Young boy ‘sucked’ out of train

2016-05-17 06:00
 Photo: supplied The children about to be loaded onto the Red Cross helicopter.

Photo: supplied The children about to be loaded onto the Red Cross helicopter.

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NETCARE 911 paramedics rushed to Shongweni on Wednesday after receiving a call that a child had been injured after falling from a train near the Devilwood Train Station in the Shongweni Valley.

According to Netcare 911 paramedic Chris Botha, a seven-year-old boy was riding to school on the train. The children blocked the doors from closing and stood in the entrance while the train was hurling down the line.

“As the train entered a tunnel it caused the child to be sucked from the train, hitting his head against the concrete and falling to the ground. With severe injuries to his head the child managed to grab his school tie and strap his head back together,” Botha said.

“He then tried to crawl out of the tunnel to get help. As luck would have it a group of off-road bikers went for a ride in the rural area and found the critically injured boy lying next to the tracks.”

The bikers called SA Can who immediately dispatched Netcare 911 paramedics and their rescue unit.
“Paramedics travelled for kilometres through the sugarcane fields along very treacherous roads to get to the child. Paramedics stabilised the critically injured boy and realised that the road was too bad to try and transport him by ambulance.

“A Red Cross helicopter was called and the pilot had to navigate her way through a tricky area to land at the scene. The child was then airlifted to a specialised hospital in Durban.”

- Supplied

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