Two persons died and one other critically injured when four vehicles crashed on N12 freeway northbound near Elands interchange in the City of Ekurhuleni earlier this morning at around eleven o`clock.
City of Ekurhuleni Emergency services rescue team and paramedics received the call at 11H18 and swiftly responded to the scene for intervention. On arrival, two light motor vehicles (Bakkies) and two trucks were found to have been involved in a crash. The wrecks were scattered across the entire freeway bringing the traffic to a complete standstill prior being diverted onto N3 freeway south bound. Debris and fuel spillage were covering the bigger part of the road surface. Two of the three adult male casualties were as well found lying motionless and one was under the bakkie. The third patient was still trapped inside one of the bakkies which was on its side.
Pre-hospital medical treatment was rendered and unfortunately, two were declared dead on scene and one entrapped patient extricated from the wreck was road transported to Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Vosloorus. He sustained intense head and upper body injuries. Both trucks crews escaped without obvious injuries.
All four lane were temporarily closed for traffic flow for the duration of the operation. Rescue team and other stakeholders collectively rehabilitated the road surface before allowing traffic flow back on N12 freeway.
It is alleged that the two deceased patients were from the bakkies and were busy towing each other in the middle of the road prior the crash. The scene was handed over to the CoE traffic officers for in-depth investigations.