Emergency personnel responded to four accidents

Emergency personnel - Accident in Piet Retief

From Saturday, 30 March until Saturday, 6 April, emergency personnel of the Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit responded to four accidents in which one person is still in a critical condition and three others sustained minor injuries.

The below mentioned accident report was provided by the Chief of Mkhondo Fire and Rescue Unit, Mr Anton Nortje and it is not the view of the Excelsior News. If you have any queries regarding any of the mentioned accidents, please contact Mr Nortje directly on 079 872 8989.

Saturday, 30 March: An accident, in which two people sustained minor injuries, happened at around 11:40 on the Wakkerstroom road. The reason for the accident is unclear, but according to the report, the driver of a white Toyota Corolla, lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the road.

The injured passengers were treated at the scene. Thursday, 4 April: At around 02:40, emergency personnel rushed to an accident scene on the Ermelo road. On arrival, they found a white VW minibus, which collided into the back of an LPG Gas heavy motor vehicle.

According to the accident report, the driver of the minibus was conscious on the scene and informed the rescue personnel that she did not know what happened, but the driver of the heavy motor vehicle stated that he pulled off next to the road when the driver of the VW minibus collided into the back of his truck.

A woman in a critical condition was rushed to hospital with both her legs and arms broken as a result of the accident. Friday, 5 April: One person sustained treatable injuries after an accident on the Ermelo road at around 21:50. According to the accident report, the driver of a white Nissan Sentra was travelling towards Piet Retief when the driver of a grey Captiva came from the Wolvenkop turn-off.

Both drivers did not see each other and as a result the Nissan Sentra was damaged on the left side of the vehicle. Saturday, 6 April: A pile-up accident occurred around 08:50 in town and fortunately, nobody involved sustained any serious injuries. According to the accident report, five vehicles were involved. The driver of a Datsun and a minibus both claimed that they had right of way.

The Datsun was travelling in Church Street (Ermelo direction) and the minibus was travelling in Kruger Street (Swaziland direction) when they collided at the intersection of Kruger – and Church Street. This resulted in the minibus taxi ending up on the FNB Piet Retief’s pavement, after crashing into a Nissan Micra.

The minibus taxi also collided into the front of an Isuzu bakkie, which was moved backwards as a result of the impact and hit a white Toyota Corolla, which was parked behind it. According to an eyewitness, who was almost struck by the minibus, Mrs Elbie van der Schyff, the driver of the Datsun had right of way.