Horror crashes in KZN claim six lives

Three people died when a minibus and truck collided on Khilimoni Road near Underberg, KZN.
Three people died when a minibus and truck collided on Khilimoni Road near Underberg, KZN.
Image: KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services

Six people were killed in separate crashes on KwaZulu-Natal roads on Monday morning.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert Mackenzie said three people died when a minibus and truck collided on Khilimoni Road near Underberg. He said paramedics treated six patients at the scene.

“They were transported to hospital for further treatment,” he said.

The cause of the crash was not known at this stage and is being investigated by the police.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said three people were killed in a collision involving a Toyota Hilux and a heavy-duty vehicle on the N3 near Harrismith.

“Emer-G-Med paramedics arrived at the scene on the national highway, near the Eetam off-ramp, to find the Hilux had collided in a T-bone fashion with the heavy-duty vehicle, leaving five occupants of the Toyota severely trapped in the wreckage.

Three people were killed in a collision involving a Toyota Hilux and a heavy-duty vehicle on the N3 near Harrismith.
Three people were killed in a collision involving a Toyota Hilux and a heavy-duty vehicle on the N3 near Harrismith.
Image: Emer-G-Med

“Three occupants were found to have sustained fatal injuries and were declared deceased on arrival, and two others were found in a critical condition,” he said.

Paramedics worked to stabilise them, using advanced life support intervention techniques, while rescue technicians cut them free from the wreckage using the jaws of life.

“Once free, they were transported by ambulances to nearby hospitals for urgent medical care,” said Van Reenen.

“A driver and single occupant of the heavy-duty vehicle suffered moderate injury and were treated and stabilised on the scene before being taken to a local hospital for further care.”

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