On Wednesday morning, 1 March, VRMED responded to reports of a head-on collision on the N8 approximately 20km from Bloemfontein close to De Brug.
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Fatal head-on collision
Upon arrival, VRMED crews discovered that a vehicle had collided head-on with a truck.
Regrettably, the driver of the vehicle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the location of the incident. Fortunately, the truck driver emerged unscathed.
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The collision occurred when the fuel tank was empty, which was fortunate.
VRMED handed over the scene to SAPS for further investigation.
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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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