Ten injured in bakkie accident

2015-06-18 06:00

Ten workers were injured after a bakkie left the roadway and plunged down an embankment along Algoa Road in Uitenhage on Monday morning at around 08:26.

A report from the scene indicates that the vehicle veered off the road and came to rest about 150 metres into the bush after ejecting the occupants. Exact details of the cause of the accident, however, will remain a subject for police comment.

According to Chris Botha, Netcare 911 Media Liaison Officer, paramedics arrived at the scene and after triaging found that one person had sustained critical injuries, five were in a serious condition while three escaped with relatively minor injuries. Paramedics and the emergency services worked tirelessly to stabilise the injured at the scene. After they were immobilised medics had to carry them up to the roadway.

The critically injured patient was airlifted to hospital while the other patients were transported by ambulance to various hospitals for the care that they required.

According to Sergeant Majola Nkohli from the police, the 26-year-old driver apparently fainted behind the steering wheel and thus lost control of the vehicle

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