Child flung through windscreen

2013-12-30 00:00

ON Friday evening, a four-year-old girl was flung through the windscreen of a taxi after it hit a wall, injuring 18 people in Eastwood.

The 18 people in the taxi sustained various types of injuries, while the little girl sustained the most serious injuries.

Werner Vermaak from ER24 said, “It is understood that the mother had the child on her lap when the incident occurred. They were sitting on the left side of the taxi. As it crashed into the wall, [the child] was apparently flung through the windscreen of the taxi.”

Vermaak said that local people helped pull injured people from the taxi prior the paramedics’ arrival. The injured were taken to Edendale and Northdale hospitals.

“Witnesses at the scene said that it looked as if the taxi headed straight for the wall,” Vermaak told The Witness.

Captain Thulani Zwane of the SAPS said, “The cause of the accident is unknown at this stage. Police are investigating a case of reckless or negligent driving, but no arrest has been made at this stage.”

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