Man hurt again in ambulance crash

2012-04-22 12:52

Johannesburg - An ambulance transporting an injured man overturned on the N2 in Idutywa, Eastern Cape on Sunday morning, the provincial health department said.

"The patient was injured from the previous accident, and has now sustained more injuries. The paramedics onboard were injured too," provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

The ambulance was going round a bend when it skidded and overturned.

"We suspect it overturned because of the condition of the road. It was raining and the road was slippery and wet. The other paramedics are there at the accident scene trying to assist them."

The patient's car overturned on the same road, several minutes before the ambulance crashed, Kupelo said.

"Five people were injured in that accident. We believe that it too was caused by the condition of the road. Whenever it rains, or even drizzles, on that road between Mthatha and East London there are always a number of accidents."

There were four other accidents on the highway on Sunday, all within one hour of each other. Nobody was hurt.

Eastern Cape health MEC Sicelo Ggobana wished the man and the paramedics a speedy recovery.

  • Harley - 2012-04-22 12:56

    talk about having a bad day

      Burtfred - 2012-04-22 14:36

      To complete his unfortunate day, put him in a taxi for the rest of his journey to hospital.

      Squeegee - 2012-04-22 14:55

      Burtfred - his day did get worse - he ended up in an Eastern Cape hospital.

      Nicole - 2012-04-22 20:24

      Sjoe! Shame,,, double whammy! And they say if it doesn't rain it pours! Hope all is okay for all injured

      Jared - 2012-04-22 20:31

      I think the driver (ambulance) tried to negate a toll road but failed!

  • maryjane.mphahlele - 2012-04-22 13:12

    its such a bad story,wish them a speed recovery

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-22 13:16

    oh my goodness, i actually passed by this ambulance accident! The ambulance was in a bad state. It left me wondering about the patient.

  • PainPunisher - 2012-04-22 13:31

    Just shows that if God still needs you on Earth, you will not go anywhere, speedy recovery to all

  • Cpho Addwin Featherbird - 2012-04-22 13:39

    Lets hope da wnt be anthr accident in da hospital!

      johncarlos.biza - 2012-04-22 15:12

      It's the Eastern Cape. Don't count on it.

  • Palisto82 - 2012-04-22 13:40

    Ay no, no words...

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-22 13:43

    May God be with them

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-22 13:46

    One unlucky Patient,

  • Heinrich - 2012-04-22 13:49

    God be with them, the atmosphere of an accident in rainy weather is a complete nightmare :(

  • standvm.nel - 2012-04-22 13:51

    This man was meant 2 die but God said NO

      Vic - 2012-04-22 13:56

      What a load of rubbish!

      Rob - 2012-04-22 13:58

      Why was he MEANT to die. Does God not have enough dead people already ? Is there a quota system that needs to be filled ?

      bluzulu - 2012-04-22 14:29

      And the Lord shall set you the second accident scene.

      Roxanne - 2012-04-22 20:05

      Bloodbane, It's funny you say that, the people involved in this accident was a pastor and his family...maybe you don't believe in God, but that doesn't mean that He doesn't exist.

  • Vic - 2012-04-22 13:54

    Hope nothing goes wrong at the hospital !

  • Sibani - 2012-04-22 14:24

    Can our government hire people who can drive pls

  • Songezo - 2012-04-22 14:29

    Ths is nt a bad story guys, he cn sue dat goverment for millions, for incompetence etc. A lady jst got R11.2 mill in a civil case against da govt. Hell even jacob zuma jst decorated hs house 4 R64 mill. So wts a couple of millions 4 ths poor fellow?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-22 14:58

      You should sue the government because they messed up your education and failed to teach you how to spell or use a spell-checker.

  • Songezo - 2012-04-22 14:29

    Ths is nt a bad story guys, he cn sue dat goverment for millions, for incompetence etc. A lady jst got R11.2 mill in a civil case against da govt. Hell even jacob zuma jst decorated hs house 4 R64 mill. So wts a couple of millions 4 ths poor fellow?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-22 14:59

      You should sue the government because they never taught you to post messages only once..

      Barefoot - 2012-04-22 15:49

      sure it was the government's ambulance?

  • Abdul - 2012-04-22 14:50

    What luck....driver training is almost zero in SA, hence these tragedies on a daily basis!!!proper and intense driver training programmes will ensure we cap these incidents. see the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Jack - 2012-04-22 15:06

    Sounds like they recruited a taxi/blue light driver!!

      RipTorn - 2012-04-22 16:46

      Ok, Bloodbane, we get it. You don't believe in God and you're super angry at the world. Get over yourself. We've all driven under pressure and almost all of us have had accidents but I'm sure that any half-competent ambulance driver would take extra care on a notorious, wet road. Settle down, punchy... Maybe swap the Slayer for some Soilwork every now and then...

  • Carlo - 2012-04-22 16:15

    Jaag him

  • Songezo - 2012-04-22 16:19

    Lol @squeege i guess its a pity i wsnt in da ambulance then, i cnt sue 2 improve ma spelling n education. Here is ma acc. number 997532651, help!!

  • John - 2012-04-22 17:01

    The accidents were caused by bad driving not because the roads were wet. You change your driving habits according to the road condition

  • Sibani - 2012-04-22 17:07

    Our government must start hiring people who can drive ,keep ambulances services

  • Sibani - 2012-04-22 17:51

    Ambulance service,maintain de roads we are paying tax

      Sibani - 2012-04-22 18:00

      Rethink the -E-tolling system please thank you !

      Sibani - 2012-04-22 18:01

      Rethink the -E-tolling system please thank you !

  • Wynand - 2012-04-22 21:32

    Drivers of emergency vehicles, whether ambulance, firebrigade , reaction or police sometimes think that with red or blue flashing lights on they have the right to drive like maniacs, wonder what the statistics is for accidents cause by these cowboys on our roads

      chandre.p.pretorius - 2012-07-29 08:23

      So sir when you in a accident do you want ems, fire and saps to drive to you at speed limit and stop at robots? And do you know most ems accidents, ems personal was in limits and following the law in responding but it was the public that caused the accident? Start earning respect for them and be grateful for the job they do as your life might be in their hands one day.

  • chandre.p.pretorius - 2012-07-29 08:17

    Sad to read these comments, you do realise when someone stops breathing they have 4-6 min before brain damage occurs... Now \these cowboys\ tried to get to your loved ones as soon as possible to save their lives and now we got told we need to drive slower or learn how to drive. Uhhh so what about the public who doesn't know what the hell is happening around them when they hear a siren?? Just keep in mind if your loved one is in need, do you want an ambulance in an hours time or asap? Start being grateful and learn about the emergency medical services before judging paramedics and why they drive like cowboys....

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