Sunday, May 23, 2010

29 year-old man injured in car crash

By Ofentse Mokae
23 May 2010


A 29 year-old male was entrapped inside his vehicle after crashing it into two walls at the corners of Old Main and Vanderstel road in Somerset West in the early hours of this morning.

When arrived at the accident scene the motor vehicle was lying partly on its roof with the drivers arm entrapped underneath it.

Advanced Life Support Intervention was performed on the patient while Metro Fire and Rescue used specialised equipment to stabilise the vehicle.

Paramedics spokesman Derrick Banks says the Jaws Of Life and other hydraulic equipment has to be used to extricate the patient from the vehicle.

“The patient who was almost entrapped for more than an hour was finally freed and suffered a possible broken shoulder and severe pain to the right arm, he was then stabilised before transported to a nearby hospital for further medical treatment,” said Banks.

It is believed that the driver was trying to get away from the police before crashing his car into the outer perimeter wall of a block of flats, causing the car to catapult into the air and crashing into the inner wall which joins the block of flats.

Behind the wall was the parking area for the residence
Another vehicle and a few windows from the ground floor block of flats were damaged in the impact.

The driver has been detained by the SAPS for questioning.

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