Durban fitness trainer Sbahle Mpisane's health has made "concrete progress" following a high-compact car crash in Durban during the early hours of Thursday morning.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Mpisane's father, Sbu, said: “Today is the first positive day... Concrete progress has been unfolding and without going into medical details, her internal bleeding has stopped, or extremely lessened,” he said. Adding that although she is breathing on her own, she remains on life support as precautionary measure.
Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to remove Msipane from her BMW after it overturned. Brian Dube, a personal trainer from Durban who rushed to the scene to assist, said he couldn't watch her burning in the car, even though he didn't know if she was alive or not.
Dube, who lives close to accident scene, told DRUM that he was getting ready for work when he heard a loud noise when her car hit the tree.
“As soon as I opened the curtain to look out the window, I saw that it was a lady driving but I hadn’t realised it was Sbahle Mpisane at the time. All I saw was a lady in the car which was already burning” he told DRUM.
Dube then grabbed a fire exstinguisher and rushed to the scene, fearing that the car would explode.
“It was hard for me to stand and watch her burning in the car even though I didn’t know if she was alive or not. I got there and extinguished the fire with the help of another male who had witnessed the crash,” he explained.
Dube said he alerted the police officers on the scene to call an ambulance after he saw her arm move.
“I couldn’t believe that she was still alive because her car was wrecked, especially on her side. The driver’s side the door was out … it was not attached to the car anymore,” he said.
Rescue Care Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said they arrived to find the driver trapped in the wreckage. She had sustained critical injuries. .
Speaking to Independent Media at the weekend, Sbu said it is still not clear what caused the accident.
“It’s difficult to say how it happened. No one knows at this point. The fact of the matter is nobody knows what happened except her."
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said they currently investigating a case reckless and negligent driving.
“The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened in Durban Central police station‚” she said. “Circumstances around the incident are being investigated.”