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23 December 2011

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Horror crashes on Kwazulu Natal roads

Six people have been killed in an accident on the R61 near Uvongo on the KZN South Coast.

Hisbiscus Coast Municipality officials says a horse-and-trailer tanker collided with a bakkie.

The municipality's Steven Goldsmith says the road will be closed as emergency officials are still clearing up the scene.

"The road is totally blocked off, and traffic is being diverted onto Marine Drive. We ask motorists to be cautious."

Meanwhile, eight people have been seriously injured after two cars collided in Edendale in the Pietermaritzburg area.

(Above: The remains of a vehicle involved in a crash on the N2, near Empangeni, this morning)

Though it's still unclear what caused the accident, it's believed the cars crashed head on about an hour ago.

ER24's Derrick Banks says they believe one of the vehicles lost control due to the roads being slippery.

Earlier this morning a man lost his life while four members of a family were injured in an accident on the N2 just outside Empangeni.

It's believed he lost control of his vehicle after aqua-planing and then veering into oncoming traffic.

(Above: Four family members were hurt in the N2 crash near Empangeni)

(Photos: Supplied)

- East Coast Radio

Fuel shortages likely to continue this week, ease next week

The fuel shortage that has hit Shell stations across Gauteng should ease up by the middle of next week.

Shell spokesperson Elton Fortuin says in a statement released today that fuel supply will continue to be tight into the weekend. The company's Alberton depot, which closed last Friday after a leak, has been reopened and operations are now functional.

Fortuin says Shell "is making steady progress towards restoring full operations at the site".

"Since we have a significant delivery backlog to clear, we only expect fuel availability to improve at our Gauteng retail service stations during the course of next week," he says.

- Times Live