43 people were injured during a mass casualty. Image: Emer-G-Med (Pty) Ltd

MASS CASUALTY: 43 people injured in N12 accident

43 people were left with injuries ranging from minor to critical when a bus and several light motor vehicles were involved in an accident


43 people were injured during a mass casualty. Image: Emer-G-Med (Pty) Ltd

Multiple emergency services responded to a mass casualty accident on the N12 national highway near the Edenvale off-ramp on Wednesday, 8 February.

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Several people killed in afternoon mass collision

Upon arriving at the scene, teams encountered complete chaos.

A truck, bus, and several cars collided, injuring forty-three people with varying degrees of severity.

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Incident commanders quickly established a triage area and, with help from Netcare911 and Rocket aeromedical helicopters, airlifted multiple critically injured patients to specialized facilities for proper treatment.

Meanwhile, ambulances transported the remaining injured to nearby hospitals for further medical attention.

43 people were injured during a mass casualty. Image: Emer-G-Med (Pty) Ltd

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What to do at an accident scene

With many accidents occurring on our roads, you might find yourself on the scene of one.

Here is what you can do:

  • The safety of accident victims, emergency personnel, and other road users is the most important goal when an accident occurs.
  • The first hour following an accident is known as the “Golden Hour,” and doctors say seriously injured car crash victims must receive comprehensive medical care within 60 minutes to have a good chance of survival. This scenario gives rescuers about 12 minutes at the accident scene to extricate the injured and get them to the hospital.
  • Consider the traffic flow at the scene. Is it a risk to you or others, including the casualty?
  • Consider the impact on emergency vehicles trying to reach the scene before stopping traffic.
  • If anyone is available, send someone up and down the road to wave down traffic.
  • Turn on hazard lights and ignite flares if the incident happened at night to warn oncoming motorists of the danger.
  • Consider the positioning of any vehicles involved in the incident and the potential hazards they may pose (such as rolling forwards or backwards). Consider safety – constantly reassess the safety of the scene, especially if you rely on others to keep you safe.
  • Turn off all of the vehicles involved in the collision.