MEC says R66 crash could have been avoided

MEC says R66 crash could have been avoided

Transport MEC, Bheki Ntuli believes the devastating R66 crash that claimed the lives of 16 people - could have been avoided. 

Bheki Ntuli R66 crash
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A truck and a minibus taxi collided head-on while travelling between Ulundi and Melmoth on Wednesday. 

Among the victims was a stillborn baby

Ntuli inspected the crash scene. 

"This horrific accident is an accident that should not have taken place if in my view the truck was driving in a normal speed and the driver was obeying all the rules of the road. 

"I do want to say to people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond, we are on the October Transport Month and we want to encourage everybody who is using our roads to please obey the rules."

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Premier Sihle Zikalala's called for a thorough investigation into the cause of the collision. 

"One death is one to many. We hope our transport authorities will investigate this crash speedily so that we come up with solutions on how to prevent further accidents. 

"But most importantly, we encourage responsible driver behaviour at all times to stop this carnage on our roads."

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