At least four people have been killed and more than 11 others injured in a horror crash on the N1 North in East Lynne in Pretoria.
Five children were among those seriously injured in the accident and one of them had to be airlifted to hospital.
Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said that the driver of an SUV had lost control of his vehicle, which then rolled down an embankment, ejecting 15 occupants before it came to a standstill on a property near the freeway on Sunday morning.
“At 10:27 on Sunday morning, Netcare 911 responded to a collision on the N1 North in East Lynne, Pretoria. Reports indicate that the driver of an SUV lost control, resulting in a roll-over down an embankment, ejecting passengers in the process,” Herbst said.
Tshwane Fire and Rescue Services, the SAPS, Tshwane Metro Police Department, Gauteng Provincial Government Ambulance services and other emergency medical services attended the scene of the accident.
“Medics assessed the scene and found that the vehicle had come to rest in a neighbouring property with a staggering fifteen occupants scattered across the scene,” Herbst said.
“On closer inspection, four occupants had sustained fatal injuries and were declared deceased on the scene. Five children had sustained serious injuries, the most seriously injured was flown by ambulance helicopter to hospital. Another six occupants had sustained moderate injuries,” he said.
Herbst said that several occupants had been trapped in the vehicle and had to be rescued.
“Fire and rescue services had to use hydraulic tools to free some of the occupants who had been trapped in the vehicle,” Herbst said.
“All the patients were treated on scene and once stabilised were transported by various ambulance services to hospital,” he said.
He said all the necessary authorities were present at the scene of the crash.