Two killed on roads, but teens and their dog found safe

2011-12-29 07:49

Three paramedics went beyond the call of duty, finding two teenagers who ran after their dogs after a car crash in Bethlehem in the Free State.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said an 18-year-old, his 14-year-old sister, their grandmother and two dogs were heading to Cape Town when a truck rear-ended their car last night.

“A puppy and another dog jumped out of the car and ran off out of fright,” she said.

The teenagers ran after their pets. When paramedics arrived at the scene the grandmother could only give them a cellphone number and the direction in which they had run off in.

“One set of paramedics assessed the shocked grandmother and treated her for minor injuries. Three paramedics set off looking for the two other potential patients and their pets, only having intermittent cellphone contact with them due to bad signal in the area.”

The paramedics found the two, after walking for about 5km on a train track.

“Unfortunately, only one of their dogs was with them and they had no idea where the other one was.”

Paramedics treated the two for minor injuries and took them, along with their grandmother and the puppy, to Phekolong Hospital. One of the paramedics volunteered to take care of the puppy until a family member arrived today.

Two killed in Petrusburg crash

Two men were killed and a woman was critically injured when their bakkie collided head-on with a car on the N8 near Petrusburg in the Free State, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the accident occurred yesterday afternoon.

“Paramedics arrived to find that a man had already succumbed to his injuries inside the Hyundai, while the second man was found with fatal injuries on the ground outside the vehicle. There was nothing that paramedics could do for the two men and they were declared deceased,” said Jackson.

Rescue workers used the jaws of life to cut the body of one of the men out of the Hyundai.

A woman was found lying in the road next to the bakkie. She was airlifted to Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein in a critical condition.

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