Nine people were injured when a bakkie overturned on the N12, approximately 10km outside of Carletonville, on Friday.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY MORNING
According to ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring, paramedics arrived at 11:30 to find the bakkie lying on its side in the middle of the road.
“Several people were found seated near the vehicle. Paramedics assessed the patients and found that at least nine people had sustained minor to moderate injuries. Fortunately, no serious injuries or fatalities were found,” he said.
THE INJURED PEOPLE WERE TREATED ON THE SCENE
Meiring said the patients were treated and thereafter transported to nearby hospitals for further care.
“Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations,” he said.
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WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:
- Stop your car and stay at the scene
- Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road safety, switch on your hazards to warn other drivers. Climb out of your car if it is safe to do so and check if anyone has been hurt. If you can, take pictures of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the incident.
- Help anyone who has been hurt
- While you can only be criminally charged for causing the accident and any resulting injuries, as a bystander, you have a moral obligation to help someone who has been hurt in a road accident. Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
- Get the details
- Record the information of everyone involved in the road accident, including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information, and insurance details. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections, and robots, as you will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report and for insurance purposes.
- Report the accident
- Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may. Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third-party claim you may lodge.