Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

One dead and several injured as two minibus taxis collide in Cape Town

Several passengers were injured when two minibus taxis collided Bishop Lavis. In Gauteng, a minibus taxi collided with a truck.

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A 28-year-old woman died and 26 other people were injured, one critically, when two minibus taxis collided at the Lavis Drive and 35th Avenue intersection in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town on Saturday morning.

Advanced life support interventions

ER24 paramedics, along with other emergency services and police, were on the scene at 7.26, ER24 spokesman Ross Campbell said in a statement.

“Multiple people were found to have been ejected [from the taxis] and in need of help. