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POTCHEFSTROOM – Truck and car collide leaving one dead, two injured.

One man was killed and two others left injured this morning when a truck and light motor vehicle collided on the R54, approximately 10km outside of Potchefstroom.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 06h40 to find a wrecked light motor vehicle on the side of the road while a truck was found parked a short distance away.

On closer inspection, medics found three men, believed to be in their 20s, lying trapped inside the light motor vehicle. Assessments showed that the driver showed no signs of life while another man had sustained critical injuries. The third man was found with moderate injuries.

Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the driver and he was declared dead.

The JB Marks Fire Services had to use specialised rescue equipment to free the two patients from the light motor vehicle. Once freed, medics treated the patients and provided the critically injured man with several advanced life support interventions before they were transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

The driver of the truck fortunately escaped injury.

Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.