Emergency services responded to the scene of an accident on Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 12 January where several people were left injured.
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Eight people left injured after accident
After receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident on Alexandra Road in Pietermaritzburg near the police station, Mi7 National Group’s Emergency Medical Services was dispatched.
One vehicle had left the road and collided with a tree, leaving eight people with minor to moderate injuries.
Medics immediately went to work, stabilising patients.
Some of the patients needed advanced life support interventions, before transporting them to the hospital.
Some of the patients claimed they were being chased by a car belonging to a local taxi association.
The driver lost control and crashed while attempting to flee to the police station.
Police are currently investigating the matter.
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WHAT TO DO ON 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 accident 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.
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