1 person remains in critical condition after N1 collision near Hammanskraal

The patient is one of only two people who survived the crash, among the dead were six children.

A Netcare 911 helicopter at the scene of an accident. Picture: Instagram.com

JOHANNESBURG – One person remains in a critical condition in hospital after a head-on collision on the N1 highway near Hammanskraal yesterday that killed 16 others.

The patient is one of only two people who survived the crash, among the dead were six children.

Netcare 911’s Athlenda Mathe says the cause of the accident is still unclear.

“There are only two survivors in this accident, one is in a critical condition while the other sustained moderate injuries. The two were stabilized on scene and then thereafter transported to hospital.”

The road is open to traffic this morning after it was closed for several hours last night.

Johannesburg Emergency Services have urged motorists to drive carefully as the wet weather continues in Gauteng.

Yesterday, police reported an unusually high number of accidents in Johannesburg due to the heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile, Emergency Services say their teams will remain on high alert to deal with any flash floods caused by heavy rains that continue to fall across the province.

The South African Weather Service says there’s an up to 80% chance of rain in some parts of Gauteng today.

Emergency Services’ Robert Mulaudzi said a number of emergency calls have already been made.

He’s urged motorists to be extra vigilant.

“We’ll remain on high alert to make sure that if there’s any incident which might occur we can be able to respond as quickly as possible. Of course in those critical areas, especially the low lying areas, we’ve got our automatic reinforce systems which assist us to disseminate information and also monitor the rainfall patterns.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)