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Three dead in truck and bakkie collision on N3 in Harrismith

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Harrismith – Three people have been killed in a collision between a truck and Toyota Hilux bakkie on N3 in Harrismith on Monday morning.

Three others were injured, two critically so, when the bakkie collided in a T-bone fashion with the articulated truck.

Emer-G-Med paramedics arrived on the scene of the national highway near to the Eetam off-ramp, to find five occupants of the Toyota bakkie severely entrapped in the wreckage.

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Three occupants were found to have sustained fatal injuries and were declared deceased on arrival, whilst two others were found in a critical condition.

Emergency Care Practitioners worked fervently
to stabilize them, using numerous advanced life support intervention techniques, whilst rescue technicians, cut them free from the wreckage using the Jaws-of-life.

Once free, they were transported by ambulances to nearby hospitals for urgent medical care.

The truck driver and another occupant of the heavy-duty vehicle suffered moderate injuries and were treated and stabilized on the scene before being taken to a local hospital for further care.

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The cause of the collision is unknown and will form the subject of a South African Police Services investigation.

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