Family in horror crash
Durban - Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said a man was killed and his wife critically injured after their car smashed into a tree on the M1 Higginson highway in Chatsworth on Saturday night.
Their two children were also injured in the crash.
"Advanced life support paramedic Devan Govindan arrived at the scene to find the critically injured woman entrapped within the confines of the mangled vehicle and her children strewn on the roadway," said Wicks.
The man died on impact.
He said it took nearly an hour to cut the woman free from the vehicle using the Jaws of life and other hydraulic rescue equipment.
Taken to hospital
The woman and her children were taken the RK Khans hospital for treatment.
Wicks said another woman was killed in the early hours of the morning when two cars collided at the intersection of West and Gardener Streets in the city centre.
Her passenger sustained serious injuries.
"While the circumstances surrounding the incident are vague, it is thought that two vehicles entered the junction simultaneously," said Wicks.
He said the car driven by the woman was struck on the driver's door and spun out of control and ploughed into a tree.
"The other vehicle overturned and came to rest on its roof, its driver fleeing the scene," he said.
Jaws of life used
The woman was critically injured and entrapped in the crumpled wreckage of the car and paramedics had to climb into the car to treat the driver and passenger.
The woman was intubated and placed on a manual ventilator at the scene after Jaws of Life were used to cut her out of the wreck.
The woman later died at Addington hospital where the passenger was also taken.
Police were searching for the driver of the other car who fled the scene.
In another incident a man died when he was hit by a light motor vehicle while crossing the M4 highway near the Edwin Swales M7 bridge outside Durban.
Wicks said the pedestrian was killed in the early hours of the morning on the freeway's south bound carriageway.
"The high velocity impact killed the man and he was declared dead by paramedics at the scene," he said.
The driver of the car was uninjured, Wicks said.
Another man was also killed in a single vehicle collision on the M37 highway near KwaMakhutha late on Saturday night.
It was not clear what caused the accident but the car had rolled several times before coming to rest at the roadside.
The man died at the scene.