A 12-year-old boy’s foot was amputated when multiple pedestrians were struck by a light motor vehicle in the Durban Central Business District on Friday night.
THE CRITICALLY INJURED BOY WAS RUSHED TO HOSPITAL
Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said paramedics responded to the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision in the Durban Central Business District just before 21:00 on Friday.
“On arrival on the scene on Shepstone Road, paramedics found multiple pedestrians had been struck by a light motor vehicle.
“An on-scene triage area was immediately established and a call was made by the Emer-G-Med Emergency Operations Centre for additional resources,” Van Reenen said.
He said a twelve-year-old boy was found in a critical condition, having suffered an amputation to his foot.
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“Advanced Life Support intervention was needed to stabilize him before he was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for further care.”
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.
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