6 injured after car rolls down 20m embankment

2015-04-03 21:30
An image taken at the scene of an accident in Avoca Hills, Durban. (Netcare 911)

An image taken at the scene of an accident in Avoca Hills, Durban. (Netcare 911)

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Durban - Six people were seriously injured on Friday after a car rolled down a 20m embankment, landing atop another vehicle in Avoca Hills, Durban.

The vehicle reportedly veered off the road and plunged down the embankment at 14:00 on Friday, coming to rest on its side atop another vehicle that was parked at a residence at the bottom of the hill, a Netcare 911 spokesperson said.

The fire department used the jaws-of-life to allow Netcare 911 paramedics to stabilise the injured occupants in the lopsided vehicle.

The injured were treated at the scene and transported to various hospitals.

In Verulam, meanwhile, a woman in her 60s was left critically injured after her car rolled over along a bend on Oakland’s Drive.

The woman had reportedly sustained life threatening injuries, and was attended to by Netcare 911 paramedics before being transported to hospital for emergency surgery.

A further seven people were injured in a third accident in KwaZulu-Natal, as three vehicles collided along the R61 at the Mpenjati Bridge on the south coast.

The incident occurred around 12:30 on Friday. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Netcare911 paramedics stabilised the injured, and were later transported to hospital.

Here are a few tips for long-distance travelling:

The AA recommends that vehicles be serviced ahead of any long trip and that drivers are well rested before setting off. Make sure:

  • All tyres are in good condition and conform to regulations (including the spare tyre)

  • That brakes and shock-absorbers are tested and in good condition

  • That the battery is still in good condition

  • That the windscreen wipers are working

  • All windows and mirrors provide good visibility

  • All electrical components (including lights and indicators) are working and, if you are towing a caravan or trailer, that the electrical feed from your tow hitch is working

  • Your AA membership is up to date and that you carry your membership card with you

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