A man believed to be in his 20’s died on Monday, 20 February, when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to crash into a tree at the Rover and Milner intersection in Rondebosch, Western Cape.
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Emergency services find car smashed into tree
At 19:35, ER24, Life Healthcare, Western Cape Fire, and Metro Rescue arrived at the scene to find a wrecked light motor vehicle smashed against a tree.
They found the body of the male driver lying partially outside the vehicle.
The medics assessed the man and found that he had already succumbed to numerous injuries.
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Nothing could be done for him despite their efforts, and he was declared dead.
Although the exact details surrounding this incident are unknown, local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
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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.
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