Taxi collision with truck injures 20

2009-10-24 00:00

TWENTY taxi passengers were seriously injured when the minibus they were travelling in was hit by a truck on the N2 in Durban yesterday.

It is believed that the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and veered across the southbound lane.

The fully laden truck slammed into the side of a taxi before coming to rest in the median.

The taxi rolled and flipped on its side, crashing through the barrier.

The driver of a car was unable to avoid the taxi and slammed into the vehicle’s wheels as it lay on its side.

Netcare spokesman Jeff Wicks said the injured taxi passengers managed to clamber from the overturned vehicle. “The Armco barrier and mangled wreckage of the minibus taxi were stained with blood.”

ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the driver of the car was treated for shock, while the taxi passengers were treated for lacerations and spinal injuries.

In a later accident, a woman was killed and two other people were injured when they were struck by a minibus taxi that failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing in Umgeni Road near Durban Station. The woman, who was pulled from beneath the taxi, suffered massive head and chest trauma.

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