

Ghana: 10 injured in accident on N1 Highway

10th January 2015

Accident N1 Highway

Ten persons narrowly escaped death in a fatal accident on the George Bush Highway in Accra. The unfortunate incident occurred on Friday at the Abofu end of the N1 Highway.

Adomonline’s Kwaku Nti who was at the scene reported that a truck on top speed hit the side of the Urvan bus travelling from Lapaz to Madina.

He said the bus somersaulted several times on the road after the driver lost control. Kwaku Nti added that the driver of the truck fled the scene after the accident. He said personnel of the Ghana Police Service and passers by helped to rescue some of the passengers trapped in the mangled vehicle. Those injured, including the driver and his mate were rushed to the 37 Military Hospital for medical attention.

Mozambique: Traffic Accidents Continue to Kill Because of Incompetence and Negligence

10th January 2015

The effects of road accidents remain adverse. Between January and October 2014, at least 1,459 people died and 3,562 contracted injuries, including severe 1,858, due to 2,410 road accidents recorded on different roads of Mozambique. In 2013, the country recorded 2,331 traffic accidents that resulted in the deaths of 1,243 people.

The engineer Carlos Sousa, consultant, auditor of automotive engineering, safety on the road mobility, auto expert and trainer of innovative technologies, conducted a study f which estimates that at least 30 people die every week in Mozambique victims of road accidents resulting from the transgression of the basic driving rules.

Namibia: 35 Babies Killed in Road Accidents During 2013

 9th January 2015 By Felix Tjozongoro

The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund has reported that 13 percent of those that died in car accidents in 2013 were between the ages of 0 to 15 years – 35 of these were children under 5. Further, children under the age of 15 years represented 11 percent of the recorded number of injured persons. The 2013 figures indicate that 163 babies between the ages of 0 and 5 years were injured, 238 between the ages of 6 and 10 years and 241 between the ages of 11 and 15 years. According to the MVA statistics, of the deaths recorded during 2013, 35 were children between the ages of 0 and 5 years, 27 between the ages of 6 and 10 and 24 between the ages of 11 and 15 – bringing to 86 the total number of young lives lost.

The major potential cause of fatalities, and at times serious injuries, has been identified as the manner in which the young ones are transported in vehicles. It has been noted that children at times travel on the laps of adults, as this is apparently deemed “safe”. Those that are “old enough” but yet under the age of 15, are allowed to sit on their own, without the use of seatbelts. Seatbelt use among Namibians is seen more as a means to please the police and not necessary for road safety.

 During any road accident, babies carried on the lap are thrown out of the vehicles, as they are not harnessed to the vehicle with the safety belt like the adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends the following as the correct seating arrangement for child safety:

Children under the age of 12 months and those who weigh less than 9 kilograms should sit facing the rear with child safety seats. The seats should be placed in the backseat of the car. Children older than 12 months who weigh more than 9 kg should ride in forward-facing child safety seats. The seat should be placed in the rear of the vehicle until the child reaches the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat. Typically, a child will outgrow a safety seat around age 4. Children age 4 and older, who weigh more than 40 pounds should ride in booster seats. A child can safely progress to a seat belt when the belt fits properly across the upper thighs and chest. This is usually at age 8.

Seat belt. When children outgrow their booster seats, they can use seat belts, but they still should sit in the back of the vehicle.

Namibia: MVA Rolls Out N$200 Million in Accident Claims Last Year.

That is equivalent to 17,000,000 US dollars

8th January 2015: THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA Fund) has paid out close to N$200 million in accident claims in 2014, compared to N$143 million for the same period during 2013.

It was also recorded that by the end of November last year, the Fund paid out close to N$3 million in funeral grants.

Martins-Hausiku said the fund had only budgeted N$65 million on medical and hospital expenses by November 2014, but provisions were made for about N$119 million that was initially reserved for lower treatment costs.

Over-servicing and over-charging by service providers, Martins-Hausiku said, are some of the highest drivers of the fund’s medical bills. She noted that the fund has been engaging service providers in the country on the high charges which are sometimes not consistent with their rates. “We have started engaging service providers and even blacklisting some of them,” Hausiku said.

She further said the fund has become aggressive on the length patients stay in hospitals, since some patients over-stay in wards. She noted that in some cases, patients stay about two to three days in hospitals without being attended to by a doctor.

According to recent road accident statistics, released earlier this year, some 1 000 people were injured in road accidents during the festive season between 22 November 2014 and 4 January 2015. About 30% of the injured people sustained serious and life threatening injuries, resulting in the escalation of hospital and medical bills.

Six killed in Devon collision

DELMAS – Six people were killed this morning in a collision between an articulated truck and two motor vehicles on the N17 near the Devon off ramp close to the Delmas area.

Shortly after 0500 paramedics from ER24 and Mpumalanga Fire and Rescue Services arrived on the horror scene where they found people scattered across the incident. One of the vehicles was completely ripped apart and all of its occupants were ejected during the collision. Three adults were found near the truck with fatal injuries and declared dead.

A few meters away in a veld, paramedics found another vehicle with a woman still trapped inside of it. Two other occupants, believed to be her husband and son (late teens), were found close to the vehicle. All three of them showed no signs of life and were declared dead. The local fire and rescue services had to use hydraulic rescue equipment to free her from the wreckage.

The driver of the articulated truck was found walking around on the scene. He sustained no physical injuries and was clearly in shock. The exact cause of the incident is not yet known and will be investigated by the local authorities. The N17 highway was closed off for commuters while investigators attended the scene.

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Pandemonium broke out at Uchi-Mbakor in Tarka Local Government Area of Benue State when two commercial vehicles collided, killing 11 persons on the spot in the ghastly accident.

The vehicles, a Toyota Hiace bus, said to belong to Ishwa and Sons motors, and another commercial Volkswagen Sharon space bus, (plate numbers burnt) collided at about 10am yesterday. Uchi-Mbakor community is located around a sharp and dangerous bend on the busy Makurdi-Gboko expressway.

Eye witnesses said the vehicles collided probably because of wrong overtaking at the bend. Another version said the accident was caused by overspeeding due to the frenzy during the Yuletide. However, it was reliably gathered that the Hiace bus somersaulted into the bush and immediately went up in flames while the Volkswagen space bus broke into pieces.

Three passengers in the Hiace bus were said to have been burnt beyond recognition, just as the lifeless bodies of other victims were pulled out from the vehicles by passersby. The corpses of the victims and the injured were conveyed to Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi, and other health faculties in the area.

Botswana: 37 Die in Festive Accidents

 8th January 2015 By Bopa

Gaborone — Thirty-seven (37) people died in separate road accidents countrywide during the festive season, according to a report from Botswana Police Services (BPS).

The report released by the police public relations unit on Tuesday January 7, included data captured between December 19, 2014 and January 5, 2015. However, the report indicated a decline in overall road fatalities.

Among those fatal accidents, three people died on December 28 when their car collided with a south bound bus along the A1 highway.

 The report says 377 people died in road accidents in 2014 compared to 411 who perished in road crashes in 2013. There has also been a decline in other crimes like murder, rape, armed robberies and break-ins.

Tanzania: Five Family Members Perish in Road Accident

FIVE members of the same family died after a vehicle they were travelling in overturned along Bagamoyo-Msata highway at Fukayosi area in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region, on Monday.

The Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ulrich Matei, said yesterday that the accident occurred at 12:30pm when the family was taking one of their relatives to Bagamoyo District Hospital for health care.

“They were taking one Shukuru Jaba aged 30, who was pregnant to the District Hospital for delivery,” said the RPC. Mr Matei explained that the car, a Toyota Noah, with registration number T 252 DCB overturned after one of its back tyres burst and veered off the road.

 “The car ended up in ditch near the road after the driver lost control. They all died on the spot,” he said.

Mr Matei named the deceased as Ramadhani Bakari (25), who was the driver, Fatuma Nassoro (60), who was a midwife, Mkegani Ally (25), Stamili Ally (30) and Shukuru Jaba (30), all residents of Miono in Bagamoyo.

“Preliminary investigations indicated that reckless driving was the contributing factor for the accident,” said the RPC. Mr Matei said the deceased’s bodies were taken to Bagamoyo District Hospital for preservation pending the burial, adding that police were still investigating the matter.

Angola: Road Accidents Kill 47 During Festive Season

Luanda — The National Police recorded on 24, 25 and 31 December 2014 and on 01 January this year a total of 289 accidents that claimed 47 human lives and 304 wounded, informed last Monday, in Luanda, the chief commissioner Paulo de Almeida.

The top police officer, who was making an assessment of the “Safe Festive Season” operation, stated that in comparison to the year 2013 there was an increase of 64 accidents, 27 wounded and less four deaths.

 The same source informed that the main cause behind the accidents were excess of speed, lack of caution and drink-driving. He also informed that in the field of Civil Protection and Firefight the authorities recorded 122 occurrences (six more than in 2013) whose main consequences resulted in 34 deaths and 4 wounded, as a result of 73 fires, 19 drowning cases, 12 failed drowning cases, 6 bees bite, 4 fires caused by road accidents, 3 cases of fuel spill, 2 cases of inundation and two incidents of involving of the fall of two trees.

5th January Luanda — At least nine people died and 32 others were injured as a result of 30 road accidents reported in last 24 hours by the Traffic Police, in various provinces of Angola.

The spokesperson of the General Command of the National Police, commissioner Aristofanes dos Santos, who gave this information to ANGOP, said that in the same period of the year ended, there was a decrease of a death, nine accidents and increase of two wounded. With higher rates are the provinces of Luanda and Benguela with eleven four accidents, respectively. The official pointed as causes of accidents, speeding, driving in drunkenness, little prudence by pedestrians and motorists and violation of the traffic rules.

  SA Roads remain deadly over festive peak. 38 die each day.

6th January 2015. About 38 people per day died on South Africa’s roads during December, with KwaZulu-Natal recording the highest number of deaths in the country.

A reduction of just 25 fatalities was recorded in the month of December last year compared to the same period in the previous year, according to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters.

This means that road accidents claimed the lives of about 38 people a day on average.

“In the period, 01 December 2014 to 30 December 2014, we have registered 924 fatal crashes with 1 143 fatalities whilst last year during the same period under review we registered 974 fatal crashes with 1 168 fatalities,” she said in a statement on Monday.

The province with the most fatal accidents was KwaZulu-Natal with 249 deaths from 211 crashes. Gauteng recorded 174 deaths from 156 fatal crashes, while the Eastern Cape had 161 deaths from 129 fatal crashes.

Peters expressed concern for drivers who are fatigued, those who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, undocumented drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles. All road users must ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy, that they take regular breaks and adhere to the speed limit and buckle-up, urged Peters. She also called on pedestrians to exercise caution. “Pedestrians must ensure that they must not cross the road when it is not safe to do so, they must not drink and drive, they must not drink and walk”.

Peters also warned that anyone found in breach of traffic laws will arrested and fined and appealed to those who are still on holiday to use roads responsibly.

5 Dead 7 Injured In Ogun Road Accident

BY CHANNELS TELEVISION  .  JAN 5, 2015

OgunFive persons, including a five year old girl have been confirmed dead while seven others were seriously injured in a multiple accident which occurred at Sode ‎village, along Abeokuta, Siun, Sagamu express-way in Ogun State, South West Nigeria.

 The accident was said to have occurred when a black Nissan Almera with registration number Lagos KSF 803 CX with a lone young occupant, reportedly on top speed veered off the road and rammed into another vehicle heading toward Sagamu.

The incident was reported to have drawn the attention of sympathizers who stopped to give assistance to the injured victims, before the arrival of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement official.

Three occupants of the Mitsubishi vehicle and the driver were confirmed dead, while the lone young driver of the Nissan car also lost his life.

Nigeria: 12 die in Bauchi road crash

5th January 2015 By: Augustine Osayande

Abuja – A road crash involving two vehicles and a motorcycle has killed 12 passengers along the Sabon Garin Nabordo in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

accident bauchiHaruna Mohammed Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Police Command, confirmed the mishap. According to Mohammed, the accident occurred when a motorcyclist, without due care and attention, suddenly crossed the highway and the vehicles had a head on collusion while trying to dodge the motorcyclist.

He said 12 passengers and the motorcyclist died on the spot while four others sustained various degrees of injuries. He said the Police Patrol team attached to Toro Division visited the scene and evacuated the victims to Nabordo Clinic for medical attention and postmortem examination. Mohammed added that the identities of victims are yet to be ascertained and advised members of the public whose relatives embarked on the Journey on same route to visit the clinic for possible identification of their relatives.

Namibia: 14 Die On Coastal Roads

5th January 2015 By Eveline De Klerk

Note: Namibia has the highest car-accident death rate in the world, with 45 people killed on the road out of every 100,000 citizens. The country’s roads are notoriously dangerous because travellers are not familiar with the landscape and conditions. Drivers run the risk of rolling their vehicles on the African nation’s gravel roads. Source WHO.

Horrific car accidents in the Erongo Region have claimed at least 14 lives during the last days of December, with four children among the dead.

The latest accident occurred on Wednesday, 31 December, on the road between Kalkfeld and Omaruru in which four people, including two minors, died. The accident occurred when a minibus overturned about 40 kilometres from Omaruru while trying to overtake another vehicle.

One person died on the spot, another died while being transported to the Otjiwarongo state hospital, while two succumbed to their injuries while being treated at the Windhoek State Hospital

The Namibian Police Crime Investigations Coordinator at Walvis Bay, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa on Friday confirmed the accident and told New Era that a minibus, pulling a trailer and travelling to Omaruru, allegedly attempted to overtake a Nissan Sentra sedan that was also travelling in the same direction. “But oncoming traffic made it impossible and the drive tried to cut back and then hit the sedan with the trailer,” Kashupuulwa explained.

According to Kashupulwa , the minibus driver then lost control of his vehicle causing the vehicle to leave the road and overturn. The deceased was identified as the 45-year-old Onesmus Pamwe, 27-year-old Carlos Titus, 27, two-year-old Toini Festus and six-year-old Penelao Shihepo.

During the festive season police also reported that six people, three German tourists and three Namibians, died in a gruesome head-on collision on Monday, 29 December, near Henties Bay.

The deceased were identified as the German doctor, Marcus Walter Helmut Joschko (48), his wife Stephanie Dorothea Schemick-Joschko (49), and daughter Alexandra Marlene Joschko (19), who were on holiday. Only the family’s 16-year-old daughter, Antonia Klara Joschko, survived the gruesome accident when a bystander pulled her from their vehicle that caught fire minutes later.

The other deceased are Gobabis resident Dina Pretorius (30), Windhoek resident Charlene Schoombe (24), and Jan Carel Horn (26), also from Windhoek.

Police report indicated that the Ford Ranger bakkie, in which the tourists were travelling, collided with a Toyota FJ Cruiser in which the Namibians were travelling.

“There were four people in each vehicle. The driver of the Cruiser Jandre Dippenaar survived serious injuries after he was rescued from the burning vehicle. He is now receiving treatment in Windhoek,” said Kashuupulwa.

Also in Henties Bay a six-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car in Henties Bay while trying to rescue his puppy. The accident took place on 29 December.

Furthermore, a 22-year-old woman who sustained critical injuries after her vehicle slammed into a pole in Neptune Street in Narraville Walvis Bay, died in Windhoek on Tuesday, 30 December.

Namibia: Four Die in Minibus Accident On Omaruru Road

Two children had their lives cut short after a minibus they were travelling in overturned near Omaruru in the Erongo Region on Wednesday.

Two-year-old Toini Festus from Walvis Bay and six-year-old Penelao Shihepo from Onankali village in the Oshikoto Region died in the Katutura State Hospital that same day after they were rushed to Windhoek from the accident scene.

The accident occurred some 40 kilometers outside Omaruru on the road to Otjiwarongo.

Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations Coordinator at Walvis Bay, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa confirmed the details of the accident to Nampa on Saturday.

She said the minibus, which was pulling a trailer and travelling towards Omaruru, allegedly attempted to overtake a Nissan Sentra sedan on the way, but cut back short and hit the sedan with the trailer.

As a result of that impact, the minibus driver lost control of his vehicle which subsequently left the road and overturned. Two more people, Onesmus Pamwe, 45, and Carlos Titus, 27, who were in the minibus also died.

Kashuupulwa said Pamwe, a resident of Henties Bay, died on the spot while Ongwediva resident Titus died on the way to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

None of the occupants in the sedan were injured.

“The sedan is not roadworthy and the driver had no driving license. He is fined for both offences. On top of that, we will also charge both drivers with culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving,” said Kashuupulwa.

Ekurhuleni Roads fatal festive season

4th January 2015

 Johannesburg -A total of 22 people have died on Ekurhuleni Roads over the holiday period, the area’s metro police department said on Saturday.

“The people who died included eight pedestrians, three motor cyclists, seven drivers and four passengers,” said EMPD spokesperson Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago said in a statement.

“The eight pedestrians included a seven year girl ran over in Tembisa and a female passenger who died on the N3 southbound near Leondale after allegedly alighting her vehicle to attend to the call of nature.”

He said the figures were for the period of 1 December to New Years Day. Kgasago also said that 211 people had been arrested for drunken driving, including a driver responsible for one of the deaths of a pedestrian.

A total of 130 people were arrested for speeding, including one BMW driver who was caught doing 213km/h on the R21 in Olifantsfontein. A further 77 arrests were made in connection with various other crimes including the possession of hijacked vehicles and drug dealing. “[Also arrested was] a drunk metro police impostor in full uniform soliciting bribes from motorists in Katlehong.”

On 30 December, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that 1 143 people died in 924 crashes across the country, during the festive season up to 28 December.

Kenya: Four Die in Busia Road Accident

Nairobi — Four people have been confirmed dead and five others injured after a lorry ferrying cane to a weigh bridge at Kisoko in Busia County overturned after the brakes failed.

Busia Hospital Mortuary Official Saleh Endemukayi says those injured are recuperating at the Busia Hospital. The lorry was carrying nine people that included eight loaders and a driver.

In Nyanza, motorists plying the newly constructed Muhoroni-Koru-Kipkelion road have been warned to be wary of sharp corners.

Nyanza regional traffic coordinator Joshua Omukata says several accidents have been reported on the road in the recent past. Omukata says in December, alone six fatal accidents were reported and appealed to motorists to exercise caution while travelling on the road. “Some parts not complete and a number of corners are dangerous to speeding motorists. The road should be pursued in a very careful way to avoid losing innocent lives through careless driving,” he said.

4 DEAD, 5 INJURED IN KILIMANJARO BUS ACCIDENT

3rd January 2015

Kilimanjaro Police commander, Godfrey Kamwela.Kilimanjaro Police commander, Godfrey Kamwela.

 Day two of 2015 has registered an accident in Kilimanjaro in which four people died and five injured when a passenger bus and a Toyota Hiace in Uchira collided.

According to Kilimanjaro Police commander, Godfrey Kamwela the accident happened in the afternoon along the Moshi/Dar es Salaam highway.

“The accident happened around 13:00 hrs after the Kilenga bus tyre burst and the driver lost control and collided with Toyota Hiace. The bus was from Moshi to Same while the Toyota Hiace was from Moshi to Mwanga. We are still investigating the accident.” said Commander Kamwela.

Adriana Mushi a witness at the scene said all the people who died were in the Toyota Hiace. A nurse at KCMC referral hospital where injured were taken, Justine Haule confirmed that they have received the dead and injured from the accident scene. We received four bodies, three men and one woman but also  four women and a man who are still being taken care of” said Nurse Haule.

Zambia: 11 Die in New Year Accidents

ELEVEN people died during the New Year period compared to 17 who died in 2013.

The 11 are part of those involved in 80 accidents reported to the Zambia Police countrywide. Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said the year 2014 recorded a decrease in the number of accidents and fatalities compared to 2013 when there were 158 cases reported.

The 80 cases were recorded from 06:00 hours on December 31, 2014 to January 2, 2015.

Southern Province recorded six accidents, Central, Eastern and Western provinces had four each while North-Western had three, Luapula two, Northern one and Muchinga recorded no accident.

Ms Chanda said while 2014 recorded 16 serious accidents and five people with slight injuries, the previous year had 27 serious and 25 with slight injuries. The decrease in the number of accidents was attributed to intensive patrols and adherence to road traffic rules by members of the public.

Zimbabwe: Corrupt cops blamed for increased accidents

2nd January 2015

Members of the public have attributed the increase in road accidents to corrupt police officers and unlicensed drivers. Speaking to the ZBC, members of the public said the accidents can only be avoided if city council authorities and members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police shun corruption.

Other people said there is a need to impound un-roadworthy vehicles and stop giving offenders of road offences tickets for serious offences. Some commuter omnibus operators have also put the blame on police officers, saying they are responsible for road accidents.

A survey by the ZBC revealed that most roads do not have road signs while pot holes are a common feature in most roads. Meanwhile, the death toll from road accidents during the festive season stood at 91 by yesterday.

Police Spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the development yesterday, attributing most of the accidents to speeding, overtaking errors and poor judgement by some drivers.

Nine people killed in Embu-Meru road accident

2nd January 2015

A new year offers people a chance to open a new chapter in life. Police said the victims had ushered in the New Year and were leaving Machakos for Nairobi’s Embakasi estate when the driver lost control of the vehicle leading to the accident.

EMBU, KENYA: Nine people are feared dead following a head-on collision between a matatu and a lorry at Mutunduri market on the main Embu-Meru road. They succumbed after a head-on collision between a Chuka matatu heading to Nairobi and a lorry headed towards Meru. Eight out of the eleven people on board the ill fated matatu died on the spot. Also dead on the spot was the lorry driver. The three who sustained injuries were rushed to Embu Level Five hospital.

8 injured in two Durban accidents

1st January 2015

Johannesburg – Eight people were injured in two separate accidents in Malvern, near Durban, paramedics said on Thursday.Five people were injured when two cars collided at around 18:30 on Wednesday on Ridley Park Road, said Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson. The patients were stabilised before being transported to various Durban hospitals.At 20:00 on Wednesday three people were injured when two cars crashed at the corner of Stella Road and Valley View Road. Two people needed to be stabilised using advanced life support before being transported to hospital, Jamieson said.Authorities were investigating the cause of the accidents.

 

 

Nigeria: 120 People Died During The Christmas Celebrations.

31st December 2014

Not less than 120 persons have been killed in road accidents across the country during the 2014 festive season between December 19 and 28, 2014 Daily Trust reports.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) disclosed that the figures translated as 42 percent reduction when compared to last year’s figure of 208, within the same period.

Imoh Etuk, the Corps Public Education Officer, disclosed this while presenting an update on the Corps’ activities during this year’s festive season.

According to him, the FRSC also recorded 48 percent reduction in the number of road traffic accidents within this period, which stood at 193, as against 368 road accidents in 2013.

Also, 53 percent was recorded in injuries in 2014 with 733 injured persons as against the 2013 figure of 1,564, he said.

In the same vein, the 2014 figure of 193 road traffic crashes comprised of 62 fatal, 115 serious and 15 minor reported cases while the 2013 figure of 368 comprised of 113 fatal, 225 serious and 30 minor reported cases of road traffic crashes recorded.

Meanwhile, FRSC has arraigned 1,073 traffic offenders out of 9,858 arrested for contravening 10,876 traffic-related offences during the festive season.

 Namibia Car accidents kill seven at coast

31st December 2014 By Adam Hartman

 

TRAGIC … The burned out wreck of the FJ Cruiser. Photo: West Coast Safety Initiative

 It was a black Monday at the coast: seven people were killed in two separate vehicle accidents. The deceased included minors and a touring European family.

Just after 17h00 on the C34 road between Henties Bay and Swakopmund a head-on collision between two 4×4 vehicles led to the death of six people. The accident happened about 12 kilometres outside Henties Bay in the Jakkalsputz vicinity. It is alleged that one vehicle was in the process of overtaking when it smashed into an oncoming vehicle.

According to Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashuupulwa both vehicles had four occupants. In the FJ Cruiser were four Namibians who are apparently from Windhoek and Rehoboth, while in the Ford Ranger was a family (apparently from Germany) consisting of the two parents and two children. Three occupants each of both vehicles were killed.

The FJ Cuiser burst into flames while three occupants were still stuck in the vehicle. One of the occupants was removed from the vehicle by bystanders before the car was engulfed in flames. In the Ford Ranger, only the one child survived. Both survivors are being treated at hospitals.

“We cannot give the names yet. We first have to speak to the German embassy so that the next of kin can be informed, Kashuupulwa said. Not all the next of kin of the Namibians were informed either.” The section of the C34 was closed due to the debris and emergency work taking place till late. Warning signs and lights were placed along the road. Motorists are still warned to use extreme caution when driving that route, especially at night.

Another tragedy on Monday at Henties Bay happened when Adriaan Engelbrech (6) was fatally injured after he was hit by a car in Jakkalsputz Drive.

According to Kashuupulwa, the motor-gate at the house where the boy was staying was open resulting in the boy’s puppy running out. Adriaan allegedly tried to catch the dog when it ran over the street, and was then hit by a car.

Angola – Road Accidents Kill 27 People During Christmas

Luanda — At least 27 people died and 154 were injured, as result of 150 road accidents that took place on 24-25 December countrywide.

This was to Angop on Monday in Luanda by the second general commander of the National Police, when assessing crime rate during the Christmas period.

According to the source, Luanda, capital of the country, leads the number of accidents with 19, followed by the provinces of Benguela 15, Huíla 14, Huambo 13, Moxico 10 and Malanje with 10 accidents.

 The accidents includes 50 running overs, resulting in 11 deaths and 46 injured people, 29 collisions among vehicles, (with nine deaths), 36 crashes with motorcycles (five deaths), nine crashes with fixed hurdles, 22 off-tracks and three overturns.

In the domain of Civil Protection and Fire Services, it was recorded in this period 29 occurrences that killed five people, being four by drowning in beaches, ditches, river and cesspool in the provinces of Luanda (2), Namibe (2) and other one by electrical discharge in Cuando Cubango.

Baby killed as car ploughs into pedestrians

30th December 2014

Durban – A baby was killed and eight people were injured when a car ploughed into a group of people in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday, paramedics said.

A car and a bakkie collided on the Dukuza road, KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said.“It is alleged that during the collision one of the vehicles subsequently crashed into a group of people who were standing on the side of the road waiting for transport,” he said.“A mother was holding her 25-day-old baby girl when she was struck by one of the vehicles. She was seriously injured and sadly the baby girl did not survive the collision.”

The injured were transported to Emmaus Hospital.

Zimbabwe: Renewal Team Blames Govt for Accidents

THE MDC Renewal Team says the Zanu PF government is responsible for the increase in festive season road accidents deaths.

According to the police, 81 deaths due to road accidents have so far been recorded since the beginning of the festive holiday.

This year’s holiday death toll has risen by eight percent compared to last year’s.

In a statement to the media Monday, the MDC Renewal team said government’s failure to rehabilitate the country’s high ways was the main cause of the rise in accidents.

“The increase in the road accidents is a wake-up call for the government of the day to seriously look into the state of our roads as they have become highways of death. Every single day, Zimbabwe is losing precious lives as innocent travellers perish on our roads,” said the Sekai Holland led party.

“We urge the government to increase the speed in the construction of the dual carriageways on all highways and ensure that all vehicles are fit to be on the roads while drivers have valid licences.”

Government has however made progress in rehabilitating the Harare-Bulawayo road and the Harare-Mutare roads.

Work however still needs to be done on the Harare -Masvingo and Masvingo -Beitbridge roads whose life spans have since lapsed. As a result the two roads have over the years recorded high numbers of accidents.

The party which broke away from the Morgan Tsvangirai MDC also attributed the road accidents to police corruption.

“As reported by the police on Sunday, most of the accidents that occurred over the festive season are a result of human error. We also urge the police to shun corruption and be on high alert to ensure that road users abide by the rules of the roads especially drunken drivers.”

The party said the government should immediately formulate a national road-safety strategy to address the unnecessary road carnage.

 

Zimbabwe: Festive season road accidents, 81 people died

by Staff Reporter 28 December 2014

The figure translates to an 8 percent increase as compared to the 75 who died in 2013.

Despite continued campaigns by all stakeholders to reduce road carnage, statistics indicate that the number of accidents continues to increase with the period between 15 and 27 December claiming 81 people on the country’s roads.

Police statistics indicate that 81 people died in 1 012 road accidents.

During the same period in 2013, 75 were killed in 822 road accidents.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, however, said there has been a significant reduction in the number of people killed after Christmas compared to the same period last year.

