Five dead in a serious vehicle collision on the N3 toward Pietermaritzburg

27 June 2022 | From Arrive Alive

On the 26th of June, teams were dispatched to a motor vehicle collision on the N3 toward Pietermaritzburg.

While a medical team proceeded to investigate the incident, it was noted that the N3 Durban bound was closed and no services were reported in attendance. S.T.A.R.T made their way to the bridge to find a fender bender, and this was due to drivers doing U-Turns and driving up the ramp’s contra flow.

There was no need for medical and the teams stood down and started heading back down the N3, a challenging task as drivers had gridlocked the emergency lanes, forcing the freeway to come to a complete standstill.

Shortly after the decision to return, S.T.A.R.T was notified of a second motor vehicle collision on the top of the Hammarsdale bridge where a truck and car were involved.

On arrival, the teams found one vehicle that had rolled multiple times, having its doors ripped off resulting in its passengers being ejected onto the road. The team was presented with a multi-patient incident. S.T.A.R.T took control of the incident and coordinated a triage which determined how many patients and the severity of their injuries.

Sadly, it was discovered that five patients, had suffered fatal injuries, whilst others suffered injuries ranging from critical to minor.

A request to dispatch multiple services to the incident was communicated to the control room and as emergency services arrived, they were directed to patients who needed treatment and transport to the hospital.

A primary search on the banks of the freeway was completed to ensure that no one was flown over the barrier.

It was later reported that one person that was in critical condition succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital.

SAPS, METRO Police, and RTI were in attendance and would be investigating the cause, however, the Freeway was closed for a period of time during this process.

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