December 10 – The Du Toitkloof Pass near Cape Town was closed on Sunday after a helicopter crashed into overhead power lines. Photo: City of Cape Town

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Eight injured in Du Toitskloof Pass chopper crash

CAPE TOWN, December 10 – Eight people were injured, one seriously, when a helicopter crashed at the Du Toitskloof Pass north of Cape Town on Sunday afternoon, Western Cape traffic authorities and paramedics said.
The crash happened on the Worcester side of the pass, Western Cape provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said.
“Apparently the chopper crashed into overhead power cables.” There were no fatalities although eight occupants were injured, he said.
ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring confirmed eight people were injured when the helicopter crashed on the N1 at Du Toitskloof between Worcester and Paarl.
“ER24 paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene to find to find a large helicopter lying across the entire highway. Debris from the helicopter was spread across the scene. Traffic authorities began to close off the road and divert traffic while paramedics began to assess the patients.
“Eight people were found to be injured. One had sustained serious injuries while seven others had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the seriously injured [patient] with advanced life support interventions before they were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment,” Meiring said.
Africa said the Du Toitkloof Pass had been closed to traffic and road users were asked to use alternative routes from Worcester to Cape Town via Villiersdorp, Grabouw, Wolseley, Tulbagh, or Wellington.
The helicopter is believed to be a South African Air Force Oryx, although this has yet to be officially confirmed.

 

The Du Toitkloof Pass near Cape Town was closed on Sunday after a helicopter crashed into overhead power lines, Western Cape provincial traffic authorities said.

December 10 – The Du Toitkloof Pass near Cape Town was closed on Sunday after a helicopter crashed into overhead power lines. Photo: City of Cape Town

The crash happened on the Worcester side of the pass, Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said.
“Apparently the chopper crashed into overhead power cables.” There were no fatalities although eight occupants were slightly injured, he said.
The helicopter is believed to be a South African Air Force Oryx.
Road users were asked to use alternative routes from Worcester to Cape Town via Villiersdorp, Grabouw, Wolseley, Tulbagh, or Wellington.
African News Agency (ANA),

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