Twenty injured in KZN road traffic accidents

TWENTY people were injured in three separate accidents on KwaZulu-Natal roads yesterday.

Nine people, including a seven-year-old girl, are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were involved in road accidents.

Eleven others were admitted to hospital after sustaining minor injuries.

In the first accident at about 6am in Salt Rock, near KwaDukuza, traffic came to a standstill on the N2 north when a 60 ton truck carrying milk overturned spilling milk on the road.

Paramedics had to use the jaws of life to free the four passengers trapped inside the truck.

It took the paramedics more than two hours to free the trapped passengers, including the truck driver. One of the truck occupants had to be airlifted to the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital in a critical condition.

The three other injured people, who are also in a serious condition, were taaken to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital for further treatment.

In another accident 13 people were injured when a taxi they were travelling in overturned on John Dory Drive near Newlands East in Durban yesterday morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the accident happened at bout 7am. When paramedics arrived on the scene they found two passengers with serious injuries while the rest had sustained only minor injuries.

Meanwhile, a 7-year-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a BMW she was travelling in collided with a truck off the NMR Avenue just outside Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

The girl was travelling with two other women, who also sustained serious injuries in the collision. The truck driver was not hurt but the two women and the child were taken to the St Augustine Hospital.