Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A busy Easter weekend for paramedics

By Khanyisa Tabata
26 April 2011

Paramedics have been working around the clock in response to the increased number of cars on the road over the Easter weekend.

NetCare 911’s Chris Botha says they try and maintain a high visual presence along all major arterial roads, as well as keep a close eye on traffic “hot spots”.

Botha adds that they remain on high alert all year round, not just on public holidays.

In one of the weekend’s worst tragedies, eight people were killed early yesterday morning.

The accident happened on the road between Rouxville and Smithfield in the Free State. A man, a woman and five children from the same family were apparently trying to push their car from the road after a mechanical fault had caused it to stall.

Another vehicle hit them from behind, resulting in the deaths of the adults and the kids, aged between one and 11. The driver of the car that hit them also died after the vehicle burst into flames.

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