22.10.2020 09:58 am
KZN MEC for Transport Bheki Ntuli says government will work tirelessly to process the DNA testing to identify the victims.
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Bheki Ntuli has said DNA testing will have to be done to identify three of the victims who were burnt beyond recognition in a horrific taxi and truck accident on Wednesday.
He was declared dead on the scene by another medical service.
Upon arriving at the scene, paramedics found occupants of one of the vehicles lying dead on the ground, after having been ejected from a vehicle.
Executive mayor for Mopani Pule Shayi, who visited the bereaved family yesterday, said talks were underway to help the family with funeral arrangements.
‘The trend is that crashes have increased as we downscaled to lower levels,’ the KZN premier says.
The collision follows a crash, involving a taxi, in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday which claimed the lives of 12 people from the same family.
While there are no reports of injuries, the N3 was left covered in beer bottles and locals helped themselves.
The cause of the accident remains unknown at this stage.
‘Sadly, the expecting mother – despite advanced life support intervention – was declared dead on scene.’
The people were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to nearby hospitals for further care.
They had responded to a vehicle which had overturned on the highway, when an oncoming vehicle lost control.
The truck went down an embankment and into a residential property and caused severe damage to the property.
The man was recovered by the group who performed CPR for an extended period of time, but they could not revive him.
Rescue personnel used the jaws of life to free his body from the wreckage.