Wet weather causes road havoc in KZN

2015-07-07 14:09
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Durban - Paramedics and emergency service personnel were kept on their toes on Tuesday morning due to uncharacteristic wet weather.

EMS personnel across the province attended to a raft of motor vehicle collisions as traffic peaked, the most serious accident occurring on Durban’s Berea.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that a minibus had mounted the curb and hit two people who were on the pavement near the junction of Botanic Gardens and Berea Roads.

“Rescue Care paramedics arrived on scene to find the taxi lying on its side off the roadway. Two pedestrians had been knocked over on the sidewalk and had sustained serious injuries. Advanced Life Support Paramedics worked to stabilise the two,” he said.

“Six passengers in the taxi had sustained minor injuries and were also treated by Rescue Care paramedics.

“Once all of the injured had been stabilised on the scene they were transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required,” Jamieson added.

In another incident on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, near Izingolweni, a bakkie and a car collided.

“Paramedics attended to patients that had been injured in the crash. The condition of a young man, who had been critically injured, deteriorated and he sadly died, despite an advanced life support resuscitation effort by KZN EMS paramedics,” he said.

“Ten other patients, who had mostly been occupants of the bakkie, were injured in the crash. The patients had sustained serious and minor injuries and they were transported to Murchison Hospital for continued medical care, under the constant care of paramedics.”

“With no prejudice to this crash, it has been raining in parts of KZN today, this has resulted in wet roads and has affected visibility in certain areas. Motorists are reminded, especially in these conditions to slow down, increase following distances and switch head lights on,” McKenzie said.

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