Emergency services responded to the scene of an accident on the N1 South, about 10 kilometers outside of Polokwane on Thursday, 2 Febraury.
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Mother and child critically injured
A 4-year-old toddler and his 33-year-old mother were both critically injured after being ejected through the back windscreen in a single-vehicle roll-over.
The driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and rolled the car; he was unharmed in the accident.
At 14:17, ER24 paramedics and Government Rescue arrived on the scene.
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The mother and toddler were found 500 meters away from the vehicle.
Both received advanced life support interventions on the scene before being transported to hospital for further care.
It is believed that the mother and son caught a lift with the driver of the car.
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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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