Man dies after goods train drags car 60 metres

2018-04-14 14:28
A man died when his vehicle was struck by a goods train in Etete, KwaZulu-Natal (pics - IPSS)

A man died when his vehicle was struck by a goods train in Etete, KwaZulu-Natal (pics - IPSS)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a goods train at a railway crossing in Durban on Saturday morning.

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson, Paul Herbst said the accident had occurred at the Etete railway crossing just before 07:00.

"The light motor vehicle, which belonged to and was driven by an elderly Indian male, was dragged for approximately 60 metres before the train could come to a stop," he said.

"Unfortunately, he sustained fatal injuries and was declared dead on arrival of IPSS paramedics."

Herbst said in a separate incident, the driver of a heavy goods vehicle lost control of his vehicle on the N2 North bound lane before Mandeni on Saturday morning at around 03:00.

He said the truck had plummeted down an 80 metres embankment before landing on its roof in dense vegetation.  

The driver sustained critical injuries and was severely entrapped within the cab of the truck.

"The passenger was fortunate to escape with minor injuries. After the collision the passenger managed to climb the steep embankment and walked approximately 4km to the toll gate to call for emergency assistance," he said.

Herbst said rescuers had to cut down trees and thick vegetation before the they could get to the truck.

"While under the care of IPSS advanced life support paramedics, rescuers took three hours before the driver was freed from the wreckage using the jaws of life," he said.
 
Both patients were transported to hospital by IPSS Medical Rescue.

Read more on:    durban  |  accidents

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.