Three men die, one hurt on KZN roads

2010-02-04 00:00

THREE men were killed in two separate accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads yesterday morning.

One man was killed when the light goods vehicle he was travelling in ploughed into a piece of equipment used for roadworks on the N3 Pietermaritzburg-bound carriageway between Lions River and Balgowan.

It is thought that the driver of a VW Transporter had been negotiating a bend and had strayed too far out of a designated lane, ploughing into the stationary machine.

Jeff Wicks of Netcare911 said; “The man sustained polytraumatic injuries and died at the scene. Netcare911 paramedics declared the man dead and assisted fire-fighters to extricate his body.”

Two kilometres after the accident scene an articulated truck overturned, blocking all but one lane on the national road.

The driver of the truck,who sustained minor injuries, was treated and stabilised at the scene by Netcare911 paramedics before being taken by ambulance to a Pietermaritzburg hospital for further treatment.

In an accident on the M27 near Umdloti, a security reaction officer and another man were killed when the vehicles they were travelling in collided head on.

The details of what caused the accident are unclear, and a South African Police Service investigation is under way.

It is thought that the Reaction Unit South Africa security officer had been travelling towards Umdloti when a car travelling in the opposite direction collided with his vehicle.

Both drivers were declared dead at the scene by Netcare911 paramedics. Nobody else was injured in the accident.

The bodies of the men were freed from the twisted metal by firefighters using hydraulic rescue equipment.

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