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Man dies after being trapped for hours in a vehicle wedged under a bus in N3 crash

A collision between a bus, truck and delivery vehicle resulted in one tragic death on the N3 southbound between Peter Brown Drive and Armitage Road in Pietermaritzburg. Picture: Mi7 National Group.

A collision between a bus, truck and delivery vehicle resulted in one tragic death on the N3 southbound between Peter Brown Drive and Armitage Road in Pietermaritzburg. Picture: Mi7 National Group.

Published May 10, 2022

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DURBAN - The driver of a delivery vehicle died tragically in a crash on the N3 in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

The crash on the N3 southbound between Peter Brown Drive and Armitage Road involved a bus full of passengers, a truck and the delivery vehicle.

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In the crash, the delivery vehicle was wedged under the bus, trapping the driver inside the vehicle.

Mi7 National Group spokesperson Colin Davids said the group’s Emergency Medical Services were dispatched just after 6am after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident.

Davids said Mi7 medics reported that the bus passengers were found standing on the centre median and only one passenger was assessed for injuries.

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The occupants of the truck also had no injuries, he said.

However, Davids said one male occupant was entrapped in the wreckage of the delivery vehicle, wedged under the bus.

“After two hours of a combined rescue effort by Pietermaritzburg firefighters, Mi7 Rescue medics and local tow truck operators, the man was successfully extricated.

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“However, upon assessment, it was found that he had succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased on scene,” he said.

Davids advised motorists to find alternative routes as traffic flow was still severely affected on both sides of the N3 carriageway due to clean-up efforts.

“We pass our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased,” he said.

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