Numerous accidents in Ugu district

2015-12-10 06:00
PHOTO: kwazulu private ambulance One person died in an accident involving several vehicles in Ramsgate on Friday night.

PHOTO: kwazulu private ambulance One person died in an accident involving several vehicles in Ramsgate on Friday night.

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THE Department of Health Emergency Medical Services paramedics had their hands full on Friday responding to several crash scenes in the Ugu district.

On the N2 at Ifafa, a vehicle overturned several times resulting in two deaths. Four people were also treated for injuries.

A 29-year-old man was fatality injured after being hit by a truck in Izingolweni.

Later in the evening, on the N2 near Harding, four people died during a collision involving a car and a minibus.

Ten patients were treated by KZN EMS paramedics at the scene and transported to hospital.

More than 40 people sustained injuries during a crash involving five vehicles on the R61 near Ramsgate. One person died later in hospital.

Paramedics from KZN Department of Health EMS and several private ambulance services worked to triage, treat and transport these patients to hospital.

The exact cause and circumstances resulting in these crashes are being investigated by the police.

Paramedics arrived at the “horrific site” of patients and vehicle wreckage everywhere, according to Belinda Catchpole of Kwazulu Private Ambulance.

Direct contact from the scene to the control room ensured that necessary resources were dispatched.

“The collision occurred just before 8pm on Friday. Two taxis, one bakkie and two cars were involved,” she said.

The road was closed for a couple of hours and traffic was diverted.

On Monday morning, Netcare 911 paramedics were called to a side impact collision on the Old St Faiths Road in the Louisiana area.

After triaging it was found that two people sustained serious injuries while one escaped with minor injuries.

While fireman used the jaws of life to extricate the patient, paramedics clambered into the wreckage to manage their injuries. After paramedics treated the injured at the scene they transported them to various hospitals.

Robert McKenzie of KZN EMS said about two thirds of crashes can be attributed to human error - speeding, overladen vehicles, distracted drivers and the like.

“Drivers need to obey road laws at all times,” he said.

“When travelling at 100km/h, your vehicle is moving at 27 metres per second.

“Drivers need to drastically increase their following distance and remember that other drivers’ following distance is not your gap to slip into,” he added.

Tired drivers often doze off or lose concentration, especially those who are long-distance drivers.

“Drivers must rest before travelling and must plan their route and where their breaks will be,” he said.

Pedestrians must walk on the side of the road, preferably on the pavement or grass verge and wear white, bright or reflective clothing.

“Despite misconceptions about how alcohol affects their ability to drive, drunk driving is major problem. Even two drinks can drastically affect driving ability,” said McKenzie.

Consuming alcohol before driving will cause delayed decision-making, decreased awareness, increased stopping distances and poor judgment of distances.

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