Bakkie crash carnage

2015-09-14 10:10
Emergency services work quickly to free a man entrapped in the wreckage from an accident that killed three and left 29 injured. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

Emergency services work quickly to free a man entrapped in the wreckage from an accident that killed three and left 29 injured. (Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A bakkie pulling a small trailer, ferrying 31 people, collided with a tree on Townhill on Sunday morning, killing three.

The bakkie veered off the road near the Peter Brown off-ramp and into a tree, killing the three people sitting in the front of the bakkie instantly.

It is believed the bakkie was travelling from the Malawian border as some of the injured occupants were carrying Malawian passports.

It is unclear how many people were in the back of the bakkie and how many were travelling in the small trailer.

A source on scene who could not be named said it was suspected that the driver of the bakkie may have fallen asleep and lost control at the wheel.

The source said the trailer had a frame built over the bottom of the trailer that held luggage on top of it. Beneath it, a number of people were sleeping when the accident occurred.

The police search and rescue unit, paramedics and the fire department worked on freeing the three dead people who were trapped in the wreckage.

ER24’s Tristen Manning said three people were critically injured and the others sustained serious injuries.

Road Traffic Inspectorate Zinhle Mngomezulu said the bakkie did not have a certificate of roadworthiness and was in no state to be on the road.

She said the people travelling on the trailer hooked on to the bakkie had done so illegally.

In another incident, in the early hours of Saturday morning a man was killed and two others injured when a bakkie and truck collided on the N3 near the Liberty Midlands Mall.

Mngomezulu said the man driving the bakkie had been travelling on the N3 contra-flow to traffic when it collided with the truck.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the bakkie was “crushed in the middle of the road”.

He said the body of the driver was trapped inside the bakkie and that both people in the truck had sustained moderate injuries.

Those injured were taken to Northdale Hospital while fire services used the jaws of life to free the trapped body of the bakkie driver.

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