1 killed, 53 injured in accidents across the country

2016-03-27 21:02


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Pretoria - At least one person was killed and 53 others injured in six separate accidents across the country on Sunday.

In Pretoria, a man died on the R21 near the Nellmapius offramp on Sunday morning when he was hit by a car and died at the scene, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha in a statement said the man tried to run across the R21 when he was struck by a vehicle that was driving towards Johannesburg.

"Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the man lying in the roadway. Tragically, it was found that he died before our arrival due to the extensive injuries that he sustained," he said.

In Cape Town, Eight people were injured in the early hours of Sunday morning when two vehicles collided on the R61 in Port Edward.

Botha said paramedics were called out to the scene in Burners Rest where they found the roadway littered with accident debris as well as the twisted frames of the vehicles.

“After the injured were triaged it was found that eight people had sustained injuries ranging from serious to minor,” he said.

Seven people were injured after a taxi crashed into a light pole on Namakwa Road in Birch Acres, east of Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics arrived on the scene to find the taxi upright on the side of the road. The occupants of the vehicle were found seated on the side of the road.

“On assessment, paramedics found that seven people, including a 10-year-old girl, had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately no serious or fatal injuries were reported on the scene. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to a nearby hospital for further treatment,” said Meiring.

At least 15 people were injured when a bakkie rolled and ejected all its occupants on the M1 North Highway after the Grayston Off-ramp in Sandton, Johannesburg. 

Meiring said paramedics found the bakkie lying in the fast lane of the highway with the occupants strewn across the scene.
"On inspection, paramedics discovered that 15 people had been injured in the collision, their injuries ranging from minor to critical. Several patients on scene were found to be young children. Paramedics treated the patients and provided them with advanced life support interventions. The patients were thereafter transported to various hospitals for further treatment," he said.

KZN crash

Six people were left injured when three vehicles collided on Styledrift Road in the Osizweni area of Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal.

Meiring said paramedics found one light motor vehicle on its roof on the side of the road.

“On assessment, paramedics discovered that five occupants from the overturned vehicle and the driver of the bakkie had been injured in the collision. Two of the patients were a boy and a girl, aged two and four,” he said.

Seventeen people were injured with four sustaining serious injuries after a taxi and a car collided at the intersection of Smith Street and Gardiner Street in Durban.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said paramedics found a fully loaded taxi had collided with a car in the junction after which the taxi overturned.

“Bystanders rushed to the taxi and lifted it back onto its wheels to help free the injured commuters. One passenger was entrapped in the wreckage and the Durban Fire Department had to use the Jaws of Life to cut the patient free,” he said.

The injured passengers were transported to various hospitals.

Meanwhile, traffic volumes are increasing along the major routes as holiday maker’s return to their homes. Between 17:00 and 18:00, at least 770 cars heading north were passing through the Mooi tollgate on the N3 while 660 were heading south.

Tugela saw 650 cars passing through in the north direction while 360 cars were recorded heading in the south direction, Wilge 1010 cars on the north bound carriage way while 200 were going in the opposite direction. DeHoek plaza saw 1370 cars heading north while 190 were going in the opposite direction.

The Bakwena N1N4 route saw 1 602 vehicles passing through the Pumulani plaza on the south carriage way while 501 cars were travelling north. The carousel toll plaza had 1 533 cars per hour on the south bound carriage way and 348 going the opposite direction.

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