South Africa 24.11.2013 09:57 am

Weekend death toll rises

The car that crashed through a business perimeter fence and landed on it's roof in a nearby canal. One person was killed and another injured. Image courtesy ER24 Paramedics

The car that crashed through a business perimeter fence and landed on it's roof in a nearby canal. One person was killed and another injured. Image courtesy ER24 Paramedics

At least 14 people died and dozens more were injured in accidents across the country on the weekend.

Gauteng

A man died after he was knocked off his bicycle on Louisrus road outside of Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng on Saturday. ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said, “”He was allegedly on his bicycle when a white bakkie collided into him. He was found lying in the road and was fatally injured. Sadly paramedics could do no more for him and he was declared dead.

Shortly after 5am on Sunday, paramedics were dispatched to Main Reef Road in Lilianton Boksburg where a vehicle had crashed into a business perimeter fence coming to rest on its roof in an overflow canal.

ER24 Paramedics and the Boksburg Fire Department helped free a man in his 30s using jaws of life. Glen Orritt of ER24 Paramedics said the man was transported to a nearby hospital for care. Another man, also in his 30′s, had already succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead on scene.

KwaZulu Natal

Meanwhile in Clare Estate in Durban 10 people were injured when a bus collided with a car, then mounted a pavement and knocked down two pedestrians. The accident happened at about 4pm.

“Reports from the scene indicate that the two vehicles collided before the bus mounted the pavement and ran over two pedestrians leaving them critically injured,” said Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson.

“One of the pedestrians was stuck underneath the bus and specialised hydraulic equipment had to be used to lift the bus off the critically injured man.”

One of the pedestrians was placed on a manual ventilator on the scene and airlifted to hospital.

“Eight other passengers from the bus also sustained various injuries and were all stabilised on the scene before being transported by Rescue Care and ER24 ambulances to various Durban hospitals,” said Jamieson.

“It is unclear what caused the collision however SAPS were on the scene and will be investigating further.”

Also in KwaZulu Natal a man was killed when he apparently lost control of his bakkie travelling along Kassier Road towards Hillcrest near Assagay Cresent at around 3am on Sunday.

Derrick Banks of ER24 said, “It is believed that the vehicle went up the embankment into the bush, turned sideways and after rolling numerous times collided with a tree before going back onto the road, ejecting the driver onto the road.”

The driver, thought to be in his early twenties, passed away on the scene from traumatic head injuries. The road was closed for a short period while salvaging of the vehicle was done and law enforcement authorities investigated.

Eastern Cape 

Five people were killed in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Saturday when a truck went down an embankment, Arrive Alive said.

“The truck was coming from East London heading to Butterworth when the brakes failed,” spokesman Tshepo Machaea said.

The brick-transporting truck had nine occupants. Four died at the scene while another person died later in hospital. Four others were in critical condition at Frere Hospital, Machaea said.

Mpumalanga

In Mpumalanga seven people were killed and 19 others were injured when a bakkie and taxi collided near KaMhlushwa. The collision happened around 3pm,  community safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza said in a statement.

“Preliminary investigations show that the bakkie lost control and drove on the lane reserved for oncoming vehicles and collided with the taxi which was trying to avoid the accident.”

Both cars caught fire following the collision.

“Two people were ejected from the bakkie which was still moving before it burnt and [they] died instantly,” said Mabuza.

“Five people, including both the drivers of the bakkie and the taxi, burnt to death while 19 [people] were rushed to Tonga and Shongwe hospitals.”

MEC Vusi Shongwe appealed to motorists to always check that their cars were roadworthy before undertaking a journey.

“As a department we continue to educate our people about road safety while we strengthen law enforcement on our roads,” he said.

He sent his condolences to the families of those killed and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Earlier this month, 30 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck in Moloto Road near Kwaggafontein on November 11.

Sapa

 

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