At approximately 13:30 on Friday, Emer-G-Med received reports of a garbage truck that had overturned on the N4 close to Simon Vermooten.
On arrival, it was found that the truck’s tyre burst causing the driver to lose control and crash into the ditch trapping one of the workers underneath the truck.
Emer-G-Med paramedics along with multiple emergency service agencies worked tirelessly to free the patient however due to the nature of the accident it was deemed necessary to call Rieks Big Rig Towing in order to assist with lifting the truck.
Due to the prolonged period of entrapment and the severity of the patient’s injuries, a decision was made to airlift him with the assistance of Rocket HEMS to an appropriate facility for the definitive care he required.
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