Man’s lower legs amputated after being crushed in truck accident

A man’s lower legs were amputated after being crushed in a truck accident on Thursday morning.

THE MAN IN HIS WAS TRAPPED IN THE WRECKAGE OF THE CRUSHED CAB

Shawn Herbst, Netcare911 spokesperson said the accident happened on the R21 near the 1-Stop in Esselenpark on the East Rand.

“At 02H35 Thursday morning, Netcare 911 responded to a collision on the R21 near the 1-Stop in Esselenpark on the East Rand.”

Herbst said reports indicate that the driver in his 40s of a heavy motor vehicle transporting oranges lost control, resulting in a roll-over.

“The driver, an adult male, sustained serious injuries and was trapped in the wreckage of the crushed cab.”

man's lower legs amputated
Photo: Netcare911

Herbst furthermore said rescue crews worked fervently for six hours to free the man using hydraulic tools, however, due to the mechanism of the entrapment were not able to do so.

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A SURGICAL AMPUTATION OF BOTH LIMBS BELOW THE KNEE WAS CARRIED OUT

” As a last resort to save the rapidly deteriorating patient’s life, surgical amputation of both limbs below the knee was carried out.”

He said this was after a consultation between senior medical doctors, a trauma surgeon from a specialised Netcare Emergency Department who was brought to the scene to evaluate options.

“Once freed, the patient was stabilised by the doctor before being flown by Netcare 911 helicopter ambulance to a specialist facility for the urgent care he required.”

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Meanwhile, the South African soccer fraternity has been left devastated after it was confirmed that former Mamelodi Sundowns media officer Thulani Thuswa died in an accident earlier this month.

Reports of Thuswa’s tragic passing in a car accident between Marlboro and Grayston near Sandton around 07:00 circulated on social media on Sunday morning

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Presh JM Reporter

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