DEVASTATING CRASH: A patient is assisted up a steep cliff by emergency services after a crash involving a bakkie and a car along the Old Inanda road in Verulam, Durban. Image: Arrive Alive
DURBAN, KwaZulu-Natal - Eight people were injured, six of them school children, when a car and a bakkie collided along the old Inanda road in Verulamon Tuesday (May4 2015).
A report from the scene indicates that the bakkie was transporting schoolchildren home when it and another vehicle collided. The bakkie then veered off the road and plunged down a cliff face for about 30m.
The wreckage came to rest against trees preventing it from rolling further down the slope, the injured children were ejected from the bakkie and spread over a large area.
GIRL,13, CRITICALLY INJURED
Netcare 911 paramedics the fire department and other services arrived at the scene and had to clamber down the rocky cliff face with their equipment to stabilise the injured. After triaging the patients it was found that five children had sustained serious injuries while one girl aged 13 was critically injured and found pinned between the rocks and the wreckage of the bakkie.
Two people from the other vehicle sustained moderate injuries.
The Netcare 911 rescue officer set up a specialised "mountain rescue" system and assisted to hoist the injured back up to the road surface. After medics stabilised all the injured at the scene they were taken to various hospitals for the care that they required.