Death stalks roads on holiday weekend

2014-06-14 10:28
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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Pretoria - A man was killed and two others injured when their car overturned on the Baviaanspoort Road near Pretoria on Saturday, paramedics said.

"Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the crumpled remains of the vehicle and accident debris obstructing the roadway," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

"After triaging the injured it was found that a man had tragically died due to the extensive injuries that he sustained, two people escaped with minor injuries."

After being treated on the scene the two people refused further medical treatment, Botha said.

The cause of the accident was unknown.

Police were investigating.

Meanwhile, in north Gauteng, a taxi accident caused multiple deaths.

Four people were killed and 11 injured when a taxi overturned on the N1 near Hammanskraal on Saturday, paramedics said.

"[Paramedics] arrived at the scene and found accident debris and the crumpled remains of the vehicle obstructing the roadway," said Botha.

One of the injured was airlifted to the Steve Biko hospital; the others were taken by ambulance.

In KwaZulu-Natal, a man died and three others were injured when their car collided head-on with a truck on the N2 north near Umgababa on the south coast on Friday, paramedics said.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle veered across the centre median and collided head-on with the truck that was travelling on the north-bound lane," said Botha.

He said the occupants were trapped in the wreckage.

"While firemen used the Jaws of Life, paramedics from all services worked tirelessly to stabilise the injured. After triaging they found that one man had tragically died on impact, one was in a critical condition while two others were seriously injured."

The injured were stabilised at the scene and transported to hospital.
- SAPA
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