A 50-year-old cyclist was killed on Sunday after he was struck down by a taxi, crushed, and dragged for over half a kilometre before the taxi was stopped by members of the public.
According to Netcare911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, the scene was horrific that even emergency workers were shocked by the incident.
“At 07H01 Sunday morning, Netcare 911 responded to a collision on Bowling Avenue near Kelvin Drive in Gallo Manor, Johannesburg.”
He said reports indicate that two cyclists were struck down by a speeding mini-bus taxi.
“One of the cyclists, an adult male approximately 50-years-old, was crushed by the taxi then dragged for over half a kilometre before the taxi was stopped by members of the public.
“Medics assessed the scene and found that the cyclist was still trapped underneath the taxi and required the Fire and Rescue services to use hydraulic tools to free the severely disfigured man.”
Herbst said the man sadly showed no signs of life and was declared deceased on the scene.
“The second cyclist, also an adult male, was treated on scene and once stabilised was rushed to hospital by ambulance for further care.
“The scene was of such a horrific nature that even emergency workers were shocked by the incident.”
He furthermore said the driver of the taxi was not injured in the accident.
Early this year eleven cyclists were run over in KZN, one killed when a car struck a group of cyclists on the R102, near Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal.
IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said they were greeted by a chaotic scene.
“IPSS Medical Rescue, together with IPSS Search and Rescue division, responded to the reports of a mass casualty incident on the R102 Frasers, Tongaat.
“It was reported that a vehicle had allegedly been overtaking several cars on a blind rise when the vehicle struck a group of cyclists.”
Herbst said a young cyclist in his mid 20’s, was unfortunately pinned under the vehicle and dragged for several meters, where he remained trapped under the car.
“IPSS advanced life support paramedics and rescue crews worked to free the boy. Unfortunately, he had sustained multiple injuries and was declared dead on the scene.
Herbst said three cyclists sustained minor to moderate injuries.