Hazardous conditions cause serious crashes

2010-09-08 00:00

A TRUCK driver was critically injured and two police officers and two prisoners sustained serious injuries when the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in a serious accident on the N3 near the Lions River turnoff yesterday morning.

The driver of an empty car carrier travelling on the southbound lane lost control of the vehicle on the bend in Lions River, overturned and went down the embankment.

The driver was ejected and suffered serious injuries.

People at the scene blamed the accident on the slippery road and poor visibility.

A second accident occurred at the scene when a police car with two officers and two prisoners ran into the back of a stationary truck.

The four people in the police car suffered serious injuries.

Derrick Banks of ER24 said the driver of the car carrier had suffered severe chest, neck and back injuries.

“Advanced life support intervention was performed on the patient due to his injuries. He was intubated and placed on a ventilator and transported to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic in a critical condition.”

He said the driver and passenger of the police vehicle were treated for possible neck and back injuries and taken to a nearby hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Zihle Mngomezulu of the Road Traffic Inspectorate, who confirmed the incident, warned of the hazardous road conditions.

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