FOUR people have died in a head-on collision on the N2 in Newark near the Thukela bridge yesterday.
Two of the victims were killed when a car collided with another and burst into flames.
Another vehicle in the accident was full of marijuana and cigarettes.
The vehicle containing the cigarettes was said to have been burnt to the ground, all attempts to extinguish failed
According to KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala, a case of culpable homicide was being investigated.
“This morning (yesterday) at 8.30am on the N2 in Newark, the Thukela bridge two cars had collided . Four people were killed at the scene. One of the vehicles involved was carrying marijuana and cigarettes. A fire broke out in the car and set fire to two occupants. Marijuana and cigarettes estimated to be worth* -R500 000. A case of culpable homicide has been opened at Newark police station, and the cause of the accident is still being investigated, ”said Captain Gwala
Paramedics and firefighters are said to have worked hard to put out the blaze.
One lane was closed until the afternoon while they were cleaning.
Meanwhile near Port Shepstone on the N2 a 51-year-old man was hit by a truck on the side of the road cutting grass. The deceased was working on the side of the road when a truck overturned and struck him unconscious.
The accident happened yesterday around 10am.
Captain Gwala said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated.
“Southport police are investigating the accident in which a man was killed when he was hit by a truck. He died at the scene, ”said Captain Gwala.
Police have urged motorists to be careful when driving and to monitor traffic