3 killed in Pretoria crash

2012-01-30 12:27
Johannesburg - Three people died and at least 16 were injured in a taxi crash in Pretoria, Gauteng paramedics said on Monday.

The accident happened on the R80 between the N4 highway and the Brits road exit around 16:00 on Sunday, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

"A passenger that was in the taxi explained that there was a loud noise and the taxi suddenly started swaying from side to side before it overturned and rolled," said Jackson.

She said the taxi landed on its wheels, but some of the passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

"Two men had already succumbed to their injuries before paramedics got to the scene."

She said paramedics were unable to resuscitate another woman and she later died on the scene.

It was not clear how many people had been in the taxi as many of the passengers had sustained minor injuries and were found walking around.

However, of the 16 injured people counted, two were children, aged 6 and 15.

"Sadly, it was the 6-year-old little boy's mother who had not survived her injuries," said Jackson.

She said four people had suffered serious injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals.

"The remaining passengers required treatment for minor to moderate injuries and were placed in the various ambulances that had been at the scene for transportation to hospital."

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