Four people have been killed, and one person sustained minor injuries in a collision between a bakkie and a truck on the R545 between Kriel and Bethal in Mpumalanga last night.
When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene shortly before 00H00, they found that two people were entrapped in the bakkie. Both had to be extricated using the jaws of life. The two patients showed no signs of life and were declared dead on the scene. Two others were found lying a few metres away from the bakkie. Both sustained fatal injuries and they were declared dead on the scene.
The truck driver was found walking around on the scene. Paramedics found that he sustained minor injuries, but he later refused transportation to hospital.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not known to our paramedics, but police were on the scene for further investigations.
Ineke van Huyssteen