Woman crushed to death by cement truck

2012-05-28 07:25
Johannesburg - A woman was killed and four others injured on Sunday when the car they were travelling in was crushed by a cement truck in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

"A cement truck was travelling down New Greytown Road in Pietermaritzburg when the driver is believed to have lost control and the truck then crossed the centre median of the road," said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

The truck then hit the car and rolled on top of it, with four occupants inside. A fifth person was ejected from the car, before the cement truck rolled, and suffered moderate injuries.

"Fire and Rescue workers immediately began the process of cutting through the metal in order for paramedics to free the trapped patients," said Jackson.

The woman had been sitting in the back of the car and was declared dead on the scene.

Her husband, sitting next to her, was critically injured. The two people sitting in the front, believed to be a brother and sister, suffered moderate injuries and were in stable conditions.

The four injured were taken to hospitals in the area for further care, said Jackson.

The driver of the cement truck was not found on the scene. The accident occurred around 18:30.
Police were investigating.

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