Man hurt again in ambulance crash

2012-04-22 12:52
Johannesburg - An ambulance transporting an injured man overturned on the N2 in Idutywa, Eastern Cape on Sunday morning, the provincial health department said.

"The patient was injured from the previous accident, and has now sustained more injuries. The paramedics onboard were injured too," provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

The ambulance was going round a bend when it skidded and overturned.

"We suspect it overturned because of the condition of the road. It was raining and the road was slippery and wet. The other paramedics are there at the accident scene trying to assist them."

The patient's car overturned on the same road, several minutes before the ambulance crashed, Kupelo said.

"Five people were injured in that accident. We believe that it too was caused by the condition of the road. Whenever it rains, or even drizzles, on that road between Mthatha and East London there are always a number of accidents."

There were four other accidents on the highway on Sunday, all within one hour of each other. Nobody was hurt.

Eastern Cape health MEC Sicelo Ggobana wished the man and the paramedics a speedy recovery.

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