Nine die in KZN crash

The collision between a truck and a taxi happened last night near Ramsgate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nine people have been killed following a head on collision between a truck and a taxi near Ramsgate in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Nine people have been killed following a head-on collision last night between a truck and a taxi near Ramsgate in KwaZulu-Natal.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha says eight people died on the scene and another person died shortly after.

He says at least 14 others sustained serious injuries and had to be rescued from the wreckage.

"Emergency services had to use the Jaws of Life to free them. Tragically, nine people died due to the severe injuries they sustained."

Botha says six people are still in a critical condition and eight people in a very serious condition.

The latest national death toll stands at nearly 1,200 for the period between 1 and 30 December, according to the latest figures released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).

Around 987 fatal crashes were reported over the same period.

President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern at the high level of deaths on the country's roads and called on motorists to be more responsible as they make their way back home.

"The holiday period road carnage has to stop and all road users must play their part by obeying the rules of the road."

The Department of Transport says most fatal accidents this festive season were as a result of head-on collisions.

More than 200 of the crashes happened in KwaZulu-Natal, while over 150 occurred in Gauteng.

Earlier this week, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters called on all South Africans to work together with law enforcement officers to ensure a safe festive season.