2008-11-07 00:00

A Durban woman narrowly escaped death yesterday afternoon after a wall came crashing down in Umgeni Road.

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said search and rescue dogs sniffed through the rubble, but it soon became apparent that the young woman was the only victim.

Two cars parked outside Royal Vulcanizing were left mangled wrecks under piles of bricks.

Three other cars, one of which was driving past the scene, were also damaged.

“When ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene, they were quickly directed to a member of the public who had been injured in the incident. ER24 advanced life support paramedic Craig Wylie was the first person to treat the patient and had to put up a drip and give pain medication before they could move her.

“[Thereafter] the patient was transported to Addington Hospital in a serious but stable condition. She had suffered a possible broken pelvis and broken leg,” said Banks.

Police spokesman Inspector Michael Read said it appeared strong winds and the age of the building were responsible for the collapse of the outer wall.

“Members of the public said that the winds were quite strong before the wall fell over.

“One person said that the building was rather old and that could also have played a role.

“One lane [of the street] was affected as the bricks were lying across the road and entrance to the building,” said Banks.

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