ER24 Paramedics attended this accident scene.
ER24 is an Emergency Medical Service providing efficient, effective emergency response and pre-hospital care.
An ER24 medic was stabbed and assaulted on Saturday evening when they stopped at a motor vehicle to render assistance. Shortly after 6pm on Saturday evening, paramedics from ER24 came across a motor vehicle collision on Ohrtmann Road in Pietermaritzburg.
They were on their way to a nearby hospital to handover patients on board from a previous motor vehicle collision they attended. According to the paramedics they pulled over to assess the incident and confirm if further resources were required on scene.
Moments later four occupants from one of the vehicles involved in the collision verbally assaulted the paramedics. The situation later escalated and one of the occupants presented a knife and attacked one of the paramedics.
He [the paramedic] sustained wounds to his face and hands before a member of the public stepped in and disarmed the knife wielding man. The paramedics called for police assistance and further ER24 resources shortly after the verbal assault began.
When another ER24 emergency vehicle arrived on the scene, after the paramedic was stabbed, the suspect ran across the road and returned with a brick and attempted to further assault the ER24 crew on scene.
One of the paramedics managed to disarm the suspect. Police arrived on scene and the suspect apparently proceeded to verbally assault the police officers and attempted once again to assault the medical crew.
It is understood that the suspect also assaulted the driver of the other vehicle that was involved in the collision. Four suspects were detained by the police on the scene and taken to Mountain Rise Police Station.
A case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, reckless and negligent driving, malicious damage to property as well as resisting arrest was opened.
At this stage it is not clear if any other charges will be brought against the suspects as they are still in the process of obtaining complete witness statements. The injured paramedic received several stitches to his face and hand at a nearby Mediclinic.
He also sustained several bruises. He is currently doing well and will be supported by the company where needed. The patients that were originally being transported in the ambulance were later transported privately to a nearby hospital.