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VIDEOS: At least one dead and another critically injured in N3 horror crash, highway closed in both directions

Firefighters are still trying to contain a blaze at the scene of a serious accident involving at least four trucks and several vehicles, paramedics are also trying to establish if there are any more people who are unaccounted for.

One dead and another critically injured in multi-vehicle collision on the N3 Durban bound between Shongweni and the Mariannhill Toll Plaza. Picture: Screen grab of video

Published Aug 5, 2022

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Durban - At least one person has been killed and another critically injured in a horror crash reportedly involving four trucks and several vehicles on the N3 highway Durban bound between Shongweni and the Mariannhill Toll Plaza on Friday night.

KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said the multiple vehicle crash, which happened just before 7pm, involved at least four trucks and several cars.

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He said several trucks are on fire and that the eThekwini Fire Department is on the scene trying to contain the blaze.

“One person has tragically sustained fatal injuries in this crash and one person has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie said two patients were assessed on the scene but did not require to be transported to a hospital for further care.

“Emergency services are still standing by at the scene while firefighters extinguish the blaze to check if there are any further patients who are unaccounted for,” he said.

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He said the N3 is closed in both directions at the scene of the crash and that traffic is being diverted at the Shongweni off-ramp onto the M13 highway.

“Even motorists who are travelling inland are advised to take the M13 Highway as an alternative route,” said McKenzie.

ALS Paramedics Medical Services together with Netcare 911 and multiple other services were also at the scene.

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“One of the drivers of one of the trucks sustained serious injuries and was stabilised on the scene by Advanced Life Support Paramedics before being rushed through to a nearby Durban hospital for the further treatment that he required,” said ALS spokesperson Garrith Jamieson.

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