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N1 Grasmere accident leaves man fighting for his life

September 8, 2013

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One person is fighting for his life while two others were injured in a four car file-up on the N1 Grasmere this morning at 08h51. Details to the cause of the accident will remain a subject for the J N P D to comment on.

Netcare 911 paramedics and the fire department arrived at the scene and found one man still heavily trapped in the twisted frame of his car with life threatening injuries, the other patients were found at the side of the highway.

While the firemen used the Jaws of Life to free the injured man, medics had to clamber into the wreckage to stabilize him while they were waiting for the Netcare medical helicopter with a trauma team on board.

After the man was deftly immobilized and freed from the twisted metal, paramedics removed him from the wreckage. The patient was them placed on a ventilator and airlifted under the constant care of a doctor to a Netcare hospital for the specialized care that he required. The other patients were treated on scene before paramedics transported them to various hospitals in the area for further care.

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