Long weekend sees decline in road fatalities

Traffic was disrupted in Trichardt on Friday afternoon when a taxi bumped the back of a bakkie.

The Bulletin Newspaper

It seems that fewer accidents happened during the past week than what residents became used to.
A few weeks ago, residents became accustomed to a number of accidents that were either fatal or had serious injuries. The Bulletin started to seriously report on the issue of accidents during the latter part of last year. Readers may recall that on the Heritage Day weekend, eleven people lost their lives on one day.
The Bulletin, as well as a number of other organisations, are all trying to make people more aware of the dangers on the road. Arrive Alive campaigns have been launched and the Bulletin has reported on most of the serious accidents. Please read our back issues to find tips on what to do at accident scenes as well as information on a number of accidents.
The past weekend was no exception and a number of accidents occurred in GMM.
An accident occurred in the early hours of Friday 27 April on Walter Sisulo road in front of Toyota dealership. A Toyota Tazz and a VW Polo collided when the Tazz apparently turned onto the road in front of the Polo. Three people were injured. One person was seriously injured, one moderately and one light.
Langamed transported two of the injured to Evander Hospital.
Traffic was disrupted in Trichardt on Friday afternoon when a taxi bumped the back of a bakkie.
Witnesses say that the taxi tried to overtake on the left-hand side of the bakkie.
The angry driver of the bakkie confronted the taxi driver who in turn used the opportunity to gather public support and threaten the bakkie driver.
SAPS were on the scene and defused the situation.
On Sunday night a fatal accident occurred on the Charl Cilliers/Standerton road when two vehicles collided head-on.
Initial report (unconfirmed) indicate that one vehicle was towed and the towing vehicle left the scene.
One person was fatally injured and declared dead at the scene.
Four other persons were injured and transported to a hospital by Langamed.
Saturday morning an accident happened when two cars travelling in the opposite direction collided. One vehicle overturned. Fortunately, no one was injured in this accident.


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