24 killed in Pinetown crash

The accident occured when a heavy truck ploughed into five vehicles in Pinetown.

The wreckage of a minibus taxi is pictured after a major accident in Pinetown, KZN, at the base of Field's Hill on 5 Septemeber 2013. Picture: @TowingHERS/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Reports on Thursday night emerged of a massive crash in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, which left at least 24 dead and many injured.

The accident took place when a truck collided with a number of vehicles at the base of Field's Hill.

Netcare 911's Chris Botha said the scene was "horrific", adding, "Really, it can only be described as a disaster scene."

The crash occurred near the King Cetshayo Highway (M13) onramp on Richmond Road (M1).

"A heavy goods truck has come down from the M13, came across the intersection, collided with four taxis and a light motor vehicle, crumpling them," said Botha.

He confirmed the death toll but said earlier reports of 80 injuries were exaggerated.

"Seven people are in critical condition, eight have sustained serious injuries and miraculously, 11 escaped with relatively minor injuries."

Those in need of medical care have been transported to various hospitals around Durban, he said.