A KZN man has been hailed a hero as his quick-thinking actions saved a woman from death after a taxi crashed into her.
Deon van Niekerk was cruising down Armstrong Avenue when he noticed an out-of-control minibus fly past him.
Seconds later, he witnessed it crashing into a bench at the La Lucia taxi rank.
The impact resulted in a woman being launched backwards.
Ntombi Shaqa was the unfortunate person who was injured in the process.
Shaqa’s right leg absorbed major impact and she bled excessively.
Northglen News reported that the taxi’s accelerator was jammed, which resulted in constant revving of the motor.
Onlookers were forced to wait for this to subside before they were able to push the vehicle away from Shaqa.
Van Niekerk sprang to life as he shouted to the crowd, calling for a tourniquet.
He revealed, “I managed to get a stretchy that you use to tie down surfboards and another man who was standing in the crowd said he had black rope but couldn’t deal with the blood. So I took the items and made a makeshift tourniquet to try and stop the bleeding.”
A helpless Shaqa held on tight to Van Niekerk’s hand until paramedics arrived.
Although Van Niekerk was the initial saviour, he credits Shaqa’s survivial to Carol van Tonder and Gary Paul of Independent Crisis Team and Netcare 911 respectively.
Briefly.co.za understands that Shaqa’s leg was successfully re-attached as a result of their remarkable assistance.
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