“Three people died on the 27th compared to 6 people in 2013, meaning there was a 50 percent reduction in the number of people who died on our roads. 54 people were injured compared to 67 last year, showing a 19 percent reduction in the number of people who got injured.

“We impounded 106 vehicles for defects and being unroadworthy. We issued out 6 978 tickets for various traffic offences,” said Chief Superintendent Nyathi.

According to the statistics, more accidents occur on Christmas Eve while the New Year’s Eve is another day where all road users are expected to be cautious.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 48 Killed, 566 Injured in One Week, Announces National Gendarmerie

Algiers — Forty-eight (48) people were killed and 566 others injured in 330 road accidents that occurred between 16 and 22 December 2014 nationwide, the Command of the National Gendarmerie said Wednesday in a weekly toll.The provinces of M’sila and Biskra top the list in terms of the number of accidents with 19 accidents each, followed by Algiers (17) accidents and Oran and Djelfa (14 accident each), said the same source.

 The main causes of these accidents are the human factor with 83.07%, carelessness of pedestrians with 8.63% and road conditions with 5.43%, the statement concluded.

 

Zambia: 13 DEATHS RECORDED IN 99 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OF 2014 CHRISTMAS PERIOD

28th December 2014

 At least 13 people are reported to have died in the 99 road traffic accidents that have been recorded countrywide during this year’s Christmas period. Another 13 are reported to have been seriously injured while 26 are said to have sustained slight injuries.

In a statement to Qfm News Zambia Police deputy spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has disclosed that the recorded 99 accidents occurred from the 24th of December beginning at 18:00hrs to the 26th of December at 00:60hrs.

Mr. Hamoonga states that out of the 99 Road Traffic Accidents 43 were reported from Lusaka Province while the Copperbelt province was the second highest with 24 accidents recorded and Southern province having recorded 15 accidents.

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He says Central province had 7 accidents with Luapula province recording 3 accidents while Western, Northern, Eastern and North Western provinces had 2 reported accidents each.

The Police Deputy spokesperson states that causes of the accidents that happened during this period were improper overtaking, failing to keep to the near side, over speeding and improper crossing of roads by pedestrians.

And Hamoonga notes that the 2014 Christmas Holiday has recorded a reduction in the number of Road Traffic Accident reported as compared to 2013 where 166 cases were recorded.

He says despite the reduction in the number of accidents in 2014 the country has however recorded an increase in the number of fatalities compared to the eight fatalities that were recorded in 2013 during the same period.

Mr. Hamoonga has appealed to all road users to strictly adhere to traffic rules and regulations during the festive this season and beyond in order to avoid loss of lives.

3 dead as bakkie collides with truck

2014-12-28 

Johannesburg – Three people were killed and three others injured when a bakkie and truck collided on the N12 in Westonaria near Carletonville, paramedics said on Saturday.

A woman in her 30s, a boy, aged 4, and a girl, aged 13, were thrown from the back of the bakkie and died on the scene, said ER24 spokespersonRussel Meiring.

Three people who were injured were treated by paramedics before being transported to Leratong Hospital, he said.

10 hurt in Western Cape accident

2014-12-28 

Johannesburg – Ten people were injured when a van and truck collided on the N1 near Klapmuts, Western Cape, paramedics said on Saturday. Paramedics found both damaged vehicles in the middle of the road, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring. Paramedics treated the injured before transporting them to various hospitals, he said.

Metro services had closed one of the lanes causing heavy delays. The cause of the collision was not known.

Man crushed, killed by bakkie

2014-12-28 

Johannesburg – A man was killed after a bakkie rolled over him on a farm in Kameelfontein, north of Pretoria, paramedics said on Saturday.The man had allegedly stopped to help move the bakkie from the mud when it rolled back and crushed him, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said. Paramedics found the man trapped in the mud underneath the bakkie. The man, believed to be in his 30s, had already succumbed to his injuries.

Zimbabwe: Foreigners Involved As 10 Die in Accidents

28th December 2014

National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said most of the accidents which occurred on Christmas Day involved foreign registered vehicles especially in Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South as people moved from one country to another for the holiday.

“On Christmas Day, as police we recorded 87 road accidents up from 57 recorded on the same day last year and this resulted in 69 people being injured up from 18 witnessed in 2013,” he said adding that “the total number of accidents recorded since December 15 now stands at 916 up from 738 recorded in 2013.”

“The accidents resulted in 10 deaths up from six recorded in 2013.” “Drivers are urged to rest when travelling long distances in order to curb fatigue,” Nyathi said. Cumulatively, Nyathi said, 503 people have been injured during the festive season which starts from December 15 to January 15 against 311 recorded in 2013 for the corresponding period.

The force is blaming poor driving and damaged vehicles and fatigue for the accidents. However, ordinary Zimbabweans have blamed the state of the roads for the increasing road fatalities. Roads such as the Masvingo-Beitbridge have become death traps due to their dilapidated state.

Nyathi said criminals are offering unsuspecting passengers lifts and in turn rob them of their valuables and cash after travelling short distances. With dwindling or no disposable income for most Zimbabwean workers, police said most robbers are targeting travellers to take away their “little cash.” “Travelers are urged to record down registration numbers of purported public service vehicles or taxis before boarding such vehicles. They must take note of occupants, their physical description and other clues which may assist during Police investigations,” Nyathi said. “This is very worrying to us as police, people are being robbed of their little hard earned cash and we are on alert to deal with such situations,” he said.

The police spokesperson said within 24 hours of the Christmas Day, 7045 tickets were issued by police country wide bringing the total number of tickets issued during the festive season to 83 285 with the least ticket pegged at $10.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police is urging all motorists to travel during day time as statistics have shown that most fatal road accidents occurred during the night especially between 1801 to 0001 hours and 0001 to 0600 hours,” he said.

8 killed and 30 injured in Cairo-Ismailia traffic accident

26th December 2014

Eight people were killed and 30 others wounded Friday morning as a bus collided into two other vehicles on the Cairo-Ismailia road. Victims were taken to the Health Insurance Hospital in 10th of Ramadan City.

 Egypt has the world’s highest traffic accidents rate, according to a World Health Organization report in November.  Egypt estimates an average of 13,000 are killed in road accidents every year.

Nearly 100,000 car accidents took place from 2008 to 2012, leaving nearly 33,000 dead and 155,000 injured, according to a government report released in March.

Traffic accidents are usually blamed on impetuous driving and bad road conditions.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

“The Citizen” News shares accidents that have occurred around ZA over Christmas.

 Woman killed in head on collision

A woman was killed when her car collided head-on with a bus near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said on Thursday.

“The 37-year-old woman sustained severe multiple injuries. Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do for her and she was declared dead on the scene. The jaws of life had to be used to remove her body from the vehicle,” said ER24 spokeswoman Chitra Bodasing.

She said four bus passengers were treated for minor injuries and transported to the Edendale Hospital. The bus driver did not sustain injuries.

The accident occurred on the R56 between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday night.


Five killed in Free State crash

Five people including a three-year-old child were killed when their car overturned and rolled near Reddersburg in the Free State on Thursday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann said paramedics arrived at the scene and found that a Isuzu SUV had overturned resulting in four adults losing their lives.

“A three-year-old girl was found to be in a critical condition and a medical helicopter was activated to airlift the critically injured girl to hospital for the urgent medical care that she requires.”

She said the girl later died at the hospital.

“The young three-year-old girl has tragically passed away at the hospital due to the extensive injuries sustained during the accident.”

The cause of the accident was not known.


Family killed in Cape Town crash

An family of five was killed when their car hit a lamp post in Cape Town on Thursday, paramedics said.

“The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a lamp post on the side of the street across from Canal Walk Shopping Centre,” said ER24 spokesman Pieter Rossouw.

He said they were all ejected from the vehicle.

“A male and female in their mid twenties as well as three children between the ages of three months and four years sustained fatal injuries.”

He said cause of the accident was not known.


One dies in minibus accident

One person died and 15 others were injured after a minibus taxi overturned on the N1 in Kameeldrift, Pretoria, paramedics said on Thursday.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the vehicle had overturned several times at least five kilometers from the Pumulani Toll Plaza , said Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann.

“Upon assessment they found that one person tragically lost a life, six people were found to be in a critical condition and nine people were found to have sustained serious injuries.”

The injured were treated on scene and transported to hospital for further medical care.

Traffic was affected as a result of the accident.


Two die in minibus accident

Two people died and 18 others were injured when a minibus taxi overturned on the N1 in Hammanskraal on Thursday, paramedics said.

“The collision allegedly occured when the two front tyres of the taxi burst. The driver allegedly lost control of the taxi and it flipped into the oncoming traffic lane,” said ER24 spokesman Pieter Rossouw.

A man was ejected from the taxi and died as a result of serious injuries. A female was declared dead on arrival at hospital. The injured were transported to various hospitals for treatment.

Rossouw said the taxi was travelling towards Polokwane.

Kenya: Five family members die in Migori accident while Bungoma Christmas crash kill three.

26th December 2014

A file photo of an accident Photo/Monicah MwangiThe vehicle in which the deceased were travelling in plunged into a water-filled quarry and submerged with them inside at Midoti village in the outskirts of Migori town, a few meters from their home.

The victims who included two women and three children were later pulled out of the pond unconscious but were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Ombo Mission Hospital where rescuers had rushed them for resuscitation.

The deceased were members of a re-known businessman Patrick Odipo and were on their way home from Nairobi to celebrate Christmas Holyday with other relatives when the bizarre accident struck at around 9 pm last night.

According to one of the Odipo family member, the dead who were in their Harria Saloon car were being led by another car driven by a family member Jared Odipo when the ill-fated car veered off the road before it nose-dived into the water-filled dam by the road side.

“Immediately after the accident, neighbors who had been attracted by the loud bhang as a result of the impact rushed to the scene and fished out the five unconscious but all the victims were pronounced dead at the Ombo Mission Hospital, where they were rushed for treatment,” said a disgusted Jared Odipo during an interview with the press at the scene this morning.

Joseph Nyambori who was among the rescue team said that the quarry was very deep and they could not manage to rescue them as fast as possible.

Confirming the incident, Suna Central Senior Chief, Mr. Stephen Ouma ,said that the five causalities were rushed to Ombo Hospital but they were pronounced dead on arrival. The ill-fated Toyota Harrier KBY 121T was, however, pulled out of the dam by the villages this morning as the bodies of the deceased were removed to the hospital’s mortuary for preservation.

The five died hours after three other people were killed in Bungoma on Christmas day. One person died on the spot, two others succumed to injuries according to Kenya Red Cross. The Bungoma County commissioner Maalim Mohammed has directed police in the region to arrest all drunk drivers and impound their vehicles.

“We will not allow drunkards to cause the death of innocent people, we will arrest them and charge them accordingly”, said Maalim.

Members of the public at a scene of a past accident. A boda boda operator was killed on the spot while three others were seriously injured after an accident involving a saloon car, motorcycle and a bicycle along the Bungoma – Mumias road on Thursday. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUPThe commissioner confirmed that one person died on the spot after a saloon car hit a boda boda cyclist head on injuring four other people who were walking along the Mumias-Bungoma road.

A boda boda operator was killed on the spot while three others were seriously injured after an accident involving a saloon car, motorcycle and a bicycle along the Bungoma – Mumias road on Thursday.

The saloon car is said to have hit the boda boda operator head on killing him on the spot and injuring his two customers. County Commissioner, Mohammed Maalim, said one person was critically injured and is currently receiving treatment at the Bugoma County Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

The body of the deceased was taken to the hospital’s mortuary.

The driver of the car is in custody and is helping police with investigations.

Mr Maalim said drivers need to be careful on the roads during this festive season and warned that drunk drivers would face prosecution.

The injured were rushed to Bungoma Referral hospital.

 Christmas Day accident on Tema Motorway; 5 feared dead

By Myjoyonline.com

Five persons are feared dead in an accident that occurred on the Tema-Motorway on Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day.

According to reports, the accident, which involved a red Hyundai mini bus, occurred at the Adjei-Kojo section of the road. The vehicle is believed to have been travelling to Aflao in the Volta Region.

An eye witness said the tyre of the Hyundai vehicle burst which eventually led to the accident. The car was reported to have turned and landed on its side by the road side. Some survivors of the accident, according to reports are currently receiving treatment at the Tema General Hospital.

KZN Umhlanga crash leaves three injured

Netcare 911 paramedics and other services arrived at the scene and found that two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision.

Upon assessment of the occupants they found that one person sustained serious injuries and two people sustained moderate injuries.

All the patients were treated on scene and transported to hospital for further medical care.

Traffic was affected as a result of the accident.

5 die after car overturns in Free State

25th December 2014

Bloemfontein – Five people including a three-year-old child were killed when their car overturned and rolled near Reddersburg in the Free State on Thursday, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said paramedics arrived at the scene and found that an Isuzu SUV had overturned resulting in four adults losing their lives.

“A 3-year-old girl was found to be in a critical condition and a medical helicopter was activated to airlift the critically injured girl to hospital for the urgent medical care that she requires.”

She said the girl later died at the hospital. “The young 3-year-old girl has tragically passed away at the hospital due to the extensive injuries sustained during the accident.”

The cause of the accident was not known.

Zimbabwe: 47 people die in road accidents

25th December 2014

Human error continues to claim lives on the country’s roads as more than 34 accidents have been caused by speeding, use of defective vehicles and overtaking.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said curbing accidents requires the participation of every road user.

Masvingo province has recorded the highest number of accidents with 14 people killed so far followed by Matabeleland South province which has claimed 8 lives while Midlands province recorded 5 deaths.

Four people died in Harare while three others died in Bulawayo in road accidents.

Mashonaland Central province has the least number with one person killed.

The police have increased their operations which have seen more than 1 600 vehicles being impounded for various offences.

 

Tanzania: Police Push to Curb Road Accidents

TANZANIA Chief Traffic Police Commander Mohamed Mpinga.

IN a bid to curb accidents and promote safety on the country’s roads, the Traffic Police Department has been taking legal action against drivers of long distance buses violating regulations.

It has also been revealed that most drivers tend to violate road regulations especially towards the end of the year where the demand for transport will be high.

The Traffic Police Commander, SACP Mohamed Mpinga, said in Dar es Salaam, that there is a tendency by bus agents to haphazardly increase bus fare without permission from the Surface and Marine Transportation Authority (SUMATRA).

He said that it is illegal to overcharge passengers, thus they have been arresting those who have been doing so.

“It has become common nowadays for buses to hike bus fare without justifiable reasons, particularly towards the festive season, the department, in conjunction with SUMATRA, has been taking legal steps to handle the situation,” he said.

He pointed out other reckless behaviour by drivers as drunken driving, speeding, overtaking without caution. According to him, they arrested seven people involved in swindling passengers at Ubungo Bus Terminal and have taken them to court for legal action.

“We want this to be a lesson to others with the same intentions, as it is unfair to double the fare,” he said. Mr Mpinga also urged passengers to book for their tickets through authorised and genuine offices to avoid being swindled of their hard earned money.

Meanwhile, the Tanzania Association of Defending Passengers’ Rights (TADPR) has urged agents of buses plying the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro route to write names of their passengers on tickets like what other buses do.

The Director of the TADPR Eastern Zone, Mr Thomas Haule, said that names of passengers should be written as reference which could facilitate the passenger get help once he or she encounters problems while travelling.

“They do not write names of their passengers on the tickets. This is dangerous because anything can happen while travelling,” he said, declaring that they will continue helping those who are not aware of their rights.

Road accidents: 43 people killed, 1,180 injured in one week

24th December 2014

ALGIERS- Forty three people were killed and 1,180 injured in 1,052 road accidents occurred during the period from December 14 to 20 nationwide, said Tuesday the General Directorate of Civil Protection.

The heaviest toll was recorded in Ghardaia, where 12 people died and 33 others were injured in 13 road accidents, said the same source in a statement.

Furthermore, the civil protection services have intervened to contain 445 urban, industrial and various fires, the statement added.

Concern over road accidents

by Staff Reporter

23 December 2014

POLICE on Monday expressed concern over the rise in the number of road accidents and deaths this festive season saying 31 people had already been killed in 515 accidents recorded since last week.

National police spokesperson Chief Superintended Paul Nyathi said 470 accidents and 31 deaths were recorded over the same period last year.

The number of people injured were said to be 262 as compared to 138 in December last year.

Nyathi said a total of 1 239 vehicles had been impounded for various reasons, while 52 150 tickets were issued for differing traffic offences.

“The traffic accidents were caused by speeding, overtaking errors, inattentive drivers, as well as misjudgment and failure to give way on the part of drivers,” he said.

Multiple accidents in KZN kills 4, 62 injured

23rd December 2014

Johannesburg – Four people died and 62 were injured in KwaZulu-Natal in various accidents overnight, the health department said on Tuesday.”Paramedics from KZN emergency medical services responded to multiple accidents across the province last night, which followed on from an already busy day yesterday [Monday],” EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said.

On Monday night a bus left the road and overturned in the Makhowe area in Hluhluwe, Umkhanyakude district.

The bus came to rest on its roof down a small embankment. Paramedics arrived and found one person had died and 48 other people were injured.

In a separate accident, two people died and three people were injured on the R34 just after midnight.

Mckenzie said a bakkie which was towing another bakkie collided with a truck.

“Sadly two occupants in this vehicle were fatally injured, and a third occupant survived with serious injuries. The other bakkie reportedly overturned and the driver sustained minor injuries,” he said.

The driver of the truck was seriously injured and the jaws-of-life were used to free him from the truck.

“There were at least three serious collisions in the Ugu district, [in the] south of the province, where one person was killed and at least at least 11 people were injured.”

He said the fatal accident happened on the N2 near Paddock. A single vehicle accident resulted in one fatality and three people were injured.

The cause of the collisions would be investigated, he said.

“Emergency services are still on high alert with traffic volumes expected to increase from today [Tuesday],” said Mckenzie.

He urged motorists to drive carefully.

Kenya: One Dead, Three Injured in Kisumu-Busia Road Accident

ONE person died and three others sustained serious injuries following an accident involving two saloon cars and a truck that occurred on Monday in Lwanda along Kisumu-Busia road.

One car was towing the other towards Kisumu when the truck transporting goods to Busia rammed them killing one of the occupants instantly.

John Barasa, a witness said the vehicle being towed hit the one transporting it in the rear, causing confusion that led to the accident with the truck.

Maseno Traffic Base Commander Hanninghton Mwazonga said the vehicle that was being towed to Kisumu had earlier been involved in a road accident at Ugunja in Siaya County.

He said the deceased died on the spot while those injured in the accident are admitted at Maseno District Hospital.

Mwazonga said the vehicles were taken to Maseno Police Station.

Namibia: Fatal Accident Near Usakos

A 29-YEAR old man died on Sunday after he crashed his vehicle into an oncoming truck at Usakos.

According to Erongo’s Acting Regional Crime Investigating Coordinator, Inspector Moses !Uwu-//Khaeb, the victim, Jonas Paulus, and two other passengers hit a pavement with their Ford Bantam bakkie when they turned into the B2 highway from the Hakhaseb township on their way to Usakos’ town precinct.

Upon hitting the pavement, the victim lost control of his vehicle and slammed it head-on into an oncoming truck on its way to Karibib.

The truck driver and two passengers of the Ford bakkie sustained no or slight injuries.

 On Monday morning a suspected thief landed in the Swakopmund State Hospital after he fell from a vehicle he was intending to steal from and broke his arm.

!Uwu-//Khaeb said that the incident took place at a guesthouse in Swakopmund. Four suspects were planning to take things from a bakkie. The owner of the vehicle came out and found one of the suspects on the back of the bakkie and the other three standing by. When they saw the owner they fled, but the one on the back of the bakkie, upon jumping off the vehicle, landed wrong and broke his arm. He was arrested and taken to the hospital by the police while the other three suspects got away.

More accidents were reported at the coast but none fatal besides this one.

“It was a fairly quiet weekend otherwise,” he told The Namibian.

 4 die in Soweto crash

22nd December 2014

 Johannesburg – Four men were found dead inside a car in what appears to have been an accident in Snake Park in Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng police said on Monday.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said the four were found trapped inside a car on Sunday.“It appears the car hit rocks before it crashed into a tree,” he said.

“They were declared dead at the scene. It is not clear what caused the car to hit a tree; we have opened a culpable homicide case.” He said post-mortems would be conducted to determine the cause of death.

20th December 2014

“There were multiple other collisions around the province and collisions that resulted in another four fatalities, occurred in Phoenix, Pietermaritzburg. McKenzie said that cause of the collisions was being investigated.

Midrand minibus crash leaves multiple injured

Netcare 911 paramedics and other services arrived at the scene and found that some of the occupants of the minibus were entrapped in the vehicle.

IMG-20141219-WA0003Netcare 911’s rescue unit and the Midrand fire department had to make use of the Jaws of Life to extricate the entrapped people from the vehicle.

All the occupants were treated on scene and transported to various hospitals for further medical care.

Exact detail surrounding the cause of the accident and preceding events will remain the subject of a police investigation.

Namibia. Minister Charles Namoloh says “I am hopeless” over accident

18th December 2014 by Hileni Nembwaya

 THE Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh (64), who ran over a three-year-old child in the North yesterday, said the girl appeared from nowhere and that the road was covered with dust.

The accident happened along the Oshikango-Edundja road near Onamhinda village in Ohangwena region on Tuesday at about 10h00.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Slogan Matheus confirmed the incident, saying a case of culpable homicide was opened by the Ohangwena police against Namoloh. The housing minister, who doubles as the headman of Odibo village, has not been arrested.

The girl, who has been identified as Meriam Lipitwa Nambuli from Onamhinda village, died on the spot. Namoloh was alone in the vehicle. He was not injured and his Land Cruiser only showed minor damages.

The minister said he was shocked and disappointed with what happened to him and the Nambuli family. “I am hopeless. I have nothing to do. I am so shocked. It is really bad for something like that to happen to a small child. It is unfortunate. I feel sorry for the family and I promise, I will help out the family where I can,” he said.

Namoloh explained that he was driving to Helao Nafidi to meet President Hifikepunye Pohamba. According to him, there were many cars on the road, making it impossible for him to see the child, who ran in front of his car.

“I could hardly see clearly in front of me. The child was running to cross the road on her own without seeing whether there was an oncoming car. I stopped immediately after I realised that I had bumped the child.

“I told the family that I am going for a meeting and promised to come back after the meeting, which is what I did. They agreed to let me go and come back,” he said, dismissing reports that he had driven off after the accident.

Three killed in KZN collision

17th December 2014. Accident stock image courtesy stock.xchng

Three people were killed when the car they were travelling burst into flames after hitting a truck on the N2 near Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, paramedics said.

 The three succumbed to their injuries after being trapped in the vehicle, Netcare911 spokesman Chris Botha said.

They were declared dead on the scene near the Shell garage before Richards Bay around 12.30am. The truck had also burst into flames. The truck driver managed to escape uninjured, Botha said.

Woman Jumps From Lagos Bus, Dies Weeks To Her Wedding

17th December 2014

A 27-year-old woman, Lucy Gbagyo, who jumped from a moving commercial bus in the Shogunle area of Lagos State, has died.Shogunle area, Gbagyo

According to report, Lucy was on her way to see her fiance, Philip Nguhwa, on Sunday evening for preparations for their wedding coming up on February 27, 2015.

The bus driver was said to have passed her bus stop and she began to shout for him to stop but he ignored her and sped on. When she realized her shouts were in vain, she reportedly forced the door open and jumped out. The driver stopped the vehicle immediately and she was carried back into the bus and rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.

Unfortunately, she died on the way and was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital.

All six, travelling in a Nissan and a Peugot, died on the scene, Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann said.

The cause of the accident was not known yet.

ZAMBIA MIDFIELDER KALALE PARALYZED

Zambia midfielder Kalale paralyzed

Tuesday Dec 16, 2014

 It has emerged that promising Zambia midfielder Changwe Kalale suffered a spinal injury in Sunday’s car accident on his way to join Chipolopolo’s pre-2015 Africa Cup training in Lusaka that began on December 15.

The Zambia Under 17 player was one of three Zambia call-ups injured in the accident together with defender Nyambe Mulenga and goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa who also sustain serious injuries.

“Changwe Kalale sustained a spinal injury that has left him paralyzed from the waist going downwards,” Zesco United spokesperson Katebe Chengo said. “He also sustained a right broken thigh and broken leg. His condition has been described as stable and is admitted to the University teaching Hospital (In Lusaka).”

Kalale was expected to be one of Zambia’s top prospects at the 2015 CAF U17 Cup in Niger in February when the Junior Chipolopolo will make its tournament debut. He has one senior cap from Zambia’s friendly against Cote d’Ivoire that ended 1-1 in Lusaka on October 25.

2015 AFCON: Blow for Zambia as three accident players ruled out of tournament

Three Zambia players who were involved in a fatal car crash over the weekend have been ruled the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which is a blow to the chance of the Chipolopolo.Defender Nyambe Mulenga says he is staying positive despite facing the reality of missing the AFCON finals through injury that will see him out of action for three months.Green Eagles goalkeeper Satchmo Chakawa underwent an operation yesterday at Kabwe General Hospital and is still under observation while Changwe Kalale was expected to be evacuated to Lusaka last evening but all have been ruled out.Mulenga with Chakawa and Kalale were involved in a traffic road accident on Sunday when a Toyota Prado collided with a Zesco United executive bus they were in near Green Restaurant in Kabwe on the Great North Road. The Zesco bus, which had nine people on board, was taking the three players to Lusaka to join the local Chipolopolo squad to kick-start the AFCON preparations.Mulenga fractured his right leg and will be out of action for 12 weeks, Chakawa suffered a ruptured spleen and bladder while Kalale has a fracture on his left leg, a broken arm and deep cut on the right of his head. Speaking in an interview from Lusaka Trust Hospital, Mulenga said he was still hoping to travel to Equatorial Guinea to give the team some moral support.“What has happened is beyond me, I just have to accept that I won’t play in the AFCON but I just want to be there just to watch the team play and give them the moral support. This is not the end of my career, it is just a fracture I will be able to play again,” he said.Central Province medical officer, Rosemary Mwanza said Kalale and Chakawa with Zesco United officials Frank Chitambala, Lomuthunzi Mbeba and Peter Mutale were still under observation at Kabwe General Hospital. A source at the hospital said Chakawa had an operation and could not be moved to allow him gain some strength but is likely to be evacuated to Lusaka soon as he recovers.Chipolopolo coach Honour Janza said the team was saddened with the players’ accident and that it came at a time when the squad was about to start the 2015 AFCON preparations. “The accident was unfortunate, but as a team we have no option but to soldier ahead with pain and deliver the results. The mood in camp is low as the players have been affected with what happened to their colleagues.Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema, who is also Information Minister, urged motorists to be extra cautious on the roads to avoid accidents.

 

Western Cape road deaths down

16th December 2014

Johannesburg – There was a slight decrease in the number of road fatalities in the Western Cape during the first 14 days of December, compared to 2013, the province’s transport MEC said on Monday.

“Comparative road deaths are down 14% from 57 in 2013 to 49 deaths so far this December, which is indicative of improved behaviour and attitudes towards road safety,” Donald Grant said. He said pedestrian deaths remained “unacceptably high”.”Most concerning thus far is that 69% (34 deaths of the total 49 deaths in the first 14 days of December 2014) of those deaths have been pedestrians.”  He said there was a 26% increase in pedestrian deaths, from 27 in 2013 to 34 this year. Throughout the year pedestrian deaths had been notably higher than any other class of fatality.

“Road death statistics have shown that poorer communities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian deaths, with black males, aged 20-34, being the highest risk demographic,” he said. The N1 from Brackenfell to Joostenberg Vlakte, N2 from Cape Town International Airport to Spine Road, the N7 adjacent to Du Noon, Vanguard Drive from Masemola Road to the R300, and the R300 from Vanguard Drive to the N2, were hotspots for pedestrian accidents.

Alcohol was found in 58% of pedestrian fatalities where blood was tested, and in 90% of male pedestrians killed at night. Grant urged motorists to be mindful on the roads during the heavier festive season traffic. Over the weekend 43 drunk drivers were arrested at roadblocks, with the highest breath alcohol reading recorded in Somerset West at 1.61mg/1 000ml, six times the legal limit of 0.24mg/1 000ml.

Police crash kills 1 in Jozi

16th December 2014

Pathisa Nyathi in fatal car accident, gets help after 4 hours

16th December 2014

Tha Lunga, an employee at Amagugu International Heritage Centre owned by Nyathi, died later at Nathisa Clinic while the cultural fundi cheated death by a whisker in the accident that occurred on Thursday at around 1PM.

