‘Absolute chaos’ as 24 cars involved in Town Hill crashes

2015-02-26 00:00

TWENTY-FOUR cars were involved in ­separate pile-ups on the N3 on Town Hill yesterday.

The first accident, a 16-car pile-up, took place in the morning while an ­eight-car pile-up on the same stretch of road yesterday evening left four people ­seriously injured. Both incidents took place on the south-bound carriageway.

Yesterday evening’s crash involved a military bus and a bakkie and left one man in a critical condition.

ER24 paramedic Andrew Rodgers confirmed that one man was in a critical but stable state.

He was transported to Grey’s Hospital while five other patients sustained minor injuries and were taken to Northdale ­Hospital.

Another accident yesterday evening involved three cars while a third accident involved a truck and two cars. However, nobody was injured.

Yesterday morning’s crash — which ­involved six cars and two trucks — is ­believed to have been caused by poor visibility due to the heavy mist and rain shrouding the area.

After the initial eight-car pile-up, five more cars crashed into the back of the damaged cars, and 500 metres away an ambulance hit a bakkie and a truck, said Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu.

A driver involved in the accident, who would not be named, said the whole incident was a blur.

“It was traumatic and difficult to keep track of what was going on. Cars were getting hit and then crashed into again by other cars. It was chaos.”

He added that the whole experience was extremely daunting and it was difficult to pinpoint what had happened.

Mngomezulu said the terrible weather conditions, coupled with drivers not being careful on the roads, were most likely the cause of the pile-ups.

“People must be especially vigilant when there is mist and it is raining.”

She said the morning pile-up took an hour and a half to clear and created a massive backlog in traffic.

Mac’s Towing driver Denver Chetty said: “It was just absolute chaos. There were vehicles all over the road.”

ER24 spokesperson Paul Knoesen said the two paramedics whose ambulance was involved in the accident were seriously injured and they had to be extracted from the crumpled vehicle.

The driver of a bakkie who was also ­involved in the same accident as the ­ambulance is also in a serious condition in hospital.

• A number of paramedics had to rush to Edendale Road yesterday where two taxis collided and left 18 occupants with various injuries.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said one of the taxis rear-ended the other.

“Patients were found walking around the scene and paramedics began treating the patients for their injuries before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further treatment,” said ­Meiring.

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