Emergency services responded to the Mount Edgecombe off-ramp in Umhlanga, Durban, at 14:20 Tuesday, 7 March, for a collision involving two trucks.
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Two trucks collide
Reports indicate that the collision involved two trucks and a motorcycle.
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The following services responded to the scene:
- ALS Paramedics
- IPSS Medical Rescue
- SAPS Search and Rescue
- Phoenix SAPS
- Marshall Security
- Durban Metropolitan Police Services
- Netcare 911
Upon assessment of the scene, medics discovered that an adult man, who was the driver of the motorcycle, had been killed in the collision.
The drivers of the trucks were unharmed.
The relevant authorities will investigate the circumstances leading up to the incident.
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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.
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- 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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