Durban - A rock fall along the KZN north coast is among dozens of reports of chaos on the roads due to wet weather conditions in the province.
Traffic and rescue services have been kept on their toes with numerous accidents since Tuesday as a result of wet weather and with more rain predicted for Wednesday afternoon, they have urged motorists to be more careful on the roads.
“We have attended to at least a dozen accidents between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with close on 60 people injured across these incidents,” said Rescue Care’s Garrith Jamieson.
Accidents have been reported across the greater Durban area including on the M4, Pinetown, Westville, Sherwood and Bellair.
Durban Metro Police’s Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said from yesterday they’ve had 19 accidents reported - all of which related to wet weather and slippery road conditions.
“Some of the drivers were found to be speeding. When it is raining the risk is much higher and you absolutely need to reduce your speed,” he said.
Supersadh said drivers also need to maintain a safe following distance, turn their headlights on and avoid forward movement collisions and side sweeping.
Jamieson said at the scenes the attended drivers had mainly failed to reduce their speed and increase their following distances. “Visibility is also less clear in this weather, so drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and what is coming up ahead of them. We advise people to leave earlier to get to their destinations. There tends to be traffic delays in wet weather and people end up rushing to get to their destination which is when accidents happen.”
SA Weather Service forecaster, Stacy Colbourne, said Durban can expect more rain later today: “There is a 30% to 60% chance of more rain in the later afternoon, around 5pm to 6pm.”
She said most of last night’s rainfall in KZN fell over Umtinzini (118.8 mills), Richards Bay (146.8 mills), and Riverview in Zululand (133.5 mills).