Counting the toll of weekend carnage on SA roads
Cape Town - A three-year-old was the youngest victim in road carnage over the weekend, when she died in a car crash in Durbanville on Saturday.
Western Cape provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said there were seven road fatalities across the province at the weekend, of which two were pedestrians.
“Two vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of the R304 and R312 near Durbanville about 10pm on Sunday evening,” he said. “A three-year-old girl lost her life in this crash, and seven other passengers were left slightly injured.
“It is alleged one of the motorists disobeyed a stop sign and collided with another vehicle,” Africa said.
Trapped in a crashed car
ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring said 15 people were injured when two cars and a bakkie collided on the N2 between Grabouw and Caledon on Sunday afternoon.
“An ER24 paramedic was driving down the road when the crash happened,” he said. “The paramedic immediately called ER24 and Metro Rescue for additional resources.
“One car had come to rest lying on its side while the bakkie and another car were found in the road,” Meiring said.
Meiring said before paramedics arrived on scene, bystanders pushed the overturned car back onto its wheels and extricated one of the patients, a young boy.
“When paramedics arrived on the scene, they assessed the patients and found a total of 15 sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical. One of the patients was trapped inside one of the cars.
"Metro rescue services had to use specialised rescue tools to free the patient from the vehicle,” Meiring said.
Two kids killed in Northern Cape crash
Two children were among the four people who died on Sunday night in a head-on collision between a van and a car on the N14, about 20km outside Upington in the Northern Cap, in which six other people were injured.
Meiring said when paramedics and other emergency services arrived they found two badly damaged vehicles on the opposite sides of the road. He said a man, a woman and two children - a boy and girl - were inside the vehicle.
“Nothing could be done for the man and the children," he said.
Wrapped around a pole in Mpumalanga
A man, believed to be in his 20s, died when he crashed his car into a light pole on the R40 in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, on Monday afternoon. As a result of the impact, the car ended up wrapped around the light pole in the centre median.
Meiring said paramedics found the badly injured driver lying on the tarmac a few metres away from the wreck.
"The man was immediately treated for his injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions," he said. The injured driver was taken to hospital, where he died.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
Cape Argus, ANA