Nyathi, who was travelling from Amagugu International Heritage Centre, said he lost control of the motor vehicle after it skidded on a muddy road and hit a mopani tree. “We were going to a plot near Kezi. There was a car which was coming from the opposite direction. In a bid to avoid it, I moved off the tarred road because the road is narrow. When I tried to return to the tarred road, I lost control of the car ,” said Nyathi.

He said help came four hours later as they got reports from Nathisa Clinic that the ambulance had attended to another accident. “We had to wait from 1PM till 5PM for an ambulance from Bulawayo which rushed us to Nathisa Clinic in Kezi where Lunga eventually died from excessive bleeding. The clinic had limited resources otherwise Lunga could have been saved,” said Nyathi.

Nyathi was later transferred to Mater Dei Hospital where he is receiving treatment. He said the doctor who attended to him referred him to Harare Avenues Clinic where he would get further treatment from specialists.

 

Mnangagwa, Mphoko accidents stage-managed?

16th December 2014

THE two recent road accidents involving Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko have raised a stink with political analysts yesterday saying the incidents appeared stage-managed to court public sympathy and portray the two politicians as victims of Zanu-PF internal fights.

Mphoko escaped unhurt on Saturday after he was involved in an accident while using his official vehicle a day after being sworn in, two months after Mnangagwa also survived a similar car crash while driving alone in Harare at night.

According to the police, a truck carrying wedding material suddenly stopped in front of Mphoko’s motorcade on Saturday, resulting in the accident.

In October, a staff bus belonging to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals reportedly abruptly turned and smashed into Mnangagwa’s official Mercedes-Benz. At the time, Mnangagwa and dismissed Vice-President Joice Mujuru were reportedly jostling to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Prior to his appointment last Friday, Mphoko was also involved in vicious fights with several ex-Zapu cadres, among them Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi and former party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo who were all eyeing the Vice-Presidency.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday said no suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident.

Zambia trio injured in fatal car crash

Zambia trio injured in fatal car crash

Three Zambia players have been injured in a fatal car crash on their way to a pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp.

The 2012 AFCON champions were due to hold a camp for 24 locally based players this week, ahead of a pre-tournament friendly against South Africa early in January.

A statement on the Football Association of Zambia’s (FAZ) official website reported that four lives had been lost in the incident after a bus carrying the players crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

The FAZ confirmed that Nyambe Mulenga – a member of the successful 2012 squad – suffered a broken leg in the incident, seemingly putting an end to his chances of featuring in the tournament, which is to be hosted in Equatorial Guinea from next month.

A statement read: “Nyambe Mulenga (Zesco United), Changwe Kalale (Power Dynamos) and Satchmo Chakawa (Green Eagles) were travelling to Lusaka aboard a Zesco United Football Club minibus when the accident happened near Green Restaurant in Kabwe.

“The Zesco United vehicle is said to have collided with a Mitsubishi Pajero that had lost control. Sources at the accident scene reported that the driver of the Zesco United bus died on the scene as did three others on the other vehicle.

“Nyambe Muelnga is reported to have escaped with a broken leg while there is no news on the other two players and a Zesco United official who were all taken to Kabwe General Hospital.”

 

VP Mphoko in car accident

By Kuda Bwititi 14 December 2014

The accident occurred after the driver of a T35 truck carrying wedding materials stopped abruptly in front of VP Mphoko’s motorcade. A passenger in the truck was the only one hurt, sustaining injuries whose extent could not be immediately established.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba last night said the VP was quickly whisked away from the accident scene.

“I can confirm that Vice-President Mphoko was today (yesterday) involved in an accident along Enterprise Road, in the area close to the Forestry Commission. He escaped unhurt but his vehicle was damaged.

“A T35 truck which was carrying wedding material made a sudden stop on the road. Two vehicles, which were part of the Vice-President’s convoy and which were travelling in front of the Vice-President’s vehicle, successfully managed to swerve to the other side to avoid the T35. “However, the Vice-President’s driver was unable to avoid the truck and rammed into the back of the T35, resulting in both vehicles being damaged. The Vice-President left the scene of the accident unharmed. Only one passenger who was in the T35 truck sustained injuries.”

VP Mphoko was sworn in by President Mugabe in Harare on Friday, alongside VP Emmerson Mnanganwa and seven new ministers and one deputy minister.

The accident brings into question the safety of VIPs. In October, VP Mnangagwa, who was solely Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister at the time, escaped death by a whisker after the Mercedes-Benz he was driving was involved in an accident with a vehicle owned by Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.

ONE killed, 13 injured as traffic cops chase after unlicensed driver

13th December 2014

A BULAWAYO woman died on the spot while 13 other people including two juveniles were injured when a Toyota Granvia driven by an unlicensed driver burst a tyre and rolled several times during a police chase along Bulawayo-Plumtree High way.

Survivors said the driver, Reason Moyo, was speeding while fleeing police and Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) roadblocks.

A police source confirmed the incident which occurred near Marula Business Centre along the Bulawayo-Plumtree Highway around 6PM on Thursday.

Ellen Ndlovu, 41, of Cowdray Park suburb, sustained severe head and body injuries which resulted in her death.

Moyo was among the injured.

His passengers said Moyo first fled from VID officers and later from a police roadblock and from then on maintained a high speed which they tried in vain to warn him about.

They said Moyo kept saying the police and VID officials were pursuing him.

 

15 hurt in 3-vehicle Joburg crash

13th December 2014

Johannesburg – Fifteen people were injured when two minibus taxis and a vehicle collided on the N1 south near the Maraisburg offramp, west of Johannesburg, on Saturday, paramedics said.

All 15 occupants sustained minor to moderate injuries, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said. They were treated on the scene around 17:30 before being taken to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Johannesburg metro police had closed off two lanes on the highway. “One of the taxis sat in the fast lane while the other sat in the middle of the road. The light motor vehicle lay on its roof in the emergency lane,” Meiring said.

The cause of the collision was unclear.

 

KAJWANG BROTHERS ESCAPE UNHURT IN NAROK ROAD ACCIDENT

13 Dec 2014

Kajwang brothers escape unhurt in Narok road accidentThe car in which Moses Kajwang and his brothers were travelling in to Homa Bay. (Photo:Courtesy/Kennedy Roberts)

Narok, Kenya: Three brothers to the late Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang were Saturday morning involved in a road accident in Narok County.

The three, Homa Bay senatorial seat aspirant Moses Kajwang, Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang and their elder brother Joe Okoto escaped unhurt when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled four times.

Moses Kajwang who spoke to The Standard said that they were heading to Homa Bay to meet delegates ahead of Monday nominations.

“We unfortunately had an accident in Narok after our car rolled four times,” said Kajwang, adding that they were not visibly hurt but had to go for check-up.

The aspirant together with those who occupied the vehicle went for check-up at Tenwek hospital in Bomet County.

Kenya: Three Die in Narok-Nairobi Highway Accident

Three people died and three others were injured in an accident at Duka Moja trading centre along Narok-Nairobi highway on Thursday.

Witnesses said a pick-up ferrying meat from Narok to Nairobi collided with a saloon car heading in the opposite direction (Narok-Maai Mahiu Highway at Miti Mbili near Duka Moja ), about 45 km from Narok town.

 Those injured were taken to Narok District Hospital and AIC Kijabe Hospital, and those who died to the Narok hospital’s mortuary.

Eyewitnesses led by Amos Nadukila and Samuel Suntaiya say that they heard a loud bang and on reaching the site found the two vehicles and started to rescue the survivors. The say vehicles ferrying meat are often driven at high speed. They urged the government to ensure speed governors are fitted in all vehicles to avoid reckless accidents that cost the lives of innocent Kenyans.

The vehicles were towed to Olasiti police post.

Angola: Four Killed in Viana Car Accident

 Luanda — Four people were killed and another four injured in a car accident on Wednesday on Luanda’s Viana national road 230, involving a container truck and two commuter vans.

The information was released to the press by the commander of the Luanda road traffic police, Rock Silva.

The officer said the accident occurred when the truck’s driver sought to climb a more firm pavement that ended up pushing up the container that fell on the two commuter vehicles.

The source blamed the accident on the bad condition of the road and other factors.

Those injured were rescued and rushed to a Luanda hospital

Six killed in Ladybrand crash

Johannesburg – Six people were killed when a truck crashed through a road construction site on the R26 outside Ladybrand in the Free State, paramedics said on Thursday.”Paramedics from ER24 and local emergency services arrived on the scene and found the construction workers scattered across the scene. The large truck was found on the side of the road with its load of bricks also scattered across the scene,” ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said in a statement.Five men, believed to be between the ages of 20 and 30, were found with fatal injuries. They were declared dead on the scene. It was believed some of the workers were dragged for several metres by the truck before it veered to the side of the road.”Two people were found with various injuries. One of them was in a critical condition and rushed off to a nearby hospital by the local emergency services. Sadly the man succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival at hospital,” said Vermaak.The other man was said to be in a serious, but stable condition in hospital.According to bystanders on the scene, the truck ploughed through road signs into the construction area. A second truck managed to stop before also crashing into the scene.

7 die in road accidents

11th December 2014. by Walter Mswazie

SEVEN people died, six of them on the spot in two separate road accidents that occurred in Masvingo on Saturday and Tuesday, police have confirmed.

Acting Masvingo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said two haulage trucks were involved in a head-on collision on Tuesday and both drivers died on the spot.

He said one haulage truck was being driven by a 46-year-old man and the other one by a man who is yet to be identified as he was crushed beyond recognition.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) at around 4.40AM a man was driving a haulage truck with foreign registration towards Beitbridge. Upon reaching the 143km peg along the same road, he encroached into the lane of another truck with South African registration heading in the opposite direction towards Masvingo resulting in a head-on collision,” said the police spokesperson.

“The two drivers died on the spot. The driver driving a South Africa registered truck was crushed beyond recognition.” Their bodies were taken to Neshuro Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

Asst Insp Dhewa said in another accident, four people died on the spot and another one died on admission to Silveira Mission Hospital when a Toyota Noah they were travelling in hit a pre-cast wall in Bikita on Saturday.

The vehicle which was being driven by Comfort Tanaka, 20, of Mupakwa Village under Chief Mukanganwi in Bikita was travelling from Nyika to Zaka and had seven people, including the driver, on board when tragedy struck.

“Upon reaching the 16km peg along Nyika–Zaka Road the vehicle burst its left rear tyre leading to Tanaka losing control of the vehicle. It overturned several times and rammed into a borehole durawall killing four passengers on the spot and seriously injuring three. The injured were rushed to Silveira Mission Hospital where one died upon admission,” said Asst Insp Dhewa

Two other injured people, including the Toyota Noah driver were said to be in a critical condition.

Asst Insp Dhewa identified the deceased as Samson Shayamano, 62, of Manzunzu village under Chief Marozva in Bikita, Emmanuel Gora, 58, Mavis Gora, 64, all of Pikai Village under Chief Ndanga in Zaka and one Taurai, whose detailed particulars are unknown.

A female adult is also yet to be identified.

 

 

Algeria: Road Accidents – 45 Dead, 912 Injured in One Week, Says Civil Protection

Elements of Civil Protection conducted 1543 interventions in 853 traffic accidents in which the 45 dead and 912 casualties  were treated and evacuated to hospitals. The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Ain Defla with 5 dead and 10 injured.

Algeria has a population of 39 million people and an estimated vehicle ownership of 119 veh/1000 population. France has 582 veh/1000 population and the UK 516 veh/1000 population. It has been observed that the fatality rate tends to decline after the vehicle population exceeds 250 to 300/1000 population (R. Smeed).

Zimbabwe: Kombi tragedy, 9 seriously injured

9th December 2014

NINE people were seriously injured when a kombi they were travelling in veered off the road after being hit by a Toyota Ipsum on its left side along Old Esigodini Road adjacent to Ilanda suburb on Sunday.

The accident happened at around 6pm, with the injured passengers immediately being ferried to nearby United Bulawayo Hospitals.

The kombi was ferrying people from the city centre to Manningdale when the Toyota Ipsum that was exiting the Infectious Disease Hospital at United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) reportedly failed to give way.

The driver of the kombi fled the scene after realising that his passengers were badly hurt, an issue that made most eyewitnesses suspect that he was either under the influence of alcohol or unlicensed.

Efforts to get a comment from the police were fruitless as the Bulawayo spokesperson referred questions to Harare, while his counterparts in Harare referred questions back to Bulawayo.

Eye witnesses and a passenger told the Southern Eye that the kombi driver was speeding and the Ipsum driver failed to give way to the traffic coming from his right, leading to the accident.

“The Ipsum driver is lucky not to be hurt because he was wearing his seatbelt, he was wrong in not giving way and so was the kombi driver in speeding,” a local vendor known as MaNcube said.

“We hope no one dies from injuries sustained from this accident.”

 3 die in taxi, car crash

 Johannesburg – Three people were killed when a minibus taxi and a car collided head-on on the M4 in Westbrook, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, paramedics said.

After the collision the minibus overturned, flinging its occupants out, and came to rest on its roof, Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said in a statement.

Fifteen people were injured, 13 of them seriously.

Outrage as Premier League star who pleaded guilty over fake driving licence fraud poses with a bottle of CHAMPAGNE while driving his 4×4 and not looking where he was going 

  • Cheick Tiote, 28, has apologised after the video emerged on Facebook
  • Fans and anti-drink driving campaigners have blasted the footballer
  • His club said he will not be dropped and he played a full match today 

Cheick Tiote, 28, who earns £45,000 a week playing for Newcastle United, took his eyes off the road for several seconds and grinned at the camera instead of looking where he was going.

The footballer, who pleaded guilty to using a fake Belgian driving licence to obtain a UK licence last year, then hands the bottle to a friend in the back seat and urges him to take a swig.

Newcastle have reprimanded Cheick Tiote after he was caught clutching open champagne while driving

He apologised after pictures emerged of his indiscretions in The Sun on Friday night.

‘I deeply regret my actions and am sorry for any offence caused. I realise as a professional footballer I should set a good example with my behaviour on and off the pitch,’ he said.

The video is believed to have been taken by friends in his native Ivory Coast.

‘Clearly his actions were not appropriate. The club have spoken privately with Cheick today and reminded him of his significant responsibilities as a representative of Newcastle United and a role model.’

The player, whose Muslim beliefs forbid alcohol, does not drink from the bottle in the video.Tiote (right) has apologised for his actions – which were believed to have been filmed in his native Ivory Coast.

But he is heard telling a friend in their native French: ‘Take a glass of champagne. It’s the best, rosé.’  He then adds: ‘Not for me, not champagne.’ The footballer will not be dropped for the misdemeanor and played a full match against Chelsea today.

But fans and driving campaigners have blasted the player saying he is setting a bad example to youngsters. Anti-drink driving campaigner Carole Whittingham, 72, whose son Stephen, 27, was killed by an 18-year-old drunk driver, said: ‘I’m shocked and appalled.

‘Tioté is supposed to set a good example to young people who are going to football matches and want to be like their heroes.’ If caught doing the same in the UK he could be charged with failing to have proper control of a vehicle and face a driving ban.

This is not the first time Tioté has courted controversy, as he pleaded guilty to paying £12,800 for a forged Belgian driving licence and trying to swap it for a UK one. He was given a suspended sentence and ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work. He was also given a £600 fine and six points for no licence. Two months later he was banned from the road for six months after it emerged he already had six points before the October sentencing.

 

Two killed in KZN crash and 17 injured

6th December 2014

Johannesburg – Two people were killed and 17 others were injured on Friday when the two vehicles they were travelling in collided head-on on the N3 near Cato Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

“The minibus was travelling towards Pietermaritzburg, when it left the roadway, crossed the centre median and collided head-on with a vehicle travelling towards Durban,” Netcare 911 Santi Steinmann said.

A man and woman who were travelling in the vehicle succumbed to their injuries and were declared dead on the scene.

“Two children travelling in the same vehicle sustained injuries and were transported to hospital for further medical care, after receiving treatment on scene,” she said. Fifteen occupants of the minibus sustained moderate to critical injuries. They were transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

The cause of the accident was unclear.

1 seriously injured in accident at Modelkloof

6th December 2014

EMRS transported the critically injured driver to hospital

 A driver lost control of his vehicle this morning and veered off the road.  Sharaj Ambulance Services and EMRS stabilised the critically injured driver, and EMRS transported the driver to hospital. Public Safety officers were also on scene to make sure the roads were safe  while the scene was being cleared.

Nigeria: Tragedy At Kaduna APC Governorship Primary As Dangote Trucks Kills One

At least one person died Thursday after a Dangote cement truck veered off the road, and ran into an area close to the venue of the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship primary election in Kaduna State.

The APC election took place at the Kaduna State Trade Fair Complex, along Kaduna-Zaria road.

Witnesses said the truck wandered off the road after its driver lost control, slamming into an area where cars were parked and people leaving the venue of the elections were milling about.

“The driver lost control and hit all vehicles and persons standing by the road side, I can confirm to you that the guy driving a small car in front of the truck has died,” said a witness, Mallam Kabiru.

 He said the driver of the truck had fled the scene.

Those injured in the accident were taken to the hospital for treatment, he said, while onlookers are remained at the scene as they await emergency workers to remove the body of the motorist who died.

Another witness told PREMIUM TIMES the toll could be higher as many people may have been hit by the truck.

Botswana: Seven Die in Road Accident

Gaborone — Seven people died when a 16-seater minibus with 14 passengers on board overturned near Dibete in the Central District in the early hours of today (December 5).

According to a media release from the Botswana Police Service, the deceased are a man, believed to have been the driver of the minibus and six women. Seven other passengers were admitted at Mahalapye hospital with serious injuries.

 The accident reportedly occurred just a kilometre north of Dibete along the Gaborone-Francistown road. The police stated that their investigations into the cause of the accident were ongoing and the names of the deceased were withheld until the next of kin have been informed.

Source : Botswana Police Service

3 killed after taxi overturns, 14 injured

4th December 2014

Johannesburg – Three people were killed and 14 were injured when the taxi they were travelling in overturned along the Old Grahamstown Road in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, paramedics said.”Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the roadway obstructed with accident debris and the twisted remains of the vehicle,” spokesperson Chris Botha said.Three people died before paramedics arrived, while another 14 had injuries ranging from serious to minor.The cause of the accident was being investigated.

N3 collision claims toddler’s life

By Saish Motheram:  4th December 2014

One of the accident victims, a two-year-old baby, passed away in hospital in ‘High Care’

A toddler has died after a rear-end collision between a light motor vehicle and a truck on the N3 close to the Tugela River this morning (December 3).

There were 4 occupants in the car at the time of the collision. Two of the occupants sustained serious injuries.

All of the injured were transported to hospital by emergency personnel.

One of the accident victims, a two-year-old baby, later passed away in hospital in ‘High Care’ due to the extensive injuries sustained. Traffic could continue to flow, albeit with caution, as the vehicles involved in the accident occupied the emergency lane.

N3TC, RTI, police and ambulance services responded to the scene.

This accident took place about 200m away from the crash involving a bus and a truck in the early hours of this morning.

Angola: 6 Killed in Road Accident 48 injured

4th December 2014

Caxito — Six people died and 48 others injured as a result of a collision between a bus and a truck on Sunday night in Musseque Capari locality, municipality of Dande, northern province of Bengo.

The information was released by the head of Press Office of the Provincial Command of the National Police of Bengo, chief inspector, Lucas Paulo da Sousa.

 The senior police officer said that the accident was caused by an irregular overtaking made by the Luanda-bound bus carrying excursionists from Barra do Dande.

According to him, four people died on the spot and two others at the provincial hospital of Bengo where the wounded are also receiving treatment.

 List of 70 accident black spots in Kenya

3rd December 2014

A black spot sign at Sachangwan area on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway in this picture taken on August 20, 2014. FILE PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya blackspots

53 injured after bus, truck collide near Ladysmith

3rd December 2014

43 people sustained slight injuries, 8 were treated for shock and 2 were seriously injured when the collision took place on the N3 during the early hours of this morning (December 3).

A truck and a Citi Liner bus were involved in the accident. Passengers on the bus were treated at the scene by various ambulance services and transported to hospitals in Ladysmith.

All injured persons were transferred to surrounding hospitals including Ladysmith hospital. It is believed the the bus driver failed to notice that the truck was slowing down and consequently hit the truck from behind, said Meiring.

As the festive season approaches Meiring noted that ER24 has placed a number of vehicles in “hot spot” areas where accidents are prevalent.

Man flies out of vehicle in N2 road crash

Posted on The Citizen 1st December 2014

Video footage filmed in Cape Town shows a driver of a BMW convertible flying out of the car during a crash on the N2 highway. Warning: This video contains graphic images. Click image clip to view.

It remains unclear whether the person involved had survived the crash.

The footage, uploaded onto YouTube by Alex Williamson, shows the BMW appear from the extreme left lane, clipping the front of a silver Kia Picanto as it makes its way across the highway, close to the Langa off-ramp, Rekord East reported.

The BMW then slams into the concrete barrier in the middle of the highway, sending what looks to be the driver into the air. It was believed that he driver had not been wearing a seat-belt.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which regards South Africa as one of the world’s worst countries for road safety, said safety belts were 99% effective in preventing occupants from being ejected from the vehicle in a crash.

Passengers who are seated at the back of a vehicle and not wearing a seat belt can inflict serious harm on those seated in front, according to the WHO.

The Automobile Association of South Africa and the Bridgestone-backed Committee for Active Road Safety (CARS) said the country’s average seat belt wearing rate for all vehicle occupants was 56%.

Johannesburg – 2nd December 2014

Two men died when they were struck by a car on the N2 south between Ballito and Tongaat mall in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.

The accident left the highway severely obstructed, Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said. “Netcare 911 paramedics and police arrived at the scene and found the two men lying in the centre lane of the highway, tragically they both died before our arrival due to the extensive injuries that they sustained.”

Tanzania: Seven people die and 14 injured in road accident

1st December 2014

korogwe district hospital

At least seven people have died and 14 seriously injured after a car they were traveling in veered off the road and overturned at the weekend. The accident occurred at Magundi village, Mbungu division in Korogwe district in Tanga region. According to our sources, the deceased and the casualties were taken to Magunga district hospital.

Tanga Regional Police Commander, Frasser Kashai confirmed the accident, saying it happened at 17:00 hours yesterday and involved a Mitsubishi Canter with registration no T 783 BLM. The vehicle was en route from Ambangulu ward to Korogwe town.

“We have not yet established the cause of the accident but we have arrested the driver and the owner of the vehicle as the traffic police continue to investigate the matter. The law will have to take its course,” said the police commander. The driver has been identified as Ramadhan Omar (32), a resident of Korogwe and the owner of the vehicle in question is Haji Hamza (47).

The Regional Police Commander mentioned the deceased as Alli Juma (47), Kihiyo Rutha, Merina Kiteleko, Asha Mussa, Stella Charles (32), Mama Kivula and Jane Mbajo, all residents of Korogwe district.

In a related incident…

at least 14 people including a public prosecutor lost their lives with 25 others injured in a road accident involving a Coaster minibus and a Scania lorry on Thursday last week. Acting Tanga Region Police Commander, Juma Ndaki said the accident took place at Darajani area, Mkanyageni village in Muheza district.

According to the acting RPC, the minibus with registration number T 410 BJD which was en route from Tanga city to Lushoto was involved in a head on collision with a lorry with registration number T 645 ABJ which was coming from the opposite direction.

Ndaki said both drivers survived the accident but incurred minor injuries. The acting RPC told reporters that the accident occurred after the lorry which was being driven by Benjamin Abed left its lane.

The minibus was being driven by Bakari Mussa. Drivers of both vehicles were injured in the accident. The acting Regional Police Commander said the casualties and the 14 bodies of the deceased were taken to Muheza designated district hospital. Doctor in-charge at the hospital, Peter Ng’wamkai confirmed to reporters that they had received the 14 bodies of the deceased.

He mentioned the deceased already identified as Mud Mohamedi, Zawadi Juma, Ahamed Shedoe, Adamu Shomari and Salimu Hassani and Athumani Masanja who was a public prosecutor. The doctor called on the public to visit the hospital to help identify the remaining bodies preserved at the hospital’s mortuary. Ng’wamkai also confirmed to have had received the casualties who have since been admitted.

 

9 killed in northern KZN crash

1st December 2014

Provincial emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the accident happened on Sunday night around 19:00.”There were 12 passengers in the bakkie and nine of them lost their lives in the accident,” he said. Three others were injured and transported to a local hospital. McKenzie said the truck driver was not injured.

More on above crash………….

KZN crash bakkie unroadworthy

2014-12-01 20:08

Johannesburg – The bakkie in which 10 people died when it crashed into truck in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend was not roadworthy, the provincial transport department said on Monday.”It became clear to us when we saw the wreckage of the bakkie that it was not in a good condition,” said head of department Sibusiso Gumbi, who visited the scene of the crash on the R22 in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday.”We also found that the car did not have a [roadworthiness] certificate,” he said in a statement.Nine people died on the scene of the crash at 19:00 on Sunday night. Provincial emergency services spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said the death toll had since risen to 10. A child was among the dead.The inspection revealed that the road condition could have not been a factor in the accident, said Gumbi.The KwaZulu-Natal transport department named those killed as Thembani Nsele, nine, Nkosinathi Zikhali, 40, Khethabakhe Zikhali, 36, Bhekizenzo Zikhali, 35, Bheki Ncamphalala, 36, Thulile Zikhali, 36, Amandla Manuza, 24, Sithembiso Mlambo, 26, Sithembiso Zikhali, 35, and Bhekiyise Gumede, 35.The Zikhali family was taking a child to the local hospital when the accident happened.A team, including Mhlabuyalingana municipality, the Road Accident Fund and the department’s road safety officials, would meet the families of those killed and determine what intervention was required to help them, including assisting with funeral arrangements.”We assured the families that government will come on board and assist during these trying times. We will also keep them updated with the outcomes of the investigation,” Gumbi said.

Durban N2 south collision with trucks leaves two injured

Posted by Jonckie on December 1st, 2014

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Two people were injured after a vehicle was crushed between two trucks on the n2 south between Spaghetti junction and the m7 this morning. A report from the scene indicates that the vehicle collided into the rear of a truck and then another truck rear ended them.

Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found that two people from the SUV sustained injuries from serious to minor. After they were treated at the scene paramedics transported them to nearby hospitals for the care that they required.

 

 

N12 Accident: One killed, two critical

30 November 2014

A collision on the N12 30 kilometres outside of Potchefstroom this morning has left one woman dead and two men critically injured.

  
*Photo supplied by ER24

POTCHESTROOM – ER24 Crisis Communicator, Russel Meiring said, “Paramedics arrived on scene and found a mangled SUV lying on its side in the middle of the road.

“On closer inspection paramedics discovered that two of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle and lay some distance away.”

ER24 paramedics assessed the occupant near the vehicle and found that she had already succumbed to her injuries prior to the paramedics arrival. The two remaining patients were found in a critical condition. The patients were stabilised and transported under advance life support supervision to Potchefstroom Hospital for further treatment.

Local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

6 die in horror crash

30th November 2014

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics who attended to the scene were met by accident debris and the twisted remains of the vehicles spread over a large area.

“After triaging they found that six people had tragically died before our arrival while one person was found to have sustained serious injuries,” Botha said in a statement.

The seriously injured patient was treated at the scene before being transported to a nearby hospital for further medical care.

 Kenya: Five dead, scores injured in Rarieda road accident

30th November 2014
By  ERIC OLOO

FIVE faithful have died and a score of others injured in a road accident that occurred along Chianda-Okella murram road, Rarieda Sub County on Friday night.

The deceased including other E-faithful Ministry members from Nairobi, were coming from a crusade at Madiany trading center heading to the home of Obala Odhiambo before the accident occurred at 8 pm.

According to the area police chief, Johana Chebi, the driver of the bus lost control while trying to negotiate a corner before it rolled severally killing five of the occupants on the spot.

Chebi added that 45 others were seriously injured and were rushed to Madiany Sub county hospital while others were taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga referral hospital, Kisumu.

The police chief said that the driver of the ill fated bus escaped after the incident adding that the police have launched a manhunt for him.

He added that the extensively damaged vehicle has since been towed to the nearby Madiany police patrol base while the bodies of the deceased removed to the Madiany mortuary.

Chebi who said that they are yet to establish the identity of the those who perished asked the public to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the out fit community center bus driver.

