What was meant to be a normal Monday evening turned out to be traumatic for four occupants of a light motor vehicle after it was unable to stop on the driveway, went through a small fence and dropped down about one and half stories into a swimming pool in Balhambar road, Northdale in Pietermaritzburg.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found members of public doing CPR on two of the occupants. Paramedics stepped in and took over CPR and both patients received advanced life support intervention. While emergency personnel were busy with the two patients they were informed of a third person still entrapped inside the car. ER24’s Paul Knoesen, Brandon Drinkwater and Johann Mc Dermott immediately jumped into the pool and had to feel inside the car for the third victim. The patient was found and was brought to the surface where CPR was started.
The paramedics were able to get back a pulse on two of the patients and they were rushed to Pietermaritzburg Medi-Clinic in a critical condition, where trauma staff was waiting to take over medical care. Unfortunately the third patient was declared deceased on the scene. The driver of the motor vehicle was able to jump out of the vehicle and did not sustain any injuries.
It is believed that the family had just fetched the grandmother from the hospital and was entering the premises when the car had mechanical problems. The driver was unable to stop the car, causing it to run down the drive way and go over the edge.