Two people died and another person was critically injured on Friday when a truck and bakkie collided head-on on the R617 in Impendle near Boston, Pietermaritzburg, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said that paramedics and fire fighters arrived on the accident scene at around 4.30pm and found the two vehicles crushed together.

“The driver of the bakkie and a passenger in the truck was found with fatal injuries. The driver of the truck, believed to be in his 60s, was found with critical injuries ranging from open fractures and partial amputations,” Vermaak said.

“Paramedics could only access part of the man’s trapped body. Paramedics and firefighters struggled for almost three hours to free the severely entrapped man from the wreckage. Once freed, paramedics were able to fully assess the extent of his injuries. He was treated on the scene and rushed through to Greys Hospital for further medical care.”

Vermaak said the truck was transporting cows. One of the cows were ejected from the back of the truck and flung over the bakkie and was found lying dead in the road, he said.
The cause for the collision is not known and would be investigated.

African News Agency