N2 accident: 19 people injured in 13 vehicle pile-up in KZN

A serious accident involving multiple vehicles on the N2 southbound at Esperanza, south of Umzinto, in KwaZulu-Natal, left more than a dozen people injured on Saturday afternoon.

Heavy smoke from a grass fire neighbouring the N2 freeway decreased visibility, causing the collision, according to reports from the scene.

Heavy smoke impacts visibility on N2

Paramedics from the KwaZulu Private Ambulance service, who attended the scene on the N2, confirmed that no less than 13 vehicles collided.

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“Emergency personnel quickly assessed the scene and found that 19 patients had sustained injuries ranging from minor to serious. Paramedics treated the patients on the scene before transporting them to the hospital for further treatment.”

KwaZulu Private Ambulance

Truck accident kills one, several others injured

Elsewhere, a multiple-vehicle accident involving a truck killed one person and injured several others on the N3 near the Peter Brown interchange in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.

A truck carrying chemicals lost control and collided with the oncoming traffic barrier. Chemicals spilt across the freeway, causing traffic congestion and extensive delays in the southbound direction on the N3.

Paramedics also found a light motor vehicle between the medium and fast lanes on the northbound N3 carriageway. However, the cause of the accident was unclear.

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N3 carriageway affected in both directions

Mi7 Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Brandon Drinkwater said emergency responders also found a minibus taxi carrying passengers on arrival at the scene.

“There was one person [truck driver] deceased on scene, one [from the light motor vehicle] who suffered minor injuries but refused to go to the hospital. There were several people injured in the taxi.”

Mi7 Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Brandon Drinkwater

Traffic authorities cleared the crash site and cleaned up the chemical spill, reopening the southbound carriageway after several hours. However, there was still an extensive traffic backlog on the N3 Toll Route.

Pietermaritzburg police were on the scene to investigate the incident. Attempts to obtain comment were unsuccessful at the time of publication.

Two killed, four injured in accident on N2 Umlazi bridge

Meanwhile, the N2 Umlazi bridge claimed the lives of two people, injuring four others, following a bakkie crash in October last year.

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said the vehicle ejected two people seated in the back in the collision.

“The impact from the crash threw one person off the bridge and onto the railway line meters below the roadway. Emergency responders found the other person lying in the roadway. Both suffered fatal injuries and were declared dead on the scene.”

Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen

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