Man dies after falling from balcony

2011-07-27 09:27
Johannesburg - A man was killed and another critically injured when they fell from a sixth floor balcony at a Richmond apartment complex in Johannesburg early Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

The men were part of a group of people attending a party in the flat, Netcare 911spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

"The men had been on the balcony of the apartment and had purportedly leant on the balcony wall which gave way. Both men plunged to the concrete below, one landing on top of the other."

Wicks said the man who hit the ground first died before paramedics arrived. The other man sustained critical injuries and was carried inside the building.

Paramedics found the 19-year-old man sustained limb fractures as well as severe spinal trauma.

He was stabilised before being transported by ambulance to the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.

The cause of the accident would be investigated by police, Wicks said.

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