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Women, children injured in city crash

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The impact of the crash caused the Auris to spin and to crash into the palisade fence of Gas World.

Emergency services attended to an accident scene on Saturday night in Schmidtsdrift Road.

TWO WOMEN and two children were seriously injured in an accident involving a car and a truck in Kimberley on the weekend.

The accident occurred in Schmidtsdrift Road on Saturday at around 6pm.

It is believed that the car, a Toyota Auris, with a woman driving, another woman in the front passenger seat and two children in the back, was travelling in Rhodes Avenue towards Schmidtsdrift Road when it crashed into the front of a Mercedes-Benz truck that was pulling two trailers and travelling on Schmidtsdrift Road in a westerly direction.

The impact of the crash caused the Auris to spin and to crash into the palisade fence of Gas World.

While the two children and the woman seated on the passenger side of the vehicle were freed from the wreck and taken to local hospitals, emergency services struggled to free the woman driver and had to employ the Jaws of Life to cut parts of the vehicle away in order to gain access to her.

She was eventually extricated and taken to Mediclinic Gariep, where she was admitted to ICU with serious injuries.

The female passenger, who also sustained serious injuries, was admitted to Lenmed Hospital.

Both women were still in hospital yesterday.

The two children were reported to have suffered moderate injuries.

An eyewitness on the scene said that the children looked like “dolls being thrown around in the vehicle” during the crash.

Emergency personnel from both Emer-G-Med and ER were on the scene to stabilise the patients and transport them to hospital.

The driver of the truck did not sustain any injuries. He declined to speak to the media regarding the incident but noted that the truck’s dash camera recorded the incident.

Eyewitnesses allege that the Auris drove through a red light before it crashed into the front of the truck, for which the light was green.

Police spokesperson Captain Tessa Jansen confirmed that a case of reckless and negligent driving had been opened following the accident.

“It is alleged that a Mercedes-Benz truck driver, 48, was driving

from town towards Schmidtsdrift when a Toyota Auris with a female driver, aged 34, a 62-year-old woman passenger and two children aged six and seven years old, crashed into him. According to the driver, the robot was green for him and the woman ignored the red light The elderly lady and the children sustained moderate injuries. The driver was seriously injured and was taken to hospital. A case of reckless and negligent driving was opened and is still under investigation. No arrests have been made,” Jansen said.