One lucky paramedic

2015-09-22 09:18
ER24 paramedic Kerry Crowley’s car lies upside down next to Rajeev Mani’s swimming pool in Hesketh Drive after she lost control of the vehicle in water gushing from a fire hydrant.

ER24 paramedic Kerry Crowley’s car lies upside down next to Rajeev Mani’s swimming pool in Hesketh Drive after she lost control of the vehicle in water gushing from a fire hydrant. (Supplied)

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A PARAMEDIC believes that water gushing from a burst fire hydrant caused her to lose control of her car, which crashed into the boundary wall of a house on Hesketh Drive.

Kerry Cowley’s car narrowly missed falling into Rajeev Mani’s family’s swimming pool, coming to rest on the edge.

“The water [on Hesketh Drive] was so deep it seemed like a flood down the road, but I only noticed it when I took the corner. I lost complete control of my car and saw myself going straight through the wall,” said Cowley.

She said when she lost control of her Peugeot, she took off her seat belt and moved to the back seat. Upon impact she was flung out of the back window and landed on the paving around the swimming pool.

“If it wasn’t for the water on the road, I would have been fine. Looking back at the pictures of my car and the scene, I cannot believe I made it out alive,” she said. Cowley’s vehicle was written off.

“I am in a lot of pain. I have lots of bruises and bumps, and once the swelling goes down the doctors will be able to determine how badly my spine was injured,” she said.

Mani said he and his family were preparing for work when they heard the crash at around 5.45 am.

“We were not sure where the loud bang came from. We didn’t think it was in our yard, but when we ran out we were shocked to see this lady lying next to our pool, trying to phone for help. She is a very lucky girl because she also missed crashing into the tree,” said Mani.

Another vehicle crashed into two trees and the boundary wall of another home on Hesketh Drive on Saturday, after the driver lost control of the vehicle.

“We strongly believe the problem is that there are no speed humps to reduce vehicles’ speed. We need speed breakers on this road as it is a hot spot for accidents. This girl was lucky, but someone else may not be as lucky the next time,” added Mani.

However, Msunduzi Municipality acting spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said Hesketh Drive would not receive speed humps or breakers as it is a “class 3 road”, meaning it is a mobility road and traffic flow is not to be interrupted.

“There are speed limit signs on the road that inform drivers the speed limit is 60 km/h. One can never stress enough the importance of obeying the rules of the road and driving within the limits displayed enough,” she added.

Municipal officials repaired the leaking hydrant yesterday morning.

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