16 Feb 2018, Klerksdorp: Heroic Actions of Injured Tac-Pulse ERS Paramedics Aid in Saving Lives in Horrific Multiple Vehicle Collision On N12
At 19h50 on Thursday, 15th February, a horrific multiple-vehicle accident on the N12 highway took place about 20kms outside of Klerksdorp. A TAC – Pulse ERS ambulance was on a routine patrol heading from Klerksdorp towards Wolmaransstad on the N12 highway when right in front of them, a head-on collision took place involving a motor vehicle and a bakkie with a trailer carrying livestock.
As a result of this initial incident, A TAC – Pulse ERS ambulance was unfortunately caught up in the ensuing carnage.
The driver of the TAC – Pulse ERS ambulance took immediate evasive action to avoid the collision but was struck by a vehicle, and veered off the side of the road, into a tree. In total, seven people sustained various, serious injuries in the accident.
Both TAC – Pulse ERS paramedics sustained multiple injuries, and one was trapped in the ambulance wreckage. TAC – Pulse ERS paramedic, Tebogo Mosia sustained multiple injuries to his body including a head wound.
He managed to bandage his own head wound. He then stabilised and gave oxygen to his paramedic partner; Renier Els who had also sustained multiple injuries including a broken foot and was trapped inside the ambulance.
Despite his own injuries, Mosia selflessly then moved on to tend to the other five patients in this horrific accident; while Els, still trapped in the ambulance, manned the radio guiding other EMS vehicles to the scene.
Mosia initiated the stabilisation the other victims who were trapped inside their respective vehicles. Upon the arrival of the ER24 Paramedics on the scene, Mosia handed over the treatment of the patients, and could finally receive some much needed medical attention.
Thanks to the heroic, selfless, and quick-thinking actions of the two injured TAC – Pulse ERS Paramedics, ER24, CO-PRIME, EMR24, BUTHELEZI EMS, AND EMRS KLERKSDORP, all the injured victims were stabilised on scene, and then transported to various Hospitals in Klerksdorp, where they were treated for their injuries. 911 TOWING was first on scene and secured the accident scene by providing scene safety.