Changing tyre next to road leads to accident
Rustenburg – Netcare 911 paramedics responded to an accident on the R30, about 20 kilometres from Rustenburg. The accident occured on Wednesday morning at 10h21, 18 January 2017, Chris Botha, Netcare 911 spokesperson said.
Reports from the scene indicate that a man parked a truck at the side of the roadway to change a tyre. The vehicle was jacked up and the man crawled under the truck to get the spare. “According to eyewitnesses, another truck came hurtling past and with the wind created as it passed, it threw the truck off the jack, pinning the worker under the spare wheel,” Botha added.
The Netcare 911 advanced life support paramedic and team arrived at the scene and with the help of the company employing the injured man, they managed to lift the truck. Medics then clambered under the truck to spinally immobilise the critically wounded 25-year old man.
After the patient was stabilised at the scene, they airlifted him to a specialised hospital in Johannesburg for the care that he required.
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