This afternoon, Friday 04 January 2008, paramedics responded to a report of a truck crash on the N14 highway between the Beyers Naude and Lanseria (R512) off ramps.
Initially paramedics arrived to find that a truck had veered off the road and crashed over the protective armco barrier before falling about 7 meters down and coming to rest on its side in a storm water drain. The paramedics were busy attending to the injured while more emergency vehicles arrived.
However as one of the emergency vehicles was slowing down to stop at the scene it was hit from behind by another vehicle which resulted in the emergency vehicle overturning. The two medics and the driver of the other vehicle were injured in this collision. In total six people were transported by ambulances to hospital, all of the patients were in a stable condition.
This incident was attended to by ambulances from the provincial and private ambulance services, Fire department and the traffic police.
Paramedics and other emergency workers often put the interests of the victims first at an emergency scene and often have to work in very dangerous conditions. We appeal to the public to take note of emergency vehicles and realise that the emergency warning lights are a sign of caution and ask that motorists slow down to a safe speed and approach accident scenes with caution.
Never follow emergency vehicles as an way to beat traffic jams and always leave a safe following distance between your vehicle and theirs. Do not drive in the emergency lane. If you see an emergency vehicle approaching, do not just stop but rather put on your indicator and move out of the way when it is safe to do so, this way the driver will realise that you have seen him/her and will wait for you to move.
[ Information provided by Netcare 911 to the Road Safety