Friday, August 21, 2015

15 Injured in taxi collision on Johannesburg highway

Rentse Khiba
21 August 2015

Roughly 15 people were injured this morning when two taxis collided at the Jan Smuts and Eton Road intersection in Johannesburg.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said, ER24 paramedics along with other services responded through the early morning traffics and on the arrival on scene they found the two taxi’s in the middle of the road.

Meiring said, “Both taxi’s had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision. On assessment, paramedics found that roughly 15 patients had been injured in the collision. Two of the patients were found to be in a critical condition.”

Rescue services had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free one of the drivers who was trapped in his vehicle in a 30 minute operation.

Once freed, paramedics immediately began their treatment and provided the two critically injured patients with advanced life support interventions.

Once treated, the critically injured patients were rushed through to a nearby hospital for urgent medical attention.

“The remaining patients on scene were found to have sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. They were treated for their injuries and thereafter transported to nearby facilities for further observations.” Meiring added

The cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on scene for further investigation.



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