Wet weekend carnage

2016-09-21 06:00
The crashed bakkie found in a bush about 200 metres from the crash scene on Saturday 17 September. One man was killed in the accident. Photo: NETCARE911

The crashed bakkie found in a bush about 200 metres from the crash scene on Saturday 17 September. One man was killed in the accident. Photo: NETCARE911

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THE wet weekend caused carnage around the city in a number of crashes which resulted in tragedy.

One person was killed after being thrown out of his vehicle in Amanzimtoti on Saturday 17 September.

Netcare 911 paramedics responded to the collision on the N2 North, just before the Doonside Road off-ramp, at about 1.45pm.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that reports indicate that the vehicle was travelling south when the driver veered off the road in the wet weather, hurtled across the centre median and overturned several times.

“Paramedics arrived at the scene and found that the male driver had been ejected out of the bakkie and thrown for about 50 metres. His critically wounded body came to rest in the north-bound lane.

“Paramedics raced to his assistance but found he had died before our arrival due to the extensive injuries he sustained,” said Botha.

The twisted frame of the bakkie was found in the bush about 200 metres from the point of impact. The matter is being investigated by police.

In a separate incident also on Saturday afternoon Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a collision along the N2 north between Doonside and Adams Road off-ramp.

A bread delivery vehicle had veered across the road in the rain and overturned as well.

Fortunately, paramedics confirmed that the driver, who was found in the truck lying on its side, sustained minor injuries.

Another driver veered off the waterlogged N2 in Amanzimtoti on Saturday at 2pm.
The vehicle eventually plunged into a river several metres below the N2.

“Paramedics and firefighters arrived at the scene and found that the driver had been rushed to hospital by private transport before our arrival. The twisted frame of the vehicle was found partly submerged in the river,” said Botha.

A women was killed in the fourth incident on Saturday afternoon on the N2 north of the Amanzimtoti river bridge.

At around 4pm paramedics, provincial services and the fire department once again raced to a collision on the N2 north on the Amanzimtoti River Bridge.

“Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle veered off the roadway and slammed into the concrete bridge.

“Paramedics arrived and found that the female passenger had sustained life-threatening injuries while the driver escaped with minor injuries. Paramedics worked hand in hand to try to resuscitate the female, but despite their efforts she was declared dead soon after arriving at hospital,” said Botha.

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