Health Dept staff killed in 2 crashes

2013-12-28 00:00

FOUR people, believed to be employees of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department, died in two separate accidents yesterday.

At about 1 am yesterday, paramedic Lucas Nkala from Loskop was killed while transporting a patient to hospital.

The ambulance was travelling from Estcourt to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, when the driver lost control and hit the guard rails on the N3 Peter Brown off-ramp.

There were two paramedics, two patients and a patient escort on board at the time.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the ambulance had rolled after hitting the guard rails.

The other people on board only sustained minor injuries and were treated on the scene before being transported to local hospitals for further care.

The Health Department said normal police investigation will be conducted into the matter.

KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo expressed his condolences to Nkala’s family, friends and colleagues.

Mngomezulu said at midday yesterday, three employees of the Health Department of were killed at the Frere interchange near Estcourt when their car collided with another vehicle. They were travelling towards Pietermaritzburg.

Department spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi yesterday confirmed that a nurse had died in the accident near Estcourt.

Robert Mckenzie of KZN EMS said, of the people who died near Estcourt, two had died at the scene, while another died while the paramedics were attending to him. Another passenger in the car was rushed to hospital by private ambulance.

Meanwhile, another man was fighting for his life after he was struck by a vehicle on the N2 just past Ballito yesterday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics arrived at the scene and found the patient lying in the roadway with life threatening injuries.

“After he was placed on a ventilator, paramedics transported him to a local hospital for the care that he required,” said.

On Tuesday, it was reported by the Road Traffic Management Corporation that over 855 people had died in road accidents around the country this festive season.

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