West Street accident: sixteen injured as taxis collide

2011-02-03 00:00

SIXTEEN people, including a pedestrian, were injured, when two minibus taxis and a bakkie collided at the intersection of West and Pietermaritz streets yesterday afternoon.

A street vendor who wished to remain anonymous said she saw the taxi running a red light.

While trying to avoid a bakkie that was crossing Pietermaritz Street, the taxi knocked down a pedestrian and collided with another taxi, seriously injuring its passengers she added.

The source said it was a horrendous scene as the passengers were jumping out of the taxi and hurting themselves further in the process.

On arrival at the accident scene, ER24 and provincial paramedics found that one of the taxis had crashed into a wall opposite the West Street taxi rank while the bakkie and the other taxi were stationary a short distance from the scene.

“A pedestrian was found underneath the one taxi that had crashed into the wall,” said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks. “He was in a critical condition after sustaining a possible head injury and multiple abrasions and lacerations throughout his body.

“Three other patients, one a commuter from the taxi and the other two from the bakkie, were in a serious condition. They had suffered long and short bone fractures,” said Banks.

“All four patients required advanced life support intervention.”

Banks said the remaining 12 patients had suffered minor abrasions and small lacerations from the impact of the collision.

He said all the patients were taken to various hospitals in the greater Pietermaritzburg area for further medical care.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed the accident and said it is thought to have been caused by a taxi that went through a red robot.

A case of reckless and negligent driving has been opened and is being investigated, Jeevan added.

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