Alberton crash: Brakes failure caused collision, says driver

2014-10-14 10:53
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Horror Alberton crash

A News24 User sent in these photos of the horror Alberton crash, where the driver of a petrol tanker lost control on the N12 highway.

Johannesburg - Two people were killed and about 54 injured when a petrol tanker crashed into scores of vehicles in Alberton, south east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, paramedics said.

"A petrol tanker had apparently lost control and collided with the multiple vehicles," said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring in a statement.

"When ER24 paramedics, as well as other services, arrived on scene, they found multiple vehicles and car parts spread across the road."

Paramedics began their assessment and found two people had been killed with seven of the 54 injured, critically so.

"Paramedics immediately began their treatment of the patients, providing them with advanced life support," he said.

"Extra resources were called in by the emergency services to help treat the injured on scene."

One of the critically injured patients required rapid advanced life support and was airlifted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for further treatment.

"The remaining patients were treated for their injuries and transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment," Meiring said.

"The driver of the petrol tanker told paramedics that his brakes had apparently failed, causing him to collide with... multiple vehicles."

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said around 45 vehicles and two trucks were involved in the crash.

Earlier, Meiring said it was believed the accident happened around 07:30.

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