Tuesday evening just after 7.30pm EMER-G-MED’s RV3, RV7 and A08 responded to reports of a serious collision on the corner of the R55 and Stephanus Schoeman in Eldoraigne, Centurion.
On arrival paramedics found that a truck had T-boned a car in the middle of the intersection, leaving the driver and passenger in a critical condition. The passenger was heavily entrapped within the mangled remains of the vehicle.
The driver was rapidly extricated and stabilised on-scene before being rushed to a nearby hospital under Advanced Life Support care.
The vehicle was so badly damaged that it took the City of Tshwane Fire Department just over 40 minutes to free the critically injured passenger, using the “jaws of life” and other specialised hydraulic rescue equipment. During the rescue process the Netcare911 Dedicated Air Trauma Response Team was called in, while paramedics worked effortlessly to stabilise the patient – performing multiple Advanced Life Support interventions and placing the patient on a ventilator.
Once freed the patient was airlifted by the Netcare911 aeromedical helicopter to a specialised trauma hospital in Johannesburg.
Local authorities were on the scene to investigate the events leading up to the horrific collision.