Girl critical after accident

2010-07-29 00:00

A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a three-way pile-up in Edendale that left 20 other passengers injured yesterday morning.

A Ford bakkie, a Siyaya taxi and a light motor vehicle collided at the intersection of Edendale, Caluza and Sinathingi roads,.

Paramedics arrived on the scene to find passengers strewn across the road.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said that community members pulled the victims from the vehicles before emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

Banks said a 15-year-old girl was in a critical condition. “She needed advanced life support intervention. Seven other commuters sustained serious injuries, while the remaining 13 sustained minor to moderate injuries.”

Eyewitnesses said the bakkie had been travelling down Sinathingi Road and the taxi along Edendale Road towards the traffic light intersection when the collision happened.

The taxi then allegedly hit the Corolla, which was waiting on Caluza Road to turn into Edendale Road.

The driver of the Corolla, who asked not to be named, said he had two passengers whom he was taking to Edendale Hospital.

Another witness said it was the third accident at this intersection this year, adding, “Robots need to be repaired and we need more traffic officers to monitor speeding in the area.”

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