Heavy rains in CT cause fatal car accident

Western Cape heavy rains claim the lives of at least 3 people due to car accidents.

Hail and sleet in Cape Town on 13 July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town traffic officials on Sunday said wet weather conditions resulted in a fatal collision on the N7 highway near Melkbosstrand.

At least three people were killed and eight others injured when a taxi collided with another car.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said the road was closed to traffic.

The Western Cape has been experiencing heavy rain since Friday as a result of a cold front.

But the weather pattern is less severe than last weekend's conditions which came with snow, heavy rain and strong winds.

In Gauteng, three people have been killed in three separate accidents this weekend.

A motorcyclist was killed following a collision with a vehicle in Midrand, north of Johannesburg on Saturday.

In the East Rand, a teenage girl died while two others were injured when a car they were travelling in overturned in Boksburg, south of Johannesburg.

The Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department spokesperson Kobeli Mokheseng said another man was killed when his car hit a lamp post on Saturday.

"The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of the VW golf failed to negotiate a gentle curve before he lost control. The man was certified dead at the scene."