This evening just before 8pm multiple EMER-G-MED units were deployed to reports of a serious collision on the N1 North before the Buccleuch Interchange, north of Johannesburg.
On arrival paramedics found that an Audi had rear-ended a bakkie carrying people on the back at a high speed – leaving both vehicles heavily damaged. This is alleged to have happened after the bakkie changed lanes in front of the car.
The two occupants of the Audi sustained minor to moderate injuries, while the driver and nine passengers from the bakkie sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical.
The bakkies’ occupants were found lying across the highway as well as down an embankment on the side of the N1. Three were in a critical condition and required immediate Advanced Life Support care. Paramedics worked effortlessly to stabilise the three crictically injured men while the Netcare 911 Dedicated Trauma Air Response Team was called in to assist.
Unfortunately, despite paramedics’ efforts one patient’s injuries were too extensive, his heart stopped and he was declared dead on the scene.
Once stabilised one patient was airlifted by the Netcare1 aeromedical helicopter to a specialist Johannesburg Trauma hospital and the remaining patients were transported by road to various nearby facilities.
The JMPD Accident Investigation Unit were on-scene to investigate the exact events leading up to the collision.