Patient airlifted as strikers block roads
DURBAN – Paramedics have been unable to attend to patients due to a unified taxi strike that has blocked major roads.
Strikers blocked the N2 highway as a patient fought for his life after a horror crash at approximately 7 am this morning. The patient was in a critical condition and the Department of Health Red Cross Air Mercy Services Helicopter was called for to airlift the man to hospital. “A team of trauma surgeons awaited his arrival for the immediate definitive care he required,” said Crisis Medical spokesperson Kyle Van Reenen.
“Crisis Medical Paramedics arrived on the scene just after 7am, to find absolute carnage,” said Van Reenen. Reports from the scene indicate that a bakkie collided at high speed into the rear of a heavy goods vehicle, leaving the three bakkie occupants entrapped in the twisted wreckage. Advanced life support intervention was used to stabilize the patients who were cut free with the Jaws of Life. Two of the patients were taken by ambulances to nearby hospitals for further care.
At 9:20 am, Rescue Care Paramedics were forced to travel through Malvern and Chatsworth to reach a patient on the N2 after a collision involving a bakkie and a truck near Joyner Road. “We were unable to assess the patient who had left the scene by the time we arrived,” said Ceron Lennox, operations manager for Rescue Care Paramedics. Paramedics could not access the scene due to blockages on the N2, M4 and M7 highways.
A procession of parked taxis blocked the intersection of Jan Smuts Highway and Owen Avenue at 7am while the usually busy N3 was ghostly quiet with a ‘taxi-road-bock’ at the Paradise Valley interchange.