M1 taxi ac­ci­dent leaves one dead, sev­eral hurt

The New Age (Gauteng) - - GAUTENG NEWS - NONDUMISO ZWANE non­du­misoz@the­newage.co.za

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.

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