Three people were killed and five others were injured, two critically, when two cars collided head-on on the R57 near Sasolburg in the Free State on Saturday afternoon, paramedics said.
ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene at about 2.30pm and found the drivers of both cars still trapped in their vehicles, ER24 spokeswoman Annine Siddall said.
“Unfortunately there was nothing paramedics could do to save the two women and a 14-year-old front seat passenger, and they were declared dead on the scene,” she said.
Among the five others injured was a baby believed to be 14 months old. The baby sustained minor injuries and was transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further medical care.
Two people who were in a critical condition were airlifted to nearby hospitals by the ER24 and One Plan Medical helicopters. The two other patients who sustained moderate injuries were transported to hospital by other emergency services on the scene. The cause of the accident was not yet known, Siddall said.