Three people were injured, one seriously, when a car smashed into a police roadblock on the M4 in Durban North late on Saturday night, paramedics said.
Crisis Medical paramedics were called to the scene of a serious car crash on the M4 Ruth First Highway in the vicinity of Swapo Road and Broadway shortly before midnight, Crisis Medical spokesman Kyle van Reenen said on Sunday.
“Reports from the scene indicate that while the members of the South African and metro police services were conducting a roadblock operation a vehicle travelling at high speed disregarded the early warning measures, smashing into the rear of another stationary vehicle, while policemen clambered to safety,” he said.
Three occupants of the stationary car were injured, one seriously. Advanced life support paramedics worked to stabilise the man before he was placed onto a specialised stretcher for the prevention of further spinal cord injuries and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Two other occupants suffered moderate injuries and were treated and stabilised on the scene by Crisis Medical paramedics before being taken to nearby hospitals.
“The offending driver did not sustain any injury and was remanded into the custody of the South African Police Service,” Van Reenen said.
In a separate crash on the same highway, a man believed to be in his late 40s died when his car careened off the road into dense bush. He suffered fatal traumatic injuries and there was nothing paramedics could do to assist. He was declared dead on arrival, he said.