Full taxi overturns

2015-05-05 07:14
Rescue personnel attend to the 20 injured people at the scene of an accident on Jakes Gerwel Drive.

Lance Goliath

Rescue personnel attend to the 20 injured people at the scene of an accident on Jakes Gerwel Drive. PHOTO: Lance Goliath

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Rescue services were called to the scene of an accident on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Wednesday last week before 07:00.

ER24 paramedics, Life healthcare and metro services officials attended to 20 people who were injured when a taxi collided with a barrier and rolled, says ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

“Officers arrived at the scene and found the taxi lying on its roof on the side of the road. A centre barrier next to the taxi had been ripped from its foundations and lay on the side of the road. On assessment of the scene, paramedics discovered that 19 people had been travelling in the taxi when the collision occurred. At least five of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle when it overturned,” he says.

Three patients, a man and two women, were next to the taxi in a critical condition while seventeen others were scattered around the scene.

Injuries ranged from minor to moderate.

It is understood that the taxi had collided with a pedestrian, causing the taxi to roll.

The pedestrian was found to have sustained serious injuries to her legs, waist and chest.

Paramedics set out treating the patients as well as proving the critically injured patients with advanced life support.

Once the patients were treated, they were transported to various hospitals for urgent medical treatment.

Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.

Following the incident, Philippi police station commander Colonel Frankes de Vis urged road users to remain vigilant.

“All road users must be more vigilant and patient when using the roads and always be tolerant towards their fellow road users, especially during peak traffic. This call comes after the minibus taxi overturned,” he says,

According to De Vis the cause of the accident is not yet known.

“Police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving,” he says. V

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the investigating officer Detective Constable Tembalani Mhlakaza on 021 690 1520 or 073 668 7375

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