Crash biker back in saddle

2010-12-13 00:00

A SWEDISH tourist survived a collision on his motorbike in the city on Saturday morning and was able to continue his African adventure.

The 56-year-old Swedish tourist was hit by a double cab bakkie on Moses Mabhida (Edendale) Road, near Mason’s Mill.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said that it is believed that the rider is a member of a group of about 10 motorcyclists from all over the world who have been touring South Africa.

“They were on their second-to-last day of the tour when the Swedish rider was knocked down by the bakkie.”

Banks said the rider was wearing full leather riding gear, which may have saved him from serious injuries. “Paramedics … found the motorcyclist lying about 30 metres from his touring bike, which was lying near the motor vehicle that had knocked him down.

“The paramedics assessed the patient and found that he had not suffered any broken bones but was complaining of severe pain to his lower back. They stabilised and placed the man on a specialised board to help protect his back and transported him to a local hospital, to undergo any further medical observations.”

He was discharged the next day and continued on his tour.

Meanwhile, a 33-year-old American tourist is in a serious condition in hospital after she tripped and hit her head on a rock while hiking with friends in Kloof Gorge, just outside Durban.

Banks said: “It is believed that the patient tripped, causing her to lose her balance and hit her head on a rock.

“Advanced life support intervention had to be performed to try and stabilise the patient. The helicopter hoisted the patient out along with a paramedic and flew to a hospital in Durban where trauma staff were waiting for her arrival.”

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