Truck transporting copper sheets rolled over in Ridgeview, Durban
A truck transporting copper sheets rolled over on the M7 just before the N2 in Ridgeview, Durban at around 17h20 on Monday, 5 September 2022. Reports indicated that the driver of a truck transporting copper sheets, lost control on a downhill, resulting in a rollover. eThekwini Fire and Rescue Service’s DC Nqabakazi Nqoro, said, “On arrival, brigade parked in a safe fend off position and investigated. A truck carrying copper sheeting had overturned. Incident commander on scene was S Singh.” On scene were ALS Paramedics, Durban Metro Police, Emer-G-Med, eThekwini Fire and Rescue Services, Government EMS, RTI and SAPS.
DC Nqoro added, “Netcare 911 was in attendance prior to Brigade’s arrival and was in the process of extrication. Brigade also utilised their hydraulic spreader, working together with Netcare 911 to remover the patient. Both legs of the patient was released and the patient was safely removed from the wrecked truck and placed onto a trauma board and then onto a stretcher. The patient was classified as a Code Red patient and was transported to Albert Luthuli Hospital by Emer-G-Med.”
“Brigade made up the hydraulic equipment, covered the oil spillage with available sand from the roadway. The left lane was closed and two lanes were opened. The truck was a write off. The towing service arrived and made contact with the owner as well as SpillTech. C-Platoon personnel were relieved by B-Platoon personnel and Station Commander Wolfaardt stood by, ensuring the scene was safe. Topsale Africa Logistics removed the copper sheets and SpillTech cleaned up the oil and diesel spillage.”
Shawn Herbst of Netcare 911 said, “Medics assessed the patient, an adult male who had been critically injured trapped inside the wreckage of the front cab. The Fire and Rescue Services with a Netcare 911 rescue technician used hydraulic tools to free the man while advanced life support paramedics treated him. Once stabilised, the patient was transported by ambulance to hospital for further care.”
Sources: DC Nqabakazi Nqoro, eThekwini Fire and Rescue Service; Shawn Herbst, Netcare 911 Media
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