Seven injured in W Cape crash

29th November 2014

Three people were critically injured. Two of them had to be freed from the wreckages with the jaws-of-life, while one was airlifted to hospital.Paramedics treated patients for their injuries before transporting them to nearby hospitals.

 

11 injured in Bloemfontein collision

Bloemfontein Nelson Mandela drive

11 people were injured this morning, four of them critically, when three vehicles collided on church Street in Bloemfontein.

ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found the road blocked by the vehicles lying in the middle of the road. Fire services later closed the road to allow paramedics to work safely.

On assessment, paramedics discovered that 11 people had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical. Treatment was started on the injured to stabilize their vital signs before they were transported to various hospitals such as Pelonomi Hospital for further treatment.

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene to investigate.

Truck crushes woman in car in KZN

28th November 2014

A woman died when this truck rolled onto her car on the M31 at Fields Hill in KwaZulu-Natal. (ER24)Durban – A woman was killed when a truck rolled onto her car on the M31 at Fields Hill in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday morning, paramedics said.They arrived to find the truck, with a crane attachment, lying on its side blocking the road, spokesperson Russel Meiring said.

“A light motor vehicle lay crushed beneath the truck and crane attachment.

“On assessment, paramedics found that an elderly woman lay trapped within her vehicle.”

The woman was declared dead on the scene.

 Ghana: Seven in building escape death, 120 on bus escape injury

28th November

Seven persons, including 87-year-old woman, narrowly escaped death on Wednesday, November 26 when the bus of the School of Hygiene in Ho rammed a building.  Six persons were working in the building which happens to be the office of the famous Ray Makosa Photo Electronics and Soundz while the old lady was sitting behind the porch adjoining the office.

Accident HoOne of the lucky persons, Eugene Opoku, a photographer told DAILY GUIDE that he was shocked by the incident.

The accident happened at about 12 noon, which attracted many residents to the scene, who were full of praise for God for saving the lives of the seven persons, especially the old woman.

The driver of bus with registration number, GV 2367 14 was returning from Taviefe after transporting students to undertake some public education assignment. According to reports, the car developed a break failure and hit a taxi cab crashing into a traffic light, the ‘Stop and Pick’ Boutique Shop and subsequently the Ray Makosa Shop.

Eric Amoako, an eyewitness, who was equally stunned by the incident, noted that “God is very great” and commended the driver of the school bus for his smartness in averting what could have been a major accident. Eric said he was walking on the pavement from the old Barclays Bank building towards the Ray Makosa traffic light when the incident happened.

He said the bus, which was full of students of the school of hygiene, was moving in the opposite direction (OLA TOP road) towards the Ray Makosa Traffic Light. The driver of bus overtook the vehicles ahead of him.

According to him, the driver lost control of the vehicle after a break failure.

The drivers of the vehicles were unhurt and the over 120 students escaped through the windows. Personnel of the Ghana national Fire Service (GNFS) and the Motto Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Regional Police Command moved to the scene after 30 minutes to clear the area and assess the extent of damage.

Kenya: Mother, Child Survive As Eight Killed in Accident

Nyandarua — Eight people were killed in an accident Tuesday night involving two vehicles on the Njabini-Engineer road in Nyandarua County. Four others were admitted to the Kijabe Mission Hospital with injuries sustained during the 7.45pm mishap.  Among the survivors are a mother and her one-and-a-half year-old child.

TRAGIC: Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka addresses Kanamba village residents at the scene of the accident on Njabini-Engineer road yesterday. A mother and her baby survived the crash.Photo/Wanjohi GakioTRAGIC: Nyandarua Governor Daniel Waithaka addresses Kanamba village residents at the scene of the accident on Njabini-Engineer road yesterday. A mother and her baby survived the crash.Photo/Wanjohi Gakio 

 

The driver of the pick-up and another occupant also survived the crash. The eight who were travelling in the four-wheel drive vehicle died on the spot. According to Nyandarua County Commander Hamisi Mabeya, the occupants of the SUV were travelling from Murang’a after attending a funeral and were heading back to their home at Kanamba, Gathara Ward in Kinangop South district.

 He said the victims are members of the Vision In Christ Church.

“It is upon nearing Engineer town that the two vehicles collided head on. We are yet to ascertain the cause of the accident as the road has normally low traffic but we have some information indicating that there was a donkey that was crossing the road at the time,” he said.

Mabeya said the mother and child were also in the SUV. The pick-up driver and his occupant sustained serious fractures. The commandant said that residents who arrived at the scene moments after the accident removed the survivors from the wreckage of the two vehicles.

 

 Zambian driver burnt in Kasumbalesa border fire

Death toll rising

Updated 26th November 2014

At least 5 people were killed and ten were injured in a huge fire that occurred Monday night on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, according to a report obtained Tuesday from official and hospital sources. The inferno is believed to have been caused by a collision between two haulage trucks that were carrying fuel, which led to a leak from the tank of one of the two vehicles.

There are unconfirmed reports of five drivers burnt to death at the Kasumbalesa border post inZambia.drc trucks fire 2drc trucks fire 3

The tragedy occurred at customs parking in the Congolese border town of Kasumbalesa about 90 km south of Lubumbashi, Congo’s second largest city and capital of the mining province of Katanga.

Guibert Paul Yav Tshibal, the deputy governor of the province, told journalists that the toll was two dead and twelve injured, adding that 48 vehicles were burned. According to hospital sources, two of the wounded, who had been admitted in a desperate state in Lubumbashi, died later after the announcement of the deputy governor.

The dead include a Zambian, two Zimbabweans and a Tanzanian, according to a security source. Earlier reports on Monday by a local official indicated that two people were killed and 10 burned, including seven very seriously. Other reports however put the number of the deceased at nearly 70, including several Zimbabweans.

The fire broke out Monday at 17:00 (1500 GMT) at about fifteen kilometers from the border in the parking lot of a building of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (LDB), where road users pay for a pre-tax before heading for Lubumbashi.

According to preliminary results of the survey presented by Mr. Yav, the conflagration was caused by a collision between two trucks, which led to a leak from the tank of one of the two filled with gasoline vehicles: the fuel then caught fire due to contact with wood stoves used by other drivers in a nearby kitchen.

Hundreds of trucks pass Kasumbalesa daily, the only official crossing point for the output of ore from the mines in Katanga and the supply of Lubumbashi of region products including goods from all over southern Africa.

Despite the continued fire, on Tuesday activity at the post of the LDB was back to normal, as the traffic between the border and Lubumbashi piled.

Said Hillaly, manager of the parking lot, said that a number of the 271 trucks parked on Monday on the nearly 2 square miles had escaped the fire. Due to more than 100 trucks being affected, the damage will certainly amount to several million dollars, he said, adding that the damage would be compensated by the insurance of parking lot.

Around 9:00 p.m. (1900 GMT), said Mr. Hillaly, firefighters continued to fight against the fire. In the afternoon, nine trucks containing flammable material were still smoldering, according to an AFP journalist.

The charred remains of corpses lie under blankets near rescue workers in Sange, eastern Congo after an oil tanker crashed and exploded, killing hundreds in a fireball, July 3, 2010. REUTERS/Fiston Ngoma/United Nations/HandoutPostscript: Four years ago a devastating fuel truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of Congo claimed the lives of 245 people. The explosion in the eastern town of Sange erupted after a fuel truck overturned and people gathered around it to siphon off its contents, despite warnings from the driver that it might blow up. 

The fireball created by the blast spread to a cinema hall where a crowd had gathered to follow World Cup football matches in South Africa. More than 200 of the dead, including around 60 children and 30 women, were buried in three mass graves in Sange, where the flames had also engulfed dozens of earth-and-straw homes.

 

Day of horror on Lagos-Ibadan expressway

 26 November 2014

By Bose Adelaja

The Lagos/Ibadan Expressway has been dubbed in some quarters as a highway of horror due to the frequent fatal auto accidents that have occurred there. This possibly explains why commuters usually engage in passionate prayer sessions before embarking on a journey through that seemingly accident-prone road.

express-wayPenultimate Tuesday witnessed another ghastly accident on the expressway that claimed several lives, prompting unrestrained wailing from shocked road users and sympathisers. Even law enforcement agents appeared unsettled by the high fatality of the multiple accident which was accompanied by an inferno.

All the passengers and drivers of three vehicles involved were roasted to death. They were said to be journeying to an unknown destination, possibly to Lagos, when the accident occurred.

The incident also resulted to a traffic jam which lasted for hours. It was a development that many road users will not forget in a hurry as they groaned and cursed to no avail.

Indeed, many had initially thought it was caused by a robbery attack and quickly scampered to safety. It was later they learned it was a multiple auto crash resulting into an inferno that almost went beyond control.

Eye witnesses said some drivers also abandoned their cars and ran inside the bush for safety. It was only later they summoned courage to come out of hiding on learning the real cause of the gridlock.

But the tragedy was one nobody expected. It was about 3.30pm when a Cabstal bus which was heading towards Lagos around Danco pump station reportedly hit a pole. The impact left the bus with a severe damage and the driver and passengers severely injured.

As soon as the accident occurred, some law enforcement agents were said to have immediately moved to the scene on rescue mission. As this was ongoing, a Golf car with three passengers which was travelling on a high speed was said to have rammed into the damaged bus leading to an inferno which burnt all the passengers beyond recognition.

As if this was not enough, another lone occupant of a Coastal bus belonging to the Nigeria Post and Telecom Services, NIPOST, also rammed into the burning car leading to the driver’s death.

An eye witness said traffic law enforcement agents, including those of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC and Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, TRACE, had immediately raced to the scene. However, even though the Ogun State and Federal Fire Services were alerted, they could not do much to save the situation as the victims were burnt beyond recognition before their arrival.

An eye witness, Mr Salako Adeola, said while some road users were lamenting the tragic incident, others profusely thanked God for sparing them.

The Public Relations Officer of TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the development to Vanguard Metro, urged road users to be careful at this point in time. Babatunde blamed the incident on over speeding, adding it would have been prevented if the drivers had observed traffic rules.

 

26 injured in KZN pile-up

25th November 2014Johannesburg – At least 26 people were injured when a bus overturned and collided with multiple vehicles on the N3 near Escourt in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday evening, paramedics said.

“ER24 paramedics as well as emergency services arrived [on] scene and found several vehicles spread across both lanes of the highway,” said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

“A large bus lay on its side in the centre medium.”

The injuries ranged from minor to moderate.

“All of the patients were found walking around on scene or sitting in their vehicles,” he said.

“Paramedics faced many challenges during their treatment of the patients such as keeping patients dry and warm due to the wet weather.”

The injured were treated on scene and were taken to the Escourt hospital.

It was believed the heavy downpour of rain and hail might have been a contributing factor in the collision.

7 die in road accidents across Egypt on Monday

Those responsible for the accidents will be subject to the new traffic laws, says police official.

25th November 2014

A bus crashed in the Karimat road on its way to the city of Al-Minya on Monday, leaving up to four people dead and 18 injured, according to state media.

An official in the traffic police department told state media that those responsible for the accident will be subject to the new traffic laws which were amended by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to develop an urgent national plan to prevent road accidents, calling for tougher sanctions on violators of traffic law and their strict application, especially on highways.Also on Monday, a bus carrying 55 workers crashed in an area west of Alexandria, leaving one dead and 37 injured. Another bus in Assiut crashed killing two and injuring 15 the same day.

A recent government report said that 100,000 car accidents took place in Egypt between 2008 and 2012, with 33,000 killed and another 150,000 injured.In 2012, a train in the Manfalout area of Assiut collided with a school bus, killing dozens of children.The World Health Organisation said in a report published in 2012, approximately 12,000 people in Egypt die as result of road traffic crashes each year. While laws are in place to prevent traffic accidents, such as seatbelt requirements and blood alcohol testing, they are not properly enforced.

 

Zuma’s son responsible for crash death – State

24th November 2014

Duduzane Zuma. (File: Sapa)Duduzane Zuma.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba argued that Zuma had been negligent by not lowering his speed in wet road conditions.

“In the majority of wet weather cases, the defendant was found negligent for not reducing speed to meet weather conditions,” he told the inquest in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court during closing arguments.

On 1 February this year, Zuma’s car rear-ended Jabulani Vusi Dlamini’s minibus taxi on the M1 South off-ramp to Grayston Drive in Sandton.  Taxi passenger Phumzile Dube was killed and three others were injured. Zuma said he lost control of his Porsche after it hit a puddle in rainy conditions.

“This entire case, it is my submission, deals [with] negligence,” Baba said.

Wet weather

Baba said the test for negligence was reasonable forseeability and that a reasonable driver should drive at a low speed during wet weather and take into consideration that the road may be slippery.

Using South African and American case law, Baba rejected Zuma’s argument that he had aquaplaned.

Baba argued that Zuma had been driving in the wet conditions for a while before the accident occurred and therefore there had not been a “sudden and unforseeable change” in the road conditions.

Dlamini could not be held accountable for the death of Dube as he did not cause the accident, Baba said.

In July, the National Prosecuting Authority said it declined to prosecute Zuma due to insufficient evidence. The matter was referred to a magistrate for a formal inquest to determine whether the accident was caused by human error.

 

Two bus drivers die in Beitbridge crash

24 November 2014

Video: http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-58077.html

Two bus drivers died while 40 passengers were injured, some seriously, when a cross-border Mandaza bus rammed into the back of a stationery haulage truck in Beitbridge town on Saturday night.

Anthony Kapuya (60), who was on the wheel, died on admission at Beitbridge hospital while his co-driver, he had just relieved, died on the spot in a horror crash that occurred in the centre of town.

The name of the co-driver of the bus that was headed for South Africa has not been released. According to a witness, Patricia Ndlovu, the accident had been waiting to happen all day after the haulage truck broke down at a traffic light-controlled intersection about 400 metres from the Beitbridge Police Station.

The truck remained there the best part of the day until the accident.

“This truck had been there all day and posing the danger it eventually caused,” said Ndlovu who assisted in carrying some of the injured to hospital. The bus that was coming from Harare at night then drove into the truck which had not been removed from the time it had developed a fault.

“The bus ploughed into the back, it was a horrible sight,” she said.

Some of the more seriously injured passengers were immediately taken to Gwanda for onward transmission to larger hospitals in Bulawayo. Ndlovu said she saw only three policemen attending to the accident and they were overwhelmed by the crowd of about 300 people which came to the scene resulting in other reports of pilferage from injured passengers.

“Some passengers I spoke to said they lost their cash and property,” said Ndlovu. The accident, which comes three days after another six people perished in another accident involving a haulage truck in Chipinge, also exposed the need for emergency services at Beitbridge, the busiest port of entry in sub-Saharan Africa.

At its peak, during the festive season, Beitbridge border post handles up to 10 000 people travelling between south Africa and Zimbabwe a day.

“The drivers were trapped for a long time and could have been saved if they had got help early enough,” she said. Ordinary people broke the windows of the bus to remove trapped passengers. They used physical means to remove the trapped drivers who could have been removed easily if Jaws of Life (a recovery operation) were available.

Beitbridge Town secretary Loud Ramagkapola yesterday said his council needed a bigger Fire Tender  and Emergency vehicle in the wake of such accidents occurring in the border town.

“We have budgeted for that but we need assistance from central government considering we are a transit town and our resources cater for many people and not only our ratepayers,” he said in an interview.

Landlocked countries like Zambia, Malawi and Democratic Republic of the Congo that rely on South African seaports to move their goods by road, mostly through Beitbridge.

There was also need for dualisation of the road that led to the border post owing to increased traffic, he said.

Zimbabwe: Six die in kombi, truck accident

23rd November 2014

Six people died, four of them on the spot, while another six were seriously injured after a haulage truck and a commuter omnibus collided in Chipinge along the Ngundu-Tanganda Highway on Thursday evening.

The other two people died from injuries they sustained on admission at a nearby hospital after the two vehicles sideswiped at the 173-kilometre-peg along that road.

It is believed that one of the vehicles tried to avoid cattle that had strayed onto the highway and encroached into the opposite lane.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident and said names of the deceased had not yet been released.

“I can confirm the deaths of six people in that accident which occurred at around 7.30pm when a haulage truck and a Nissan Caravan commuter omnibus sideswiped at the 173-kilometre-peg along the Ngundu-Tanganda Highway,” said Nyathi.

Names of the deceased were still being withheld, he said.

Nyathi said the accident occurred after the driver of the haulage truck steered away from stray cattle resulting in him sideswiping with the commuter omnibus that was going in the opposite direction.

The minibus had 11 people on board.

7 killed in Bethlehem taxi crash

2014-11-22 20:07 Johannesburg – Seven people were killed and 12 injured when a taxi collided with a car near Bethlehem, Free State, paramedics said on Saturday.

The accident occurred on the R26 about 30 km away from Bethelehem, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

Two of the deceased were children, he said.

The injured were transported to a nearby hospital after being treated by paramedics.

Police would investigate the accident.

 

 KZN: Seven killed as vehicles burst into flames

22nd November 2014

Johannesburg – At least seven people died when a sedan and a bakkie collided on the N2 near the Dokodweni toll gate in KwaZulu-Natal, provincial emergency services said on Saturday.”Both vehicles burst into flames on impact. Unfortunately, the five occupants of the bakkie and two from the light motor vehicle were declared dead on scene,” said spokesperson Robert Mckenzie.The accident happened at 03:30.  Police were investigating the accident.

At least 6 killed in East Rand collision

21st November 2014

Johannesburg – At least six people died when a taxi and a bakkie collided in Tembisa on the East Rand on Friday morning, Gauteng paramedics said. Emergency services found the burning taxi lying on its roof, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said. “Firefighters extinguished the fire when they arrived on scene.”After further assessment, paramedics found what appeared to be six people, including a child, that burnt to death inside the taxi.

“Unfortunately it was extremely difficult for paramedics to identify the exact amount of bodies at the time,” said Vermaak. “One of the injured occupants stated that there might have been eight people still in the taxi, however this could not be confirmed on scene.”Paramedics found seven people with injuries a few metres away from the taxi. “One of them was in a serious condition.

It is believed that they managed to escape the burning taxi through the broken windows,” he said.”An emergency helicopter was called to the scene to airlift one of the injured from the scene. The woman that was airlifted sustained severe burn wounds and possible fractures.”

The other injured people were also treated for burn wounds and possible fractures. The incident happened before 05:00 on Olifantsfontein Road.The driver of the Ford Ranger bakkie sustained moderate injuries and was also taken to hospital. The cause of the accident was not known.

 

Botswana: Mabeo Decries High Road Accidents

21st November 2014

Tutume — The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo says although there has been a reduction in the number of road accidents deaths from 333 last year for the period of January to October to 266 of the same period this year, the figure is still high.Officiating at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Nata on November 16, Minister Mabeo said every single loss of life had great impact on the nation as well as in the economy.And it was for that reason that there was need for the nation as whole to join hands and come up with strategies that would reduce road carnage. The responsibility of roads safety, he said, begins with an individual by taking into consideration necessary precautions which will make the roads safe for everybody.”The onus is on all of us to take personal responsibility for our own lives and the lives of other road users,” he emphasised. He further said it is for communities to work as a collective to ensure that all obstacles such as cattle roaming on roads are removed because doing so will lead to clean roads hence ensure safety on roads.Mr Mabeo added that his ministry will always play a facilitatory role despite the challenges of lack of funds faced by government. However, he noted that they will work tirelessly to provide quality road networks for mobility and as well as provide proper legislative frameworks to ensure the safety of road users.Currently, he highlighted, the ministry and its stakeholders have come up with the national road safety strategy which is a blueprint that seeks to provide preventative measures to curb road carnage.The principal objective, he said, was to guide and drive road safety programmes in order to stabilise and reduce road fatalities in the country at least by half by 2020. The implementation process, he stated, has earnestly started and it is for this reason that as ministry, they commit to the resuscitation of district road safety committees across the country and called upon all such committees to increase their pace and operationalise the national strategy.On other issues, the minister noted that it is places such as Nata that road safety committees need to hit the ground running because the place seems to be some sort of a transport hub with transportation, businesses and tourism as well as other economic activities having converged and operating.He said much as this is welcome development, it has also come with some undesirable challenges such as illegal social activities and road accidents.Meanwhile, Kgosi Rebagamang Rancholo of Nata said Nata has been identified as a flooding area and as a result roads and the drainage system were not designed with consideration for water flow.He therefore suggested that in future during construction of and even refurbishment of roads these should be considered so that the flow of water is not interrupted.

 

Ghana Update; Death toll rises to 8 in Sofoline crash; driver arrested

2oth November 2014 

The death toll in a fatal accident at Sofoline, a suburb of Kumasi, Ashanti regional capital has risen to eight after five more died in the hospital, the Police have confirmed.

Three died on the spot while another five are currently in critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. One woman has been identified among the 8 dead.The accident happened at 10pm Wednesday night. It occurred after a DAF Container vehicle travelling from Abuakwa to Sunyani ran into a number of vehicles.The worst affected vehicle was a Nissan Urvan minibus loaded with passengers, Luv FM’s Erastus Asare Donkor told myjoyonline.com.The sheer weight of the container vehicle mangled the Urvan bus full of men and women – letting off screams for help, and of horror.The Sofoline police managed to pull out some casualties who have been rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in a city of dark streets as a result of a black-out.It was a scene of horror and shock with very disturbing images circulating on social media.The driver has claimed that a brake failure in his DAF Container vehicle with registration number GR 7413-12 caused the fatal accident.He has been arrested. Erastus reports that the police are considering a case of drunk driving against him.

6 killed in Mpumalanga crash

20th November 2014
Johannesburg – Six people were killed in an accident near Waverly in Mpumlanga on Thursday morning, the provincial department of community safety said.”The confirmed number of people that died is six. We received a report of seven but it could not be confirmed,” said department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza.The accident happened at a T-junction around 06:30 on a road between Waverly and the Oshoek border post into Swaziland.”A truck was using the road and a bakkie failed to stop at the stop sign at the T-junction and collided with the truck,” he said.All six deceased were from the bakkie, including the driver.The truck was hit on the side and the driver was not injured, he said.

 12 accident victims named – Video

19th November 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBl0f3s2SvM 

The Zimbabwe Republic Police have confirmed the 12 names of the Domboshava road accident victims.

The horrific accident occurred near Hatcliffe on Sunday.

The deceased are Tawanda Chakoma, Isabel Kanekanza (31) of 819 Shandaiwo Street St Marys, Rose Chaateya (75) of 16001 Zengeza Chitungwiza, Nyasha Chakoma (38), Mercy Togara (2), Paida Semba  (45) of Old Tafara Harare, Clifford Kanamanyanga (21) of  St Marys Chitungwiza, Sarah Chinyoka (30), Temptation Dzamunetsa (33), Makanakaishe Dzamunetsa (8), Matidaishe Dzamunetsa an infant aged 1, Mazviita Dzamunetsa (6) all of 7 Rutendo Street Zengeza 3.

13 people were in the Range Rover and only a 15 year old boy has survived and has since been discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile, a sombre atmosphere engulfed Chitungwiza as several families mourned victims of the Domboshava road accident.

Relatives of the Chakoma family in Chitungwiza Unit M weathered the overcast conditions to mourn Nyasha Chakoma, Tawanda Chakoma, Rosy Dzvairo and toddler Mercy Togara, all members of the same family who perished in the accident.

Relatives said the tragedy has robbed them as 38 year old Nyasha Chakoma was taking care of orphaned relatives in Hwedza.

Members of the Chakoma family will be buried in Chakoma village in Hwedza as soon as burial arrangements have been finalised owing to financial challenges in purchasing coffins and burial provisions.

In St Mary’s, the Kanamanyanga family was grieving over the loss of a son Clifford Kanamanyanga, a soldier by profession, who was planning on paying the bride price for his long time girlfriend at the end of this month.

On Sunday, 12 people, including the driver, who were travelling in a Range Rover died following a head on collision with an AFM in Zimbabwe Sunningdale Assembly bus.

Two killed in Ekurhuleni crash on N12

19th November 2014

Johannesburg – Two people were killed in an accident on the N12 near Jet Park in Ekurhuleni, paramedics said on Wednesday.The accident occurred on Tuesday night, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha. “Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that [a] heavy goods truck had crumpled the rear of the bakkie,” said Botha.The two bakkie passengers died on the scene.  The cause of the accident was unclear.

Angola: Road Accidents Claim Over 200 Lives

19th November 2014
Cuito — At least 261 people died and 1.349 were wounded as results of 1.210 road accidents recorded in central Bie province from January until now.The information was released on Sunday, in Cuito city by the second provincial commander of the National Police, Sub- Commissioner Filomeno Araújo “Menucho”, while speaking at the provincial ceremony of World Day of Remembrance for Road Accident Victims. Filomeno Araújo “Menucho” stressed that among the accidents recorded, are car crash between vehicles and bicycles with and without motors, collisions between vehicles, rollover, skidding, shocks to fixed obstacles, among others.The sub- Commissioner Filomeno Araújo said that accidents caused material damages estimated at 58.4 million Kwanza (USD 580,000).

 

Somalia: Traffic Police in Mogadishu Gives Vehicle Accident Statistics, Year 2014

18th November 2014

The commander of traffic police Ali Hirsi Barre aka Ali-gaab presented the road accidents in Mogadishu during the first half of this year. He said from January to July 1412 collided; donkey carts 15; motorbikes 113. He also said that SNA vehicles over ran and killed 11 persons. Despite this fact, there are many drivers in the capital Mogadishu and in other parts of Somalia who don’t have driving licenses. Traffic police often crack down drivers without driving licenses so as to ensure road safety.

 Boschop collision leaves cyclist seriously injured

November 18th 2014

cycling 1.5m europcarA cyclist was seriously injured in an accident on the Boschop Road, Boschop Pretoria this morning. A report from the scene indicates that the cyclist was out on a training ride when a vehicle crossed the roadway, the cyclist collided into the side of the vehicle and was flung from the bicycle.Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the man lying on the roadway with serious injuries. After medics stabilised the patient at the scene  they transported him to a local hospital under the constant care of an advanced life support paramedic.

N3 speedsters rack up fines

Provincial revenue raising through use of speed cameras

18th November 2014

THOUSANDS of motorists use KwaZulu-Natal’s N3 highway daily and many are breaking the speed limit and other rules of the road.
The KZN branch of Mikros Traffic Monitoring, which supervises the “Average Speed over Distance” cameras along the provincial route of the N3 highway, found on average one road violation every minute, 24/7.

Mikros’s manager, Mike Hellens said there are at least 80 000 recorded violations every month from average speed zones and fixed cameras. “Roughly 40 000 speeding violations come from our 10 average speed zones along the N3 and another 40 000 come from fixed cameras every month,” Hellens said.Their systems shows most violations from light motor vehicles happen on the south-bound carriageway of Van Reenen’s Pass; while heavier motor vehicles tend to misbehave mostly between Tweedie and Nottingham Road. “The highest percentages of speedsters are foreign from the province, like your Gauteng drivers,” he said.

Hellens described how a Porsche inbound from Johannesburg was clocked at an average speed of 222 km/h, the highest speed they had ever recorded.“We have noticed … people actually slow down when they come near an average speed camera. Whether you pass it at 300 km/h it does not matter; what matters is the speed you do between the two sites,” he added. A leeway of 11 km/h is allowed before one will be prosecuted, but speedsters aren’t the only ones who should be wary.

There are also special pads in the surface of the road that measure the weight of trucks. Hellens said that they sometimes identify trucks that are in excess of 30 tons. The most overloaded truck the centre has seen was at least 50 tons over the legal weight restriction.

So just how much money is gathered by the fines?

According to The KZN Treasury’s Ntokozo Maphisa, the Department of Transport has collected over R24 million for 2014 thus far and has projected a total of R36,752 million for the current financial year. “All the collections become provincial-owned funds for our own revenue. They are then allocated as an add-on to the budget we receive from national government,” Maphisa said.

The Average Speed over Distance cameras are positioned strategically at points along areas of the highway known for excessive speeding.Besides capturing your speed between two points, the camera also captures every number plate and sends this information to a Joint Information System which returns data pertaining to outstanding warrants and stolen and unroadworthy vehicles to traffic officials.The data travels over 1 200 km and the entire process takes between two to four seconds.

“The transparent nature of its enforcement is solely in the interest of road safety,” Hellens concluded.

