Five killed in accidents, scores more injured

2015-12-23 23:07
The vehicle in which the 6-year-old boy was killed.  (ER24)

The vehicle in which the 6-year-old boy was killed. (ER24)

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Durban – Several accidents throughout the country on Wednesday claimed the lives of five people, including that of a six-year-old boy, while many more have been left injured.

The six-year-old died after a three vehicle collision on the N3 highway near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal; three others were injured. 

ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, said paramedics and other services responded to the scene where they found a motor vehicle and bakkie lying in the middle of the road, with a truck parked a few metres away.

“On assessment, paramedics found the body of a six-year-old patient lying in the front seat of the light motor vehicle. Unfortunately the child already succumbed to his fatal injuries. It is understood that the child was thrown forward inside the vehicle in the collision.

“Three other patients from the light motor vehicle were found to have sustained moderate injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and thereafter transported them to Life Hilton Hospital for further treatment. The drivers of the bakkie and truck fortunately did not sustain any injuries,” Meiring said.

Toddlers injured as BMW rolls

In another accident in Umhlanga Rocks, two toddlers aged 13-months-old and 18-months-old were among those injured when a BMW, carrying a family, rolled on the M2.

Paramedics found the car lying on its roof, said Crisis Medical spokesperson, Kyle van Reenen. 

"Five occupants, including two infants, suffered injuries ranging from minor to moderate and were stabilised on scene before being taken by ambulances to a nearby hospital for further care," he said.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. 

Meanwhile in the Free State, four people died and four others were injured in a collision between two vehicles on the N1 northbound close to Heuningspruit.

Free State deaths

ER24 spokesperson, Chitra Bodasing, said when paramedics as well as other services arrived on scene, they found four people trapped in one of the vehicles.

“Sadly there was nothing that could be done for the woman and three men believed to be between their late 20s to early 30s. They were all declared dead. Fire and Rescue Services were on scene to extricate them from the vehicle.

“The four patients from the second vehicle, which were a woman, man and two teenagers, were treated and transported to hospital for further medical care.”

The exact cause of the incident is unknown.

Farmworker in tractor accident

In another incident earlier in the day, a farmworker fell off a tractor at a farm near Krugersdorp, Gauteng.

Netcare 911 spokesperson, Athlenda Mathe, said reports from the scene indicated the farmworker was driving the tractor when he fell off and the back wheel went over him.

“When Netcare 911 arrived at the scene, they managed to stabilise the farmworker and airlifted him to a hospital for further medical care. The farmworker has sustained serious injuries.”

In yet another incident, 13 people were injured in a collision between two vehicles on the N11 at the Ingogo turn off, at the foot of Amajuba pass.

ER24 paramedics and other services arrived on scene and found the patients sitting on the side of the road. Bystanders were assisting the patients and keeping them calm.

“Paramedics assessed the patients and found that they sustained minor to moderate injuries. One taxi driver sustained minor injuries and the other was uninjured,” said ER24's Bodasing. 

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