Two killed, three injured after jumping from bakkie

2015-06-09 19:28
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Durban - Two people were killed and three were injured after they jumped out of the back of the bakkie in which they were travelling on the N2 in Durban, paramedics and police said.

Details of the accident are sketchy and conflicting, but paramedics from both Netcare 911 and Crisis Medical confirmed that two people were killed and a further three were taken to hospital for treatment.

One of them was described as being in a critical condition.

The injuries were sustained when the victims were struck by a truck and trailer.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics at the scene had reported that the victims had jumped off the back of the bakkie, fearing they were going to be involved in an accident.

Kyle van Reenen, spokesperson for Crisis Medical, said according to the driver of the bakkie, the occupants were concerned that they were going to be side-swiped by a passing lorry.

It is understood the driver of the bakkie was taken to hospital and treated for shock. There was an unconfirmed report of another vehicle having left the road in a bid to avoid the accident.

eThekwini Metro Police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said he could confirm that three people had apparently jumped from the bakkie and were crushed by the truck. He could not confirm a third vehicle leaving the road.

“Officers are still at the scene as we speak. That could have been a secondary collision, but we will have to wait until we get further details,” he said.

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