Biker fractures leg, car catches fire

A biker is recovering in hospital, while no one was injured in a vehicle that caught fire.

07 April 2021 | Accidents

Aubrey Oosthuizen; Code Red Medical Services; “Any fracture is serious because it can lead to complications…”

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Two serious incidents were reported and attended to by Code Red Medical Services (CRMS) over the Easter weekend.

One of the incidents involved a participant at a motocross championship on the outskirts of Swakopmund.

“During a practice run on Friday, a 43-year-old man injured his leg seriously,” the head of CRMS, Aubrey Oosthuizen, said.

The racer fractured his leg and he was taken to Swakopmund Medi-Clinic for further treatment.

“Any fracture is serious because it can lead to complications like the emboli syndrome,” said Oosthuizen.

It seems the man lost control of his motorcycle when the throttle got stuck.

In a separate incident, a car caught fire near Wlotzkasbaken.

Oosthuizen said that there are so many versions of what transpired, that nobody actually knows the truth.

“Rumour has it that the driver picked up a barbeque stand from the beach and loaded it onto the back of his bakkie while coals were still inside. While he was driving, the coals allegedly reheated and the vehicle caught fire. I don’t know if that is the true version of what really happened. It sounds a bit farfetched to me.”

Fortunately, no one was injured.

“There were bystanders who tried to extinguish the flames, but they did not succeed because when they got there, the blaze was already at an advanced stage.”

The car has been written off.

There were no other accidents reported to Code Red Medical Services over the course of the Easter weekend, making it a relatively quiet long weekend in comparison to others in recent years.