Midlands accidents leave five dead, 24 injured

2013-01-14 00:00

FIVE people were killed and 24 others were injured in collisions in the Midlands at the weekend.

In Mooi River, three people died when a taxi and truck collided near Treverton College on Saturday.

Eight others were injured, two of them critically.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said: “Exact details as to the cause of the accident are still speculative …

‘The taxi overturned after impact and then burst into flames.”

Paramedics and emergency services found that two men had died on impact, three people were in a critical condition and six had sustained serious injuries, he added.

One of the critically injured people died later.

The injured were taken to hospitals around Pietermaritzburg.

In the Mpolweni district near New Hanover, one man died and three others were injured, one critically, after two vehicles and a truck collided on the R33

Netcare 911 said it appeared that a bakkie lost control, hit a bridge and collided with the truck before leaving the roadway and plunging into a river. The truck lost control and collided with another vehicle, with both coming to rest in the road.

When paramedics arrived at the scene they found that the passenger of the bakkie had died on impact and that the driver had reportedly left the scene.

The driver of the truck escaped uninjured while the driver of the other vehicle was in a critical condition.

His two passengers sustained serious injuries. The injured were taken to hospitals in Pietermaritzburg.

On the N3 near Hammarsdale, a man was killed and another sustained moderate injuries when the bakkie they were travelling in crashed through the middle island.

Paramedics found the vehicle on its side on the opposite side of the highway.

The injured were taken to nearby hospitals where they were treated for possible back and neck injuries and multiple cuts and bruises.

At about 7 pm on Friday evening, eight people were injured when two bakkies collided in East Street, Pietermaritzburg. The injured were take to Netcare St Anne’s Hospital.

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