Surgeons had to amputate the lower parts of a trucker’s legs to save his life. Picture: NETCARE 911
Surgeons had to amputate the lower parts of a trucker’s legs to save his life. Picture: NETCARE 911

Surgeons amputate driver’s legs crushed in R21 truck smash

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Jun 24, 2021

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DURBAN - IN a bid to save his life, surgeons had to amputate parts of a truck driver's legs following a crash on the R21 near the 1-Stop in Esselenpark on the East Rand.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the driver had been transporting oranges when he allegedly lost control of the truck.

"Rescue crews worked fervently to free the man, using hydraulic tools. However, due to the mechanism of the entrapment, were not able to do so," he said.

Herbst said following a consultation between senior medical doctors, a trauma surgeon from a specialised Netcare Emergency Department was brought to the scene to evaluate options.

Picture: NETCARE 911

"As a last resort to save the rapidly deteriorating patient's life, a surgical amputation of both limbs below the knee was carried out. Once freed, the patient was stabilised by the doctor before being flown by Netcare 911 helicopter ambulance to a specialist facility for the urgent care he required," he said.

Another trucker was injured in a collision between three trucks on the N1 under the Olifantsfontein on-ramp bridge in Noordwyk.

Picture: NETCARE 911

Herbst said medics assessed the scene and found that the driver of the third truck had sustained serious injuries and required advanced life support to stabilise him.

"Netcare 911 rescue technicians, assisted by Fire Ops, used hydraulic tools to free the seriously injured driver.

“Three other patients had sustained moderate patients and were treated on scene before being transported to hospital for further care."

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