FIFTEEN Petra Diamonds employees were injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling was involved in an accident early yesterday morning.
Dalene van Rooi, whose son was among those injured, said that she received a phone call from her son’s fiancée informing her about the accident
“My son’s fiancée called me after 6am to tell me about the accident. She did not have any information on what happened. We rushed to Gariep hospital where all the employees were being treated. We saw that he had sustained injuries to the left side of his face, which was swollen. He was taken for X-rays and a consultation with the doctor. He is able to walk and talk, as well as use his arms,” Van Rooi said.
She added that they were still uncertain about the cause of the accident.
“We have no information on what exactly led to the accident. We know that my son’s company hired a Kombi to transport employees. The company also dispatched some senior personnel to support us at the hospital. They also indicated that they had no further information on the matter. We do appreciate the support they have shown us,” she said.
Petra Diamonds spokesperson, Gert Klopper, yesterday wished all the employees a speedy recovery.
“We were informed that the vehicle transporting the employees was involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Transvaal Road (Phakamile Mabija Street) and Hull Street. The employees were on their way from Roodepan to town. All employees were rushed to Gariep Mediclinic and treated. Three employees were seriously injured and we wish all those involved a speedy recovery.
“We will provide counselling and support to all those affected by the incident. We are very relieved that no lives were lost during the incident,” said Klopper.
Mediclinic spokesperson, Denise Coetzee, said that one of the injured employees was being treated in the hospital’s high care unit.
“There were 15 people who came in for treatment at the hospital. One was referred to Kimberley Hospital Complex. Three were seriously injured and had several fractures. One patient has been admitted to the high care unit,” said Coetzee.
Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, said that the cause of the accident was being investigated.
“The Kimberley police are investigating reckless and negligent driving following an accident in Transvaal Road. At this stage we cannot speculate on the cause of the accident. The occupants of both vehicles survived the accident with minor injuries,” said Tawana.