A light motor vehicle knocked down three pedestrians on Station Street in Brakpan on Saturday night, 18 February.
This caused moderate to critical injuries to all three victims as well as the driver of the vehicle.
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Three pedestrians injured after being hit by car
EMPD, GPG, and ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 20:28 to find the three pedestrians lying on the road and the driver in custody by EMPD.
One of the pedestrians had gone through the windshield of the Toyota Corolla, suffering critical injuries.
ER24 treated and transported him to the hospital.
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The other two pedestrians sustained moderate and serious injuries, respectively, and were treated and transported by GPG.
The male driver was also treated and transported by GPG for moderate injuries.
Community Police Services were present on the scene to assist.
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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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