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A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy is lucky to be alive after landing on the pavement through the back window of a car during an accident.
The accident happened at the intersection of Pine and Roy streets in central Durban yesterday morning.
The car of the boy's family spun out of control and slammed backwards into a traffic light.
He was thrown from the rear seat of the car through the smashed window and landed on the pavement about 10 metres away.
"Paramedics arrived to find his mother grasping at his bloodied frame," Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said.
"It is thought that the boy, his parents and two-year-old sister had been travelling away from the coast when they collided with another vehicle in the signal-controlled junction.
"This accident highlights the need for child car seats to be utilised at all times," Wicks said.
"It serves as a stark reminder of what can happen if an unrestrained child is ejected from a vehicle involved in an accident."
Wicks said the minor sustained serious injuries and was treated on the scene, along with his mother and sister, before being taken to the St Augustine's Hospital for further care.
The boy's father and the driver of the other car were not injured.
On the same morning, another accident in Mariannhill left five people injured and three in a serious condition.
Their vehicle had veered from the road and overturned several times, coming to rest at an embankment.
The Netcare specialised rescue unit responded to the accident and found the injured near the vehicle.
"They were treated and stabilised by medics at the bottom of the embankment before a steep slope rope rescue system was set up to help haul the people to waiting ambulances," Wicks said.