Man critical after being hit by train

2014-05-02 00:00

A MAN is fighting for his life after he was hit by a train near the Mountain Rise railway station in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday evening.

While the exact details of how the accident happened are still under investigation, The Witness has learnt that Netcare911 paramedics arrived at the scene and found the critically wounded man still trapped under the train, with life-threatening injuries.

Paramedics clambered in under the train, lifted him on a trauma board and removed him from under the vehicle.

Once he was out, the man had a heart attack. The paramedics then placed him on a ventilator and managed to get his heart beating again after a few minutes. He was then taken to Northdale Hospital.

• Meanwhile near Ixopo, one person yesterday died and three others were injured when two cars collided, paramedics said.

One of the injured was trapped and had to be extricated from the wreckage, Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said.

“The patient was freed and together with the other two patients who had sustained serious injuries were transported to Christ the King Hospital in Ixopo for continued medical care,” McKenzie said.

The cause of Wednesday night’s accident on the R612 was unknown.

• On the South Coast meanwhile, where the Bike Week is currently happening in and around Margate, a motorcyclist is in a critical condition in a Port Shepstone hospital after being knocked off her bike during a collision with another vehicle.

The woman was travelling along Marine Drive, near Oslo beach on the South Coast, when the accident happened yesterday afternoon.

McKenzie said paramedics arrived on the scene to find the woman in a critical condition.

She was being assisted by family and several people who had stopped to help.

The paramedics treated the woman at the scene before taking her to hospital where she was handed over to a team of trauma doctors.

The police are investigating the cause of the accident.

It is not known if the woman was a participant of the Bike Week gathering.

— Witness Reporter.

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