Taxi bursts into flames after crash

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Durban - Eighteen were injured when a minibus taxi and a bakkie collided on the Queen Nandi Drive Bridge over the N2 in Avoca, Durban, on Monday.

Commuters in the taxi clambered from the wreckage before it was engulfed by flames.

Rescuecare spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said that medics arrived to find the taxi on fire.

“The two vehicles had collided in the junction and the taxi rolled several times coming to rest on its side and it then burst into flames. Fortunately all of the occupants managed to escape before the flames totally engulfed it,” he said.

“A total of eighteen people were treated at the scene for various injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Once all of the injured had been stabilised they were transported to various Durban Hospitals for the further care that they required. Durban Fire Department extinguished the blaze,” Jamieson added.

Other accidents

In another incident on the KZN south coast, three people were injured.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said that two cars as well as a pedestrian had been involved in the snarl up on the R61 near Uvongo. 

“Emergency services arrived at the scene and found the roadway littered with accident debris and the twisted frames of the vehicles. One vehicle overturned on impact and came to rest on its roof,” he said.

“After triaging the injured, it was found that the pedestrian had sustained critical injuries, two people from the vehicles were also wounded,” Botha added

Another taxi accident, further afield on the Edendale Road, Pietermaritzburg, left seven people injured. ER24 paramedics said they found the injured spread around the parking lot of business in the area.

Reports on the scene suggested the taxi crashed through a fence and hit the pedestrian.

One pedestrian was critically injured and was put on life support and six people from the taxi sustained minor to moderate injuries and were taken to Edendale Hospital for urgent treatment, said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

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