A man was killed, and four others were injured, including two children, when a bakkie and a small truck collided on the R23/Boland road in Brakpan.
THE MAN SUSTAINED FATAL INJURIES IN THE COLLISION
According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, the paramedics and other services arrived on the scened just after 22:00 on Saturday.
“ER24 and other services arrived shortly after 22:00 to find the truck and bakkie in the middle of the road. A man was found lying motionless in the small truck while a woman, a man, and two children, a boy (3) and a girl (10), were found seated near the bakkie.”
He said paramedics assessed the patients and found that the man in the truck had sustained fatal injuries.
“Nothing could be done, and he was declared dead.”
THE CRITICALLY INJURED WOMAN TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL
Meiring said the woman had sustained critical injuries while the man and children had sustained minor to moderate injuries.
“The patients were treated, and the woman provided advanced life support interventions before being transported to a nearby hospital for further care.”
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:
- Stop your car and stay at the scene
- Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road safety, switch on your hazards to warn other drivers. Climb out of your car if it is safe to do so and check if anyone has been hurt. If you can, take pictures of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the incident.
- Help anyone who has been hurt
- While you can only be criminally charged for causing the accident and any resulting injuries, as a bystander, you have a moral obligation to help someone who has been hurt in a road accident. Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
- Get the details
- Record the information of everyone involved in the road accident, including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information, and insurance details. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections, and robots, as you will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report and for insurance purposes.
- Report the accident
- Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may. Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third-party claim you may lodge.