A serious accident involving multiple vehicles on the N2 southbound at Esperanza, south of Umzinto, in KwaZulu-Natal, left more than a dozen people injured on Saturday afternoon.
Heavy smoke from a grass fire neighbouring the N2 freeway decreased visibility, causing the collision, according to reports from the scene.
Heavy smoke impacts visibility on N2
Paramedics from the KwaZulu Private Ambulance service, who attended the scene on the N2, confirmed that no less than 13 vehicles collided.
Truck accident kills one, several others injured
Elsewhere, a multiple-vehicle accident involving a truck killed one person and injured several others on the N3 near the Peter Brown interchange in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.
A truck carrying chemicals lost control and collided with the oncoming traffic barrier. Chemicals spilt across the freeway, causing traffic congestion and extensive delays in the southbound direction on the N3.
Paramedics also found a light motor vehicle between the medium and fast lanes on the northbound N3 carriageway. However, the cause of the accident was unclear.
N3 carriageway affected in both directions
Mi7 Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Brandon Drinkwater said emergency responders also found a minibus taxi carrying passengers on arrival at the scene.
Traffic authorities cleared the crash site and cleaned up the chemical spill, reopening the southbound carriageway after several hours. However, there was still an extensive traffic backlog on the N3 Toll Route.
Pietermaritzburg police were on the scene to investigate the incident. Attempts to obtain comment were unsuccessful at the time of publication.
Two killed, four injured in accident on N2 Umlazi bridge
Meanwhile, the N2 Umlazi bridge claimed the lives of two people, injuring four others, following a bakkie crash in October last year.
Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said the vehicle ejected two people seated in the back in the collision.