#DurbanStorm: One killed, another injured after shipping container falls on car

Firefighters and paramedics at the scene.

Yesterday, emergency services were kept very busy due to the severe storm experienced in the Durban area. In one of the numerous call outs, yesterday, Netcare 911 and the Fire Department responded to reports of a large shopping container which had blown onto the roof of a car outside the Durban Harbour.

Reports from the scene alleged that during the storm, a 40 foot container, which was stacked on top of other containers, was blown over and landed on the car. The incident and preceding events will form part of a police investigation.

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Paramedics attended to the two occupants of the car. The first man, who was about 30-years-old, had sustained relatively minor injuries but was trapped inside the car when the roof collapsed under the weight of the container.

He was in a stable condition and was transported by ambulance to hospital for further assessment and care. Tragically, the second occupant, believed to be in his 40s, had sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

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To access the victims, the container first had to be removed from the vehicle and then fire fighters and rescue personnel used the ‘Jaws of Life’ to free them from the wreckage. The SAPS were also at the scene. Several other large and heavy stacked containers in different areas were also blown over by the strong winds.

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