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