Freak wind storm leads to four deaths

2016-02-29 10:06

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Pietermaritzburg - Four people died in Friday’s devastating flash storm with paramedics and emergency workers attending to multiple car accidents.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert Mckenzie said yesterday that the storm kept emergency services busy for the better part of Friday night.

“Sadly four people sustained fatal injuries, reportedly as a result of lightning strikes on Friday,” said McKenzie.

“Two people died in the Verulam area and two people in the Mayville area.”

He said at least 13 people from across the district had sustained serious injuries after houses were damaged by the wind and rain.

“The damage ranged from the whole house collapsing in some instances, to just a single wall falling down.

“In one incident the roof was blown off.”

He said one person sustained serious injuries after a tree fell on a car in Essenwood road in Durban and there had been flooding, in some parts of eThekwini including the Pavilion shopping centre.

In Pietermaritzburg, ER24 paramedic Emma Boreham said a tree had fallen in Berg Street during Friday’s storm and within half an hour, seven minor accidents had been reported in the city.

A press statement by ER24 said a man was killed in a freak accident in Westville, on Saturday.

Reports initially suggested that the cause of the accident may have been the aftermath of the flash storm, however the statement said it was believed that tree fellers were busy cutting down trees on the side of the road when the incident occurred.

Police were called to the scene and cordoned off the scene to conduct an investigation into the matter.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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