The first day of the festive season brought tragedy, claiming the lives of two people from two separate vehicles following a head on collision outside the Woodview Cemetery on Chris Hani Road in Cornubia, on Sunday morning.
At approximately 4:25am, a member of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) was on patrol in the area when he came across the collision involving a Nissan NP 200 bakkie and a VW Polo. RUSA boss, Prem Balram, said, “A man who was at the back of the Nissan NP 200 bakkie and a back seat passenger from the VW Polo were killed. Both drivers were trapped and the Jaws of Life were used to free them from the mangled wreckage. Six people from both vehicles sustained moderate to serious injuries in the collision. One person was flown to hospital by a specialised helicopter which landed at the scene. The road was closed to traffic whilst emergency services extricated and treated the injured.”
Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst, whose team also responded to the deadly collision, said, “An adult male from the car had sustained life threatening injuries and required the care of an Emergency Care Practitioner and together with Reaction Unit South Africa, the patient was stabilised.
Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, the Netcare 5 specialised helicopter ambulance was activated to airlift the man to a specialist facility for the treatment he required.” Both, Balram and Herbst said the circumstance surrounding the fatal accident are unknownand subject to police investigation.