 

 Kenya: Life After Road Accidents – Survivors’ Tales

17th November 2014

Nairobi — Kenyans on Sunday joined the world to mark the World Day in Remembrance of Road Crash victims, with survivors of road accidents telling of the challenges they face after life-changing injuries.A somber mood engulfed the KICC meeting hall where they had congregated, as a section of the hundreds of victims recounted their adversities after they were involved in a road accident.

Ann-Mercy Wanjiku tells of how she had to go switch schools because her boarding school had no facilities to cater for her special needs. “If God was to ask me whether I want to walk again, I will say yes before he finishes the question,” she said. Wanjiku who is on a wheelchair spoke of a desperate situation experienced on a daily basis by survivors of road accidents whose parts of the body are amputated while some are left immobile.”People who are physically challenged have many problems… when it comes to employment, many employees are not willing to have us because they think there is added cost to it,” she pointed out. “They will have to make their offices accessible and a particular washroom for people with disabilities but they don’t want that at all.”

She proposed that the, “Government should offer incentives to those who employ people with disabilities like putting the required structures.””I would like to be independent just like any other person, but if you don’t employ us, where will we go?” she posed. Wanjiku however had kind words for survivors of road accidents.

Partrick Otunga, a resident of Kibera and a father of three, spoke of the rejection he encounters from the society after he was involved in a road accident. “I was a mason but after the accident along Nyerere road, I do not work anymore… my back is in pain,” he said. “Those I used to work for have abandoned me now that I cannot work any longer… it’s like I am of no use to them.

Stacey Sang, Elizabeth Samoei and Michelle Chan were students of Loreto Convent Musongari school who were involved in a road accident. The three lost their arms following the July 2011 accident. The Musongari girls’ school bus carrying Standard 7 and 8 pupils to an educational trip was involved in an accident on the Meru-Nanyuki highway on July 29, 2011 when their vehicle rammed into another stationary bus. The accident claimed the lives of two students, one in standard 7 and the other a candidate. Several pupils also lost their limbs.

Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia who presided over the ceremony, called for caution from both motorists and pedestrians in a bid to reverse the trend. “Looking at the stories, faces and conditions of our brothers and sisters seated here, you have to feel bad as a citizen of this country,” he stated. “You are looking at cases which can be prevented… cases which are preventable.” He said most of these cases were there due to negligence, “and blatant breach of law and regulations.

“Over 2,000 people have died this year through road accidents majority being pedestrians. National Transport and Safety Authority Chairman Lee Kinyanjui however warned that firm actions will be taken against those who fail to follow the set traffic rules.The latest report by the Authority shows that the rate of road fatalities on Kenyan roads has reduced by 11.7 percent.

Further statistics on road accidents in the country shows that 24 patients admitted at the National Spinal Injury and Referral hospital are road accident victims. The hospital Medical Superintendent Dr.Soren Otieno says this translates to 75 percent of all cases handled in the 32 patients capacity hospital.

Two critical, four injured in collision on N2 near Plettenberg

November 17th 2014

cross_next_to_roadSix people were injured this morning, two of them critically, after two vehicles collided on the N2 near Plettenberg in the Western Cape. Shortly before 1015, ER24 paramedics arrived on scene and found the two motor vehicles lying in the middle of the road.

On assessment, paramedics found that two of the patients lay trapped within the vehicles. The remaining patients were found sitting next to their vehicles. Rescue workers had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the patients from their vehicle before treatment could continue.

Once freed, paramedics provided the patients with advanced life support to stabilise the patient’s vital signs. A medical helicopter was called to the scene to assist in transporting one of the critically injured patients to hospital.The remaining patients were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals for further medical treatment. The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

 Zimbabwe: 7 die in head-on collision

17th November

Seven people died while six others were seriously injured in a road accident that occurred along the Harare-Domboshava highway near the Hatcliffe market.The seven died on the spot when the Range Rover they were travelling in was involved in a head on collision with a bus around this Sunday afternoon.The car was travelling towards Domboshava, while the bus belonging to the AFM in Zimbabwe church Sunningdale Assembly was heading towards Harare.No one inside the bus was injured.

The injured six, who were also in the Range Rover, were ferried to Parirenyatwa Hospital.According to an eye witness, the driver of the Range Rover, who is a member of an apostolic sect, encroached into the lane of oncoming vehicles and collided head on with the bus which is said to have hooted to warn the driver.

Hatcliffe Ward 42 Councilor, Cde Naboth Munyengera said the stretch has become a high accident zone due to the narrowness of the road and said authorities should widen the road before more lives are lost.The dead included the driver of the Range Rover, three women (one who is thought to have been pregnant) and three children.

Vehicle occupants suffer injuries in vehicle rollover outside Bloemfontein.

10624007_955245751155573_5656022576137309729_oThe occupants of both these vehicles were lucky to escape with only minor injuries after the one was towing the other and both left the road and overturned on the N1 about 40km south of Bloemfontein early yesterday evening.One patient was transported to Pelonomi hospital for further care.10661959_955245744488907_7691999023705325302_o

 Why pedestrians shun footbridge

By Jeckonia OtienoSunday, November 16th 2014As authorities work hard to reduce road carnage in major highways, new habits by motorists are putting the lives of pedestrians in danger. The Thika Superhighway, whose completion turned into a blessing and then a nightmare for users, is a case a in point. Due to frequent accidents, several footbridges were constructed over the superhighway to give pedestrians safe crossing points.

This helped reduce the number of pedestrian deaths, with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) announcing a 35 per cent drop in deaths from crashes between January and November compared to the same period last year.Despite this new development, footbridges that straddle the Thika Superhighway have found a new use for boda boda operators.Wedding Wedding

A few kilometres from Thika, near the Kuraiha Primary School, lies a footbridge meant for school children. “The bridge was an initiative advocated by the local community after realising many children were being knocked down while crossing the road on their way to and from school,” says Thika West Sub-county education officer John Ndundu.

Special lane This footbridge is no longer safe for school children who have to avoid speeding motorbikes that have turned it into a special lane for them to cross the highway. The Standard on Sunday did a participant observation near the bridge. In five minutes, an average of three motorbike riders revved up the ramp and cross over to the opposite side using the footbridge.

They were unperturbed, even as our cameras clicked away. A rider said the footbridge was the shortest route to cross the road as the turnoff to the other side was about a kilometer away towards Thika. “Why should I waste time going all the way when I can cross the highway from here,” he said. “We know it is illegal, but then we have not harmed anybody and I believe we should be allowed to use the footbridge because it is also safe for us,” he said.Interestingly though, the road has a section for riders. Samuel Bore, the Central Region traffic enforcement officer, said he would dispatch officers to the area. “That footbridge is meant for pedestrians and that is not rocket-science,” he said.

4 killed in Bloemfontein crash

15th November 2014

Johannesburg – Four people were killed and one was seriously injured when the cars they were travelling in collided head-on along the N8 near the Bloemfontein Airport in the Free State, on Saturday, paramedics said.

Five people were found trapped inside one vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle was found lying on the road, Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.Four people died on the scene as paramedics attempted to extract them from the twisted metal of their car.”Advanced life support paramedics and their teams worked fervently to resuscitate the critically wounded but tragically they died at the scene due to the extensive injuries that they sustained,” he said.  The wounded patient was taken to a nearby hospital for further treatment.The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries, Botha said.

6 die as cars collide, burst into flames

15th November 2014

Durban – Six people were killed when two cars collided on the M4 highway near the Blue Lagoon bridge in Durban early on Saturday morning, provincial emergency medical services said.”There were five occupants in one vehicle and one occupant in the other,” said spokesperson Caleb Wang.”Both vehicles caught fire and the occupants of both vehicles lost their lives. The cause of the accident is now the subject of a police investigation.”The accident happened at around 01:45, he said.Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said it was believed a car was travelling on the wrong side of the highway when the accident happened.Car crashes into truckMeanwhile, a man was killed in an accident on the N3 westbound, near the Pavilion shopping centre, on Friday night.The man’s car crashed into a stationary truck just after 20:00, Jamieson said.”Paramedics quickly assessed the driver and found that he had suffered fatal injuries and there was nothing more paramedics could do to assist him.”Police would investigate the accident, he said.

Angola: Number of Road Accidents Threats Public Security

15th November 2014
Luanda — The number of road accidents has become a threat to public security considering the proportion it is taking, said last Thursday, in Luanda, the secretary of State for Construction, Euclides de Carvalho.The statement was made during the opening act of the first international seminar on “Security and road mobility”, which took place under the motto “Solutions for a more friendly road”.The official stressed that the meeting aims to find solutions to stop the increasing number of road accidents, which have been worrying the Angolan Executive.He stressed that for the reduction of the number of road accidents, the Construction Ministry has pledged to tackle this issue countrywide. Euclides de Carvalho said that his sector has been taking a series of measures which aim to secure the building of safe roads.”I am talking about clear horizontal and vertical road signs (… ), with a view to reducing the number of accidents we have been recording”, explained the source.The official also appealed for the preservation of public property, which includes roads and traffic signposts.The seminar was organised by the National Roads Institute (INEA) and the Tracevia company, in collaboration with the National Police.

Nigeria: Tanker Accident Burns 14 To Death

13th November 2014Fire
accident TRAGIC: 14 Passengers Burn To Death In Accident In KwaraAt least 14 passengers were burnt to death on Wednesday when a fully loaded tanker collided with a truck conveying passengers and cattle along Ogbomoso-Jebba Road. PUNCH Metro gathered that 14 other passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries.The truck was said to be coming from a state in the North-East while the tanker was heading towards the opposite direction when the vehicles collided.The Kwara State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mrs. Mary Wakawa, confirmed accident.She said, “One of the heavy duty vehicles veered off its lane and collided with the other one.

“Both vehicles went up in flames. Thirteen died on the spot, while one died in the hospital. We rushed 14 injured passengers with severe burns to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Already, with the support of the Kwara State Transport Management Agency, we have evacuated the wreckage.“Our drivers should stop long distance night travels. They need rest to avoid human errors on the roads.”

While warning against excessive speed, Wakawa advised road users to always be safety conscious.“One of the heavy duty vehicles veered off its lane and collided with the other. Both vehicles went up in flame, 13 died on the spot, while one later died in the hospital. We rushed 14 injured passengers with severe burns to University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). Already, with the support of the Kwara State Transport Management Agency (KWTMA), we had evacuated the wreckage,” Wakawa said.The FRSC sector commander, who went ahead to warn road users against over speeding, night driving and driving when exhausted, revealed that 13 burnt corpses of the victims were instantly given mass burial. Wakawa blamed the crash on exhaustion on the part of the driver, and warned drivers to stop long driving overnight insisting that they need rest to avoid human errors on the roads.Speaking on this year’s edition of ‘Road Traffic Crash Victims Remembrance Week’ in Ilorin, she hinted that the figure of road traffic accident in the country remains high, adding that 160 to 10,000 accidents are still recorded and further revealed that the speed control mechanism already prepared to regulate speed on the nation’s road would soon be in operational.The FRSC boss said Rescue Officers have been trained by the commission and attached to transport organisations with fleet of vehicles in the country, in order to create more rescuing methods during road traffic accidents on the high way.She also stated that FRSC has infiltrated renowned registered driving schools in the state with proper driving teaching aids in other to enhance the production of quality drivers for Nigeria.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 55 Dead, 661 Injured in One Week, Says National Gendarmerie

13th November 2014
Algiers — Road accidents claimed the lives of 55 people and injured 661 in 385 road accidents that occurred on 4-10 November, the National Gendarmerie said Wednesday in a toll.The province of Algiers tops the list in terms of the number of accidents (27), followed by Médéa (23) and Bouira (198), the same source added. These accidents were mainly caused by speeding (51%), pedestrians’ recklessness (4,68 %) and the situation of roads and cars (4,68 %), the same source stated.

5 kids killed in KZN incidents

2014-11-12    Johannesburg – Five children were killed in two accidents in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, paramedics said.

In the Umkhanyakude District Municipality, two children died and six others were injured when the truck they were travelling in crashed, said emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie.The children were in the back of the small truck, which was travelling on a rural dirt road, when the accident happened.The two children were confirmed dead at the scene.”The one child was critically injured with life threatening injuries and was rushed to a local hospital,” said McKenzie. “The other five children who were injured were transported to a local clinic for further assessment.”In a second incident, three children died on the bank of the Mthamvuna river in the Ugu District, near the Eastern Cape border.”It is believed that the children were playing in the sand on the bank of the river, when the river bank sloughed in and buried them in the sand that collapsed from the river bank,” said McKenzie.Community members managed to pull the three boys, aged between 9 and 10, out of the sand but they were confirmed dead at the scene.

Edo: 3 Burnt To Death In Auto Crash

November 10, 2014

 bus fire
Three persons were on Thursday evening burnt to death in an accident that occurred at Ugbokun village, along the Benin-Lagos expressway.According to eyewitnesses, the victims of the accident included the driver of the vehicle and two female passengers.The 18-seat commercial bus with registration number WWD 624 XA, was said to be heading for Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when it had a head-on collision with a lorry conveying wood to Edo State and immediately burst into flames.Vanguard reports that one the rescuers, Sikuru Olawale, said one of the victims was his sister.According to him, the driver of the lorry had an argument with some persons and and in fist of anger, hit the commercial bus.He said all efforts to put out the fire and rescue the trapped victims failed as the fire engulfed the bus.

PMB: Ashburton N3 crash leaves 6 injured

November 10th, 2014

15 escaped serious injury this morning after a taxi collided with a light motor vehicle on Edendale road in Pietermaritzburg.

When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene, they discovered both vehicles had been pushed over to the side of the road.13 occupants from the taxi and two occupants from the light motor vehicle were found on scene, their injuries ranging from minor to moderate.Paramedics began their treatment of the patients while metro services closed one lane of the road to allow emergency personnel to work safely.Once the patients were treated, paramedics transported the patients to various hospitals for further observations.The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.

Ghana: Yutong bus kills three 

Three people have been killed in a fatal accident which occurred at Oframanse near Nkawkaw in the Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region, in the early hours of Saturday.
Reports said a Yutong bus travelling from Bawku to Accra with registration number GT 4669 -12, over­taking another vehicle in a sharp curve, collided with a trailer, with registration number GR 2470 W, which was heading to Kumasi.The Nkawkaw Divi­sional Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) Commander, DSP Albert Deletsa, told Daily Guide at the accident scene that the driver of the Yutong bus, identified as Obeng; that of the trailer – yet to be identified – and a female passenger by name Mary – who was with a four-year-old baby – died on the spot. The baby did not die.He said the injured vic­tims had been sent to the Nkawkaw Holy Family Hospital for treatment, while the bodies of the casualties had been deposited at the morgue of the same hospital.After the incident another bus was called from Accra, which came to convey the unhurt passen­gers backed to Accra. At the time of filing this story on Sunday, reports gathered indicated that one of the injured victims had been treated and dis­charged whiles about six others were still on admis­sion.

Woman killed, 7 injured in PMB crash

2014-11-09 10:28 Johannesburg – A woman was killed and seven other people injured when a car crashed into the side of a bakkie in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, paramedics said.
The bakkie overturned on impact and its passengers were flung off it as it rolled, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.The woman died on the scene before paramedics arrived.Four people were seriously injured and three had minor injuries, he said.They were all transported to various hospitals.
8 NOVEMBER 2014

Tanzania: Kikwete Mourns Bus Accident Victims

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has sent a message of condolence to Morogoro Regional Commissioner (RC), Joel Bendera, following the death of 12 people after the bus they were travelling in rammed into a train at Kilombero on Thursday.
“I have received with shock reports of the deaths of 12 people. It is indeed a big loss to their families, relatives and friends as well as the nation, which has lost the manpower necessary for its development,” said Kikwete.Morogoro Police said the bus driver was reckless as the bus crossed the railway line, leading to the death of six men, four women and two children aged between five and six.40 other passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital for treatment. “Kindly pass on my condolences to all the bereaved families following this sudden loss of their loved ones, I pray to the Almighty God of great mercy to receive all souls and rest them in eternal peace, Amen,” added the president.He asked those who have lost their relatives in the accident to be tolerant and patient during this difficult time, as they mourn the deaths of their loved ones.In addition, the president said he prayed to God all those injured in the accident to a speedy recovery, so that they can join their families, relatives and friends.

IN MEMORIAM. This day 2011:9 ZCC members perish in SA bus crash 46 Seriously injured

  • Driver charged with culpable homicide
  • 2nd fatal crash at same spot

November 7, 2011 Top Stories Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge BureauNINE Zion Christian Church members were killed, while 46 others were seriously injured when their bus plunged into a river 15 kilometres out of Polokwane City in Limpopo province, South Africa, on Sunday.LimpopoThe church members were on their way from a church conference in Bulawayo.
Another bus carrying ZCC members was also
involved in an accident at the same spot with a small car, killing the driver of the Nissan Sentra.The conference, which ended on Saturday, was attended by church members from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. According to the Department of Immigration, over 38,000 ZCC members from South Africa travelled to and from the conference via Beitbridge.They were travelling in a convoy of 537 buses. Reports from South Africa indicate that the bus driver lost control near Rietkolk River. The bus hit the bridge and plunged into the river.Polokwane police spokesman Captain Mohlakha Moshiyane confirmed the accident yesterday and said investigations were underway. He said they had since charged the driver with culpable homicide.Names of the victims are being withheld until their relatives have been informed. Police confirmed that the victims were all South Africans. “Apparently the bus was coming from Zimbabwe, where the members of the congregation had just attended an annual conference.”“Eight passengers died on the spot while the ninth, a 40-year-old woman, was pronounced dead on admission at Polokwane Provincial Hospital.” “Another 46 passengers, who were seriously injured, were rushed to different hospitals in the province, Capt Moshiyane said.
He said they were yet to establish the total number of people who had been on the bus. Meanwhile, another bus was involved in an accident at the same spot killing one person.“It is unfortunate that at around 4:30am another bus coming from the same conference and heading towards Johannesburg was involved in a fatal accident at the same spot. “Investigations so far reveal that the bus crashed into a Nissan Sentra which had been travelling in the opposite direction resulting in the driver of the small car dying on the spot.” “The man has also been ferried to Polokwane provincial hospital. However all passengers on the bus escaped unhurt.The N1 Highway which links South Africa to the rest of Africa has become a death trap for many travellers. The road caters for both cargo and public transport.Last year, 27 Zimbabweans were killed on the same road between Polokwane and Makhadho when four cars and a cross-border bus were involved in a pile up accident. This year, 28 Zimbabweans have perished on the same road between Johannesburg and Musina.

The family of an Australian couple who died in a motorcycle crash in Uganda say they’re “paralysed” by their deaths.

Source: AAP 6 NOV 2014
Dean and Tanya Griffioen in Nyanga National Park in ZimbabweTanya Griffioen on the back of the couple's BMW motorbike on which they had travelled extensively through Africa.
The kind hearts and cheeky antics of an Australian couple killed in a Uganda motorcycle accident will never be forgotten, their family says.Dean and Tanya Griffioen were killed in a head-on collision on the Mubende Hwy in central Uganda on Tuesday.Local police say the couple, aged 33 and 34, were killed when their motorbike was struck by a four-wheel-drive, which crossed over to their side of the road when it was overtaking another vehicle.Dean died instantly while Tanya died on the way to hospital. The driver of the 4WD is still on the run.Their family are “paralysed” by their sudden deaths.”These two fun-loving, adventurous spirits worked hard to live their dreams,” the family said in a statement on Thursday.”They were at the beginning of an amazing three-year journey that was unfairly cut short.”The couple had ridden through Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi before arriving in Uganda.The Griffioens documented the journey on a Flickr Photostream titled “One life is all you get”.”Dean and Tanya have touched countless people in so many different ways, from family, friends and colleagues to strangers in foreign lands,” the family said.”Their kind hearts and cheeky antics will never be forgotten by anyone who has encountered them.””‘One life is all you get’ (as they have named their blog) – and there is no doubt that the 33-year-old civil engineer and his perfectly matched 34-year-old wife filled their lives with unparalleled experiences all over the world.”The couple’s bodies will soon be repatriated to Melbourne, where their family lives.The Australian consulate in Uganda picked up the bodies of the Griffioens on Wednesday from the Mubende hospital mortuary. The town is more than 100km from the capital Kampala.Area traffic police chief Alex Muramuzi said police had contacted the Australian consulate in Kampala and arrangements were made to retrieve the bodies.A consular official said the bodies would first to be taken to Mulago Hospital for post-mortems and preparations before being repatriated to Australia.Mr Muramuzi said police were still hunting for the hit-and-run driver, adding: “We will definitely get him. We will co-operate with the organisation which register vehicles to track him.”

Mombasa road accident causes 4-hour traffic snarl up

6 November 2014A fallen trailer at City Cabanas has rendered Mombasa road impassable for a good part of the morning with motorists as far back as Mavoko have been stuck in traffic since 6am Thursday morning.

Tanker Catches Fire, Kills 26 In Kwara, Lagos

5th November 2014No fewer than 26 people lost their lives in separate auto accidents in Lagos and Kwara states on Monday night.20 persons were feared dead while others sustained injuries as a fuel laden tanker caught fire at Bode-Saadu, headquarters of Moro Local Government Area of Kwara State while five others were burnt to death when a runaway truck driver collided with three vehicles including two stationary tankers in the Igando area of Lagos.There are contradictory reports on the number of casualties in the Kwara incident as the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mary Wakawa said only four people died during the accident while four others were seriously injured but residents of the area who witnessed the accident said more than 20 people may have died.

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Tanzania: Police, Stakeholders Move in to Curb Road Accidents

Commuter bus chairman suggests death penalty.
THE Traffic Police Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders, has made improvements to some road safety regulations as one of the immediate measures to curb accidents that continue to claim lives of many innocent Tanzanians.Speaking at a meeting to review the improvements in Dar es Salaam, the Traffic Police Commander, Mr Mohamed Mpinga, said that records show that road accidents were on the increase, thus such improvements were vital.”Now, we have made improvements to four regulations that we believe will help to greatly reduce or entirely eliminate traffic accidents as well as saving the lives of many people,” he said.He pointed out that shortage of modern equipment for vehicles inspection was affecting the traffic department.The Traffic head noted that the improvements will help in compelling vehicle owners to carry out regular examinations of their cars to ensure their road worthiness. The regulations amendments include on mandatory inspections of vehicles, replacement of light reflectors in passenger and cargo vehicles, drivers to get training necessary to streamline their licences before driving.The meeting involved various stakeholders, including drivers, owners of vehicles transporting passengers and cargo and passengers rights defending association.The chairperson of the meeting, Mr Zacharia Mganilwa, who is the rector at the National Institute of Transport (NIT) said that many accidents occur because drivers have not gone to driving school, so it is difficult to interpret road signs.The chairman of the commuter bus owners in Dar es Salaam (DARCOBOA), Mr Sabri Mabruk, said that it was better to ensure that amended regulations are enforced to curb accidents.”Deterrent punishment should be imposed on the driver and owner of the vehicle that would have caused an accident that kills people, possibly all should be handed the death penalties,” said Mabruk.
05 November 2014

Egypt school bus collides with tanker, 18 dead

© AFP/File | The World Health Organisation says more than 12,000 people die every year in road accidents across Egypt, such as in this fatal collision near Sharm el-Sheikh where 33 people were killed on August 22, 2014

 At least 18 people were killed when a bus packed with high school students collided with three other vehicles, including a tanker truck, in northern Egypt on Wednesday, medics said.The crash, near the Nile Delta city of Damanhur, 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Cairo, also injured 18 people, some of them seriously, police and hospital officials said.Medics were not immediately able to say how many of the dead were children because the bodies were so badly burned after the vehicles burst into flames.The fire completely gutted the bus which had been transporting the teenagers to school. Scorched text books were scattered near the wreckage, shown in footage aired by Egyptian television.Medics said three charred bodies, including that of a police officer, were pulled out of a sedan which was also involved in the crash.Provincial governor Mustafa Hadhud told Egyptian television that the bus had skidded after torrential rains struck the region.One of the pupils who survived the crash said that the bus had arrived late and that the driver had explained “there had been a problem” with the vehicle.”I was sitting in the back of the bus when the accident happened, and I jumped out of a window,” the child told the private Egyptian CBC Extra in a telephone call from hospital.Roads in Egypt are often poorly maintained and traffic regulations little enforced.On Sunday, 11 female university students were killed in a collision in the south of Egypt.That accident sparked protests by fellow students in Sohag province.Road accidents are responsible for an average of nearly 12,000 deaths a year in Egypt, according to the World Health Organization.Some of the deadliest accidents have sparked protests and accusations of government negligence.After Wednesday’s crash, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the prime minister to visit the scene.He also gave instructions for the injured to be treated in military hospitals.A cabinet statement promised “decisive measures to confront road accidents.”

Zimbabwe: 3 cattle drown as car plunges into a river

by Staff reporter
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The incident occurred 2km outside Gwanda town along Blanket Mine Road at midday on Monday, as they were ferrying the beasts into town.Fanuel Sibindi, who was a passenger, said the driver – identified only as Sabelo – lost control of the vehicle as it approached the bridge, resulting in the accident.”The driver lost control of the vehicle and in a moment of fear grabbed me as the vehicle plunged into the river,” he said.”I managed to break the window of the vehicle before coming out.”Sabelo only managed to come out after a few minutes and was rushed to hospital, where he is admitted.”Scores of motorists were delayed by up to an hour, as firemen tried to remove the trapped animals from the vehicle. The river is superstitiously believed to possess mermaids.Two men who witnessed the accident, claimed to have seen one before the accident occurred, adding that a boy on a bicycle had fallen into the river moments before the truck plunged in.Widespread calls to have the bridge rehabilitated have fallen on deaf ears as each year accidents occur.However, Gwanda mayor Knowledge Ndlovu, who was at the scene, said efforts were underway to have the bridge reconstructed.10 university students killed in Egypt accident

Ten university students were killed and another five injured today in a road accident in Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt.

The mishap happened on Al-Kawamel road in Sohag when the bus they were travelling in fell into a dried sluiceway as the driver attempted to avoid a collision with a truck coming from opposite direction.Ten students and the driver of the bus were killed in the mishap, media reported. Five students were injured and were rushed to hospitals.University students protested against the death of their colleagues, who were returning to their homes from the varsity.Minister of Higher Education el-Sayed Abdel-Khaleq announced that study in the varsity will remain suspended for four days from tomorrow following the mishap.has one of the world’s highest accident rates because of careless driving, and poor road and vehicle conditions.The WHO ranks Egypt the world’s tenth worst country in road accidents, after India, and the US.A recent report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said there were 15,578 car accidents in Egypt in 2013, up 0.4 per cent from the year before, which claimed the lives of 6,716 people and injured 22,411 others.
4 NOVEMBER 2014

Gambia: Five APRC Militants Die in CAR Accident

President Yahya Jammeh, national chairman and party leader of the ruling APRC party regrets with deepest sorrow to announce the death of five APRC militants and Green Youth leaders who were involved in car accident upcountry on Saturday 1st November.They were buried on Sunday 2 November 2014. The five, who lost their life in the accident are Lamin Njie of Brusubi, Dawda Conteh of Bakau, Modou Lamin Sanyang of Serrekunda (Crab Island), Lamin Touray alias Tin Tin of New Jeshwang, and Bakary Tanja of Bundung.According to eyewitnesses, the accident involved a double-cabin pickup vehicle carrying 13 APRC party militants together with their drums, to join the President in his Vision 2016 tour of farms in the provinces.When the accident occurred, two people reportedly died on the spot while three others were later pronounced dead at the Soma Health Centre.The vehicle was going towards Janjangbureh in the Central River Region, where President Jammeh was touring Vision 2016 farms. However, before crossing over to CRR, the pickup reportedly somersaulted at the Pakaliba Bridge in Lower River Region.Two of the 13 people in the vehicle – Dawda Conteh of Bakau and Lamin Njie of Brusubi – confirmed dead on the spot, while Modou Lamin Sanyang of Serekunda, Lamin Touray of New Jeshwang and Bakary Tanja of Bundung were also pronounced dead at Jarra Soma Health Centre. All were buried on Sunday. According to an eyewitness account, many who were in the vehicle including the deputy youth mobiliser, Fatou Jeng, sustained serious injury with bruises on their face, head and other parts of the body.Sources further added that the vehicle left KMC in the early hours of Saturday morning rushing to join the President at his farms in CRR.The driver was reportedly running at a high speed towards Janjangbureh and, upon reaching the Pakaliba Bridge, he could not control the vehicle and it eventually somersaulted.Another eyewitness said the villagers of Pakaliba helped pull out the victims from the vehicle, who were later taken to Jarra Soma Health Centre for treatment.The driver was said to be safe, at the time of going to press.

