Four dead in 13-vehicle Vaal River pile-up

Four dead in 13-vehicle Vaal River pile-up

05 June 2015

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South Africa — Thirteen vehicles were involved in a pile-up on the Vaal River bridge on Friday, leaving four dead and several more injured, ER24 reported.

ER24 spokesperson, Pieter Rossouw, said four people died. Two people died at the scene and two others died in hospital.

The accident took place on the R59 route.

“The collision involved nine light motor vehicles, three taxis and one truck, bringing the total amount of vehicles involved to 13,” said ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing.

ER24 paramedics found the vehicles piled up upon arrival and found a critically injured person trapped in one of the vehicles. An additonal critically injured person was found soon after.

Bodasing said up to 18 other people suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The cause of the collision was thought to be a veld fire, which caused smoke to billow across the road, minimising visibility and making driving hazardous.

“ER24 paramedics treated and transported three patients, one of whom was critical, to Mediclinic Emfuleni for further treatment,” Bodasing said.

Local authorities were on scene to investigate.

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