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September 3 - In KwaZulu-Natal, a 50-year-old man was seriously injured when his motorbike and sidecar overturned on the R56 near Richmond in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: ER24

PARYS – Five motorcyclists have been injured in four separate accidents in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, paramedics said.

Paramedics attended to three separate crashes within a few hours from each other in Parys, ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak said.

At about 10am paramedics from ER24 and another service arrived on the R59 outside Parys where they found a motorbike rider lying in the middle of the road. He sustained moderate injuries and was treated on the scene before transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni, he said.

Half-an-hour later paramedics attended to another motorbike crash. This time on the S212 Viljoenskroon Road in Parys. The rider sustained only minor injuries and declined to be transported to hospital.

At noon, a man and a woman were injured when their motorbike crashed near an embankment along the Promenade Road in Parys. “It is understood that they misjudged a bridge close to the intersection with Abattoir Road.”

They were treated on the scene for various injuries. One of them was transported to Mediclinic Emfuleni and the other to Parys Provincial Hospital.

“It is believed that a motorbike event is taking place in a nearby town and all four riders were participating at the event,” Vermaak said.

In KwaZulu-Natal, a 50-year-old man was seriously injured when his motorbike and sidecar overturned on the R56 near Richmond in Pietermaritzburg.

“Shortly before 9am paramedics from ER24 arrived on the scene where they found the motorbike several metres into an open sugarcane field next to the road. The rider was found a few metres away from his bike.

“It is understood that a group of bikers were travelling from Pinetown in Durban on the R56 when the incident occurred.”

Paramedics treated the rider for multiple injuries before he was taken to Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg for further care, Vermaak said.

– African News Agency