Woman dies and 8 are hurt in road mishaps

FILE PHOTO:NETCARE 911
FILE PHOTO:NETCARE 911

A DURBAN man is in a serious but stable condition at a local hospital after he was shot during a hijacking at his Brettonwood Road homeyesterday afternoon.

A DURBAN man is in a serious but stable condition at a local hospital after he was shot during a hijacking at his Brettonwood Road homeyesterday afternoon.

Police said Justin Humphreys, 26, had been reversing out of his driveway when he was confronted by three armed men.

They held up him at gunpoint and forced him into the car.

In the ensuing confusion one of the assailants accidentally shot Humphreys once in the right arm before shooting himself in the leg.

"The hijackers drove in the direction of Lamontville and forced him out his car.

"They fled with the car - a VW Golf - his cash andcellphones," said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

He said Humphreys made his way to the Mobeni fire station, where he was helped.

In another incident, a woman died after she was hit by a car while crossing the N2 north-bound carriageway outside Durban yesterday.

The woman had braved peak hour traffic to cross the road when she was hit by the car.

"She was thrown forward on impact and was found bloodied in the roadway by Netcare911 paramedics.

"Her belongings lay scattered around her. She died on the scene as a result of her injuries," said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks.

A heavily pregnant woman was lucky to escape death when the car she was driving overturned on the M1 east- bound carriageway near the Westcliffe off-ramp.

She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Yesterday afternoon an SUV slammed into the side of a minibus taxi in the intersection of Stanger and Somtseu roads in the Durban CBD, leaving eight people injured, two seriously.

Passengers in the taxi managed to get out of the wreckage and Netcare 911 paramedics found them waiting by the roadside.

"they were treated and stabilised before they were transported to the Addington and Netcare St Augustine'shospitals for further care," Wicks said.

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