More deaths in Alberton crash

2014-10-14 20:04
(Netcare 911)

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Johannesburg - The death toll in the multi-vehicle crash in Alberton has risen to four, the department of transport said on Tuesday.

"Two people were certified dead on the scene and we've just received a report that two more died in hospital," said spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

Earlier, a bulk carrier veered out of control and crashed into over 40 other vehicles.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said about 45 cars and two trucks were involved in the crash which occurred on the N12 East near Voortrekker Road.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics found multiple vehicles and car parts spread across the road.

Paramedics began their assessment and found two people had been killed and dozens had been injured, some of them critically.

"Paramedics treated the patients and some received advanced life support," he said.

Further treatment

"Extra resources were called in by the emergency services to help treat the injured."

One critically injured patient was airlifted to Chris Hani Barawanath.

"The remaining patients were treated for their injuries and transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment," Meiring said.

"The driver of the tanker told paramedics that the vehicle's brakes had apparently failed, causing him to collide with... multiple vehicles."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the driver had been arrested.

"The driver has been arrested and the preliminary report indicates that the accident was caused by brake failure of the truck," Peters said.

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