Bridge collapse patients showing steady improvement

2015-10-16 21:30
Emergency service workers and paramedics help an injured man from a vehicle after the bridge collapse. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Emergency service workers and paramedics help an injured man from a vehicle after the bridge collapse. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Johannesburg - All the injured patients who were hospitalised following the collapse of the Grayston Bridge in Sandton earlier this week, were showing steady improvement, the City of Johannesburg said on Friday.

Two of the three most critically injured patients, who were admitted to Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital on Wednesday, had since been taken off ventilators and were breathing on their own, said Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's spokesperson, Phindile Chauke.

"All three are still critical, but they have been stabilised," she said.

A family was admitted to the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Chauke said. A man, his wife and daughter-in-law were admitted to general wards while their nephew was still in the Intensive Care Unit.

"The [family] at Milpark are still being treated for injuries and trauma.

"One is still in ICU, but his condition is improving significantly. Chances are he might be out of ICU at any time."

The son, a 28-year-old man, died at the scene. His funeral was expected to take place on Saturday.

His cousin wanted to be moved out of ICU so that he could attend the funeral, Chauke said.

The support structure of the Great Walk Bridge, which ran along the M1 across Grayston Drive, collapsed on Wednesday afternoon shortly before the afternoon rush.

Two people,  a minibus taxi driver and a man in a Toyota Fortuner were killed. Twenty others were injured.

Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction of the pedestrian and cycle bridge, said it would contribute to the funerals of the two dead men.

The company's CEO, Henry Laas, told reporters on Thursday the company would also be assisting those in hospital with medical costs.

Murray & Roberts has appointed technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists to investigate the incident.

The cause is still unknown.

Read more on:    murray & roberts  |  johannesburg  |  transport  |  joburg bridge collapse

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