Four hurt as train crashes into taxi

2013-11-29 00:00

EMERGENCY rescue teams had to attend to the second train accident in four days involving a taxi, this time at Umgababa in Durban.

On Wednesday evening, four passengers travelling in a taxi sustained minor injuries after a train crashed into the taxi while it was attempting to cross the railway line at the Illfracombe Railway crossing on the R102.

The taxi was found to have been pushed right off the tracks, and the impact appeared to have only been to the very rear of the taxi.

Spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said it was a miracle that not more people were injured.

“They were treated for minor injuries and taken to hospitals in the area for further assessment and medical care,” she said.

The police are investigating.

On the preceding Sunday night, a taxi overturned and landed on the railway line at the Shakas Head railway bridge on the P111 on the North Coast.

The train then crashed into the taxi as it was lying on the tracks. Two people died, with two more critically injured, 13 sustaining serious injuries and two minor injuries.

LastFriday, 14 people were killed in a collision between a taxi and a flatbed truck in the Umkomaas area on the South Coast.

Robert McKenzie, spokesperson for KZN EMS, said it has been a tragic week on the roads, as there had been a multitude of accidents involving at least 25 fatalities, not to mention people who have been injured with life-threatening injuries.

He said their air ambulance has also been very busy doing several flights and transporting several critically injured or ill patients.

In a separate incident, one of the three children run over on Wednesday by a car in Terrance Drive, Phoenix, died yesterday. The other two are still recovering in hospital.

McKenzie said paramedics and several private ambulances worked frantically together to treat the patients on the scene before they were taken to hospital.

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