DURBAN, South Africa – Two people were rushed to hospital, both having sustained critical injuries, after an articulated truck crashed through the centre median on the M7 and ploughed into several vehicles on the opposite side of the highway.
According to Shawn Herbst of Netcare 911, the collision took place on at Moseley Park, just west of the city centre.
“Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of the truck lost control on a downhill crossing the centre island and slammed head on into the traffic on the opposite lanes, Herbst said.
He said medics assessed the scene and found two adult males had sustained serious injuries and were badly entrapped in the bakkie they were travelling in.
“The patients were treated on by a Life Response 24 Emergency Care Practitioner on scene while a Netcare 911 rescue technician with the assistance of the Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services used hydraulic tools to cut the patients free from the wreckage,” he said.
Herbst said due to the nature of one of the patients injuries a Netcare 911 helicopter was activated to airlift the seriously injured man to a specialist facility for the care he required.
Police are investigating further.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old was killed on Thursday after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree in Greyville.
Life Response 24/7 responded to the incident and according to media liaison, Leon Fourie, there was nothing more than could be done for the teen and he was declared dead at the scene.