A man believed to be in his 40s was killed in a head-on collision on Matlala Road in Limpopo on Monday evening.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ON MONDAY NIGHT
According to ER24 emergency services, the accident happened approximately 15km from Tibane, Limpopo.
“ER24 and the Provincial EMS arrived at 21h23 to find a small bakkie and SUV in the middle of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.
“Upon closer inspection, medics found a man in his 40s lying trapped inside the bakkie. Unfortunately, the man had already succumbed to his numerous injuries,” it said.
THE MAN WAS FOUND TRAPPED IN THE BAKKIE
It furthermore said nothing could be done for the man, and he was declared dead on the scene.
“The driver of the SUV, fortunately, escaped injury. The details surrounding this incident are unknown, but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations,” it said.
LOCAL AUTHORITIES WILL INVESTIGATE
Meanwhile, a man and woman were injured in an unrelated accident when their vehicle crashed into a wall on Robertson Road in Springs.
“ER24 arrived at 12h46 to find a light motor vehicle up against a residence wall. A man in his 20s and a woman in her 30s were seen seated inside their car.”
THE VEHICLE CRASHED AGAINST A RESIDENCE WALL
Paramedics assessed the two and found that they had sustained moderate injuries.
“They were both treated and transported to a Far East Rand hospital for further care.”
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:
Stop your car and stay at the scene
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.
Help anyone who has been hurt
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.
Get the details
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.
Report the accident
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.