SOUTH AFRICA – At least forty (40) vehicles were damaged and thirty-five (35) persons injured after a truck lost control and ploughed into Monday morning traffic on the M41 in Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa.
According to paramedics, no fatalities were reported, despite heavy causalities. Though, a pregnant woman has been airlifted to hospital from the accident scene.
Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst said five of those people were seriously injured, and the pregnant woman was in critical condition, News24 reports.
“Reports allege that a truck driver lost control while travelling down the road, when he ploughed into morning traffic,” said Herbst.
He said many of the injured were transported to hospital before the arrival of emergency services.
The accident took place just before 08:00, at the M41 on-ramp towards the M4 southbound.
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“On arrival at the scene, teams were met with absolute mayhem as reports indicated that a fully laden truck ploughed into multiple light motor vehicles,” said Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen.
“Multiple people were left with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.”
Due to the incident, Van Reenen said the road was closed. The truck is carrying an unidentified substance, and the scene is being treated as hazardous.
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Traffic in the area has been severely affected as the roadway has been closed to allow emergency workers to clear the scene.
This is so sad.
Such a huge loss… Very painful