Mom spends hours next to dead family after crash

2015-05-01 16:20
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - A woman lay next to her dead partner and child for about four hours, too seriously injured to move after their vehicle had crashed on a quiet road in Westonaria on Friday morning, paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the three had been thrown from the vehicle as it tumbled through the veld and came to a rest about 100m from the road.

''After triaging, the medics found that the patient must have been lying in the grass for some time as their clothes were covered in frost,'' said Botha.

''Tragically, the father and his daughter died before our arrival due to the extensive injuries that they sustained.''

People on the scene think the accident happened around 03:00 and the family was discovered at around 07:00.

The mother was transported to hospital with a provincial services paramedic providing constant critical care.

Truck, taxi crash

On the busy Van Reenen's pass, 15 people were injured when a taxi crashed into a Kudu running over the N3 at the bottom of the pass, Botha said.

He said although all the commuters were injured, only two needed treatment and after they were stabilised, they were taken to hospital in Ladysmith.

ER24's Pieter Roussow said that three people were injured in a crash involving a truck and a taxi at around 06:30 on the corner of Turfhall Road and Manenberg Avenue in the Western Cape.

And in Carletonville, a man's leg was amputated in a crash between a bus and light motor vehicle early on Friday on the R559, approximately 12km from the town.

Four of the five bus passengers were injured and the driver of the light motor vehicle allegedly drove away after the accident. The man whose leg was amputated during the crash had lost so much blood that he had to be transported to a local hospital urgently to be stabilised. Then he was airlifted to Milpark in Johannesburg for further treatment.

Cardiac arrest

On Thursday night, two people were injured, one critically, when a vehicle veered off the road and hit a barrier on the R33 near the Wartburg off ramp, Botha said.

Netcare 911 paramedics and the local fire service worked for three hours to extricate and stabilise them, using spinal boards. They were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Botha said there had also been accident in Tweedie on Friday night in which one person died after a roll-over on the N3. The driver went into cardiac arrest shortly after paramedics arrived, and died.

The passenger survived, but was in a serious condition.

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