Three die after car collides with ambulance transporting patients near Kroonstad
Three people, including a young girl, died after their car collided head-on with an ambulance on the R76 near Kroonstad in the Free State on Wednesday, 11 December 2019. Free State Health Department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi said on the day, 31 people, including three children under the age of one, had to be transported to a health facility in Kroonstad through the department’s planned patient transport. “We use the planned patient transport to transport patients to nearby hospitals that are far from health facilities. There were too many people for the planned patient transport vehicle so an ambulance assisted by transporting nine patients, including the driver and an additional three children,” Mvambi said.
While the two vehicles were travelling on the R76 to Boitumelo Hospital in Kroonstad, an oncoming vehicle collided with the ambulance, Mvambi said. The crash happened after 6h00.
“The planned patient transport vehicle, which was travelling behind the ambulance, then ploughed into the back of the ambulance.”
Three occupants of the car were declared dead, while a man and child survived the crash and were transported to Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. They were in critical conditions.
All the patients from the ambulance were treated for minor injuries and shock, and had been discharged. Mvambi said the 20 people from the planned patient transport vehicle were also treated for minor injuries and shock.
An emergency official had to be extricated using specialised equipment and was flown to Union Hospital in Alberton.
A case of culpable homicide had been opened.