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Barely two hours into the new year, two people died and three others were injured in a head-on collision in Pietermaritzburg, paramedics said on Tuesday.
ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said when paramedics arrived on the scene they found the two vehicles with extensive damage on Manning Road in Mountain Rise just outside of Pietermaritzburg.
“Two of the occupants were entrapped inside the one vehicle and had already succumbed to their injuries and were declared deceased on scene,” he said.
Banks said the Jaws of Life had to be used to extricate the deceased from the vehicle.
The three occupants from the other vehicle had sustained suspected neck and back injuries, multiple cuts and abrasions and possible broken bones, he said.
Advanced Life Support intervention was performed on the patients before they were transported to various hospitals in the area for further medical care.
Police would investigate the cause of the accident. - Sapa