One dead in John Ross crash
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