File photo: ER24

ERMELO - Three people were killed and another was injured when two cars collided on the N17 Bethal road in Ermelo in Mpumalanga on Saturday night, paramedics said.

When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 7pm they found four people seated in one of the cars, ER24 spokeswoman Ineke van Huyssteen said on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, three of the patients showed no signs of life and paramedics declared them dead on the scene. One patient was trapped and the fire department had to use the jaws-of-life to free the patient. 

"The patient had sustained moderate injuries. No one was injured in the other vehicle. "

Three people were killed and another was injured when two cars collided on the N17 Bethal road in Ermelo in Mpumalanga on Saturday night. Photo: ER24

ER24 transported the injured person to hospital for further medical care. 

Three people were killed and another was injured when two cars collided on the N17 Bethal road in Ermelo in Mpumalanga on Saturday night. Photo: ER24

The exact circumstances surrounding the accident were not yet known, Van Huyssteen said.

African News Agency (ANA)