Truck driver killed by cargo of huge rolls of paper

2013-10-31 00:00

A TRUCK driver died in the early hours of yesterday morning after being crushed by the massive rolls of paper he was transporting.

It took the emergency services almost three hours to free him from under the rolls of paper. The driver, said to be in his 50s, died in hospital. His assistant was injured and taken to hospital where he was said to be in a critical condition yesterday.

The accident happened on the N3 at Umlaas Road. The truck carrying the paper crashed into the back of another large truck on the N3, causing the driver of the truck to lose control and crash down an embankment.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said when they arrived at the accident scene it was pitch dark and misty. They struggled to locate the driver and his assistant, who had been in the truck.

“They [paramedics] heard shouts for help from below and eventually found the truck’s passenger trapped inside the wrecked cabin. The man was cut free and transported to hospital for further care of the severe injuries that he had sustained.”

She said paramedics continued to search the scene, and heard more shouts for help from the back of the truck.

“In what seemed like a miracle, the Advanced Life support paramedic found the driver of the truck trapped underneath the back of the truck, under the rolls of paper and only a small section of his arm was sticking out.”

She said the police Search and Rescue unit and the fire department arrived along with a heavyduty towing vehicle. With everyone assisting in the man’s rescue, three hours later they could see most of the top half of his body, with one roll of paper still crushing his lower half.

Jackson said after the last load had been removed, the patient was put on life support in an extremely critical condition. He was rushed to Hillcrest Hospital, but his condition failed to improve and he died.

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