A truck smashed into overhead bridge support pillars on the M7 in Durban on Saturday morning killing a passenger and injuring two other people including the driver.
Paramedics on the scene said a passenger travelling in the truck’s cabin had died and two other people were critically injured after the truck veered out of control slamming into two other vehicles before being stopped by the concrete supports of the bridge.
“Just after 11am, Rescue Care paramedics responded to a multiple vehicle accident on the M7 eastbound underneath the N2 bridge heading towards the Bluff,” Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson advised.
“On arrival, paramedics found “absolute carnage”. A truck travelling down the M7 had somehow lost control and collided with two vehicles before smashing into the pillars of the bridge.
“Two people were trapped in the truck’s cabin and one, the truck driver, had been ejected from the wreckage. Unfortunately, one of the passengers had sustained major injuries and there was nothing more paramedics could do for him. He was declared dead at the scene. “
Rescue Care paramedics were able to stabilize the driver and one other person and they were then transported to hospital for further treatment. They are understood to be in a stable condition.
“The other passenger and the driver sustained critical injuries and were stabilised on the scene by advanced life support paramedics before the driver was flown by medical helicopter to a nearby hospital. The critically injured passenger was transported to hospital by ambulance. one other person was injured.
“The accident scene will take quite some time to clear up and motorists are advised to avoid the area,” Jamieson said
Most of the wreckage has now been cleared and traffic is moving smoothly once again.