On Saturday evening, about 40 miles west of Ladysmith, a bakkie and two light motor vehicles crashed into the N11, killing seven and injuring four, including two children.
The provincial SMU was already on the scene when ER24 arrived at 6:30 p.m. Three wrecked vehicles were discovered in the middle of the road by medics after further assessment. There were several patients lying all over the vehicles.
Six people had already died from their life-threatening injuries, according to an examination by medical personnel. They were pronounced dead as nothing could be done to save them.
On site, five additional people were treated. A man, a woman, a 13-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl were in serious condition, and another girl, aged 14, had only minor injuries.
The patients received advanced treatment and care before being taken for emergency care to Ladysmith Provincial Hospital.
Sadly, the seriously injured man died of his injuries in hospital.
Although the circumstances of this event are unknown, local law enforcement was on scene conducting further investigations.