Pregnant woman badly injured in collision

2010-02-02 00:00

A WOMAN who is five months pregnant is in a critical condition in hospital after her car was involved in a head-on collision with a bakkie on Birmingham Road yesterday morning.

It is unclear who was at fault, but it is believed the impact of the collision was so great that the light motor vehicle spun and crashed into a light pole.

According to Derrick Banks of ER24, the woman suffered severe head injuries and possible neck and back injuries.

She was stabilised at the scene and taken to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic in a critical condition.

“When the ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene they found the bakkie in the middle of the road and the light motor vehicle, a Toyota Tazz, wrapped around a light pole.”

He said the driver of the bakkie was treated for neck and back injuries and was also taken to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic in a serious condition.

In another accident, a man was critically injured and a nine-year-old girl escaped with only minor injuries when the car they were travelling in collided with a tree in East Street in the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is believed that the driver lost control of the car, which spun out of control and smashed into a tree at the roadside.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare 911 said the critically injured man, a passenger in the front seat, was trapped in the wrecked car. The jaws of life and other hydraulic rescue equipment were used to extricate him.

“The man, along with the girl, were treated and stabilised by paramedics before they were taken to Grey’s and Northdale hospitals respectively. The driver of the car fled the scene on foot and is being sought by police,” he said.

Five people were injured when the Toyota Condor they were travelling in veered off the N3, close to the New England Road bridge.

It is thought the vehicle had a blow-out, which forced it off the road. It rolled several times and came to rest with its roof up on an embankment.

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