Ambulance Overturns

An ambulance from a private emergency service, TraumaNet in Port Elizabeth, was involved in a accident on the Kragga Kamma Road at roughly 20h00 on 12 April, near Garden Lovers Nursery.

According to a source, the ambulance containing 3 staff members was responding to a emergency call when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

One member passed away and the other two were treated at St Georges’ hospital. It is not known at this point whether road conditions or speed was the cause of the accident.

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One Minute you are driving a shiny new vehicle, the next, a piece of junk - let's be careful on the roads people.

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  • TheKing

    I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Many private ambulances appear to operate on the same (lack of) business principles as tow truck operators. They will ALL respond to an accident, hoping to be first to arrive on the scene to coin a few Grand – I’m pretty certain they are listening in to police radio transmissions. Maybe they started off as tow truck drivers and got 1st aid cirtification.

    • Alan

      I share your concern.

      I also wish that PE people would stop having heart attacks and accidents every day during rush hour.

      The sounds of ambulance sirens up and down Cape Road every day between 4:45 and 5:15 pm are becoming tiresome…….

      • Desire Dnr

        Alan, I pray that you will not have a heart-attack or accident during rush hour! Paramedics risk their lives to save your sorry back sides and guess what – One has just been killed trying to go save another!

        People should stop phoning for further services if they see another service is on scene.

        Paramedics get called and Go! No questions asked.

        The King . . . . . . You cant even spell certification and no Paramedics do not have 1st aid qualifications.  We leave that for people like you that dont really want to save the life of another!


        • Alan

           I appreciate your concern, thank you.

          I still stand by my ‘Cry Wolf’ observations, though – the number of times that ambulances carve through rush hour traffic still smacks of an advertising run and not a real emergency.

          Why in the name of saving people does an ambulance willingly drive up Cape Road towards the Western Suburbs during Rush Hour when it would be far easier to turn left when exiting the hospital and choose one of the less congested roads parallel to Cape?

  • Desire Dnr

    I hope you will never need an ambulance!!!!

  • Mariana

    STEREOTYPE AMBULANCE SERVICES with TOW TRUCKS !! For future reference and
    consideration : a tow-truck race to a wreck with no pulse and no family and

    My Husband
    & Hero devotes OUR valuable family time with YOU: the public. I cannot
    remember when last we have spend a Easter weekend as a family – Your lack of
    appreciation is appalling.

  • Stanty

    As an ex ambulance man, what I find apalling is how recklessly ambulances respond to incidents (I’ve noticed this is more prevelant among private services). The directive to ambulance practitioners is to respond as quickly and “safely” as possible. Not race and risk life and limb of yourselves and others. It also begs the question are the cases being responded to Bona Fide emergency cases, are Triage principals being applied? Or do they just race to every single incident irrespective of what the complaint may be? 

    • Mariana

      The industry requires young blood and unfortunately one has to agree, every siren service has it’s cowboys.    But, as an ex ambulance man you would understand if I say we lost a family member last night, and naturally respond defensive.
      Can you recall how often you have been called out for a cardiac, rushing to find a minor headache on the other side?  You would know that EVERY call is handled as a “worst case scenario” and that a service is constantly monitored for their response time.
      SA can do with a central crisis centre who controls both private & provincial response services, eliminating the inhumane competition between health services.

  • Theking1

    I rest my case. By the way, to the contributor who prefers to argue on the basis of a misspelled word – you need to improve your comprehension of the English language and learn a bit about adult debate.

  • IF you see me..RUN!!

    the person who will need an ambulance next is the guy who drove the ambulance that overturned that day cause the young paramedic who died in that accident was my cousin.