Dangerous start to Easter long weekend

2014-04-18 16:03
Around one thousand people on average die on SA roads every month. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Around one thousand people on average die on SA roads every month. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Easter weekend has had a dangerous start on the roads as a number of accidents have been reported.

A woman was critically injured after a hit and run on Friday on Longmore Drive in Crystal Park, Benoni, paramedics said.

The woman was hit by the car when she tried to cross the road, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

According to people who witnessed the accident the car sped off after it hit her.

"Bystanders pulled the woman from the middle of the road shortly after the incident," Vermaak said.

Critical head injuries

When paramedics arrived on the scene they found the woman lying on the pavement.

The woman sustained critical head injuries. She was treated on the scene and taken to a nearby hospital.

Two children and three adults were injured in an accident on the N1 near Bloemfontein on Friday, paramedics said.

A car was travelling on the N1 highway when it was hit by truck from behind, said Vermaak.

"Paramedics treated two children, aged eight and [two], for moderate injuries. Three adults were also treated for moderate injuries," Vermaak said.

The occupants of the car were transported a nearby Bloemfontein hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Six children and two adults were injured in an accident near Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, paramedics said.

The family of 10 was travelling toward Durban when their vehicle overturned 5km outside of Harrismith, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

Eight people including six children aged between one and 14 sustained serious to minor injuries.

Two people who were in the car were not injured.

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