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Local emergency services reported a “record number” of callouts to accident scenes this past weekend

SUPPORT: An elderly woman is seen here being removed from the scene by Emer-G-Med paramedics following an accident on the N12 close to the Flamingo Casino. She was transported to hospital under the care of Advanced Life Support paramedics.

It was one of the bloodiest weekends on roads in and around Kimberley at the weekend, with local emergency services reporting a “record number” of callouts to accident scenes.

Local emergency services, Emer-G-Med, spokesperson, Andre Keyser, yesterday said that the ambulance service had received a “never-before-seen” amount of emergency calls, including no less than five incidents where head-on-head collisions occurred, during the past weekend.

During the first incident, paramedics responded to an accident on the N12 on Friday afternoon after two men were killed when four vehicles were involved in an accident. Another two men were transported to hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

On Saturday morning, paramedics were called to a scene in Ritchie where two woman died after two vehicles were involved in an accident. One of the vehicles struck a group of pedestrians standing next to the road.

Another two injured female pedestrians and the male driver of one of the vehicles were transported to hospital. (See report on facing page.)

Police spokesperson, Captain Olebogeng Tawana, confirmed that cases of culpable homicide are being investigated following the two accidents.

At around 3pm on Saturday afternoon, a suspected head-on collision caused an elderly woman to sustain moderate injuries when the Toyota Corolla she was driving crashed into a truck on the N12 close to the Flamingo Casino.

She was removed from the vehicle and transported, under the care of Advanced Life Support paramedics, to hospital for further examination and care.

According to Keyser, another man died following a head-on collision between two vehicles, a Volkswagen Jetta and a Toyota Corolla, on the road between Kimberley and Douglas, at around 8.30pm on Saturday evening.

Keyser said that five people sustained serious injuries during the accident and that one of them, a man, died on arrival at the Kimberley Hospital.

Tawana confirmed that a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Plooysburg police following the accident, where one person died as a result of injuries sustained during the accident.

A few hours later another head-on collision occurred between a Hyundai and Golf GTI on the road between Kimberley and Griquatown. Two people were injured and admitted to hospital.

Tawana yesterday also referred to a case where the Griquatown police were investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving after a motorist hit Kudu on the N8 on Saturday evening.

Yesterday morning two people were seriously injured and had to be extracted from their vehicle with the jaws of life after the vehicle they were travelling in, a Toyota Yaris, crashed into a Golf Polo at around 2am in Galeshewe.

The driver and two passengers in the Polo sustained minor injuries and were also transported to hospital.

Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majang Skalkie, confirmed that a case of reckless and negligent driving is being investigated following the incident.