Taxi slams into truck, killing 5

2012-01-30 07:24
Cape Town - Five people were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a stationery truck on the N1 in Kraaifontein on Monday, Western Cape paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said four men and a woman died at the scene. Three people were injured.

"The occupants had been ejected and were found strewn across the road," Jackson said.

"A truck was stationary at the side of the highway in the direction of Cape Town, and a taxi transporting seven people crashed into it."

The accident happened around 04:00 near the Brighton road off-ramp.

"The left side of the taxi was ripped from the body and the force had caused the taxi to spin around and come to a standstill facing the opposite direction."

Two taxi passengers, a man and a woman, and the truck driver were taken to hospital.

Eyewitness News reports that the highway in the direction of Cape Town was closed while officials cleared the scene. Major traffic delays were expected.

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