At about 06:10 this morning, Netcare 911 paramedics responded to a head-on collision on the N1 direction Kroonstad after the Kroonvaal Tollgate in Parys.
Reports from the scene indicate that the two vehicle’s bursted into flames on impact. It is believed that motorists tried to extinguish the fire before they called the emergency services.
When paramedics and the fire department arrived on the scene they found that three people from one vehicle had already died. Netcare 911 paramedics worked alongside paramedics from the Provincial EMS on the scene. The three were declared dead on the scene by paramedics.
They also found that the driver of the other vehicle was in a critical but stable condition. The jaws of life were used to extricate the man out of the vehicle.
The Netcare911 helicopter that is dispatched to life threatening emergencies was dispatched to the scene to airlift the critically injured man to a level 1 trauma facility in Johannesburg for further medical care.
Netcare911 advised all motorists to obey the rules of the road but most of all adhere to the speed limit during this festive season.