Dense smoke may have caused KZN pile-up

2015-07-29 08:56
A bad pile-up on the N2 near Fairbreeze on the KZN North Coast. (Supplied, IPSS Medical Rescue)

A bad pile-up on the N2 near Fairbreeze on the KZN North Coast. (Supplied, IPSS Medical Rescue)

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Durban - Bad visibility might have been the cause of a pile-up which saw a man killed and five other people seriously injured in a pile-up on the N2 near Fairbreeze on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast late on Tuesday night.

Billowing smoke from a timber factory nearby is understood to have significantly reduced visibility on the freeway and may have contributed to the pile-up involving trucks and cars.

IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst said one heavy goods truck had crashed, causing a domino effect.

“The driver lost control of his truck - which crashed - and then other vehicles just started ploughing into the wreckage on both sides of the freeway. Two more trucks slammed into the trailer and then two cars also drove straight into the fray,” he said.

“We were standing on the freeway at the accident scene and at one point we could barely see the ambulance which was right in front of us because the smoke was so thick.”

Herbst said a truck driver and his passenger were trapped in their cab, which had been badly damaged in the collision.

“The truck driver sustained critical injuries and sadly died as a result before paramedics could do anything for him. His passenger was seriously wounded and he was freed from the truck by IPSS using hydraulic rescue equipment.

"He, along with the other injured, was transported by ambulance to the Ngwelazane and Eshowe State Hospitals for further treatment,” he said.   

In another incident, a 33-year-old man was critically injured when he was hit by a truck on the N2 near Paddock on the KZN South Coast.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the pedestrian was fighting for his life.

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