Crash claims 8 military medics
EIGHT members of Durban-based 1 Medical Battalion Group of the SA Military Health Service were killed in a crash involving three heavy-duty trucks and a military minibus early yesterday.
The group was travelling from Pretoria back to their unit in Durban when the accident happened between Montrose and Van Reenen on the N3.
The eight died at the scene while Netcare 911 paramedics treated the seven other injured members, including a pregnant woman, and a truck driver.
One of them, who was critical, is in a stable condition at a Ladysmith hospital while the six others were taken to a hospital in Bethlehem.
In another accident, at KwaShikisheka near Mtubatuba at 9am yesterday, an Isuzu bakkie and a Toyota Hilux van collided, leaving six people dead.
Four of the dead were occupants of the Hilux and the other two were in the Isuzu.
Three other critically injured survivors were taken to different hospitals.
Yesterday afternoon, head of communications for the Department of Defence, Simphiwe Dlamini, said a team was at the scene conducting investigations into the cause of the accident in the Free State.
Bhekisisa Mncube, spokesman for the Department of Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, said investigations were under way into the Mtubatuba accident.