Four hurt as tip truck crushes bakkie in Montclair

2014-01-21 00:00

FOUR people were injured yesterday when a bakkie was crushed in a collision with a tip truck near Montclair, Durban.

Spokesperson for KZN Emergency Medical Services Robert McKenzie said the Jaws of Life was needed to extricate the injured, and that a helicopter was needed to transport one of the two critically injured people.

“There were four people injured in the accident, two of them critically. The paramedics immediately started treating the injured patients and the KZN EMS air ambulance was dispatched to the scene to provide assistance,” said McKenzie.

“The Jaws of Life had to be used to extricate two of the patients from the crushed vehicle. The helicopter landed near the scene and transported one of the patients to the Inkhosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital for continued care. The remaining three patients were transported to hospital by private ambulances.”

Police are investigating.

In another accident, 17 people were injured in a taxi crash in Isipingo.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the accident happened on the M35 near the power station in Isipingo, Durban at around 7 am.

“Reports from the scene indicate that the taxi veered off the roadway, ramped up the pavement and then went down an embankment before colliding into a tree.”

One person was seriously injured, while 16 others escaped with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, a 29-year-old beach-goer was reported missing yesterday afternoon after being swept from the shore in Ballito by a powerful rip-tide.

Botha said the man had been swimming at Salmon Bay, and that “his friends watched him disappear under the water”.

Botha added, “Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the traumatised bystanders on the beach. Paramedics then called for the assistance of the Police Search and Rescue unit to conduct a search for the missing bather.”

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