19 hurt in road crashes

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IOL pic nov12 ambulance generic Supplied A fourth person has died following a crash between a Toyota Venture and a mortuary van in Uitenhage.

Durban - Nineteen people were injured in three separate accidents on Tuesday morning.

In the first incident, a taxi carrying 13 people overturned on the M13 going up Fields Hill in the left lane leaving five people in a serious condition and eight others injured.

When paramedics arrived, ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said, they found the taxi lying on its side with commuters outside the vehicle.

“The left hand lane of the M13 was closed to traffic while passengers were treated.

In Pietermaritzburg, a security guard believed to be in his early thirties is in a critical condition after being involved in a collision at the corner of Commercial Road and Pietermaritz Street on Tuesday.

Banks said the driver of the security vehicle was found trapped inside his vehicle.

“He was in a critical condition and needed Advanced Life Support intervention to be performed on him to help stabilise him. He was placed on a ventilator and stabilised while the Fire Department used the Jaws of Life and other rescue equipment to extricate him from the vehicle,” he said.

“The driver of the other vehicle was treated on scene for suspected neck and back injuries and taken to a nearby hospital,” he said.

A further four passengers and a bus driver sustained injuries after the bus they were in collided into the back of a truck on the N3 Pietermaritzburg bound near to the Peter Brown off ramp in the left hand lane, Banks said.

“They had sustained minor injuries from general body pains to minor cuts and abrasions. They were stabilised on scene and taken to a nearby hospital,” he said. - Daily News

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