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Durban - Seven people have died in accidents in KwaZulu-Natal in the past two days, the provincial community safety department said on Tuesday.
The driver of a pick-up truck lost control of the vehicle and knocked down five school children in Umsinga on Tuesday, said community safety spokesman Kwanele Ncalane.
“Two children died on the scene, while the third one died in hospital. The other two children were taken to Tugela Ferry hospital,” he said.
On Monday, two pupils died when one of their overloaded minibus's tyres burst and it overturned between Jolivet and KwaDumisa. It was carrying 24 passengers at the time.
Two people died the same day in a three vehicle pile-up between Umhlanga and Umdloti.
Community safety MEC Willies Mchunu said it was regrettable that lives were being lost in avoidable accidents.
“I am extremely disturbed to observe such untold impertinence and lack of respect for people's lives by those who disobey traffic laws,” he said.