Biker critical after Diepsloot crash

Image credit: Thinkstock

Image credit: Thinkstock

A biker has been critically injured in a crash on the R562 in Diepsloot, in the north of Johannesburg.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said paramedics arrived at the scene and found the biker lying on the ground with life threatening injuries.

“After they placed him on a ventilator and they skilfully immobilised him on a trauma board, he was airlifted with the Netcare 911 medical helicopter to a local hospital for the care that he required,” said Botha.

“Exact detail to the cause of the accident is still speculative as their does not seem to be other vehicles involved.”
At the beginning of the month, emergency services had already attended to about 300 motorbike incidents.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said many bikers either lost their lives or sustained serious or critical injuries.

Incidents included collisions between bikers and vehicles as well as bikers losing control of their motorcycles and crashing. Several cyclists have also either been killed and critically injured.

“One of the worst incidents this year was that of a cyclist who was killed when he collided with a vehicle about 30 kilometres outside Nelspruit. The man’s body was found severed in half on the front passenger side of the vehicle,” said Bodasing in a statement.

Hugh Brown, from the ER24 Motorcycle Medical Response Unit, said: “I have attended to numerous incidents. As a biker and medic, it is worrying to see the extent of injuries sustained during these incidents.

ER24 urged bikers, cyclists and motorists to be cautious and courteous to each other.

 

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