A bus carrying 78 wedding guests on the N2 northbound to Nongoma collided with a concrete barrier and overturned, resulting in nine passengers being hospitalized.
Seven of the injured are in one critical condition and two have been seriously injured, according to initial reports from emergency services who were at the scene.
The accident occurred on the N2 near Salt Rock. Due to the seriousness of the accident, many paramedics were on the scene.
ALS Paramedics Medical Services, IPSS Medical Rescue, Taurus EMS Medics, EMRS, KDM Fire, the local Highway Authority and the Police were all present at the scene. A triage system was quickly put in place and more ambulances and paramedics were dispatched to the scene. All injured patients were stabilized on site before being transported to local hospitals.
Dylan Meyrick, spokesman for IPSS Medical Rescue, told the North Coast Courier that paramedics were working to stabilize a critically injured passenger, which was partially wedged under the water bus. They did so while KDM Fire used all their might to cut them out of the rubble.
“The bus was traveling from Umzimkulu to Nongoma with 78 people when it collided with a concrete barrier used to divert traffic across the bridge of the Umhlali River damaged and overturned,” said Meyrick.
The scene of the accident has been cleared and police and transport authorities are investigating. The events leading up to the incident are currently unknown.
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