A scene of unimaginable horror has played out in Gauteng on Sunday morning after a multi-vehicle pile-up claimed “at least four lives” and left another 23 injured. The incident unfolded on the N1 toll plaza at Grasmere, just before motorists head off onto the N12.
Grasmere death toll stands at four
The first responders to the tragic crash were ER24. They’ve released a statement confirming the fatalities, revealing that paramedics had to carry out “life-saving interventions” before sending survivors off to hospital:
“ER24 personnel, along with several other services, arrived on the scene at 07:33 to find numerous vehicles, including light motor vehicle, trucks and a bus, scattered along the road. Numerous patients were found either lying between the vehicles or walking around on the scene.”
“Local authorities closed off the highway while emergency personnel began to assess the patients. Assessments showed that four people had sustained fatal injuries while at least 20 others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to critical.”
“The patients were treated for their injuries, and the critically injured provided with advanced life support interventions before they were transported by various services to nearby hospitals.”
Russel Meiring, ER24
Although the cause is yet to be fully established by the local authorities, it’s understood that poor visibility may have been the cause of the carnage. A grass fire was spotted by the side of the road shortly after eyewitnesses and other road users reported the accident.
N1 crash: Johannesburg traffic latest news
It may all seem inconsequential in the grand scheme of things, but this incident has caused a spate of traffic problems along the road. The N1 Freeway at the Grasmere toll plaza is currently closed in both directions:
Preliminary reports suggested that as many as 10 people had been killed in the pile-up, but these have been dismissed for the time being. The official death toll remains at four, but that could rise throughout the course of Sunday.
Latest updates on the N1 crash
Wayne Minnaar is a spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). He issued a statement just before 11:00, sharing further details on the devastating news:
- Four trucks, two buses, four cars and two mini-buses were all involved.
- Of the four people who have been confirmed dead, two are women and two are men. Twenty-three travellers have been injured in total.
- Motorists are advised to use Golden Highway as an alternative to the Grasmere route.