3 people killed after KZN building collapse

It’s understood five workers have also been critically injured. Paramedica say they've been taken to nearby hospitals in Durban.

A building collapse in Wentworth in KwaZulu-Natal has killed three people. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

.JOHANNESBURG - Three people have been killed after a building collapsed in Wentworth in Durban.

Six people remain in a critical condition at local Durban hospitals.

Rescue Care's Garrieth Jamieson says they've been taken to nearby hospitals in Durban.

“On arrival, we found that a building has collapsed, landing on workers and a truck parked outside on the roadside. Multiple patients were attended to and five workers have sustained serious injuries. They were stabilised on the scene by advanced life support paramedics.”

It's understood the building caved in at around 1 o’ clock, trapping the three workers.

Authorities are still on the scene at the corner of Milner and Chamberlain streets in the industrial area of Wentworth.

Rescue efforts are underway to retrieve the bodies of those trapped under the rubble.

A crane arrived on the scene of the site. It seems the structure was near completion but two pillars appear to have caved in, causing Wednesday's collapse.

The police's Thembeka Mbele says it's unclear how long it will take the crane and rescue workers to extract the bodies.

“Actually the three bodies are trapped in different places by the wall…the crane is trying to remove the walls.”

There are no family members at the scene because the workers are from Nquthu, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Rescue care's Garrieth Jamieson earlier said they have presumed the trapped people are dead.

“Durban fire department, SAPS, search and rescue - are all in attendance and a plan is being made at the moment to go and try and free these people, but it is believed that they have passed away already.”

Authorities are currently trying to cut and drill through the rubble to recover the trapped bodies.