Crash claims 8 mil­i­tary medics

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - FIONA GOUNDEN

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.

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