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By Sne Masuku | Sep 14, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

KWAZULU-NATAL paramedics were frantically busy this weekend rescuing the injured in a number of horrific accidents.

KWAZULU-NATAL paramedics were frantically busy this weekend rescuing the injured in a number of horrific accidents.

The accidents were most probably caused by negligence and speeding, making it a bloody weekend on the province's roads.

Though reported accidents show that only three people died , 18 others are fighting for their lives in hospitals after being seriously and critically injured.

The police are investigating the cause of a horrific accident between an ambulance and a VW Jetta that left one person dead and three others critically injured on the Francois and Bartle roads intersections in Umbilo in Durban.

The accident happened in the early hours of Saturday when an EMRS provincial ambulance collided head-on with another vehicle.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said paramedics arrived on the scene and found the crumpled remains of a VW Jetta with two passengers trapped in the wreckage.

"The driver died on the scene," Botha said.

"Paramedics and the police freed the front-seat passenger who had sustained critical chest and head injuries and stabilised him before he was taken to St Augustine's Hospital by ambulance."

He said the critically injured medic was pulled from his ambulance and was taken to hospital for further medical care. His crew mate sustained serious injuries.

In another accident, a 15- month-old child died and three others were hurt on the N2 south near Umkomaas early on Sunday.

This after a bakkie they were travelling in overturned several times.

A female driver was seriously injured on the N2 South near the Durban airport on Saturday night when she swerved to avoid a pedestrian running across the road.

Also on Saturday night, a driver of a VW Citi Golf was killed and his girlfriend seriously hurt when their car overturned several times and left the N2 south-bound carriageway near the M7. The car collided with a VW Polo.

The golf driver's seriously hurt girlfriend was taken to hospital.

The driver and passenger of the VW Polo were uninjured.

On Friday night a driver and his passenger were seriously hurt when he lost control of the car he was travelling in on the M1 near Chatsworth.


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