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Woman hurt in 18-car pile-up in KZN

2012-02-16 17:56

Johannesburg - A woman was seriously injured in an 18-car pile-up after a truck lost its load of polypropylene balls on the N3 at Hammarsdale on Thursday, paramedics said.

Around 14:15, the balls spilled across the Durban-bound carriageway and cars were unable to avoid them, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

The polypropylene balls caused "an effect similar to aquaplaning" and 18 cars crashed as a result.

A woman travelling in one of the cars suffered neck and back injuries. She was taken to Hillcrest Private Hospital in a serious condition.