Six killed in separate accidents on KZN roads

2014-05-27 00:00

A BLACK day on Durban roads saw six people killed and five others seriously injured in accidents that happened within minutes of one another yesterday.

A head-on collision on Old Richmond Road in KwaNdengezi involving a bakkie and a car left five people dead and two others injured.

The force of impact caused both vehicles to burst into flames and two men trapped in the wreckage were burnt beyond recognition.

RescueCare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that the wrecked cars had been on fire when medics arrived.

モThree men were thrown from the car and two others were trapped inside. All sustained severe injuries and died at the scene. Two men were seriously hurt and transported to hospital,ヤ he said.

KZN EMRS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said that paramedics had treated the injured at the scene before rushing them to hospital.

モThe injured patients were transported to R.K. Khan Hospital for continued care by paramedics from KwaZulu-Natal emergency services,ヤ he said.

He added the cause of the crash remained uncertain.

モThe details regarding the cause of the collision are being investigated by the police.ヤ

Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said that the dayï¾’s high death toll was concerning.

モIt is deeply disconcerting and painful to lose people in these accidents, more so because we are losing the lives of young people on whom our future depends. As government, we recommit ourselves to be more visible and take harsher measures to prevent such incidents from occurring.

モWe will also strengthen our road safety campaigns and welcome partnerships that will assist in encouraging good behaviour on the roads. Furthermore, on behalf of the government I would like to send our deepest condolences to the people who lost their loved ones in this accident and wish a speedy recovery to those who are in hospital,ヤ said Mchunu.

In another incident that caused traffic backlogs for most of the day, a man was killed and two others critically injured in related truck collisions on the N3 near Shongweni.

Two heavy goods vehicles collided and plunged into a steep ravine.

The dramatic rescue of an injured truck driver saw RescueTech volunteers and police search-and-rescue unit officers erect an elaborate rope system to hoist the man to safety.

While emergency service personnel attended to the rescue, rubbernecking drivers are thought to have caused the collision of two other trucks.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said that the secondary collision claimed the life of one man and left two others clinging to life.

モThe driver of one of the trucks was killed and two others were critically injured when the two collided. Advanced life support was performed on the two injured patients before they were transported to a nearby hospital for urgent medical treatment,ヤ he said.

ユ jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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