N8 road carnage

6 people killed in a head on collision...

KIMBERLY - Further to fatal accidents on the N8, the road fatalities did not subside after 6 people were killed following a collision between a truck and a bakkie in Kimberly on Wednesday. SAPS Captain Olebogeng Tawana confirmed the crash and said that the six people in the bakkie were all declared dead at the scene. Tawana said that the truck driver and two women were taken to hospital. Police confirmed that a case of culpable homicide has been opened. In a separate accident, a woman was killed and five others injured this on Wednesday morning when a truck and light motor vehicle collided on the N8, approximately 25km outside of Bloemfontein. According to ER24, a truck was found parked in the road while a light motor vehicle had come to a stop on the side of the road.
Upon closer inspection, paramedics found the body of a woman lying outside the truck. Assessments showed that the woman showed no signs of life. Unfortunately, the woman had already succumbed to her multiple injuries. Nothing could be done for her and she was declared dead on the scene, this is according to ER24. Five other patients were found on the scene. A man was found lying trapped inside the truck while two others were found trapped inside the light motor vehicle. Two others were found lying outside the light motor vehicle.
Rescue services had to use specialized tools to free the trapped patients from the vehicles. Once freed, paramedics assessed the patients and found that the injuries sustained ranged from moderate to critical. Paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, one of the critically injured patients was airlifted by a Provincial Medical Helicopter to a nearby hospital for urgent treatment. The remaining patients were transported by ambulance to various hospitals for further treatment. The cause of the collision is not yet known, but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations. Meanwhile, with Macufe coming to an end this week and the reopening of the school on Monday, it is expected that the traffic volume will increase significantly and motorist have be cautioned to drive safe to stay alive on the road.  

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