In a devastating incident on the morning of Sunday, 3 December 2023, a collision involving a truck and a car resulted in the loss of three lives.
The crash transpired in the early hours on the N11, at the Kilbarchan intersection, a stone’s throw from Newcastle.
Newcastle SAPS Station Commander, Brigadier Cassie Naidoo, provided details, stating, “The motorist of the car failed to stop at the stop sign and crashed into the truck.”
Brigadier Naidoo confirmed that six individuals were in the car at the time of the accident, with three tragically losing their lives at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to the hospital in a serious condition.
Speculation concerning the possibility of the car’s driver being under the influence of alcohol has come to light. As a result, a comprehensive police investigation has now been initiated to delve into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Emphasising the significance of road safety, Brigadier Naidoo urged, “People need to refrain from drinking and driving. Additionally, motorists should exercise caution for the potential of drunk drivers on the road.”
With the festive season on the horizon, Brigadier Naidoo appealed to residents to act responsibly. He advised against driving after nightfall when possible and encouraged securing a designated driver if alcohol consumption is involved.
Moreover, Charles Stein of Magenta EMS stated, that based on experience, road safety over the festive season was a major point of concern.
“December and January are the worst, as there is an increase in both alcohol and drug use,” said Steyn, highlighting that this agitated the fact that motorists took unnecessary chances and drove recklessly as well during the holiday season.
Therefore, he agreed with Brigadier Naidoo’s statement that people needed to practice caution during the holidays.
“Stay where you are if you have been drinking and rather get a designated driver to take you home. Drinking and driving do not only affect you, you could take a life and that would have a major impact on you and others,” stressed Steyn.
Newcastillian News expresses condolences to the bereaved family members and pleads with our readers across Northern KwaZulu-Natal to abide by the law and not to take chances.
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