Two dead, 5 injured over weekend

2010-02-01 00:00

TWO men died and five other people suffered critical to moderate injuries in various incidents around Pietermaritzburg and Durban on Saturday.

A Durban man committed suicide by jumping off the Clare Road Bridge onto the N2 north-bound carriageway in the morning.

It is believed that the man had an argument with his wife while driving on the bridge. He pulled the car over to the side of the road, alighted and climbed over the rails and jumped nearly 80 m to his death.

Netcare 911 spokesman Jeff Wicks said the unidentified man sustained polytraumatic injuries in the fall and died at the scene.

Traffic was obstructed while the body was removed from the road.

In the evening, a man in his early twenties was knocked down and killed in Hillcrest on the M13 near Everton.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the body of the man lying on the road and a light motor vehicle just a few metres from the scene.

Spokesman Derrick Banks said the man suffered traumatic injuries. The driver of the vehicle was treated for shock.

It is believed that the driver did not see the man crossing the road, as he was wearing dark clothing and the area is poorly lit.

On the same evening on the Edendale road, near Taylors Halt, a taxi driver and his conductor suffered serious injuries after their taxi crashed into the back of a delivery van.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene to find the taxi driver still entrapped and in a critical condition. The Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to extricate the man from the vehicle.

Advanced Life Support intervention was also used.

The conductor had suffered severe neck and back injuries. They were both taken to Edendale Hospital. Misty conditions are suspected to have been the cause of the accident.

In the afternoon, three people were injured in a collision involving two light motor vehicles and a taxi at the intersection of West and Loop streets.

Banks said two patients were treated for serious injuries — one of them being an eight-month pregnant woman. A third person was treated for minor to moderate injuries.

It is unclear who was at fault.


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