Road accidents: Three killed in rainy midlands

2010-11-01 00:00

THREE people were killed and about 60 others were injured in separate road accidents in the rain in the midlands yesterday afternoon.

The accidents involved a bakkie and a truck, which both overturned and rolled several times, throwing out victims, at Pietermaritzburg and Mid Illovo respectively.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said one person died when a truck travelling on the D410 dirt road in Philani Valley in Mid Illovo overturned at around 2 pm. About 50 others were injured in the process.

Wicks said the driver lost control and the truck rolled several times down a long embankment, throwing its passengers into the dense roadside bush along the way.

“When Netcare911 paramedics arrived at the scene, the injured and dead person had been carried by community members to the halfway mark between the top and bottom of the valley,” said Wicks.

Vanessa Jackson, spokesperson for ER24, whose paramedics also participated in the rescue, said rescuers struggled in the rainy weather to pull victims up the embankment.

In another accident, a man was killed and 10 others were injured when the bakkie they were in rolled over several times on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg’s Market Road.

“The injured were treated at the scene and while this was done, one man’s condition deteriorated drastically. Despite the best efforts of Netcare911 paramedics, the man succumbed to his injuries,” said Wicks.

He said the survivors were taken to Northdale Hospital.

Department of Transport spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said a man was killed yesterday while crossing the N3 near Howick, when he was run over by a vehicle.


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