Three injured in N2 accident

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THREE people were injured, two critically so, after two trucks collided on the N2 freeway late on Wednesday evening.

Crisis Medical’s Kyle van Reenen said paramedics, along with members of Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services, arrived at the scene of the collision, which occurred on the north-bound carriage way of the N2 near the Queen Nandi Drive off-ramp.

“We found a heavy-duty delivery vehicle had collided at high speed with the rear of a tip truck, which had allegedly broken down and was stationary on the roadway.

“Two male occupants of the delivery truck sustained life-threatening injuries and were trapped in the vehicle. Specialised hydraulic rescue equipment was used to cut the men free from the wreckage while emergency care practitioners worked to stabilise them,” he said.

Van Reenen added that the men were placed on specialised stretchers for suspected neck and spinal cord injuries, while one was placed on a mechanical ventilator to assist him with breathing.

“A third man, who was the only occupant of the tip truck, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital. The highway remained closed to traffic for several hours while emergency services worked tirelessly to clear the scene.”

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