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Watch: Tipper truck falls onto bakkie, flattens passenger side where schoolkid was sitting

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A schoolgirl miraculously escaped death when she was trapped in her father’s Toyota double cab bakkie after it was crashed by a falling back tipper articulated truck in Paarl on Thursday 11 May 2023.

A construction back tipper truck weighing over 20 tons fell sideways, crushing the passing vehicle on the Paarl R301 to Franschoek opposite Boschandmeer Estate.

The truck’s trailer flattened the passenger side of the vehicle, trapping a young girl inside.

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DFW NPC Emergency Responders were the first on the scene. The girl’s father, who suffered light injuries, remained by her side while the rescue team worked to free her. Multiple rescue teams from different organizations collaborated for more than two hours to carefully tilt and lift the truck and cut the vehicle into pieces to free the young girl.

Finally, the girl was freed and loaded into an ambulance for transport to the hospital. The police are investigating this freak accident. The brave efforts of the emergency responders, including DFW Fire and Rescue NPC, Drakenstein Municipal Fire and Rescue, EMS RESCUE, EMS METRO, EMS Ambulance Services, ER24 Ambulance Services, Drakenstein Traffic Services, Paarl SAPS and Forensics, and Mediclinic Crew, contributed to the successful recovery of the young girl.

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The incident was a traumatic ordeal for the young girl and her family. The community hopes for her full recovery, and the emergency number for DFW Fire and Rescue is 0860666 662 for those in need of emergency services.

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