UPDATE: Two die, another critically injured in N1 crash

2017-09-20 13:57
Two die in N1 accident and one critically injured.

Two die in N1 accident and one critically injured. (ER24)

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Two men died and another was critically injured on Wednesday morning (20 September) when a truck and trailer overturned on the N1 at the Koeberg Interchange in Woodstock.

According to ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, the truck overturned onto a light motor vehicle leaving the occupants trapped inside.

“ER24 paramedics, along with Metro services and Life Healthcare, arrived on the scene to find the truck and trailer in the fast lane of the highway. A light motor vehicle had been completely crushed beneath a container that had been on the trailer.”

Meiring says paramedics found the driver of the truck hanging partially outside his vehicle.

“The man was quickly extricated from the vehicle and assessed. Paramedics found that the man had sustained a serious head injury and was in a critical condition,” he says.

“The man was immediately treated for his injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, the man was transported to Vincent Palotti Hospital for urgent care.”

He says Metro rescue services had to use a specialised crane to remove the container off of the light motor vehicle, an operation lasting some time.

“Once the container had been lifted, paramedics found the bodies of two men lying trapped inside their vehicle. Unfortunately, both men had already succumbed to their multiple injuries. Nothing more could be done for them and they were declared dead.”

Maxine Bezuidenhout from City of Cape Town Traffic Services says the cause of the accident is yet to be determined.

“The N1 inbound at Koeberg interchange opposite the Black River is still closed due to an earlier accident truck and motor vehicle accident,” she adds.

She advised motorists to use the N2 and Voortrekker Road into the city as alternative routes. 

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