7 killed in crashes around Gauteng

2013-01-09 21:02
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Johannesburg - Seven people were killed in accidents around Gauteng on Wednesday evening, paramedics say.

ER24 paramedics responded to three separate incidents around 18:00, which left 18 others injured as well.

On the N4 approximately 5km from the Diamond Hill Plaza, near the Witfontein road on-ramp, a panel van drove into the back of a large carrier truck, ER24 paramedics said.

A passenger in front of the vehicle had died on scene prior to emergency personnel's arrival.

"The driver was in a critical condition and paramedics immediately began removing him and treating him to stabilise his extensive injuries.

"He had suffered broken legs, chest injuries, facial injuries and a multitude of other injuries. After being placed on life saving equipment, he was rushed through to Steve Biko Academic Hospital," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

His condition deteriorated, however, and he succumbed to his injuries, Jackson said.

Another passenger who had been seated in the front of the vehicle also sustained extensive injuries and was in a critical condition.

Jackson said that two other passengers in the van suffered moderate injuries, and were in a stable condition.

"No one in the truck had been injured. A light motor vehicle had also crashed into the back of the panel van, but the force had not been significant and there was slight damage to the car's bumper. The driver walked away without injury," she said.

Meanwhile, at around the same time, paramedics responded to an accident where a taxi had overturned on the N1 highway.

The taxi was heading north on the highway in Randburg when the driver lost control of the vehicle and the taxi rolled, Jackson said.

A woman in her 20's was thrown from the vehicle and died from her injuries.

"The taxi had come to rest on its right hand side lying in the emergency lane. Most of the occupants had managed to climb free of the wreckage and only two of the remaining occupants suffered injury.

"The two people including the taxi driver, were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals where they are receiving further treatment.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

In another accident just outside of Meyerton, four people were killed after the taxi that they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a tree, Jackson said.

"It is not clear as to what caused this accident, but a delivery vehicle had also been involved where it too had left the road and collided with a tree.

"Luckily for the driver who was he only occupant, he hadn't sustained any injury and he left the scene privately."

She said paramedics arrived on scene to find that two of the deceased had been flung from the vehicle, while the other two remained trapped in the wreckage.

One critically injured patient was found lying outside of the vehicle and required urgent treatment.

"Of the remaining 12 occupants of the taxi, eight managed to free themselves an climb out, while four needed to be assisted from the wreckage. All of the patients received the necessary treatment on scene and were then taken to hospitals in the area by various ambulances."

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