Accidents leave paramedics with their hands full

2013-12-31 00:00

FIFTEEN people were injured yesterday morning after a motor vehicle slammed into the rear of a taxi on the N2 North near Natal Portland Cement, leaving a taxi passenger and the driver of the motor vehicle trapped and 13 other passengers with various injuries.

ER24 Durban and Highway paramedics worked together with Durban Metro Fire Department and Rescue Care EMS to treat all of the patients, Werner Vermaak of ER24 said.

The most severely injured patient was extricated using the jaws-of-life. It took rescuers over an hour to free the trapped passengers.

A total of 15 patients were treated on scene and transported to various hospitals in Durban for further care.

• Just after 5 pm yesterday on the N2 at Umzumbe, close to Port Shepstone, two cars collided head-on, resulting in the death of one of the drivers. Two occupants of the other vehicle were treated on the scene for serious and minor injuries by paramedics before being transported to hospital.

Spokesperson for KZN Emergency Medical Services Robert McKenzie said by late last night there was still an obstruction as the road was being cleared.

• The body of a teenager was recovered yesterday after he drowned in the Mt Chepe River, near the town of Umzimkulu in the Sisonke district. Little is known regarding the circumstances which led to the drowning of the child, who was reportedly swimming in the river with friends. The police are investigating.

• KZN EMS have attended to 10 incidents and have transported 17 patients over the last 24 hours.

Since December 3, the number of incidents attended totalled 306, and the number of patients transported is 998.

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