A horrific crash on Thursday evening claimed the life of a man, leaving 18 others injured on the M4 in the vicinity of the Umdloti Beach off-ramp near La Mercy when three vehicles collided.

Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) members were dispatched to the accident scene after passing motorists called for medical assistance for the injured.

RUSA head, Prem Balram, said, “At approximately 6:02pm RUSA members were informed of the accident and upon arrival on scene, it was established that the driver of a Ford Ranger bakkie was killed in the high impact collision. Several passengers of a minibus taxi were also injured
and were stabilised on scene by medics before being transported to hospital.

“It is alleged that the driver of a Jeep Wrangler was travelling in the direction of Umdloti Beach when he overtook a Mercedes Benz minibus taxi. His vehicle collided head on into the Ford Ranger that was travelling in the opposite direction. The SUV then collided into the taxi which
left the roadway and climbed several metres up an embankment before
it came to a stop.”

“The 54-year-old driver of the Jeep Wrangler sustained moderate injuries and was also transported to hospital by ambulance,” Balram added.

Netcare 911 paramedics also attended the scene and media liaison officer, Shawn Herbst, said 18 patients were treated on scene and were mobilised to various hospitals for the further care that they required. “Road carnage is always a cause for concern and more so when a life is lost and scores of people are injured. Accidents occur in the blink of an eye and therefore it is imperative that road safety is prioritised by all motorists to ensure safe travels on the roadway,” said Balram.