19 killed on KZN roads

2014-12-23 00:00

NINETEEN people, including three ­generations of the same family, were killed in road accidents this weekend.

Sarah Chetty, her one-month-old daughter and her mother Molly Poliah were killed after being flung from their car when the vehicle collided with a BMW on Umgeni Road, Durban, on ­Sunday.

Chetty’s husband Vernon, who had been driving, and their seven-year-old son Ezra survived the crash.

Shaun Chetty, Vernon’s brother, said their family has been left traumatised and in shock.

“My brother is trying to make sense of what happened this weekend,” he said.

A relative, who did not want to be named, said Chetty played a pivotal role in the family and in society.

“She was a very loving wife and always gave to people in need,” he said.

The accident occurred near the scene of a minor collision.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith ­Jamieson said they were attending to an accident on the same road.

“Rescue Care operations manager Rowan Scandroglio was in attendance at a minor collision at the same intersection treating one lady when he heard a loud bang. He looked back to find that two vehicles had collided.”

Jamieson said when Scandroglio rushed to the scene, he found three ­people had been ejected from one of the vehicles.

“More resources were called in to assist with this now major scene. Once more resources and Advanced Life Support paramedics had arrived all the injured were stabilised,” he said.

He said both women had sustained extensive injuries and died despite paramedics’ efforts to resuscitate them.

“The one-month-old baby was in a critical condition and was placed on a manual ventilator on the scene before being rushed to a nearby hospital where she died. A further eight people were also transported to a nearby hospital for the further care that they required,” he said.

The cause of the accident is still unknown and police are investigating.

Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said this weekend was one of the busiest for paramedics.

“Paramedics attended to several road accidents which claimed the lives of 19 people and left scores of others injured across the province,” he said.

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