A multiple-vehicle collision involving trucks and a tanker has caused an explosion on the N3 South bound near Durban this evening, Friday, 5 August.
MULTIPLE-VEHICLE CRASH LEAVES MANY INJURED
Netcare 911 reported that at 18:32 Friday evening, Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a collision on the N3 South Bound, near the Marianhill Toll Plaza in Shongweni, Durban.
“Reports indicate that multiple trucks, cars and a tanker have been involved in a collision and have all caught alight,” Netcare 911 said in a statement.
“Medics have assessed multiple patients, who have all sustained moderate to serious injuries.
As the fire rages on, it has not been determined how many people are still unaccounted for.”
Multiple vehicles catch alight on the N3 near Durban. Photo: Netcare 911/ Facebook.
The scene was attended to by the South African Police Service (SAPS) Search and Rescue, Durban Metropolitan Search and Rescue, SAPS, Ethekwini Fire and Rescue, and Road Traffic Inspectorate as well as many private and government ambulance services.
“The Ethekweni Fire and Rescue Services have multiple units on scene and are working on dousing the flames”.
CHOPPER ACTIVATED TO AIRLIFT THE SERIOUSLY INJURED
Netcare 911 also reported that they had to activate a helicopter air ambulance to the scene to airlift one of the seriously injured patients.
About an hour ago, the scene was still active and details are subject to change as more information becomes available.
Latest reports suggest that one person has died from the accident.
This mayhem could only mean that anyone travelling towards the Marianhill toll plaza should consider using alternative routes around the toll plaza to avoid being stuck for hours on end.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT CLAIMS ONE LIFE
Earlier this week, Netcare 911 attended to a much more serious accident where a patient lost their life.
At 07:12, Wednesday morning 3 August, Netcare 911 responded to a collision on Haakdoornboom Road in Pretoria.
Reports indicate that three vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.
Medics assessed the scene and found that one person had sustained fatal injuries, another had sustained serious injuries, and two other people had sustained moderate injuries.
The Fire and Rescue Services used hydraulic tools to free occupants trapped in the vehicles.