Mom, children die as ambulance overturns

By admin
10 December 2014

Three hospital patients were killed on Tuesday and four others were injured when their ambulance overturned on the N2 highway near Mthatha, the Eastern Cape health department said.

The woman and her two young children died around 19:00 at the scene, spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

The three, and two other patients, were being transferred from the Nelson Mandela Central Hospital in Mthatha to St Patrick's District Hospital in Bizana when the vehicle overturned.

"The MEC sends heartfelt condolences to their family," Kupelo said.

The cause of the accident was unclear and subject to police investigation. Kupelo said it was raining in the region and roads were wet.

The other two patients as well as two emergency services crew members were injured and taken to the Madzikane Ka Zulu Memorial Hospital in Mount Frere for further treatment.

Kupelo could not give details on the extent of their injuries.