Woman loses leg in hor­ror ac­ci­dent

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SHOCKED mem­bers of the pub­lic watched in hor­ror yes­ter­day af­ter a woman’s leg was ripped off when she was hit by a truck and dragged along the tar road in an ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion of Syd­ney and Long streets.

The woman was ap­par­ently hit by the truck while she was crossing the road at the ro­bot.

It is be­lieved that the truck driver did not no­tice the woman who was al­most over the pedes­trian crossing when the ro­bot turned red, giv­ing the truck right of way.

An eye-wit­ness, who de­scribed the in­ci­dent, said she had been left se­verely trau­ma­tised.

She said she saw the woman walk­ing slowly across the road but she had not paid much at­ten­tion as she was busy talk­ing at the time.

“We were crossing on the other side from the di­rec­tion of Kaap Krimp to­wards the De­part­ment of Trans­port, Safety and Li­ai­son, while the woman seemed to be com­ing from the Pick n Pay cen­tre,” said the wit­ness.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing her strug­gling with her leg, as if her shoe was stuck some­where or it had slipped off. She was al­ready close to the pave­ment.

“The next thing I heard was the im­pact as the truck hit her.

“The bot­tom half of her body was stuck un­der the front wheels of the truck, which was still mov­ing, and she was scream­ing for help

“I was ice-cold with shock and just held on to the near­est pole and screamed. That is when peo­ple re­alised what was hap­pen­ing and a car, driven by a woman, swerved next to the in­jured woman to block the traf­fic and pre­vent fur­ther in­jury.

“By the time I looked around me, the woman was ly­ing on the other side of the in­ter­sec­tion, her leg ly­ing a dis­tance from her, part of it was flat­tened by the truck as it drove over her.”

The woman said that the driver of a bakkie who had wit­nessed the whole in­ci­dent chased af­ter the truck and stopped it a few me­tres away from the scene.

She added that the truck driver was shocked and feared for his own life af­ter sev­eral peo­ple and street chil­dren gath­ered around him. “Some even at­tempted to open the truck door and pull him out.”

An­other wit­ness said he had never seen such a thing in his life. He added that he was very re­lieved when he heard the in­jured woman try to speak, al­though it was very soft.

“She was very weak as she had lost a lot of blood. She was also badly cut on the bot­tom of her stom­ach and her in­testines were ex­posed. Peo­ple were run­ning around to call am­bu­lances and keep her as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble,” said the hor­ri­fied man

The woman was taken to Robert Man­gal­iso Sobukwe Hos­pi­tal by Emer-g-med am­bu­lance while po­lice tried to con­trol the traf­fic and clean the road.

The woman was re­ported to be in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Picture: Boipelo Mere

The truck that hit a pedes­trian in an ac­ci­dent at the in­ter­sec­tion of Syd­ney and Long streets yes­ter­day.

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