Massive pile-up on the N2 involving 18 vehicles claims three lives

2012-07-04 00:00

PART of the N2 in Durban came to a standstill yesterday afternoon following a pile-up in which three people died.

A truck and several cars were involved in the accident close to the M19 where major work on a new interchange has caused ongoing problems with traffic. Reports from the scene suggest as many as 18 vehicles were involved in the crash.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said one car was found underneath the front of the truck, while another ended up under the truck’s trailer.

Banks said another three vehicles were found on the freeway with extensive damage.

“Paramedics started assessing the three people — one adult, a teenager and a child — trapped inside the vehicle that was underneath the cabin of the truck. They had suffered very traumatic and fatal injuries.”

Injured occupants from other vehicles were taken to various hospitals, Banks added.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said he believed one of the cars belonged to a holiday-maker, as fishing rods and Monopoly money were scattered over the accident scene.

Meanwhile, the second victim of a horror accident on the R33 Greytown road near Copesville on Monday afternoon has died.

The accident involved a bakkie, a car and a truck. The driver of the bakkie, Bangizwe Gwamanda (47), died at the scene and Gopal Nickel (67), the driver of the car, died in hospital.

Three other people are still in hospital.

Gwamanda is from the Dalton area. His grandson Nkosi Khoza said that his grandfather had recently started trading in scrap metal and was making only his second trip to Pietermaritzburg to sell the metal.

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