Six pedestrians were killed and seven others were left with various injuries when a vehicle collided with them on Edendale Road in Kwhashange, Pietermaritzburg.
Shortly after 8pm, paramedics from ER24, EMRS and other services attended the scene where they found a bakkie that crashed into the pedestrians. The driver of the bakkie was found with fatal injuries. It is understood from bystanders that members of the community allegedly stabbed the driver to death shortly after the incident. Five pedestrians were found with fatal injuries. There was nothing that paramedics could do for them and they were declared dead on the scene. Another pedestrian was in a critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries on scene. Seven others were treated on scene for injuries ranging from moderate to serious. They were all treated and rushed to a nearby hospital for further medical care.
The exact circumstances surrounding this incident is not yet known. Police attended the scene.
In other collisions earlier in the day, five people sustained minor to moderate injuries when a vehicle overturned several times along the Hammersdale Road. A vehicle also crashed down the embankment on the N3 westbound near Shongweni leaving one person with moderate injuries.