Runaway van ravine rescue

2014-11-24 00:00

IT took paramedics and ­emergency personnel nearly five hours to rescue two women ­badly injured in a Reservoir Hills slope plunge.

The women had been sitting inside a bakkie that rolled down a steep ­driveway and smashed through a concrete retaining wall before tumbling into a ravine. Paramedics and emergency service personnel descended on the scene and executed the highly technical rescue of the two.

RescueCare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said the ­women were in a serious state.

“Paramedics had to hike down the steep slope to get to the women who were still trapped inside the wreckage. They were stabilised in the gully before rescue technicians used ropes and winches to haul them to the top of the hill,” he said.

Jamieson added both were transported by ambulance to the King Edward VIII Hospital.

Clayton Tendayi Mugano (34) said he parked his newly purchased Hyundai H100 bakkie on his driveway and went inside the house.

“I pulled out the keys then went inside the house. I left my mother and my wife sitting in the car. When I got into the house, I heard a loud noise. It sounded like someone was dumping rubble down the hill,” said Mugano. He said he opened the curtain but did not see ­anything strange and when he rushed outside he found that the vehicle had disappeared.

“Initially I thought the ­vehicle had been stolen. I drove around and I could not see the car. I drove back home to get the tracker password and we tracked and found the vehicle,” ­explained Mugano.

He said he went down the ­embankment and found his mother, Gladys Mafandokodo (68) and his wife Nokuthula Patience (30) trapped in the car.

“I [saw] that they were alive. My wife had broken her right arm and my mum was complaining about chest pains. I am just grateful that they are alive,” said Mugano.

A neighbour said he heard a loud noise at about 2.30 pm. “I just saw the van going down on its wheels and heard the hooter. I think they hooted because they needed help,” said the neighbour, who asked not to be named. “It hit a tree and then stopped. I wasn’t shocked because I didn’t think there was anyone in there,” said the man.

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