 Fatal collision in the UThungulu health district

03 November 2014Just before midnight last night paramedics in the Uthungulu health district responded to a collision on the Ngwelezane road near the Mhlathuze turn off, where two vehicles had collided in what appeared to be a head on collision.Occupants from the one vehicle were not injured, as it appears that the car’s safety features minimised their injures. However, the other vehicle, a small car, caught alight after the crash. Sadly two occupants of this vehicle died before paramedics arrived on scene, while another three men were critically injured as a result of the collision and ensuing fire.Paramedics started treating these patients before rushing them to Ngwelezane hospital for continued care.The exact cause of the collision and the events preceding the collision are being investigated by the police. The road, which was closed for over three hours has since been cleared and reopened.

35 people injured in Pretoria accident

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2014Netcare 911 paramedics were called to an accident scene this morning, after a bus overturned on the N1 in Wonderboom Pretoria, leaving 35 people injured.Netcare 911 Spokesperson Chris Botha said when they arrived at the scene, they found a total of 35 people injured ranging from serious to minor. the bus was travelling south bound on the N1 when the trailer started swaying for unknown reasons.“They were treated on scene and transported through to various hospitals for further medical care.” Botha added.Exact details to the cause of the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.

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31 OCTOBER 2014

Angola: Road Accidents Issue a National Problem – Parliament Speaker

Luanda — The Speaker of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, said last Thursday in Luanda that road accidents have become a national problem, causing great concern to the Angolan citizens due to the social and economic consequences they have brought about to the families.
Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, who was delivering a speech at the monthly debate promoted by the National Assembly on the theme “Prevention of Road Accidents”, mentioned the need for discussing strategies for taking action against such situation.Thus, he praised the report presented by the specialty commissions of the National Assembly, in which one finds information additional elements that result from an opinion poll which received contributions from various political actors. The document states that Angola occupies the fifth position in the list of countries with highest number of road accidents in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region with 23.1% of the cases, only outnumbered by Lesotho (28,4%), South Africa (27,6%), Namibia (25,0%) and Zambia (23,8%).In this context, it was recommended that an additional legislation to the Traffic Code be passed aimed at tackling the high number of road accidents being recorded countrywide, as well as the introduction of a subject in school relating to prevention and awareness about road accidents.The topic was proposed by the ruling MPLA parliamentary bench.
Ghana: 9 killed on Kintampo-Tamale Highway

Nine persons died on the spot, in a fatal accident at Gurumpe, along the Kintampo-Tamale Highway at 8.30 pm on Tuesday, October 28. Eleven other passengers sustained various degrees of injury, and are currently responding to treatment at the hospital.Briefing the Ghana News Agency, Mr Agyabeng Mensah Abrampa, Brong-AHafo Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission said the bodies had been deposited at the Kintampo Hospital mortuary.He explained that the deceased and other passengers were traveling from Bolgatanga to Accra on board a Yutong bus, which collided head-on with a Kia Rhino.Mr Abrampa said the Kia truck, which was loaded with timber, in an attempt to dodge a bad part of the road, veered off its lane and collided with the Yutong bus which was coming from the opposite direction.Among the injured was constable Kelvin Osei, stationed at the Bolgatanga police station, who was providing escort to the Yutong bus, he added.Mr Abrampa disclosed that 206 people died through 752 recorded road crashes in the region from January to September this year.He said the accidents, which involved 1,046 vehicles injured 913 people.

Three die on the spot in head-on collision along Harare-Mutare highway

29 October 2014

Three people died on the spot when a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a truck near Mabvuku turnoff along the Harare-Mutare Road on Wednesday night.All the three people, including the driver, who were in the VW Polo (registration number ADG 2294) died while the other two who were in the Mercedes Benz Ateco truck escaped unhurt.The accident occurred at around 7.50pm.According to eyewitnesses, the VW Polo was heading towards the Harare while the truck was going towards Ruwa.The truck driver Mr Faretta Domingo said: “I was driving in the inner lane when the vehicle encroached and hit the right front tyre of my truck. The car also had no lights on.”Mr Barnabas Muranda, who was a passenger in truck, said all the three passengers believed to be in their early 20s died on the spot.The VW Polo was extensively damaged (sic!).Harare firebrigade and police were later informed and they removed the bodies which were trapped in the vehicle.

South Africa: Road Accident Fund Pays Out R22.2 Billion (2,043,333,510 US Dollars)

29 October 2014 http://www.sanews.gov.za/

Pretoria — The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has paid a record number of claims amounting to R22.2 billion to crash survivors in the 2013/14 financial year.

“In the 2013/14 financial year, the number of open claims has reduced year-on-year to what is now less than half of what it was five years ago, indicating that administration is more efficient,” said RAF CEO Eugene Watson.”In the period under review, the number of open and reopened claims reduced to 198 140 from 212 085 (2012/13) and the total awaiting compensation or legal cost payments reduced by 47 627 from 279 912 (2012/13) to 232 285.”Claims payments grew by 47% to a record high of R22.2 billion (2012/13: R15.2 billion),” he said.He said the RAF has improved productivity, controls, deployed cash efficiently and expanded its geographical footprint to make its services more accessible to all road users countrywide.According to Watson, this is as a result of management interventions to optimise claim payments, efficient business processes, provision of additional staff members, and implementation of alternative claims administration.While the rising provision for outstanding claims continues to place strain on the RAF’s financial resources, Watson said the organisation has bucked this trend by remaining committed to assessing and finalising claims in a speedy and efficient manner.This is in light of the profound negative impact of road traffic accidents on victims from a health, vocational and social perspective.The Auditor-General has also recognised the RAF’s prudent management of public funds by rewarding it with a second consecutive clean audit for the 2013/14 financial year.”Reducing the frequency, severity and impact of accidents is the Fund’s highest priority, as the estimated cost of road crashes to South Africa’s economy remains staggeringly high at R306 billion per annum.”Despite this, the RAF will continue being the social security safety net for those who are maimed on SA’s roads.

“During the year under review, the RAF continued its departure from a legacy of less than stellar performance, reinvigorating its efforts to make a socio-economic impact on families, homes and communities,” Watson said.He said the Fund has provided compensation in a time-efficient and cost-effective manner, while continually exhibiting the highest standard of financial and risk management.He said over 7 000 funeral claims were paid by the RAF (in the context of 14 000 road fatalities per annum).The RAF Board and management remain committed to implementing plans that will curb the growing deficit caused by the rising provision for outstanding claims.These plans include engaging the National Treasury and the Department of Transport on an on-going basis to resolve the short-, medium- and long-term funding position of the organisation.However, Watson said a major challenge is that contingency fees in excess of an estimated 25% continue to be paid to attorneys, exacerbating the hardship accident victims suffer. In addition, 21% of total payments to claimants are still for legal fees, with R1.7 billion spent on RAF’s legal costs and R2.9 billion on claimant’s legal costs.”Consequently, the litigious nature of the adversarial compensation scheme where one needs to prove fault, and the subjectivity in determining loss-of-earnings and support benefits, has seen a claim take between 12 to 60 months to finalise,” he said.Road Accident Benefit SchemeThe Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS) Bill will address these challenges by eliminating the need to determine who was at fault, thus cutting out prolonged and often self-serving litigation.In terms of the Scheme, payments will be made directly and on a monthly basis to claimants, medical and healthcare service providers.RABS will also provide benefits for medical expenses, income support, family support and funeral benefits.

Algeria: Road Accidents – 266 Killed, 5311 Injured in 3rd Quarter of 2014. Population 39.2 million.

Lifetime risk of traffic death in Algeria. Approximately 0.2% of the population will die in a crash in a 60 year lifetime and 3.2% of the population will have been injured in a traffic crash in a 60 year lifetime.

28 October 2014

Algiers — Two hundred and twenty six people were killed and 5311 others were injured in 4354 road accidents which occurred during the third trimester of 2014 in urban areas, according to the report published Sunday by the General Directorate of the National Police (DGSN).
The human factor remains the cause of 96.64% of these accidents notably speeding, overtaking, tailgating, and the negligence of pedestrians, added the source. The DGSN, which said that 36.369 driver’s licenses were withdrawn and 6.373 vehicles were impound during the same period, called all users to respect the Highway Code.

Namibia: 44 accidents involving 115 people, over the weekend

28 October 2014

THE Motor Vehicle Accident Fund said despite efforts to create safety on the roads, accidents are on the rise following 44 incidents involving 115 people over the weekend.Of the 115 people, 83 sustained slight to serious injuries while three – two from Khomas and one from Oshikoto region – died.MVA chief of corporate affairs Kapena Tjombonde said despite efforts by various role-players in the road-safety fraternity to minimise the incidence of road crashes, injuries and fatalities, road crashes are on an alarming rise.Tjombonde said six pedestrians sustained injuries in a hit-and-run crash on Friday, while five others were injured in road crashes on Saturday.She also said mass casualties occurred on Saturday in a crash involving a bus carrying 23 workers from a construction company and a Hyundai bakkie at the corner of Otjomuise Road and Independence Avenue.“Notably, most of the crashes occurred at night and the early hours of the morning – a cause for concern as night-time driving presents its own challenges with regard to visibility and speeding. Road users are at great risk of either causing road crashes, sustaining injuries or losing their lives,” she said.Tjombonde said MVA calls on all road users to avoid driving at night, to keep to the regulated speed limits, exercise patience and ensure they are visible when crossing a road.

25 OCTOBER 2014

Tanzania: Three Die in Chalinze Road Accident

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Kibaha — THREE people have died and two others were injured in an accident which involved two vehicles on Thursday night along Pera ward, Chalinze division in Bagamoyo District, Coast Region.Coast Regional Police Commander (RPC), Ulrich Matei told reporters on Friday that the vehicle with registration numbers T 939 ADD driven by Said Bashari (25), which was heading to Dar es Salaam collided with a Coaster bus which has not yet been identified.Commander Matei mentioned the deceased as Said Bashari who was driving the Scania lorry, Jumanne Fredy (24) and an unidentified man aged between 30 to 35 years.The injured are Ramadhani Juma (21), a resident of Kilimanjaro Region and Athumani Shabaan (45), who resides in Morogoro Region. The accident occurred when the driver of the Scania lorry was trying to overtake another vehicle, but ended up colliding with the Coaster which was coming from the opposite side.

3 killed in Vereeniging crash

2014-10-26 

Johannesburg – Three people died and five people were injured when a car collided with a transporter vehicle on Saturday on the R59 near Vereeniging, paramedics said.ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said the two of the injured people were critically injured and were airlifted from the scene.”Paramedics that arrived on the scene found people and debris scattered across the highway. Both vehicles were found several meters apart from each other with the BMW almost burnt out completely,” he said.”One of the critically injured patients suffered from a traumatic amputation while the other sustained severe chest injuries.”The cause of the accident was not known.

South Africa: Former 800 world champ killed in car crash25 October 2014
President Jacob Zuma is shocked and saddened over the passing of Olympic silver medalist, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the Presidency said on Friday. “The nation has lost a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes who flew the South African flag across the sporting globe,” said Zuma.
“We wish to convey, on behalf of government and the entire country, our heartfelt condolences to his family, ASA, the South African sports fraternity and the International Olympics Committee. May his soul rest in peace.” Spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mulaudzi died in a road accident on his way to an Athletics South Africa (ASA) meeting in Johannesburg. Zimbabwe: Timeline of Zanu-PF bigwigs accidents

23 October 2014

Government officials have historically been involved in road accidents, some of which have been fatal.Below is a timeline of the accidents.Outspoken Guruve South MP Edward Chindori-Chininga was in June 2013 involved in a road accident that claimed his life.General Josiah Magama Tongogara (1979) – Zanla Commander. Died in Mozambique on the eve of independence on December 26, 1979 in a mysterious car accident and was reburied in Zimbabwe on August 11, 1981.William Ndangana (1989) -Senior Zanu-PF member – died near Nyazura in a suspicious car accident on June 27, 1989.Sydney Malunga (1994) – Outspoken Member of Parliament for Bulawayo’s Mpopoma constituency died on August 28, 1994 in a car accident as he tried to avoid hitting “a black dog”.Christopher Ushewokunze (1994) – A prolific lawyer, economist and Zanu-PF government minister was killed in a car crash on January 17, 1994 near Suri Suri in Chegutu.Witness Rukarwa (1995) – Mashonaland West governor died in a mysterious car crash in 1995. His death was linked to feuding
within Zanu-PF.Zororo Duri (1996) – He was told not to contest for the chairmanship of Zanu-PF Manicaland province against Kumbirai Kangai, but he went ahead and won.He was appointed ambassador to Cuba, but was killed at the very same spot where Ndangana crashed near Rusape along Mutare-Harare road.Moven Mahachi (2001) -Then Defence minister and Zanu-PF political commissar. He died in a mysterious road accident on May 26, 2001 in Nyanga.Border Gezi (2001) – Zanu-PF political commissar, government minister and MP for Bindura died in a car accident on April 28, 2001, along the Harare-Masvingo Highway.Brigadier General Paul Armstrong Gunda (2007) – The State claimed he died in a rail-road accident near Watershed College in Marondera.
His wife disputes the facts.Elliot Manyika (2008) – Zanu-PF political commissar. Died on December 6, 2008 at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo due to injuries sustained in a road accident along Zvishavane-Mbalabala road.Details of the accident have not yet been made public. The family suspects foul play.

Ghana: Road accidents: 1,441 killed in 9 months (Ghana population = 25.9 million)

23 October 2014

Lifetime risk of traffic death in Ghana. Approximately 0.5% of the population will die in a crash in a 60 year lifetime and 3% of the population will have been injured in a traffic crash in a 60 year lifetime.

A total of 1,441 persons were killed in road crashes nationwide during the first nine months of this year. Out of the number, 1,114 were males and 327 were females.The number of males above 18 years killed amounted to 959 while those below 18 years were 155.Females above 18 who died were also more than females below 18 who died, with figures at 228 and 99 respectively.These deaths occurred from 10,061 crashes nationwide involving 15,600 vehicles.Out of the 15,600 vehicles, commercial vehicles recorded the highest crashes, numbering 6,871, followed by 6,643 private vehicles and 2,086 motorcycles.Minor cases scored 6,060 cases, serious cases recorded 2,877 cases, and fatal cases scored 1,124, all within the same period.The Accra Region recorded the highest number of cases with 3,826 crashes.The breakdown is: 198 fatal; 1,031 serious; and 2,602 minor injuries.Eastern Region came second with 1,116 crashes, and the breakdown is 157 fatal, 406 serious injuries, and 553 minor injuries.The Tema Region was in third position with a total of 1,091 cases. The breakdown is as follows: 42 fatal cases, 210 serious injuries, and 839 minor injuries.The Ashanti, Central, Brong Ahafo, Western, and Volta regions came next with 937, 792, 786, 619, and 510 cases respectively.The Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions recorded the least crashes with 154, 128 and 102 cases respectively.

Three die daily on Namibian roads (Namibia population = 2.3 million)

23 October 2014Lifetime risk of traffic death in Namibia. Approximately 1.6% of the population will die in a traffic crash in a 60 year lifetime and 13% of the population will be injured in a traffic crash.

AT LEAST three people die on Namibia’s roads every day, said the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) chief executive officer Rosalia Martins-Hausiku.

Martins-Hausiku said up to 8 October 2014, the MVA’s call centre recorded 2 596 road crashes, 4 618 injuries and 533 deaths as a result of road crashes this year. “This translates to an average of three persons losing their lives on our roads daily. These deaths can be prevented if all road users commit to being more responsible,” she said. On Saturday, a Toyota pickup carrying 19 security guards overturned in the Monte Christo Road in Katutura, Windhoek. Although no one died, four guards sustained serious injuries and they were all rushed to hospital.MVA chief of corporate affairs Kapena Tjombonde said it was established that the driver of the vehicle was unlicensed. This, she said, is a grave concern as unlicensed drivers are not experienced. They compromise their safety and those of others.Tjombonde said this incident places focus on the aspect of work place road safety, which requires employers to not only adopt a work place road safety policy, but ensure that such a policy is implemented to ensure that their employees not only become safer road users, but are transported safely in decent vehicles. “The fund reminds the public of the Road Traffic and Transport Act which clearly stipulates that ‘no person shall operate a goods vehicle conveying persons on a public road unless that portion of the vehicle in which the people are being transported is enclosed to a height of at least 3.5 metres above the surface upon which such person is seated or at least nine metres above the surface on which such person is standing,” Tjombonde said.She said the MVA calls upon employers to ensure that they provide safe and appropriate modes of transport for their workers.Martins-Hausiku said the MVA is urging employers and the public to join activities that are lined up to minimise the occurrence of road crashes. “All of us -state-owned enterprises, private businesses, civil society, government or the general public – have a role to play in ensuring that our roads become safer,” she said.

21 OCTOBER 2014

Algeria: Road Accidents – 47 Killed, 1198 Injured in One Week

Algiers — A total of 47 people were killed and 1198 others were injured nationwide in road accidents which occurred from 12 to 18 October, a toll published by the Civil Protection said Thursday.

The heaviest toll was recorded in the province of Oran with 6 killed and 42 injured in forty accidents.During the same period, members of the Civil Protection made 4260 interventions to cover 3784 different operations and assistance to people in danger.

20 OCTOBER 2014

Somalia: Government Troops Die in Road Accident

Today, seven government soldiers died in a road accident at Taree Dishe (KM13) on Mogadishu-Afgoye Highway.

Eyewitnesses told Dalsan that the seven died after a vehicle they were travelling in which was over speeding suddenly overturned after the driver lost control of it. The vehicle deviated from the highway before it rolled. Five other passengers including a cameraman from HORN CABLE TV and another civilian survived with injuries.The bodies of the deceased soldiers and the injured ones were brought to Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital.Most of the drivers of the military vehicles in the country over speed and consequently cause fatal accidents.

 Zimbabwe: MDC-T’s Lovemore Moyo battling for his life after horrific accident

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20 October 2014 |

Former parliamentary speaker and MDC-T national chairperson Lovemore Moyo, was on Sunday involved in a horrific crash that left him battling for his life at a hospital in Bulawayo.According to party information chief Douglas Mwonzora, Moyo was travelling from Harare where he attended a stormy national executive committee meeting ahead of the opposition MDC-T’s elective congress set for October 30.”He sustained critical head injuries and is admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals. They say he will be fine, he is critical but in a stable condition. His aide sustained a broken leg and ribs while his driver sustained a broken leg,” said Mwonzora.It was not clear as of last night what exactly caused the accident.

One killed, 14 injured in Golden Highway crash

2014-10-18 

Johannesburg – One person was killed and 14 others were injured in a collision involving two cars and a minibus taxi on the Golden Highway in Vanderbijlpark on Friday, paramedics said.”One person was found with fatal injuries. Six people were found in a critical condition, four of them were children below the age of five years,” said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.”It is believed that two light motor vehicles collided head-on with each other. Paramedics also found a severely mangled taxi in nearby veld.”The minibus taxi appeared as if it overturned several times before it landed back on its wheels.”They [paramedics] found it difficult to determine which patients came from the taxi and which ones were from the two vehicles as the majority were flung from the vehicles during the collision.”The driver of the taxi was found trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by the local fire department using hydraulic rescue equipment.Vermaak said the majority of the patients sustained severe head and chest injuries.”One of them sustained a partial amputation to one of his limbs.”The injured were transported to Sebokeng and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospitals.The cause of the collision was not yet known.

Alberton crash truck driver a repeat offender

2014-10-16 

 Scene of the Alberton N12 tanker crash. (Santi Steinmann, Netcare911)
Scene of the Alberton N12 tanker crash. (Santi Steinmann, Netcare911)Johannesburg – The driver of the truck that ploughed into almost 50 vehicles in early morning traffic on the N12 East near Alberton was a repeat offender, the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court heard on Thursday.

Isaac Wade Maruding had been arrested for reckless and negligent driving in 1996. A year later, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the crime but his jail term was suspended for four years.In 1999, he was arrested and convicted of culpable homicide. His conviction invoked the suspended sentence he had received in 1997 and he subsequently spent 18 months behind bars.The incidents were alleged to have occurred in Viljoenskroon in the Free State.Prosecutor John Ntuli revealed the details of Maruding’s previous convictions during his first court appearance after the deadly crash that occurred on Tuesday.The State wanted to find out if any action was taken against Maruding’s licence following his convictions.”Since he has previous convictions, this a schedule five matter,” Ntuli told the court.Dressed in blue overalls, Maruding tried to hide from the media.He kept his face lowered at all times and kept his jacket pulled over his head, even when he stood up to address the magistrate.Maruding’s truck smashed into dozens of cars near Voortrekker road on Tuesday.Two people died on the scene while two others died in hospital. Sixteen others were injured.Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi described this as perhaps the worst crash the province had ever had.Authorities who were at the scene reported that Maruding claimed his brakes had failed.Ntuli, however, told the court that Maruding was not found on the scene.”He left the site of the accident… He was arrested in Potchefstroom,” said Ntuli.”It needs to be established whether he ran away or what… Why did he not immediately go to the police station?” asked Ntuli.Maruding’s lawyers, Gerhard Louw and Deon van Staden, who were appointed by Benusi Cargo Carriers — the trucking company he worked for –attempted to apply for bail on Thursday .Ntuli opposed their application.”We are going to oppose this bail, especially for the fact that he absconded from the scene,” said Ntuli.”And today was not set down for bail but for a bail appearance,” he said, adding that the State needed to gather more information for the bail application.Louw told the court he and Van Staden were unsure whether they would continue representing Maruding going forward. “We have not received instructions to proceed,” Louw said.The court asked for direction from Maruding. He told the court he would appoint his own lawyers for his bail application.Louw and Van Staden then withdrew from the case.Asked whether he would apply for legal aid or bring in his own lawyer, Maruding said he was unsure.”It is difficult to make a decision now because I was under the impression that I already had lawyers,” the Sotho-speaking man said through an interpreter.He had until his next court appearance on October 22 to secure a lawyer and prepare for his bail application.Maruding is facing four charges of murder and a single charge of culpable homicide. Ntuli indicated that more charges could be addedSpeaking after the accident on Tuesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters called for action to be taken against the truck owners if it was found that their truck was in fact faulty.”I urge for the harshest possible punishment to be meted out against the offenders,” Peters said in a statement.”The owner of the truck should be brought to book should it be absolutely ascertained that the truck was mechanically defective,” she said.

Kenya: Eight sand harvesters perish following a road accident along the Mai Mahiu-Narok road

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Eight sand harvesters have died and six others were seriously injured following a road accident along the Mai Mahiu-Narok road. The accident occurred when a lorry which was carrying thirteen sand harvesters swerved and rolled in attempts to evade a motorcycle. Sharon Momanyi reports.

Ghana: One Black Stars fan dies, four injured in another car accident enroute to Tamale for Guinea match

15th October 2014<B> </ b>One Black Stars fans has died and four others are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were involved in a car accident in their journey from Kumasi to Tamale to watch Ghana take on Guinea in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.The accident occurred in Yapei on their journey from Kumasi to Tamale for the crucial match as the SUV they were travelling in somersaulted close to the White Volta river.The deceased George Appiah, a staff of the Kumasi Stadium clinic, met his untimely death as the vehicle with registration number AW 9759 W veered off the road leading to the accident.But one of the seriously injured is Issahaku, the Kumasi Stadium keeper who is popularly known as ‘Battiga’ who was part of the delegation from the Support Ghanaian Coaches group which backs the appointment of native coaches for Ghanaian national teamThe injured including Battiga were rushed to the Tamale Government Hospital where they have been put under intensive care.An eye-witness to the tragedy which occurred at Yaper which is the mouth of the Volta River, near Tamale revealed that the injured were rushed to the Tamale Government Hospital for treatment.

According to the eye-witness, the V-8 Land Cruiser with registration number AW 9759 W on which the supporters were travelling, sped off the road and somersaulted three times before landing on the left side of the road.

Critical injuries, deaths, in N12 accident

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UPDATE 15 October 2014

Alberton crash truck owner may be charged

Horror Alberton crash

Johannesburg – The owner of the truck which ploughed into dozens of cars in Alberton on Tuesday will face the wrath of the law if it is found that his truck was faulty, the department of transport said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said it was sometimes found that truck owners neglected to check the roadworthiness of their vehicles and made drivers use faulty vehicles for long trips.”I urge for the harshest possible punishment to be meted out against the offenders,” Peters said in a statement. “The owner of the truck should be brought to book should it be absolutely ascertained that the truck was mechanically defective,” she said.The truck driver has since been arrested. He claimed his brakes failed, leading him to ram into 49 vehicles which were moving in steady traffic on the N12 east near Voortrekker Road.Four people were killed in the crash.”Two people were certified dead on the scene and now we have just received a report that two more died in hospital,” said transport department spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso.Dozens more people were injured, some of them critically.Peters visited the accident scene. She sent her condolences to those who were killed in the crash and wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured. She called for a thorough investigation to be conducted and for labour unions within the transport sector to defend truck drivers.”Some [truck drivers] often find themselves in vulnerable situations where their opinion regarding the wellness of a truck is of no significance to the owners,” said Peters. She would engage provincial and municipal authorities concerned to investigate the possibility of introducing by-laws to regulate the movement of heavy duty vehicles on selected routes within Gauteng.”This is more urgent than ever before. The cost to families and the economy is too high,” she said. Meanwhile, her department said the Road Accident Fund would assist affected families with burial arrangements, hospitalisation and counselling.
JOHANNESBURG – At least two people died, nine were critically hurt and 47 others injured after a truck ploughed through vehicles on the N12 east in Alberton, near the Voortrekker Road offramp (Exit 404).More than 20 vehicles were caught up in the collision.Details of exactly how the accident happened weren’t immediately clear on Tuesday morning.Ekurhuleni Emergency spokesman William Ntladi said the N12 has been shut-down as paramedics attend to the injured.

“A chopper will soon land on the N12 to transport the critically injured to either Linden Hospital or Germiston Hospital. The cause of the accident is not yet known. More details will be made available to public once emergency units have cleared the scene,” Ntladi said.A motorist who was just a few vehicles ahead in the N12 morning traffic said he heard a loud screeching noise behind him and a cloud of dust followed.

What he was witnessing through his rear view mirror was a collision between a large truck which was at a high speed smashing into other vehicles on the highway.

Caxton Distribution Manager, Freddy Sephaka was disturbed by the collision he had just witnessed and the after math thereof.At least fifty two cars were involved in a pile-up caused by the truck, and as many as four bodies seen scattered on the road.

“One man was lying on the road with blood gushing out of his head, I’m not sure if he was still alive but I doubt it,” said Sephaka.Another witness said the accident sounded like a train and it’s also believed that the trucks brakes failed.View image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on TwitterView image on Twitter

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3 KILLED IN DIEPSLOOT PYLON CRASH

13 October 2014Three people were killed when the car they were travelling in crashed into a pylon on the N14 near Diepsloot early Monday morning, Johannesburg metro police said.
One of the bodies was found in the burnt out vehicle while the other two were thrown out.Action

Three people have been killed in a car crash on the N14 near Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg. Their car caught fire after it crashed into a tree, then an electrical pylon in the early hours of Monday morning.One of the bodies was found in the burnt out vehicle while the other two were thrown out.Johannesburg Metro police’s Wayne Minnaar says, “The car caught fire, and two adult males were flung from the vehicle on impact while the other person burnt inside the car. It’s not clear which one was the driver. As the accident will need to be investigated further, traffic is being diverted around the scene. There are electrical cables on the road, on the N14 on the north-easterly direction, so it’s not safe for motorists to drive there.”

“Just before 2am, a white Audi A3 first collided with a tree; then an electrical pylon along the N14 East, before the R511, near Diepsloot,” Chief-Supt Wayne Minnaar said. The car made contact with live wires and caught fire.

Initially only two bodies were found, but Minnaar said that a third body was found as it grew light in the morning. One of the bodies was in the burnt out vehicle while the other two had been thrown from the car on impact.Traffic was still being diverted around the scene just after 6am because the electric cables from the pylon were still lying on the eastern carriageway, Minnaar said.

 Egypt minibus collision kills 30 near Edfu in Aswan

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At least 30 people have been killed and more than a dozen injured after three minibuses collided in southern Egypt’s Aswan province.The minibuses were believed to have been speeding, a senior security source said. The vehicles are often used as informal taxis.The accident occurred on a desert highway near the historic town of Edfu, the source said.Traffic accidents are common in Egypt, with hundreds killed every year.Poor maintenance of both roads and vehicles, excessive speeding and reckless driving are blamed for the high number of incidents.In August, two tour buses collided in Sharm el-Sheikh, killing 33 and injuring 41.Last November, at least 26 people were killed and 28 injured when a train crashed into a minibus and other vehicles south of the capital, Cairo.

