Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-12-28 06:00

14 injured in taxi collision: Verulam

Fourteen people were injured following a collision at the Canelands intersection in Verulam last Thursday.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene by motorists requesting medical assistance for the injured. Upon arrival a Toyota Hiace Taxi was found lying on its side. Passengers of the taxi as well as the driver of a Citroen C3 were injured. They were treated on scene before being transported to hospital.

It is alleged that the taxi was turning into Canelands from the south bound lane of the R102 when the Citroen C3, which was travelling from Verulam in the direction of Tongaat collided into it.

Vehicle On Fire: Verulam

An Opel Astra was completely destroyed after it caught alight on Ireland Street in the Verulam CBD last Friday.

At approximately 11am members of Rusa were called out to the scene by members of the public reporting the incident. Upon arrival the vehicle’s engine compartment was found engulfed in flames.

With the use of a fire hose from a nearby business Reaction Officers attempted to extinguish the blaze with spread rapidly through the vehicle. Fireman from the Metro Fire and Emergency Service arrived on scene and extinguished the fire which completely destroyed the vehicle.

According to the driver he was travelling down Ireland Street when he noticed the smoke. As he pulled off the road the engine compartment burst into flames. The exact cause of the fire has yet to be established. The driver was not injured.

Armed Robbery: Tongaat

A 27-year-old Pakistani national was injured after he was assaulted by suspects during an armed robbery at a business on Main Road on Saturday night.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call from an employee reporting the incident. Upon arrival it was established that two armed suspects entered the store and held up staff.

The suspects stole and undisclosed amount of cash and cellphones. One of the victim’s sustained a head injury after he was pistol whipped by one of suspects. He was transported privately to a local clinic for medical attention.

It could not be established if the suspects fled on foot or if they had a getaway vehicle parked in the vicinity

Shooting: Verulam

At approximately 11:30pm this past Saturday members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the corner of Russom and Todd Street after receiving reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival a man was found to have been shot in the chest and hip. It was established that while consuming alcohol at a tavern in the Verulam CBD the victim was accosted by two individuals who asked him to buy them drinks.

The victim informed them that he did not have any cash on him when the suspects forced him out of tavern and asked him to walk in the direction of a supermarket to withdraw cash from the ATM.

When the victim attempted to escape, one of the suspects drew a firearm and shot him twice. The suspects then fled the scene in foot. A passing motorist found the man lying on the roadside and stopped to assist. The critically injured victim was stabilised in scene by paramedics from the Provincial Ambulance Services before being transported to hospital.

Reaction Officers conducted an extensive search for the suspects however no arrests were made.

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