Male patient rescued from partially trapped car under heavy commercial vehicle, Pretoria
A male patient was rescued by the Tshwane Emergency Services fire fighters, together with emergency medical crews from the Gauteng Emergency Medical Service and other private ambulance services from a vehicle that was partially trapped under a truck. The incident occurred on the R101 near Murray Hill, in Tshwane on 24 April 2021 at approximately 16h30. Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer at the City of Tshwane Emergency Services, said, “Engine E192 from Station 13 (Temba, Hamanskraal) with a crew of four personnel arrived on scene find a light motor vehicle hit to the side by a truck which was off the road with a male patient trapped in the driver’s side. A bakkie that allegedly drove off the road to avoid collision with the truck was also involved in the accident.”
“The light motor vehicle was stuck under the front part of the truck. Other patient multiple patients being treated in various ambulances that were on scene, out of the hot zone where E192 crew arrived on scene. The crews immediately prioritized stabilising and extricating the trapped patient”, said Mabaso.
“Immediately after surveying the scene, required extrication tools were staged near the near the trapped car. The vehicle was wedged with cribbing to stabilise it and access was immediately created by removing both passenger doors and the B-post to get a medic inside a vehicle to secure the patient and commence emergency medical treatment. A soon as the medic stabilised the patient, the roof of the vehicle was removed to create more working space.”
He added, “The weight of the truck was resting on the light motor vehicle, making it difficult to free the patient, as both his legs were trapped from the knees down. Rescue personnel were able to clear car parts around the patient, including the hand brake, dashboard, steering wheel and any other part around the driver’s side until they could insert a spine board and slide him up and out of the vehicle. The extrication operations lasted approximately 40 minutes due to the complexity of the scene and the time paramedic needed to administer intravenous fluids and medications.”
“The male patient suffered multiple fractures to both legs and multiple injuries to various body parts. He was transported to hospital a critical condition. Two patients with minor injuries refused transportation to a medical facility, while three were transported with minor to moderate injuries and another two with moderate to serious injuries were transported to various medical facilities around Tshwane.”
“A Command Vehicle from Station 5 with two personnel, Video Unit from Station 5 with one personnel, one vehicle from the Tshwane Metro Police with two personnel, Tshwane Ambulance and Primary Response Vehicle (PRV) from Station 5 with three personnel, Hammanskraal South African Police Service, Gauteng Proviancial Government PRV and Ambulance from Jubilee Hospital and Various Private Ambulances formed part of the response resources that were on scene.”
“The success of the rescue and extrication as well as the treatment and the management of the scene is credited to the professional manner and collaboration of all first responders on scene”, Mabaso concluded.
Source: Charles Mabaso, deputy chief: public information and liaison officer, City of Tshwane Emergency Services