M1 taxi accident leaves one dead, several hurt
TAXI accidents continue to cause deaths and injuries in the Johannesburg area and peak hour traffic came to a standstill on the M1 north just before the Corlett Drive offramp on Wednesday after a taxi overturned and flipped over the barrier, killing a man and injuring several others.
According to Netcare 911, paramedics found passengers sprawled over a large area at the scene.
Spokesperson Chris Botha said the taxi, which was totally damaged, appeared to have rolled and flipped over the barrier before landing on its wheels in the centre median.
He said all the patients were treated on the scene before they were transported to hospital for further treatment. The Johannesburg metro police are investigating the cause of the accident.
This was the third accident involving a taxi next to this offramp this year. Last month, an eight-year-old girl was killed and 15 people sustained injuries in an accident. ER24 paramedics said they arrived at the scene and found four vehicles in the middle of the road. One of the vehicles, a minibus taxi, had burst into flames,
The girl was found lying in the middle of the road. It is believed she had been pulled from one of the vehicles by her father.
About 15 people sustained injuries, ranging from minor to moderate.
“The patients were treated for their injuries and transported to various hospitals,” ER24 said.
In Pretoria, at least 25 people were injured after a car and a bakkie collided on the N1 North near the R21.
It’s understood the driver of a bakkie lost control of his vehicle and collided with a car.
ER24’s Russel Meiring said a tyre of the bakkie burst, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle which then overturned.
Two passengerssustained critical injuries while the rest sustained minor to moderate injuries.
They were all transported to hospital for further treatment.