Taxi driver seriously injured after losing control of taxi in Vanderbijlpark

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A taxi driver was seriously injured when he lost control of his taxi and rolled in a local resident’s fence on Sunday morning in Vanderbijlpark.

WHAT HAPPENED ON SUNDAY MORNING? 

According to ER24 Emergency Service Ross Campbell, the 36-year-old man has suffered moderate to serious injuries after allegedly losing control of his taxi van on a bend and rolling into a local resident’s fence. 

AN OFF-DUTY PARAMEDIC HEARD THE LOUD CRASH 

“Our off-duty paramedic, who happened to live across the road, was just getting ready for work when she heard a loud crash outside. Toothbrush in hand, she was on the scene at 5:30 this morning to find the van mostly on the sidewalk, on its roof, up against a tree with the driver entrapped in an awkward position,” he said. 

According to Campbell the paramedic managed to extract the injured patient with some help, treating him with Advanced Life Support interventions before he was transported to a hospital for further care.

THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT WILL BE INVESTIGATED 

The South African Police Services and local Fire Department were also on scene for investigations.

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WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:

  1. Stop your car and stay at the scene
  2. Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road safety, switch on your hazards to warn other drivers. Climb out of your car if it is safe to do so and check if anyone has been hurt. If you can, take pictures of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the incident.
  3. Help anyone who has been hurt
  4. While you can only be criminally charged for causing the accident and any resulting injuries, as a bystander, you have a moral obligation to help someone who has been hurt in a road accident. Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
  5. Get the details
  6. Record the information of everyone involved in the road accident, including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information, and insurance details. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections, and robots, as you will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report and for insurance purposes.
  7. Report the accident
  8. Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may. Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third-party claim you may lodge.

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