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Aug 8 2013 6:10PM
 
Multiple pile-up on N4
Two people were killed and many others injured, some seriously, in a horrific vehicle crash that involved about 15 vehicles on the N4 near De Wildt on the North West border yesterday.Picture: Herbert Matimba
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Omphemetse Molopyane

Two people were killed and many others injured, some seriously, in a horrific vehicle crash that involved about 15 vehicles on the N4 near De Wildt on the North West border yesterday.

The vehicles smashed into each other after a grass fire crossed the road and the smoke apparently affected the visibility of the drivers.

The ER24 paramedics were called in to assist.

Two people died on the scene and the injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said paramedics were called and she confirmed that two people died and 39 sustained injuries. Two of them suffered critical injuries.

“When the paramedics and rescuers arrived at the scene they found seven light motor vehicles, three trucks, a minibus Sprinter and a taxi had collided into one another. The cause was possibly the extremely poor visibility in the area due to a roadside veld fire.”

Jackson added that paramedics immediately began assessing the injured and they found that the driver of one of the vehicles had died as well as a woman who was a passenger in the taxi.

“Attempts to resuscitate the woman were unsuccessful and she too was declared dead. Two other men suffered critical injuries and the other one was placed on life support,” she said.

Jackson said one man was airlifted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria in a critical condition while the second critically injured patient was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance.

The road was closed for hours between De Wildt and Garankuwa off-ramps while emergency services personnel were busy clearing the wreckage and helping the injured.

They found seven light motor vehicles, three trucks, a minibus and a taxi had collided.

omphemetsem@thenewage.co.za

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