A nine-year-old boy was left critically injured in Roodepoort last night when he was dragged behind a bakkie for approximately 2,5km.
According to Russel Meiring from ER24, paramedics were called to a filling station at the intersection of Main Reef and Roode Roads, where the bakkie had come to a stop.
Upon assessment, paramedics found that the boy had sustained serious injuries to his back and buttocks.
The boy was treated for his injuries and provided with pain relief before he was transported to Leratong Provincial Hospital.
It is believed that the patient and his friends had jumped onto the back of the bakkie at an intersection. The driver of the bakkie was completely unaware of the fact that the children had sneaked onto the vehicle. After travelling some distance, the boy attempted to jump off the vehicle, but his foot got caught in the cargo netting. The driver was allegedly alerted to the boy being dragged behind his vehicle by another motorist.
Local authorities will be investigating this incident further.
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