Two people were killed and 54 injured, seven critically, when a petrol tanker crashed into scores of vehicles in Alberton, south east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, paramedics have said.
“A petrol tanker had apparently lost control and collided with the multiple vehicles,” said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring in a statement.
“When ER24 paramedics, as well as other services, arrived on scene, they found multiple vehicles and car parts spread across the road.”
Paramedics began their assessment and found two people had been killed with seven of the 54 injured, critically so.
“Paramedics immediately began their treatment of the patients, providing them with advanced life support,” he said.
“Extra resources were called in by the emergency services to help treat the injured on scene.”
One of the critically injured patients required rapid advanced life support and was airlifted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for further treatment.
“The remaining patients were treated for their injuries and transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment,” Meiring said.
“The driver of the petrol tanker told paramedics that his brakes had apparently failed, causing him to collide with… multiple vehicles.”
Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said around 45 vehicles and two trucks were involved in the crash.
Earlier, Meiring said it was believed the accident happened around 07:30.
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Two people have been confirmed dead following a multi-vehicle accident on the N12 East near Voortrekker Road in Alberton on Tuesday morning, Ekurhuleni emergency services said. Reports say at least 54 people were injured in the pile-up.
“For now we have only accounted for two people that have been declared dead on scene,” spokesperson William Ntladi said.
“The precise number of injuries is not yet accounted for. We are working together with other medical stakeholders on site.”
Earlier, paramedics said it appeared more than 20 vehicles were involved in the accident after the driver of a petrol tanker lost control on the highway.
“A petrol tanker lost control heading down the N12 near Voortrekker Road in Alberton,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.
“He collided with multiple vehicles. ER24 as well as other medical services have begun treating the injured.”
Netcare911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said one critically injured patient was airlifted to hospital.
It was believed the accident happened around 07:30.
Ekurhuleni metro police were not immediately available for comment.
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