Six people killed in vehicle collision on N1, Pretoria
City of Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson, Charles Mabaso, reported there was an accident on the N1 between Wallmansthal and Petropoort south in Tshwane on Sunday, 12 January 2020. “Two vehicles are involved; a truck and a light motor vehicle. There are currently five fatalities on the scene, one patient with critical injuries and another one with moderate to serious injuries,” Mabaso said. It’s understood the sixth person died shortly thereafter. Mabaso said three adults and three children were killed in the crash.
A light motor vehicle (SUV) lost control, overturned and collided with a truck driving in the opposite direction of the freeway. The incident was reported to the Tshwane Emergency Services Call Centre at around 9h26. Emergency Services arrived on scene to find an SUV lying upside down in the fast lane of the N1 direction north, with bodies of a male and female near the SUV and a truck about 20 metres away on the yellow lane. Some private ambulances were already on scene. The company commander from Station 5 (Wonderboom), took over control of the incident and immediately initiated traffic management (closed N1 north and south) while conducting triage and further scene assessment. A male child inside the SUV was certified dead by paramedics on scene. A male adult, trapped underneath the SUV was also certified dead by paramedics on scene.
Fire fighters had to remove a door of the truck and do a ‘dashboard roll’, to extricate a trapped male patient with a femur fracture from the truck. The patient was transported to Montana Hospital in a critical condition by a private ambulance service. A body of a female child underneath the truck was also certified dead by paramedics on scene.
A sixth body of an adult male was later discovered inside the SUV during the recovery of the body that was trapped under the SUV, after South African Police Services (SAPS) photographers had taken photos of the scene and gave a go ahead for the recovery.
The N1 south was opened at 13h00, while the clearing of the N1 north continued until 13:50 when it was opened.
Mabaso said the response from Tshwane Emergency Services comprised a type II rescue pump with a crew of five from Station 5, a rapid intervention vehicle with a crew of two and a Command vehicle with a crew of two also from station 5, as well as three ambulances from private ambulance service providers and four SAPS vans. There was a large presence of Gauteng traffic officers and Tshwane Metro Police officers on scene.
Other than having to navigate large traffic volumes response, there were no challenges faced by crews. All responding agencies cooperated in coordination and management of the incident.
Source: City of Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso