CAPE TOWN, August 30 – A man was killed and five others injured on Wednesday morning during a four-vehicle collision on the N2 outside Grabouw in the Western Cape.
Emergency and rescue services arrived on the scene just after 11am to find a taxi, truck and bakkie in the middle of the road. Another bakkie was found a short distance away down an embankment.
Russel Meiring, spokesperson for private emergency services provider ER24, said that paramedics discovered the body of a man lying outside the taxi, showing no signs of life. It is understood that the man had been pulled from the taxi by the other occupants.
“Paramedics assessed the man and found that he had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life,” Meiring said. “Unfortunately, nothing could be done by paramedics and the man was declared dead.”
He added that when paramedics approached the bakkie on the embankment, they found a man lying trapped inside in a critical condition. Rescue services had to use specialised equipment to free the man from the vehicle.
“Once freed, paramedics treated the man and provided him with advanced life support interventions.”
Four other patients were found on the scene. Assessment showed that their injuries to be only minor. The patients were treated and thereafter transported to various hospitals for urgent treatment.
Authorities were on the scene to investigate the cause of the accident.