11 people were killed and 59 others injured on April 17, 2016 after a bus rolled off the N1 Highway between Ventersburg and Winsburg in the Free State.
ER24 paramedics, along with various other services, arrived on the scene to find a large bus lying on its roof on the side of the road. Occupants from the bus were strewn across the scene.
A triage area was set so that paramedics could effectively treat the patients.
On inspection of the scene, paramedics discovered that 11 people had sustained fatal injuries in the collision. A number of these patients lay trapped beneath the bus. Unfortunately nothing more could be done for these patients and they were declared dead on scene.
A further 59 patients were found on scene with various injuries. 21 of these patients were in a critical condition and required advanced life support interventions.
Once all the patients were treated, they were transported to various hospitals in the area for urgent treatment.
The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigations.
The bus is from Ward 60 in Grace Flathela Zone in this region.
The Free State MEC of Public Safety Butana Kgomphela is working with the Regional Leadership to provide more information from the scene of the accident in the Free State.
Source – Arrive Alive
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