3 killed in KwaZulu-Natal crashes

2012-03-12 10:15

Johannesburg - Three people, including two children, were killed in accidents in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, paramedics said.

In the first incident, an 8-year-old boy died after being hit by a car on the R61 road in Munster near Margate, paramedics said on Sunday.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the child was crossing the road at around 17:00 on Saturday when he landed in front of a vehicle," Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

When paramedics arrived at the scene they found the child in a critical condition.

The boy was placed on a ventilator and transported to the Netcare Margate Hospital.

"Tragically the child died in hospital soon after his arrival due to the extensive injuries that he sustained," Botha said.

Two sons killed

Meanwhile, two people died and a man was injured in a side-impact accident on the N2 north highway near Umtentweni on Sunday afternoon.

"Reports from the truck driver seem to indicate that both vehicles were travelling towards Durban," Botha said.

"The light motor vehicle with a father and his two sons hit a large puddle of water in the heavy rain and slid sideways across the highway."

A goods truck was unable to stop and slammed into the side of the car.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and after triaging the injured found a teenager and a man in his twenties died on impact.

"The driver of the vehicle miraculously escaped from the wreckage with only minor injuries."

After medics stabilised the injured man he was transported to a hospital in Port Shepstone.

"The driver of the truck although visibly traumatised escaped uninjured," Botha said.