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Authorities investigate building collapse

It’s still unclear how the building collapsed on the man who was trapped in the rubble of his house.

FILE: A teenager was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the incident on Saturday.

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics had to use the Jaws of Life to free a 19-year-old man who had been trapped in the rubble of his house after it collapsed on him in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg.

The teenager was taken to hospital in a critical condition following the incident on Saturday.

ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija says man but investigations are underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the accident.

"The patient's right hand sustained the most severe injuries as it was the most entrapped part of his body. The rescue operation ended after a hall was dug beneath him and he was manoeuvred out carefully.

"He was then immediately transported to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for urgent medical treatment."