N2 south Spaghetti junction crash


At 06h50 on Saturday morning, Netcare 911 paramedics, their rescue unit and several other services responded to a collision on the N2 south four hundred metres before Spaghetti Junction in Durban. Reports from the scene indicate that the taxi with what was reported to be nursing staff, slammed into the rear of a slow moving truck. Exact detail to the cause and preceding events will remain a subject for police investigation.

Paramedics arrived and was faced with carnage, accident debris and the crumpled remains of the taxi was blocking the left hand two lanes of the highway with some of the injured still trapped in the wreckage. The truck had come to a stop some four hundred metres up the roadway.

After the injured were examined, it was established that four females died on impact, two were in a critical condition while ten sustained serious injuries. Paramedics worked hand in hand to stabilise the injured at the scene. After one of the critically injured females were placed on a ventilator, and skilfully immobilised on a trauma board, she was airlifted with the Red Cross helicopter to a specialised hospital for further treatment.

The other patients were treated at the scene before they were transported to hospitals in the area by various ambulance services. The Netcare 911 rescue officer and the fire department used the Jaws of Life to free three of the deceased from the crumpled remains of taxi. All the bodies were removed from the vehicle by the Police Search and Rescue team and handed over to the Mortuary services. The roadway was closed for several hours to allow the Collision unit to conduct a thorough investigation.

Netcare 911 management and staff want to express their condolences to the families and friends of the people that tragically died in the horrific crash.

Chris Botha

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