Paramedics attend to multiple crashes

2014-05-12 00:00

PARAMEDICS and law enforcement agencies had their hands full attending to accidents in Durban this weekend.

On Friday afternoon a truck collided into 11 vehicles, injuring 16 people on the N3 Durban bound off-ramp to Alice Street just before 4 pm.

Operations director at Rescue Care, Garrith Jamieson, said paramedics arrived to find the ramp totally closed and had to walk to the accident scene.

“They found that a truck had collided into eight cars, two taxis and a truck,” he said.

Jamieson said paramedics immediately called for more resources as they expected the worst. “They assessed the scene and found that 10 people had sustained various injuries including a six-month pregnant lady.”

Jamieson said once more resources had arrived and all the patients were stabilised they were transported to various Durban hospitals for the further care that they required.

“At this stage it is unclear what caused the truck to collide with all the vehicles, however, SAPS were on the scene and will be investigating further,” said Jamieson, adding traffic was severely affected as the entire ramp was closed whilst emergency personal worked to clear the scene.

RTI reported that on Saturday two people died in a fatal accident and one miraculously survived on the R33 near Cramond when the driver lost control of the Chevrolet they were travelling in and hit a tree. The jaws of life were used to remove those who were stuck in the car and it took several hours to remove them.

Meanwhile, Netcare911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann, said paramedics and other services responded to an accident on the M41 in Mount Edgecombe yesterday afternoon.

“Upon their arrival on scene they found that a motor vehicle left the roadway, went down an embankment and collided with a tree,” she said.

Steinmann said a 20-year-old man was killed in the accident. “Services had to make use of the jaws of life to extricate the man from the vehicle,” she said.

Meanwhile, two pedestrians were killed yesterday afternoon when four vehicles collided head-on with each other on John Zikhali Road (formerly Sydenham) in Essenwood, Durban.

ER24 paramedics said the two pedestrians had been hit by the vehicles during the collision.

One was flung against a nearby tree and was declared dead on the scene. The other pedestrian was found close to the wreckage and died despite attempts to resuscitate him.

One of the cars’ occupants sustained moderate injuries.

Later yesterday, RTI reported a motorist driving a BMW was arrested for travelling at 208 km/h on the N2 near Ballito. The man was arrested and subsequently released on R2 500 bail. He will appear in court soon.

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