Elderly couple among six killed in weekend crashes

2016-06-13 11:56
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - An elderly couple were killed by a stray trailer filled with molasses that had become uncoupled from its horse.

The couple, believed to be in their 60s, were found dead in their bakkie, which had collided with the trailer on the R103 near Rosetta.

The bakkie came to rest against the roadside barrier.

According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, paramedics found the couple trapped inside the wreckage and showing no signs of life.

The woman’s body was carefully removed from the bakkie and paramedics conducted CPR and Advanced Life Support in efforts to revive her, but their attempts were unsuccessful. Rescue services then resorted to using the Jaws-of-Life to remove the man’s body.

It is believed a truck carrying molasses had lost its trailer, which barrelled down the road and crashed into the bakkie.

A Mooi River resident who went to the accident scene said the road was still being cleaned four hours after the accident occurred.

“Workers were scooping up the molasses with spades and the bakkie had been removed, but the trailer was still on the road because it was difficult for the removal truck to reach it,” the resident said.

“Lots of fly-by-night trucking companies use this road to avoid being pulled over on the highway, but this was not the case here. There are many sharp corners which result in many accidents.”

On the N2 northbound near Umgeni Road two people died and four others were injured when six vehicles collided yesterday afternoon. Garrith Jamieson of Rescue Care said the accident brought the highway to a standstill.

“Traffic was severely affected and emergency personal battled to get to scene due to the emergency lane being blocked by motorists. The entire freeway was initially closed whilst emergency personal worked to clear the scene.”

Earlier, a bus crashed into two vehicles before veering off the northbound N2 freeway near the NPC Cement factory in Durban yesterday morning, leaving 28 people injured.

On Saturday, a horrific accident involving a minibus taxi and a bakkie left two people dead on the N2 northbound in Durban.

Jamieson said the taxi came to rest on top of the bakkie.

“One person was still trapped in the one vehicle, however he had sustained multiple injuries and was declared deceased on the scene,” Jamieson said.

Another person was also declared dead at the scene while a third person sustained moderate injuries.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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