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One airlifted and several injured in multiple accidents on Thursday and Friday

The long weekend has ended early for some holiday goers with multiple accidents reported on the N1 on Thursday.

Pro Med Emergency Medical Services were on the scene of a multi-vehicle accident on the N1 Highway, before the Stormvoël offramp in Kilnerpark, on Thursday.

According to Pro Med, five patients were assessed and treated on the scene before being transported by multiple services to hospital.

Three lanes were closed temporarily for clean-up operations and traffic was heavily backed up

The five patients were treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate.

Emer-G-Med paramedics responded to two incidents on the N1 that were only a few kilometres apart.

According to Emer-G-Med spokesperson, Kyle van Reenen, the first collision occurred in the vicinity of the Garsfontein off ramp and involved nine vehicles and a truck.

“Only one patient sustained moderate injuries and was treated and transported by Emer-G-Med paramedics.

“The second collision happened in the vicinity of the Stormvoël offramp and involved three vehicles and a trailer.

“Seven people suffered injuries ranging from moderate to serious.

“The injured were treated and stabilised on scene before being taken to a nearby hospital for further care.”

On Friday a man was airlifted to hospital after he was trapped underneath a garbage truck for a lengthy period.

Emer-G-Med paramedics responded to the scene at around 13:30 where they found a garbage truck had overturned on the N4 close to Simon Vermooten, trapping one of the workers underneath the vehicle in the process.

According to a statement, the paramedics team worked tirelessly to free the patient but had to call Rieks Big Rig Towing to assist with lifting the truck.

A decision was made to airlift the man to hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

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