UPDATE: KZN Shooting and accident

As more details emerge regarding Saturday’s shooting and accident on the Colenso/Pieters road the more certain it is that the initial shooting was a case of mistaken identity.When a group of heavily-armed men travelling in a Toyota Avanza chased a GP-registered Mercedes down the road, they believed they were following another Mercedes. As they opened fire without warning, the intention was clearly to kill everyone in the vehicle. The occupants of the Mercedes were, however, all women returning from a wedding and clearly not the intended targets.The women had been to a wedding in Ezakheni and being from Gauteng, they were trying to find their way out of the sprawling township when the gunmen pulled up behind them and opened fire.One woman was killed instantly and another is believed to have died in hospital. The fate of the other three women in hospital is unknown at this stage, but they were alive in hospital as of Sunday night.A taxi, heading into the township from Ladysmith, tried to avoid the unfolding carnage and collided with an oncoming truck.With death and destruction everywhere, and people screaming in agony, the callous gunmen brought their vehicle to a halt and approached the Mercedes, obviously intent on finishing the job.At this stage, they may have realised they had shot at the wrong vehicle, as they jumped back into their vehicle without firing another shot. They sped away towards Ezakheni, leaving behind the terrified victims, the dead (including a 3-year-old baby), the trapped and the dying.According to emergency services, four taxi passengers died at the scene and five more died in hospital later.Around 30 minutes later, five men were shot dead at a car wash in Ezakheni.Six men were in a white Isuzu bakkie, parked outside the car wash, when the brutal killers opened fire. Five of the six were killed in a hail of bullets.  One man was injured, but managed to escape.While not confirmed, it is believed that the killings are linked to ongoing taxi violence in the area.MEC for Safety & Security Willies Mchunu arrived in Ladysmith this morning (Monday) to visit the injured in hospital.A special task team has been set up to track down the killers.The number of dead remains a case for speculation, with 16 being the current number, while other sources stress that the number is 19.Altogether, 28 people were injured or killed in the space of about an hour.

Four women and toddler killed in KZN collision

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Four women and a toddler were declared dead on the scene around 5.30pm, spokesman Robert Mckenzie said.

“…four of the fatalities were occupants of the minibus, while the driver of the car was also [killed].”Jaws of Life were used to rescue occupants of the minibus, Mckenzie said.Three were critically injured, six sustained serious injuries and two had minor injuries.They were taken to the Ladysmith hospital for further care.“There were also reportedly several people from the car that were transported privately from the scene, details of which paramedics were not able to obtain,” he said.The cause of the accident was not clear.

Shooting and accident claim 14 lives in KZN

Sunday 12 October 2014 10:37SABC

A minibus taxi then collided with a truck while trying to avoid car.

A minibus taxi then collided with a truck while trying to avoid car.

A total of 14 people have been confirmed dead following a shooting and an accident in the Ezakheni township, Ladysmith, in the KwaZulu-Natal.Captain Thulani Zwane says five people were shot dead at a car wash in Ezakheni’s B-Section in Ladysmith, while another person was killed in an accident caused by a shooting on Ezakheni’s Peters Road. A further eight people were killed in an accident on the same road. All the incidents happened on Saturday.Zwane says: “The five people, all men, were sitting at the car wash around 6.30pm yesterday when occupants of a Toyota Avanza opened fire towards them. All five were fatally wounded.” Police found spent cartridges of R5 rifles and 9mm pistols at the scene. “The motive is unknown and no arrests have been made.” Zwane says it was unclear if the shooting was linked to another shooting incident in Ladysmith earlier in the day.He says a Mercedes-Benz with five occupants had been travelling along Peters Road and was followed by a VW Polo.”Occupants of the VW Polo opened fire towards the Mercedes and as a result the Mercedes lost control. One person died from the Mercedes and four others were injured and taken to hospital,” he said.Police opened a case of murder and four counts of attempted murder.This incident was followed by another accident on the same road.”A Kombi that was following the two vehicles, the Mercedes and the Polo, had a head-on collision with an oncoming truck.” Four occupants of the Kombi died on scene and several other passengers were taken to hospital. “Later, four others died in hospital,” said Zwane.KwaZulu-Natal Community Safety and Transport MEC, Willies Mchunu, has sent a team led by the Head of Department to Ezakheni. Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane says: “We have received reports indicating that this accident happened as a result of a vehicle, which was running away from the alleged shooting incident.”Ncalane says the MEC has assigned “a high level team led by the HOD of Transport to establish what could have been the cause of this accident.”Cases of culpable homicide were opened.Meanwhile, in a separate incident, 12 people have been injured when the minibus they were travelling in overturned on the N2 South, between Ballito and Tongaat.Netcare 911 spokesperson, Santi Steinmann, says the minibus rolled over and landed on the other side of the road, back on its wheels. The passengers sustained moderate to serious injuries.

Ghana: Tragic! Three burnt to death in car accident

Friday, 10 October 2014

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Three people, including a popular bakery owner, Dadzie of Dadzie Bakery, got burnt when a saloon car on which they were travelling from Takoradi to Cape Coast caught fire in an accident.

The fire, according to eyewitnesses, was triggered by a leakage in the fuel tank of the vehicle.Dadzie’s son had returned from London a few weeks ago, and was honouring an invitation to a wedding in Cape Coast with two friends when the incident occurred.Eyewitnesses said the vehicle capsized when it tried to overtake in a sharp curve and caught fire in the process.The bodies have been deposited at the Effia- Nkwanta Hospital Morgue in Takoradi.

Namibia:  NEWS – NATIONAL | 2014-10-09Print this page

Deputy Minister Isaacson dies

By Staff Reporter Namibian

NO MORE … Deputy minister of Mines and Energy, Willem Isaacks, died last night after a car accident about 40km north of Keetmanshoop. THE deputy minister of Mines and Energy, Willem Isaacks, died on Wednesday evening in the Keetmanshoop hospital after a car accident. He was 45 years old.His government-issued Toyota double-cab bakkie which he was driving veered off the road and overturned 40km north of Keetmanshoop earlier in the day.Although his condition was earlier described as stable by medical personnel, Isaacks subsequently had two heart attacks and went into a coma. He died around 19h45 and family confirmed the death.It is believed that Isaacks fall asleep while behind the wheels. A motorist, who arrived at the accident scene minutes after the car crash, told The Namibian that Isaacks was thrown out of the vehicle. The deputy minister was alone at the time of the accident.This was the third car accident involving the deputy minister after a previous one, which occurred in September 2011 when the car he was driving crashed on the gravel road to Koës, killing a seven-year-old boy, Alwara Esterhuisen. In that accident, the deputy minister broke an ankle and had minor hand and head injuries.At that time, the former //Karas regional commander Josephat Abel urged politicians, who have official drivers, to refrain from driving themselves.In April last year, the deputy minister also overturned his government Toyota double-cab bakkie after he lost control when he allegedly swerved to avoid a pool of rain water in the road.Police suspected that the deputy minister was speeding when the accident had happened on the gravel road between Tses and Berseba. The deputy minister, who was alone in the vehicle, only then sustained minor injuries to his head and shoulder.Cases of negligent driving were opened for both accidents.

KZN N3 Shongweni road crash leaves one dead and multiple injured

IMG-20141008-0007A man has tragically lost his life following a rear-end collision on the N3 in Shongweni this morning in Kwa-Zulu Natal.Emergency services arrived on scene and found that one heavy goods vehicle crashed into the back of another heavy goods vehicle resulting in the occupant of the heavy goods vehicle tragically losing his life.While services were on scene another heavy goods vehicle crashed into the primary accident scene which involved emergency services vehicles and then proceeded to crash through the centre median and collided with vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.Upon assessment of the all the occupants of the vehicles it was found that three people sustained serious injuries and three people sustained moderate injuries.A few of the emergency personnel also sustained injuries.All the injured patients were treated on scene and transported to various hospitals for further medical care.Exact details surrounding the accident will remain the subject of a police investigation.IMG-20141008-0008

One dead in triple Marianhill crash

2014-10-08 10:12

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Johannesburg – One person died and four others were injured in a collision that led to a second accident on the N3 near the Marianhill toll plaza in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday, provincial Emergency Medical Services said.In the first incident, two trucks collided and one person died on the scene, KZN EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said.”While emergency crews were working on scene, another truck crashed into the accident scene, smashing into a tow truck, fire engine and KZN EMS response vehicle”, said Mckenzie.Four people, including two paramedics, were injured in the second crash.Meanwhile, a third accident occurred on the opposite side of the highway.  It was unclear whether any people had been injured in that collision.

Zambia: 3 drown in car crash

October 06, 2014

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MUBANGA NONDO, NdolaTHREE people have drowned in Ndola after their car plunged into Kafubu River while on their way home from a drinking spree. Copperbelt deputy commissioner of police Mukuka Chewe said the accident happened around 02:00 hours yesterday.A Toyota Corolla plunged into the Kafubu River resulting in the drowning of Jeff Mwanza, 32, of house number 918, Kabushi township, who was driving the car,  Sam Mbuyu, 24, of house number 5289, Mushili township and Weston Kauseni, 17,of house  number 1542, also of Kabushi.“The three died on the spot after their vehicle plunged into Kafubu River. The deceased are believed to have been coming from a drinking spree when they met their fate,” Mr Chewe said.Police suspect that Mr Mwanza was overspeeding and the vehicle hit into the wall of the Bridge on Dag-Hammarskjold Road before it overturned and plunged into the river.
Mr Chewe said the vehicle was extensively damaged and the occupants were trapped in the submerged car.He said the bodies have been retrieved and are in the Ndola Central Hospital mortuary.

Boda Boda Accidents on the rise in Kenya

291 boda boda riders have been killed this year in road accidents

Posted on 06 October 2014.

290 boda boda iiiRoad traffic crashes, injuries and deaths involving motorcycles (boda boda) are on the rise in the country and the numbers are bound to go higher if nothing is done.Lack of training for the riders, failure to wear helmets and carrying excess passengers are the key contributors to the soaring numbers of accidents caused by boba boda riders.Most riders lack adequate training not just on safety but on the riding skills as well as majority of them just rely on their friends or relatives for the know-how. The aftermath, is dozens of inexperienced riders on our roads who continue to risk the lives of unsuspecting passengers.The usage of boda boda has gained massive popularity in the country in the recent years, and especially after the government waived duty on motorcycles below 250cc. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), between 2005 and 2011, motorcycle registration increased by almost 40-fold and in 2011, motorcycles made up 70% of all newly registered vehicles.According to accident statistics by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), 291 riders have died so far this year, compared to 234 who were recorded in the same period last year.An article in the Daily Nation, today reports that motorbike accidents contribute to the highest numbers of patients admitted in accident wards in the country.It’s reported that wearing a helmet is the single most effective way of reducing head injuries and fatalities resulting from motorcycle usage as it reduces the risk of road traffic-related head injuries by 70% and deaths by 40%, however usage of helmets in the country continues to be low even after a legislation enforcing wearing of helmets was enacted. Most survivors of boda boda accidents end up with fatal head injuries and broken limbs.Passengers have also failed to safeguard their own safety as they always collude with the riders to be carried in excess and it’s not surprising to come across a boda boda carrying four passengers plus luggage.Road accidents are the third leading causes of death and motorists and passengers continue to be the biggest casualties. The government should step up measures to ensure that the fast rising boda boda taxi industry is regulated.

Zimbabwe: 8 die in horror crash

by Thupeyo Muleya
06 October 2014

EIGHT people, among them three infants, were killed when a Mercedes Benz they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a haulage truck at the 271km peg along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge Road yesterday.Witnesses told of a horrific moment as three of the victims who were trapped in the wreckage burned to death while motorists watched helplessly.The Mercedes Benz was reportedly travelling towards Gwanda from Beitbridge with eight people on-board including the driver, while the haulage truck was travelling from Bulawayo to Beitbridge. The incident occurred at around 3pm but the police only got the report two hours later.Police officers close to the investigations said the driver of the Mercedes Benz tried to overtake in the face of oncoming traffic resulting in the head-on crash.”Indications are that the driver of the Mercedes Benz tried to overtake another vehicle. Unbeknown to him there was a truck travelling in the opposite direction resulting in the head-on collision,” said the source.”The two vehicles caught fire on impact. Two men who were in the truck escaped unhurt.”When reporters arrived at the scene, bodies of the dead had already been ferried to Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary.Both vehicles had been reduced to shells.Several empty beer bottles could also be seen in the wreckage of the Mercedes Benz.The two vehicles had also blocked the road, forcing police officers to divert traffic to avoid another accident.Witnesses said the driver of the smaller vehicle was spotted earlier in the day drinking beer in Beitbridge and died while holding on to a bottle of beer and the steering wheel.”When we arrived here three people from the Mercedes Benz had been seriously burnt. The driver was still trapped in the wreckage holding on to a beer bottle and the steering wheel,” said a woman identified only as Susan.Another witness said: “Three of the victims were trapped inside the Benz.”They were screaming as they slowly burned to death. There was nothing anyone could do to assist them.”

Malawi: Fatal lorry accident near Chiuzira claims three lives.

Marabi Post: Sunday, 05 October 2014 22:08

Lorry Involved in accidentTwo women and a child have died after a lorry carrying sand hit them. The accident took place at Gubu village near Chiuzira in T/A Tsabango area on Saturday at around 4:30pm when the driver lost control of the vehicle which started cruising down the slope due to the malfunctioning of the breaks, according to an eye witness who also got injured.The vehicle with no registration number belongs to Mr Lajah a business man who lost in the just passed elections as a UDF councillor in one of the wards in Area 23, also injured some of its occupants who have since been treated as out patients at Kamuzu Central Hospital. The driver and the assistants ran away in the course of the accident, the act that forced the vehicle to miss the road and plunged itself into a garden some 15 meters away from the road, hitting the women who were on their way to fetch water in the process.The bodies were taken by Kawale Police at around 6 pm in the evening to the same hospital where they were confirmed dead. The coming late of the Men in uniform on the scene could have resulted from communication break down since the accident happened at a remotest part of Area 23 with an impassable village roadThis is not the first incident where such vehicles are acting a stray bullets part. There has been several of such incidents in the past due to the fact that vehicles that carry sand,rocks and bricks in Area 23 and other parts of the country are unroadworthy and do not have the requirements for them to be on the road.In addition to that some of these vehicles are driven by drivers who does not even know what a driver’s licence is and if it is a requirement for them to be on road. With this kind of a situation, innocent people shall continue to die on the road through accidents involving such vehicles.The vehicle has since been burnt by angry villagers.

Three separate Limpopo accidents claim 8 lives

Sunday 5 October 2014 10:13SABC

Forensic investigators are still at the scene trying to establish the identity of the victims; the number plates of the vehicle have been totally burnt. (SABC). Eight people have been killed in three separate crashes in Limpopo.

Traffic police spokesperson Kakgiso Mootane says a major crash happened on the R81 road near Giyani where five occupants of a vehicle were burnt to death.All 3 accidents happened on Saturday night. “The one accident happened on the R101 near Modimmole and a passenger from that vehicle died and left five people critically injured.”He says the other accident happened at R81 near Koitishing village where a driver knocked down a pedestrian who died on the scene.”The most critical accident is the one that happened near Xikukwane village where a driver of an Opel sedan hit a pedestrian, lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree. The vehicle then caught fire and we have lost a driver and 4 passengers from that accident.”Forensic investigators are still at the scene trying to establish the identity of those victims, the number plates have been totally burnt.Meanwhile, Limpopo Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Mapula Mokaba-Phokwana says she is concerned about the increasing number of people who are being killed on the province’s roads.With only five days into October, which is Transport Month,15 people have been killed in separate accidents in Limpopo.The department spokesperson Mafenya Lediga says in Limpopo they have had 36 accidents reported whereby 15 people died and some were injured.”As the department we are concerned. We are calling on all our motorists to be very cautious on the road and we are making a call to our motorists and pedestrians to adhere to road rules, even where they do not see our traffic officials because some of these problems are caused by the attitude or behaviour of our motorists.”

Three killed in Vereeniging accident

Sunday 5 October 2014 12:28Three people died when their car got struck under a truck.

Three people died when their car got struck under a truck.(SABC)

Three people have been killed in a collision between a car and a truck in Vereeniging on the Vaal. The car was stuck under the truck and all three occupants sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured.“When the paramedics arrived on the accident scene they found that three people succumbed to the injuries. All three men were found trapped while their vehicle still wedged under the front. The paramedics came and found them dead at the scene as there was nothing they could do for them. The accident was handed to the police for further investigation to examine the exact cause of the incident,” says ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.Meanwhile, two people have been killed, and another one seriously injured in a crash in Mthunzini near Empangeni on the KwaZulu- Natal north coast.EMRS spokesperson, Robert McKenzie, says it appears that the driver of a small car lost control and crashed in on the side barriers. “Another person has been critically injured and rushed to hospital, it appears that the vehicle left the road and burnt into flames.”

Nigeria: Sallah tragedy: Eight killed in Akure-Owo road crash

October 05, 2014  By Dayo Johnson, Akure

At least eight persons travelling for the Eid- El- Kabir  celebration lost their lives in an auto crash along Akure/Owo expressway, in Ondo State.accidented-busThree others sustained various degrees of injuries in the crash which occurred on Friday evening.Sunday Vanguard gathered that the deceased were travelling in a Toyota Sienna vehicle marked  Anambra ABN 214, which was  heading to Abuja. It was learnt that the vehicle, after overtaking dangerously, had a head -on collision with a truck marked Lagos LND 426 XC coming from the opposite directionAn eye witness said six of the nine passengers in the Sienna died on the spot. Two others reportedly died on their way to hospital after they were rescued.Three other victims including passengers of the truck who were injured were last night, receiving treatment at the  Federal Medical Centre(FMC), Owo.Timely arrival of officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) and policemen at the scene of the crash saved the situation as those still alive were rescued.The Sienna was said to have been forcefully removed from under the truck by the FRSC officials and policemen. They had to use cutlasses and other instruments to cut open the bus before the victims were removed. The spokesman for Ondo State Police Command, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the crash.Ogodo said that the accident occurred  on Friday adding, that the three survivors were responding to treatment. The police spokesman said that the driver of the truck escaped from the scene immediately the crash occurred.

Jo’burg: Taxi driver with fake licence arrested

2014-10-05 14:06

Johannesburg – The taxi driver involved in a crash near Standerton which killed 11 people had been arrested for having a fake driver’s licence, the Mpumalanga department of community safety said on Sunday.”Traffic and police officers who attended the crash scene requested a driver’s licence from the driver and he produced a falsified licence,” spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.A kombi and a truck collided head-on on the R23 between Perdekop and Standerton on Friday. Eleven people were declared dead on scene.The Mpumalanga community safety department said the kombi they were travelling in failed to stop at a ‘stop and go’ construction site.Two people were seriously injured and four others sustained minor injuries.The Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC, Vusi Shongwe welcomed the arrest.”If it is true that he did not possess the appropriate documents, it should not end by the arrest for the falsified document, but the driver should also be prosecuted for murder because he knew that he was not competent to be a driver of a motor vehicle or a public transporter for that matter”, said Shongwe.He is facing a charge of falsifying a driver’s licence and driving a vehicle without a licence.Police are also investigating a case of culpable homicide.

ZIMBABWE: 2 killed, 74 injured in bus accident

by Aggrey Nyoni
04 October 2014 | 1028 Views

TWO people died on the spot while 74 were seriously injured when a bus they were traveling in veered off the road and overturned, landing on its roof in Nkayi on Thursday.Police sources said the Big Bheki Tours bus, which was travelling from Bulawayo to Nkayi, was overloaded when the driver failed to negotiate a narrow bridge along the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road at about 7PM.”Two women, aged 72 and 68 years, died on the spot. The bus was overloaded with goods. It had 76 passengers instead of 68. The chassis which was bent, was a major contributor because as the driver tried to drive across a narrow bridge at Gweru River, the back wheels remained in mid air and it overturned and landed on its roof,” said the source.He added that 73 people were admitted to Nkayi Hospital with serious head injuries while one was transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital and his condition was said to be critical.

Ghana: 12 dead in gory VIP bus accident

 Friday, 03 October 2014

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The accident occurred when two VIP passenger buses collided head on around 1: 30 am.One of the VIP buses which was travelling from Kumasi to Accra in an attempt to overtake a stationary cargo truck, collided with the bus traveling from Accra to Kumasi.According to Corporal Vincent Appiah of the Anyinam Police Station, 11 persons died on the spot while another passenger died while being conveyed to the hospital for treatment.Several others are said to be in critical condition.

 At least 3 Chinese tourists killed in S. Africa traffic accident

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) — At least three Chinese tourists were killed and an unidentified number of others injured when their bus collided with a van near Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the Chinese Embassy in South Africa confirmed.

The accident happened in Northwest Province. The bus, which was carrying a group of 20 Chinese tourists and a Chinese tour guide, was on its way back to Johannesburg from its north-western tourist attraction Sun City when the bakkie ran head-on with it, according to the Walk Through Africa Tours (WTAT), a travel agency which arranged the tour.The WTAT manager said the Beijing-departed tour group landed in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning and was scheduled to stay for six days.According to information gathered at the scene, at least three tourists were killed in the accident, two on the spot and one when transferred to Johannesburg by a rescue helicopter, said a Chinese official assisting the rescue.Meanwhile, other passengers suffered from injuries at various levels, with at least 3 severely injured.The severely injures were sent back to Johannesburg by helicopter, while some others were sent to nearby BRITS hospitals, said Pan Peng, counselor of Chinese Embassy to South Africa.Two witnesses at the scene said the bakkie collided with the bus when trying to overtake another vehicle on the road. It appeared that the driver was drunk.It remained unknown whether the bakkie driver was injured or killed.Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

Twelve killed on KZN roads

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A car and a taxi collided on the M13 joining the N3 Durban-bound.

Durban – Thirty people lost their lives on roads across the country at the weekend – with more than a third in KwaZulu-Natal.Rain and misty conditions in parts of the province had made driving challenging, with single vehicle accidents, roll-overs and multi-vehicle pile-ups occurring, the spokesman for KZN Emergency Medical Services, Robert McKenzie, said on Sunday.The unusually high number of deaths and critical injuries has angered road safety campaigners, who are calling for a reduction in speed limits, better traffic police enforcement and more traffic officers to be hired by the government. Better enforcement would reduce deaths and avert accidents, they say.The 12 deaths and 27 injuries in the province occurred in six accidents at the weekend.* A 6-month-old baby was killed and three people injured, one critically, when two vehicles collided on the N2 about 30km from Kokstad, at 6.30pm on Sunday.* In Izingolweni on the KZN South Coast, five people, including a 3-month-old baby, died and nine passengers were injured when a fully-laden minibus taxi overturned and rolled 30m down an embankment.* At uThungulu near Richards Bay, three died when a taxi overturned and rolled. Four passengers suffered traumatic injuries, said McKenzie.* At Braemar on the South Coast, a man was killed and six injured when two cars collided on the R612. A 30-year-old woman is in a critical condition.* At Marburg, five were injured when a minibus taxi crashed into a wall in Sugar Mall Road.* In Durban, two men were killed after losing control of their car, which hit a tree near the Kendra Hall and Greyville Racecourse at around 2am on Sunday. The dead have been identified as Samuel Vengetramadu and Avinash Badrinarain, both 30, from Crossmoor in Chatsworth.* In the Northern Cape, a 59-year-old man was arrested and charged with culpable homicide after 13 people were killed when a bakkie and a taxi collided on the N18 highway, near Hartswater.“The passengers were flung off and strewn all over the N18 and others landed in a nearby canal,” police spokesman, Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana, said. The driver was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.* In Beaufort West, five people were killed and 10 injured when a bakkie pulling a trailer was involved in an accident.Road Safety Accident Campaign founder, Richard Benson, accused the government of failing to address road safety by not employing more traffic officers to enforce vehicle checks on the roadworthiness of vehicles.There were 10 million cars on the roads and just 17 000 traffic officers nationally, he said, adding the government had to use traffic fine revenue to employ more officers. Benson said the money went to waste by being sent back to the fiscus.“The cost of the road carnage in South Africa is R360 billion per annum. With a tenth of that the government could afford to provide traffic officers where they are needed – everywhere. This would reduce road deaths overnight.”Benson said it was a poor excuse that there was no budget to hire traffic officers.He said there were more accidents on payday weekends as more motorists had money to buy alcohol, and more people were driving while drunk.“There is constant overloading of taxis, and speeding,” he said.“As a result, tyres blow. Often minibus taxis use cheap retread tyres. If we had traffic officers to enforce the law, these accidents would be avoided.”Benson said the government needed to follow New York City’s “Vision Zero” road safety campaign, which aims to cut road deaths to zero by reducing speeds, enforcing traffic control and by employing more traffic officers.KZN Department of Transport spokesman, Kwanele Ncalane, said Transport MEC Willies Mchunu would be launching October Transport month soon, to raise awareness and improve road safety.Daily News

South Sudan bus crash kills 60

Monday, 29 September 2014

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At least 60 people have been killed after a bus travelling from South Sudan to Uganda crashed into a truck, doctors say.’The police first brought something like 20 bodies… all in all they brought 56,’ said Xaviour Okadi, a doctor at the main hospital in South Sudan’s capital Juba.The crash is one of the worst recent accidents in South Sudan.The bus crashed shortly after dawn on Monday, on the main highway south to Uganda, some 25km from Juba. Police said the bus and truck collided head-on while crossing a bridge.Many of those killed were Ugandans, Okadi said, adding that around 15 were South Sudanese. An AFP reporter witnessed dozens of dead bodies in the hospital’s mortuary, many with wounds to the head, or with broken limbs.Ugandan traders play a key role in the South Sudan capital, many running small businesses or trading stores.The Ugandan army is also supporting government troops in South Sudan, battling rebel forces in a more than nine-month long civil war. The highway to Uganda is one of the few tarred roads in South Sudan, which is grossly underdeveloped after decades of war.

Bodies piled on each other

Inside the hospital mortuary, dozens of dead bodies were piled one on top of the other. Still more bodies were spread out on the floor.”We are treating the bodies and we are giving them back to the owners because the mortuary is small,” Okadi said. Okadi said most of the dead were traders. The drivers of both vehicles also died in the accident.A traffic policeman who helped transport victims to the hospital and tended to the few who survived said the crash happened at around 7:00 a.m. on a bridge around 25 kilometers outside Juba.The officer, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak, said a passenger bus operated by Bakulu Coaches was travelling from Juba to Kampala when it collided with a truck from Uganda. The two vehicles were entering a bridge from opposite directions when the accident occurred, the officer said. He said the truck was driving on the wrong side of the road. Ugandans drive on the left in their country, but, in South Sudan, traffic uses the right-hand lane.The officer said 13 people were injured in the accident. Most, if not all of them, were sitting at the back of the bus.Traffic officials say there have been several fatal accidents along the Juba- Nimule road since it was paved three years ago. This is the third time this year that a Bakulu Coaches bus has been involved in a deadly accident along the road, which is considered the most dangerous in South Sudan.

Northern Cape crash death toll rises to 15

Monday 29 September 2014 06:13SABC

The accident happened on Saturday on the road linking Vryburg in North West and Warrenton in the Northern Cape.(SABC)

Two more people have died after a collision between a bakkie and a minibus taxi in Hartswater in the Northern Cape, bringing the death toll to 15.The crash happened on Saturday on the road linking Vryburg in North West and Warrenton in the Northern Cape. Five of the injured are reported to be in a critical condition.Police spokesperson Olebogeng Tawana says the driver of the minibus is also in hospital with critical injuries while the driver of the bakkie has been arrested on charges of culpable homicide. Tawana says more charges could be added should they find that he was intoxicated.The police would then propose that the driver be charged with murder.The bakkie driver is to appear in court at the Hartswater Magistrate Court in the Northern Cape on Monday.

