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Speeding motorist kills paramedic attending to patient on N1 in JHB

The Emergency Services employee was standing next to the highway when a VW Polo drove over the paramedic.

Netcare 911 helicopter. Picture: @Netcare911_sa.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are investigating a crash in Midrand after a paramedic has been killed while attending to a patient on the N1 highway.

The Johannesburg Emergency Services employee was standing next to the highway when a VW Polo drove over him.

Eight others sustained injuries, varying from critical to moderate, in the multiple vehicle pileup.

The Johannesburg Emergency Service's Robert Mulaudzi said, "One of our paramedics lost his life in the accident. While he was treating a patient, a vehicle [approached the scene] and drove over him."

IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Three people died in a car pile-up on the N2 near Grabouw this morning. One person remains in a critical condition following this incident.

The cause of the crash remains unclear.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa said, "Early this morning, round about 4 am, we had a head-on collusion on the N2 between Grabouw and Sir Lowry's Pass between three vehicles. In two of the vehicles, the drivers lost their lives."

At the same time at least 31 people have been arrested in numerous roadblocks held in the Western Cape since Friday.

Africa says another was most of the drivers arrested were driving under the influence.

"We stopped 2,291 vehicles and tested 1,591 drivers for alcohol. At the end of the day we arrested 31 drunken drivers."