9 Oct 2017, Upington: Four people were killed, including two children, and six others injured late last night when a van and light motor vehicle collided head-on on the N14, approximately 20km outside of Upington in the Northern Cape.
ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene to find the two vehicles on the opposite side of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.
Upon closer inspection, paramedics discovered a man, woman and two children, a boy and girl, lying inside the light motor vehicle. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that the woman had sustained numerous injuries and was in a serious condition.
The man and two children had sustained numerous injuries and showed no signs of life. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the man and children and they were later declared dead on the scene.
Upon inspection of the van, paramedics found six patients. Assessments showed that one woman had sustained critical injuries while five others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
Paramedics treated the patients, including the woman from the light motor vehicle, and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions.
Once treated, the patients were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment. Unfortunately, upon arrival at hospital, the critically injured woman from the van succumbed to her injuries and was declared dead.
The exact cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.