Eight flung across N3

2010-01-16 00:00

A BAKKIE carrying eight occupants rolled on the N3 Southbound near Nottingham Road yesterday evening, leaving one of the occupants in a cri­tical condition.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said that seven other occupants were treated for serious injuries.

He said paramedics found the bakkie lying in the centre median and all the patients strewn across the freeway. “The dri­ver, who … suffered critical injuries, had to be stabilised on the scene by means of advanced life support intervention.

The remaining seven occupants were treated for serious neck, back and possible fractures, Banks said.

He said all the injured were transported to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic for further medical treatment.

It is believed that the driver may have had mechanical problems and lost control of the vehicle.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare 911 said the bakkie was towing a trailer containing lawn mowers and other gardening equipment.

The bakkie left the N3 while negotiating a bend in the wet weather conditions, Wicks said.

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