Train and car collide, passenger critically injured

The scene of the collision between a car and passenger train. (Screengrab)
The scene of the collision between a car and passenger train. (Screengrab)

Durban – A fully loaded passenger train has collided with a car at a crossing in Charlottedale, KwaDukuza, north of Durban, leaving one person severely injured, paramedic services said on Wednesday.

IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst said the passenger in the back of the vehicle sustained critical injuries and was "severely entrapped in the wreckage".

"KwaDukuza fire department had to use the jaws of life to free the injured man from the wreckage, while under constant care of IPSS Medical Rescue's advanced life support paramedics.

"Once he was freed, the patient was intubated and placed on a ventilator before being transported to hospital for further care."

Herbst said two other occupants in the car sustained minor injuries.

Further details were not available. 

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