One person dies after taxi bursts into flames

2015-09-08 16:30
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Johannesburg - One person has died and 13 others were injured when a taxi burst into flames on the N3 near the R554 in Roodekop, Gauteng, on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said.

"A report from the scene indicates that the wheel of the taxi came off and, while sliding on the axle, the vehicle burst into flames," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

"Netcare 911 paramedics, the fire services and other ambulance services arrived at the scene and found the vehicle engulfed in flames. All the passengers except one person managed to escape."

One person died from extensive burns, five people were critically injured, including a small child, and eight others sustained injuries ranging from serious to minor.

"After the injured were stabilised, they airlifted a man with 80% burns... the others were transported by ambulance to various hospitals in the area," Botha said.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

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