Accident victims robbed as they lay dying

2014-09-29 09:15

Jeff Wicks, The WitnessDurban – Two badly injured men were dragged from the mangled wreckage of their car and mugged of their possessions before being left to die on the pavement.This after their car had careened over a pavement and destroyed a tree before skidding to a halt on its side on Sydenham Hill near Durban’s Botanic Gardens.The entire shocking accident was recorded on the city’s CCTV camera network.CarnageWhat is more shocking is that, before the dust had settled, a car stopped and its occupants dragged the injured men from the car. Footage is understood to show men rifling through the accident victims’ pockets and through the wrecked car before they sped away.With damning video in hand, the hunt is now on for the thieves as police detectives trace the offending car.RescueCare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that paramedics had been confronted with a scene of carnage. “Paramedics arrived to find the vehicle on its side with the two occupants on the roadway. Paramedics rushed to assess the injured, however, found they had sustained serious injuries and had passed away before they could help.”The vehicle had sustained extensive damage as it had collided with a tree before coming to rest,” he said.Theft from crash victimsJamieson said that theft from crash victims was not uncommon.“We often see cases like this and it is abhorrent. People are often trapped and injured in their cars and thieves take advantage of that to rob them blind.”Jamieson said that theft from freight vehicles that crashed had also become a significant problem.Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the police are investigating. No arrest has been made yet.

2014-09-29

NAMIBIA: Eight people died, while 15 others were injured in different road accidents across the country between Friday and Saturday.

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), four people died on Friday. One was a pedestrian who was killed 50km from Rehoboth, and another died on the spot at Ondangwa. On the same day, a head-on collision about 80km from Mariental, along the Kalkrand road, claimed two more lives.A roll-over that occurred between Walvis Bay and Long Beach on Saturday night killed another person, and injured two. Police have identified the deceased as Lea Shikongo (28), a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), who was stationed at the Karibib Air Base.Another accident involving three vehicles that occurred between Swakopmund and Henties Bay killed three people and left 10 others injured. Three of the people had to be transferred to Katutura State Hospital because of the critical nature of their injuries.Walvis Bay police detective Inspector Erastus Iikuyu identified the deceased as bus driver, Frankey Christian Namaseb (age unknown), his wife Susan Namases (34), and Sonia Seibes (34).In a statement yesterday, the MVA said the increasing number of road crashes was worrisome because of the fact that there have been campaigns to educate people on road safety.“During the month of August 2014 alone, 80 people lost their lives as a result of road crashes, indicating that regrettably, on average three lives were lost on a daily basis on our roads. The MVA Fund has, on various occasions, appealed and continues to sternly appeal to drivers to be cautious when driving during the night as visibility is compromised,” the statement said.In an unrelated event, three men died at Onangwe cattle post in the Tsandi constituency, Omusati region on Friday while working in a well.Police yesterday said the three were removing mud from the well when two of them collapsed and died, while the third man died at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital later.The three were identified as Amunyela Augustus Heita (21), Josef Gerson (43), and Martin Endjala (43).Police suspected that the men could have inhaled some harmful chemicals from the well.

Five dead, 10 injured in bakkie crash

2014-09-27 12:26

Cape Town – Five people were killed in an accident in Beaufort West on Saturday, said Western Cape Emergency Medical Services.Ten others, including three children were critically injured in the incident, said spokesperson Robert Daniels.All 15 of them were travelling in a bakkie which was pulling a trailer.”[Their] bakkie and trailer rolled on the Aberdeen Road, 40km outside Beaufort West,” said Daniels.The injured were treated on the scene and then transported to the Beaufort West Hospital.The cause of the accident was unclear.

More road deaths on pay day weekends

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Road fatalities on pay-day weekends increase by almost 24 percent in the Western Cape, provincial transport MEC Donald Grant said on Thursday.

“Analysis of 2014 fatalities data indicates that fatalities on pay-day weekends spike by as much as 23.6 percent compared to other weekends,” he said in a statement.

The weekend starting August 1 was the worst recorded this year, with 26 fatalities, he said. Twenty people were killed the following pay-day weekend.“While on average, 3.6 people are killed every day on Western Cape roads, this rises to an average of 6.2 people per day over pay-day weekends.”Grant said the spike could be attributed to people having more money to travel and buy alcohol. He advised people not to use the roads after drinking alcohol, to wear seatbelts, and drive cautiously.

KZN bakkie driver jailed for 5 years

2014-09-24 10:56 Johannesburg – A man who pleaded guilty to five counts of culpable homicide, after five children were killed when his bakkie plunged into a sludge dam, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on Tuesday, the NPA said.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said that Phelelani James Mchunu, 25, was sentenced in the Greytown Regional Court to five years direct imprisonment, rather than correctional supervision.”While the defence maintained that a wholly suspended sentence with correctional supervision was proper, regional court prosecutor Premie Naidoo argued that the accused knew a full three weeks before the incident that the brakes on the vehicle were not functioning. “She also mentioned that Mr Mchunu had, in fact, disconnected the brake line and placed a bolt in it to prevent the brake fluid from leaking.”In his guilty plea on 27 August, Mchunu acknowledged he had been negligent and failed to check the bakkie was in good working order. Naidoo argued that Mchunu acted negligently as he had reconciled himself to the fact that there were no brakes in the bakkie, in which he was transporting schoolchildren.On 12 May, Mchunu lost control of his bakkie, carrying 29 school children, on the D532 road in the Rietvlei area, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The bakkie plunged into a farm sludge dam and 24 children managed get out of the dam alive.

Sep 23 2014 9:11AM
Four killed in KZN bus accident

Four people were killed when the bus they were travelling in went down an embankment on the M25 near KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, said paramedics.

Three people sustained critical injuries in the accident, saidKZN Emergency Medical Services spokesman Robert Mckenzie. They were airlifted to hospital.”The other 25 patients who sustained serious as well as minor injuries have been transported to King Edward, Addington and Mahatma Gandhi hospitals for continued care,” said Mckenzie.The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

Car crashes, flies into a Service Station in Harare

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At 2:04 a.m, the speeding car is seen hurtling out of control and smashing into a stationary commuter omnibus at Total Samora Machel Avenue service station. (click image to run video)Harare
The footage, taken last Thursday and has two camera angles, also shows one person coming out of the smashed car, another seemingly trapped inside and people running away.

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Five killed in Durban accident

DURBAN – Five people died when two vehicles collided head-on in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday morning, paramedics said.Three other people were seriously injured in the accident that happened at the intersection of Stanger Street and Somtseu Street, said Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann.They were treated on scene and were taken to a nearby hospital for further medical care.
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Teachers perish in road accident

18th September 2014

TWO female teachers and a colleague from Matabeleland North schools were killed in a road accident that left four other people, including a four-year-old baby, seriously injured in Lupane.Two died on the spot while one died on admission to St Luke’s Mission Hospital where all the injured were rushed to following the accident suspected to have been caused by a tyre burst.A witness said the teachers were on board a Nissan Liberty vehicle, registration number ABN 2320, on their way to Bulawayo where they intended to withdraw their pay the following day when tragedy struck at around 2.30PM.”The vehicle was going to Bulawayo with seven passengers on board. Upon reaching the160km peg, it burst its rear tyre resulting in the driver losing control,” said the witness who requested anonymity. It (vehicle) veered off the road and overturned, rolled three times before landing on its roof, killing two people on the spot. The third person died on admission to St Luke’s.”It is suspected the tyre burst was induced by high temperatures.All the injured have since been discharged, except for the four-year-old baby who has since been transferred to Mpilo Central Hospital and is said to be in a critical condition.Matabeleland North provincial education director Boithatelo Mnguni confirmed receiving a report on the accident.”We’re very sorry over this accident. We had just done our staffing and this is going to disturb learning in the affected schools at a time we’re preparing for examinations,” she said.”Replacing teachers at this time of the year is a problem. It’s not nice at all.”Mnguni said officials from her office were yesterday expected to visit the hospitalised baby.Those who died in the accident have been identified as Chiedza Matron Masocha, 42, a teacher from Mupambe Secondary in Binga, Brenda Mudzonga (age not given) a teacher from Lupote Secondary in Hwange and Sithokozile Moyo, 23, wife to a teacher at Fatima High and mother to the injured four-year-old baby.The injured were identified as Butholezwe Dube, 29, the acting headmaster of Gwayi Secondary, Praise Ndlovu, 37, a teacher at Sitshongo satellite primary in Lupane, Qinisile Tshabalala and Shamiso Wunde, 32, both teachers from Tshongogwe Primary.The driver Mbonisi Nsima, 25, of Lobengula West in Bulawayo, was also injured.Mnguni said the three women who lost their lives were buried at their rural homes at the weekend – Masotsha in Chiweshe, Machonga in Silobela and Moyo at St Luke’s area, Lupane.The Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu described the accident as “unfortunate”.

GHANA. 16 people killed on Kumasi-Kintampo road

17th September 2014Some 16 people are reported dead in two separate crashes on the Kumasi-Kintampo road in less than 24 hours.According to Mohammed, a man claiming to be a son of one of the passengers killed in the crash, 14 persons died Tuesday, with two others dying Wednesday at about 11 am.Mohammed told Joy News the injured persons have been rushed to the Techiman Hospital in the Brong Ahafo Region.He narrated that a mini bus tried to overtake an oncoming vehicle from Tamale but the driver failed to control the wheel and drove straight into a long vehicle, killing and injuring the passengers onboard.He also alleged that some affected relatives at the Techiman mortuary, where the dead bodies have been deposited, are being asked by the police to pay GHȼ400 for each of the bodies before they are allowed to collect them.

Thirty killed in truck crash in Central African Republic

BANGUI Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:35am EDT

(Reuters) – At least 30 people were killed when an truck carrying oil and laden with passengers plunged into a ravine in Central African Republic, a local official said on Saturday.The accident took place near the town of Boali, some 95 km (60 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui, on the main road to the Cameroonian border. The highway is used to transport food and supplies to the Central African capital.”The vehicle was transporting cans of oil and there were a lot of people traveling on top,” Mathurine Gbadin, deputy prefect of Boali, told Reuters by telephone. “It wanted to overtake another vehicle and plunged into a ravine.”Gbadin said at least 30 people were killed and dozens more injured had been transported to Bangui by African Union peacekeepers.

 Road fatalities worry Mpumalanga MEC

Friday 12 September 2014 05:39   SABCP1210649 (Medium)

Six farm workers were killed and 13 others were seriously injured when the truck they were travelling in collided with a light motor vehicle.

Six farm workers were killed and 13 others were seriously injured when the truck they were travelling in collided with a light motor vehicle.(ER-24).

Mpumalanga Safety Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has raised concerns over the continuous use of trucks to transport farm workers. This comes after six farm workers were killed and 13 others were seriously injured when the truck they were travelling in collided with a light motor vehicle and veered off the road.The collision happened on the R40 road between White River and Hazyview. It is alleged that the vehicle was trying to overtake the truck when the incident occurred. The injured have been taken to various hospitals.Shongwe says the department will investigate the accidents, check how many people were in that particular truck and check the road worthiness of the cars involved. He has also sent condolences to the families of the deceased.

 A bus flips in Egypt’s Red Sea tourist destination of Hurghada injuring 23

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Twenty-three Egyptians were injured in a road accident in Egypt’s Red Sea city of Hurghada on Wednesday.Head of Red Sea Ambulance Authority Hosam Gamil said that a bus, carrying passengers, flipped on the road causing the accident. Victims were transferred to the hospital.Even though Hurghada is one of Egypt’s top tourist destinations, it has seen a decline in visitors since the 2011 uprising that has led to political and civil unrest. However, in recent months several governments downgraded their travel warnings to Egypt including Japan, the Netherlands and Spain.Traffic accidents are commonplace in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and poorly enforced traffic laws. According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organisation, road accidents kill about 12,000 people in Egypt every year.Earlier in September, 42 Egyptians were injured in a similar bus crash on the Hurghada – Ras Gahreb road. (see below)In May, ten Russian tourists were injured in a bus accident on the Hurghada – Safaga road on the Red Sea coast.

Five people perish in a car accident at Molapo Crossing Gabarone 

Mon 08 Sep 2014, 13:20 pm (GMT +2)

Five passengers in a red VW GTI car perished at Molapo Crossing robots (traffic lights), early on Saturday morning when their car drove into a north bound horse and trail truck on the Western By-Pass.

While the police confirmed that all five perished on the spot, Mabeo could not confirm allegations that they may have been returning from a drinking binge at Trekkers night club that morning.  “There is no one we can ask, because all are dead; but the car was coming from the direction of Mogoditshane, to Gaborone”.The car crash victims include two women and three men. According to the police the truck involved in the mishap had only one person in it, the driver, who escaped unhurt.The G-West Police were not in a position to release the names of the victims or where they originate from, as they are still identifying their next of kin.It is the second weekend in a row that a road accident claimed lives at the same spot after the fatal accident last weekend at Bonnington traffic lights, when a seemingly intoxicated driver lost control and rammed into a row of vehicles waiting at the traffic lights.

Namibia NEWS – NATIONAL | 2014-09-09

Gruesome accident leaves four seriously injured

FOUR people were seriously injured in an accident during the peak hour yesterday morning along Moses //Garoeb Street in Khomasdal, Windhoek.Three motor vehicles – a silver Volvo S60 sedan, a grey Ford Bantam pickup, and a light blue Toyota Conquest hatchback – were involved in the crash.Two males – the driver and a passenger – of the S60, and a female who was a passenger in the Conquest, were rushed to hospital for medical attention.Emergency rescue units had to apply the ‘jaws of life’ to free the driver of the Conquest, who sustained a fractured leg and was bleeding severely.Eyewitnesses at the scene said the driver of the Volvo S60 was speeding through the yellow traffic light on Moses //Garoeb Street when it collided head-on with the oncoming Toyota Conquest that was about to make a right turn into Visarend Street. The collision then forced the Conquest to hit the Ford Bantam.The Namibian Police Khomas Regional Crime Coordinator, deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, could not provide more details of the accident at the time of the short interview with Nampa yesterday. – Nampa

Hippo crash: death toll shoots to 11

 

The deceased were hacking off pieces of meat from the hippo that was killed by a truck when they were hit by a bakkie.
The deceased were hacking off pieces of meat from the hippo that was killed by a truck when they were hit by a bakkie. (SABC)

Johannesburg – The driver of a bakkie which hit and killed 10 people cutting up a dead hippopotamus outside Tzaneen, was among the five injured, Limpopo police said on Sunday.The driver was in hospital, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.Earlier, he said police had tracked the owner of the bakkie, but not the driver. It was initially not known if the driver had been killed, injured, or was on the run.Eight people were killed on the scene and two died on the way to hospital when they were hit on Saturday evening near Nkambako village outside Tzaneen.The injured were taken to the Lethaba and Van Velden Hospitals.The group found the dead animal, which had been hit by a truck, on the side of the road and were cutting up the carcass when they were struck. – Sapa

Two Australians dead, 18 tourists hurt in Kenya

A bus plunged into a river on Sunday night killing two Australians and injuring several other tourists in Kenya, officials say

Australian foreign affairs officials said consular assistance was being provided to the families of those who died

Australian foreign affairs officials said consular assistance was being provided to the families of those who died Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Tour operator Intrepid Travel said 25 people – 22 tourists and three local staff – were on board when the bus careered down an embankment outside Nairobi on Sunday night.”Unfortunately there have been two Australian fatalities confirmed,” the agency said in a statement on its Australian website.

“Other passengers have required hospital treatment for a range of injuries.
“Eighteen travellers and all staff have been transferred to a hospital in Nairobi for further assessment, with two remaining in local hospitals to be treated. “Local reports said the others on board included tourists from Britain and the United States.
Australian foreign affairs officials said consular assistance was being provided to the families of those who died and were hurt.”It’s awful beyond belief for the families of all of those involved,” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.Intrepid said its co-founder Geoff Manchester was heading to Nairobi on Monday to provide support.

 Tanzania bus collision kills at least 36, dozens injured

DAR ES SALAAM Sat Sep 6, 2014 8:33am EDT

At least 36 people were killed and 79 others injured on Friday after two buses involved in a head-on collision in the Tanzania’s lake zone regions of Mwanza and Mara, police said.Mara Regional Police Commander, Ferdinand Mtui told Xinhua in a telephone interview that the accident occurred along the Mwanza- Musoma highway, involving a bus christened Jumanne Express with registration numbers T.677 CYC which was heading to Mwanza from Musoma and the other one christened Mwanza Coach with registration numbers T736AWJ ,which was heading to Musoma.“This is one of the grisly road accidents to happen in this part of Tanzania,” Mtui said.According to police, 36 people died on the spot and dozens severely injured and were rushed to Musoma Regional Hospital for treatment.Mtui police were still working on the cause of the accident, though earlier investigation show that a driver of the Jumanne Express bus was trying to overtake another vehicle in an area which is very close to a narrow bridge.“But it was too late for the driver to do what he wanted to do, as collided with another bus,” one of the eyewitnesses said, heaping blames on reckless driving.This is one of the deadly accident to happen in just one month after the one occurred on July 30 in Dodoma, killing 17 people, injuring 56 others after a bus travelling to Dar es Salaam collided with a lorry in Tanzania’s central district of Kongwa.A total of 1,878 people were killed in road accidents in Tanzania last year, according to police data.

Accident: Ex-Commissioner Dies In Auto Crash, Son Hospitalised

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Immediate past commissioner for Education in Kogi State, Mrs Grace Elebiyo, died in a car crash yesterday on Kabba-Okene road.An-accident-scene-on-Airport-Road,-yesterday.-Photo-by-Patrick-Ebi-AmanamaThe late commissioner, an hour before the accident was at Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) function in Kabba where she danced her heart out with other women and ladies who attended the event.The accident, eyewitness noted was due to over speeding by the driver, adding that when they had tire burst, the driver lost control which led to his crashing into a tree.The driver, it was learnt is the son of the late commissioner who they said, started driving his mother around recently, has his life hanging in the balance at the Specialist Hospital, LokojaIt was gathered that Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, who was returning from the same function the woman attended at Kabba, stopped over to help the late commissioner in the ambulance following the convoy, but before any help could get to her, she had given up the ghost.When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the accident, adding that her son, Olu Elebiyo is recuperating at the Specialist Hospital, Lokoja.

MALAWI: Two Catholic nuns die in Road Accident

4th Sept 2014

The front part of the Sisters’ vehicle which was involved
in the accident

Two Catholic Nuns of the Sacramentine Sisters Congregation from Ntcheu Parish, Dedza Diocese have died after their car they were travelling in, collided with a minibus which was coming from the opposite direction, some few kilometers from the city of Lilongwe on 4thSeptember 2014.Information received from Malawi said that the deceased Nuns have been identified as Sister Magreta Raveli aged 65 and Sister Anna Marie Kwidoti, 68 both Italian by nationality. The accident also left another Nun critically injured, admitted at Lilongwe Central Hospital.Speaking at Kamusi Central Hospital in Lilongwe where he led in a prayer for the departed nuns before their bodies were transferred to Ntcheu, the Archbishop of Lilongwe Most Rev. Tarcisio Ziyaye said that the sudden death of the two nuns is shocking and a great loss to the Catholic Church in Malawi.Speaking to AMECEA Online News, AMECEA Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo said that AMECEA Secretariat has received this sad news with great shock. He further said that likewise, AMECEA mourns together with the Catholic Church of Malawi and in particular the Congregation of Sacramentine Sisters and the families of the deceased Nuns.Archbishop Ziyaye expressed his condolences to the congregation saying that the Archdiocese of Lilongwe shares in the grief with the congregation and the family of the departed Nuns and that he is praying for quick recovery to the injured one.“We pray for the repose of their souls and healing at this time of sorrow. May the Almighty God grant them eternal rest,” Fr. Lugonzo said.The two nuns will be buried on Saturday 6th September 2014 at Ntcheu.Thursday, 4 September 2014Source: tv3network.com

GHANA: Accident claims 4 lives in Asesewa

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Four persons have been confirmed dead in an accident at Asesewa in the Eastern Region.

The accident is said to have occurred on Wednesday involving a tipper truck and a taxi, which was mangled beyond recognition.Confirming the accident on TV3’s Midday Live on Thursday, September 4, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Christopher Quarcoe, who is the District Police Commander, said the four died on the spot.One is a Muslim and the family members are demanding the body for immediate burial, DSP Quarcoe revealed to TV3’s Bridget Otoo.The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Koforidua General Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.

Video: Five burn to death

Five people burned to death in a horrific accident on the N4.3 September 2014 16:54Middleberg

Three cars were involved in the accident. Two of them burst into flames.

Bystanders managed to pull a woman from a wreck but had to look on helplessly as her husband burned to death after their Nissan Juke caught fire.According to eyewitnesses, one of the deceased got out of a Toyota Corolla and seemed to spontaneously combust. It is suspected that he was covered in petrol.He burned to death next to the Juke whilst four of his companions died inside the Corolla.The fire spread into the veld next to the N4 and had farmers scrambling with water carts to extinguish it before it turned into a veld fire.Impatient motorists caused for a major traffic jam blocking ER24 ambulances from getting the only surviving and critically injured patient to hospital.

KENYA Six killed, 52 injured in a grisly Kakamega coffin pick up crash

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 – 00:00 — BY EUGENE OKUMUGRIZZLY: A pick up that was involved in an accident along the Kakamega-Kisumu Highway in which 8 people died and 23 others were injured. Photo/DENNIS OMONDI

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Six people have been killed in a road accident along the Kakamega – Kisumu Highway after a 36-seater bus collided head on with a pickup that was coming from Mukumu in Kakamega county.

In the crash that occurred between Shiraka and Murere near River Isiukhu, the pick up that was ferrying a body for burial and mourners collided with the bus. The driver of the pickup is among those who were confirmed dead at the scene.At least 52 casualties were rushed to Kakamega County Referral Hospital with multiple injuries following the 11 am incident according to St John’s Ambulance. Those injured include students who were going back to school after the August holiday.Kakamega county governor Wycliffe Oparanya who was among the first to arrive on the scene blamed the contractors expanding the road for the slow progress that the expansion is being conducted at. Oparanya further called on motorists to exercise caution while driving on the road.

Hurghada, Egypt: 42 injured in tour bus accident

Hurghada, Egypt: 42 injured in tour bus accident

Sep 01, 2014
Hurghada is one of Egypt’s top tourist destinations. However, it has seen a decline in visitors since the 2011 uprising that has led to political and civil unrest.Forty-two people were injured early Monday morning in a road crash on the Hurghada – Ras Ghareb highway in Egypt’s Red Sea tourism region. A bus, owned by a private tour company, flipped on the road. Police are investigating the incident.Fourteen ambulances arrived at the scene and transferred the victims to Ras Gahreb Hospital.Traffic accidents are commonplace in Egypt due to badly maintained roads and poorly enforced traffic laws. According to a 2012 report by the World Health Organisation, road accidents kill about 12,000 people in Egypt every year.

11 people killed in Limpopo crash

Monday 1 September 2014 05:40Jabulani Baloi

 Occupants of the vehicles died on the scene of the crashOccupants of the vehicles died on the scene of the crash(SABC)

Eleven people, including three children, have been killed in a collision between two cars on the N1 at the Mookgopong off ramp in Limpopo.

Traffic spokesperson Kagiso Mootane, says the children were aged between four and six. Mootane says the cars were carrying six and five passengers respectively.He maintains occupants of the vehicles died on the scene of the crash.“We suspect speeding and negligent driving as the possible cause of the collision. The identities of the deceased have not been made known.”Meanwhile, in a separate collision at Malamulele, five people, including two drivers, were also killed when their cars collided head-on.Authorities say one of the drivers had overtaken in a safe place thus colliding with an on-coming car.Authorities have expressed concern on the number of road crashes in the province.

Twenty-one people have been killed in a road accident involving three buses in central Ghana, local radio stations say.Twenty-one people have died in a road accident involving three buses in central Ghana, local radio stations say.

A bus driver attempted to overtake a vehicle and hit another bus near Asankare on the main highway linking the capital Accra with the second-largest city Kumasi. A third bus then crashed into the other two, but its passengers were not injured.It took rescuers several hours to remove the dead and the injured.Fifteen passengers died at the scene and the rest in hospital. More than 10 people were in critical condition, doctors said.A commuter, who chanced upon the bloody accident told Starr FM that he could count dozens of what appeared to be lifeless bodies being packed into the bucket of a pickup truck.Three cars were involved in the accident – a pickup, a Sprinter bus and a glo branded vehicle.The Kumasi Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, which confirmed the accident to StarrFMonline.com says all the passengers in the Sprinter bus are feared dead.Also, Konongo Divisional Police Commander, DSP Alex Amenyo has told StarrFMonline.com that many of the passengers are dead. He, however, could not readily give the number of casualties.It is not clear how the accident happened, but reports from the scene say it has caused a gridlock.Police and Fire personnel are currently there dealing with the traffic situation and also clearing the mangled vehicles and the bodies from the road.

School children injured in crash

Truck collides with bakkie transporting school children.DUSCHANKA HITZEROTH | 1 September 2014 14:30
The Hyundai bakkie pictured in the foreground with the truck in the background at the Main and Higgs Road intersection
A MONDAY afternoon trip home from school left 15 young children traumatised after a truck driver skipped a red robot and smashed into the Hyundai bakkie transporting them.The furniture truck from Johannesburg en route to Richards Bay, was travelling down Main Road in Empangeni and collided with the bakkie at the intersection with Higgs Road.The bakkie was transporting children from various Empangeni schools between the ages of six and 10.Paramedics on the scene provided medical assistance to all pupils who were subsequently transported to Ngwelezane Hospital for further observationAlthough only one child sustained serious head injuries and paramedics said there were only a few other minor injuries, all pupils were taken to Ngwelezana Hospital for observation.The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old Zimbabwean national who presented a visiting passport on the scene, admitted to skipping the red robot and was taken into custody at the Empangeni SAPS holding cells.The Hyundai bakkie transporting 15 primary school children after the crash on Monday afternoon PHOTOS: Steven Makhanya

NorthernUganda Uganda: 7 Perish in 3 Fatal Car Crashes

Sunday 31st August, 2014 on ChimReportsNews Map for “Northern Uganda: 7 Perish in 3 Fatal Car Crashes” showing Kampala (Uganda).Uganda crash 1At least 7 people have died in three separate accidents in northern Uganda on Sunday, Chimp Corps report. AswaRegion Police spokesperson, Jimmy Patrick Okema, confirmed the deaths, adding, over 45 people are nursing serious in the fatal incidents. At around 5:00am, a Juba-bound Fuso brand lorry from Mbale which was carrying onions and tomatoes overturned near Atiak trading centre, killing three people on spot and injuring four others.The casualties were rushed to Atiak Health Centre III in critical condition. Okema said medical authorities were working round the clock to save the victims’ lives.As Police were trying to recover from this shocking incident, another bloody accident occurred at 9:00am. An Isuzu brand bus belonging to Bakulu Bus services, registration number UAN 281Z has a head-on collision with Toyota Land Cruiser Ambulance Registration number NGO 2910 RSS belonging to Nimule Hospital.The Baluku bus was on its way to Uganda from Juba. The ambulance’s driver identified as Charles Alou was pronounced dead while two others registered serious injuries.Police confirmed the death of two people on spot. With support for the regional health service, five ambulances belonging to Police, UPDF, Lacor Hospital, Gulu Municipal and Gulu referral were organized to transport the victims to Nimule Hospital.10 causalities were admitted at Gulu referral Hospital and two at Lacor Hospital.NAMIBIA NEWS – NATIONAL | 2014-08-28

16 injured as minibus hits dead cow on highway

 SIXTEEN people were admitted to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital on Tuesday evening after a minibus they were travelling in rode over a dead cow on the B1 main road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi.

Upon hitting the dead cow, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the road and rolled once.Police chief inspector Francis Makata at Otjiwarongo told Nampa yesterday the minibus was coming from Outapi in the Omusati region on its way to the capital.“The accident occurred shortly after 19h30, about 10 kilometres from Otjiwarongo on the road to Otavi,” the police chief inspector confirmed.He said four passengers were thrown out of the bus and sustained severe injuries.The Otjiwarongo police station commander said 12 other people, including the 34-year-old driver, were only treated for shock and minor injuries.The minibus still had its trailer attached after it rolled once before coming to a standstill facing the direction of Otavi where it had just driven from, Makata added.He said by yesterday morning, all the 16 people who were in the bus, were still under medical observation at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital. They are all said to be in a stable condition.Makata urged farmers in the Otjozondjupa region to look after their livestock and prevent them from straying onto public roads and national highways. – Nampa

Head-on collision between two tourist buses kills 38 people and injures 41 near Sharm el-Sheikh resort

  • Crash near popular tourist resort kills dozens and injures 41 people
  • At least four foreigners wounded, including a child 
  • Video shows one bus turned on its si