One dead in John Ross crash

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Dave Sa­vides

THE week­end got off to the worst pos­si­ble start with a tragic ac­ci­dent at the eSikhaleni in­ter­sec­tion on the John Ross Park­way on Fri­day af­ter­noon. The front seat pas­sen­ger of a sin­gle cab bakkie re­port­edly died in­stantly while the driver was trapped and sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries after it smashed into and un­der the rear of a de­liv­ery truck. A driver trav­el­ling be­hind the bakkie who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent, said it was chang­ing lanes to take the eSikhaleni turn-off. ‘The bakkie was loaded with tyres and there were three peo­ple sit­ting in the load bin. ‘They were thrown out on im­pact one landed on the tar and was quickly moved to safety. ‘An­other was wedged be­tween the bakkie and the truck but seemed fine, while the third per­son ap­peared to run into the cane fields in shock.’ The driver was taken to Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal by KwaZulu Pri­vate Am­bu­lance, while two badly in­jured pa­tients were trans­ported by Moun­ties Am­bu­lance Ser­vices. The truck driver did not sus­tain any in­juries. The B10 ac­cess road from eSikhaleni was se­verely im­pacted as was west-bound peak hour traf­fic on the John Ross, which also ex­pe­ri­enced lengthy de­lays with a sep­a­rate ac­ci­dent at the Mondi ro­bots. A num­ber of other non-fa­tal ac­ci­dents were at­tended to on week­end wet roads in the city.

uMh­lathuze Fire Depart­ment mem­bers ex­tri­cated the trapped driver of the bakkie us­ing the jaws of life Moun­ties Am­bu­lance

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