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11 Jhb accidents due to rain

2010-12-12 08:29

Johannesburg - Paramedics said they had attended to 11 accidents since the start of the heavy rains in Johannesburg on Saturday.

A 28-year-old man allegedly crashed his car into a stream off Cumberland Avenue in Bryanston, ER24 said.

"Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after 21:00 where they found the vehicle in the stream between trees, spokesperson Werner Vermaak said.

"The man was sitting soaked next to his vehicle."

A man, who found the 28-year-old, told paramedics that he was walking past when he noticed flashing lights between the trees.

He quickly rushed over and saw the man soaked and shivering.

He the ran to the nearby petrol station where he found a security guard who called emergency services, Vermaak said.

Paramedics treated the 28-year-old for multiple injuries and slight hypothermia.

It was not clear what led to the accident and the man could not explain to paramedics how long he had been sitting next to his car before someone noticed him, Vermaak said.

Paramedics had urged the people to drive safely on the roads, especially during extreme weather conditions.

Comments
  • Airwolf - 2010-12-12 11:09

    Media always report that accidents on wet roads was "due to rain" or "caused by the rain". How convenient for people who drive badly in the wet, they hold no accountability. Accidents during rain and on wet roads is due to bad driving, finish and klaar!

      Ettienne - 2010-12-12 12:58

      I agree totally with Airwolf. Secondly, why should it be that the media or any other authority, pleads with people to drive cautiously? If one has respect for yourself and other road users, such requests would never be needed. Perhaps the AARTO system will change the attitude of the reckless and bad behaved drivers!

      Thandi - 2010-12-12 14:45

      Well said - agree 100%. I cringe when I hear radio announcers glibly saying we have had accidents caused by the rain. Get real people - recognise that South African drivers are amongst the worst in the world, hence our appalling accident statistics.

      Susannomore - 2010-12-15 08:59

      How true. It was scary this morning the amount of vehicles that did not have lights on, despite the decreased visability.

  • Oupa - 2010-12-15 11:18

    well i understand what u guys mean but sometimes it is always not that way. rain brings with it the uncertainty and anything can happen, no matter how good of a driver you are. granted that a bad drive will have more chances of being involved in a crush

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