Crashes on KZN roads

2009-11-22 08:09

Johannesburg - A man was killed and 20 other people were injured in six separate accidents in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend, paramedics said.

The man died after he was run over by several vehicles on Saturday night while trying to cross the N3 freeway near Ashburton, said Netcare911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks.

"He was found dead on the roadway," he said. In another accident on Saturday afternoon, a motorcyclist sustained head injuries after a car beat a red robot and smashed into him at the Umbilo and Willowvale intersection in Durban.

"He was flung from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. He was taken to the King Edward Hospital," said Wicks.

A further 14 passengers were also injured when their taxi overturned on the same freeway.

Possible wheel blow-out

"It is thought that a rear wheel blow-out may have caused the vehicle to snake uncontrollably on the motorway before overturning," Wicks said.

The injured were treated at the scene and taken to the Northdale hospital.

Wicks said two people more were injured on Saturday when a bakkie and a car collided.

He said the driver of the car was seriously injured while the driver of the bakkie was only emerged minor injuries.

Meanwhile on Friday, a woman was seriously injured when her Toyota Tazz collided with another car on the M7 Edwin Swales Drive slipway on the N2 south.

Wicks said the Tazz veered off the road and rolled into a storm drain, while the other vehicle came to a stop on its wheels.

"The driver of the Tazz was seriously injured and paramedics at the scene found her trapped in the front seat of her car," he said.

"She was carefully extricated by members of Netcare 911's Rescue Unit and an elaborate rope system was used to aid paramedics in hauling her up the steep embankment once stabilised."

The woman was taken to Saint Augustine's Hospital, while the other driver refused medical attention at the scene.

Later on Friday, two other people sustained serious injuries when two vehicles collided on the R61 Glenmore slipway on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast.

"It is alleged that the driver of a light motor vehicle had been in the process of joining the R61 when a bakkie carrying building paraphernalia slammed into the side of the car," Wicks said.

"Both patients are in a serious but stable condition in hospital," Wicks said.