Critical: man’s car struck by cash-in-transit van

2010-06-28 00:00

THREE adults and four children were injured late yesterday afternoon when their vehicle left the road on the R56 about 10 km outside Richmond.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find a single vehicle that had gone down a 50-metre embankment. Two adults and four children aged between four and eight had sustained possible neck and back injuries and minor lacerations. The driver sustained minor injuries. All patients were stabilised on the scene and transported to Edendale Hospital by ER24 and EMRS.

It is believed that the driver may have lost control due to wet weather conditions.

Earlier, a couple were seriously injured when their vehicle left a gravel district road near Boston yesterday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said it was not known why the car left the road.

“The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest in a ditch. Both the man and woman sustained serious injuries and were treated and stabilised at the scene by Netcare911 paramedics before they were transported by ambulance to the Netcare St Anne’s Hospital.”

In another accident, a man is fighting for his life in a Durban hospital after the bakkie he was travelling in was struck by a cash-in-transit vehicle at the intersection of Inanda Road and the R102 late on Saturday night. A cash guard and a woman from the bakkie sustained serious injuries.

Wicks said the armoured cash vehicle struck the bakkie on the driver’s side, pushing it across the junction. “The driver … was heavily entrapped in the wreckage of the car and was in a critical condition when medics arrived at the scene.”

In a head-on collision in Manning Road, Pietermaritzburg, late on Saturday evening, two people were left with minor to moderate injuries while the driver of one of the vehicles was in a serious condition after being trapped in his vehicle.

All three patients were transported to Northdale Hospital.

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