Weekend accidents in KZN kill one man, injure several

2014-04-07 00:00

ONE person was killed and 17 were injured when a bakkie and a minibus collided in the Bhomela area, south of Port Shepstone, on Saturday.

Paramedics from KZN Emergency Medical Services and emergency services from the KZN South Coast, including the police, Hibiscus Coast fire department and several private ambulance services, responded to the incident.

EMRS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said, “The emergency services arrived on the scene on the narrow road to find the road completely obstructed by a bakkie and a minibus, which had collided.

“There were also a large number of community members that had come down from their houses to the road to try and assist. The paramedics had to ask the police for assistance with crowd control as there were many people just standing around on the scene, trying to see what had happened, who were hindering the paramedics’ rescue efforts.

“According to the paramedics who were on the scene, the bystanders had also removed some of the injured passengers from the minibus prior to the paramedics arriving on the scene.

“One of the drivers was trapped in his vehicle … He was treated and then extricated from the wreckage by the KZN EMS rescue medic, who had to use the jaws of life to cut and shear the wreckage away from the man so that he could be freed.”

The injured were transported to the Port Shepstone and Murchison hospitals, as well as Gamalakhe Community Health Centre.

Police are investigating the accident, which was one of several in the province at the weekend.

Two people were injured after a small truck veered off the road and plunged down a five-metre bank in Margate at around 9 am on Saturday.

Netcare911 paramedics treated the injured at the scene before transporting them to a local hospital.

Later that day, two women were injured when their vehicle overturned on Umbogintwini Hill near Amanzimtoti. Both escaped with relatively minor injuries.

Also on Saturday, two people were left in a critical condition and 14 moderately injured when two taxis collided at the intersection of Berea and Essenwood roads in Durban.

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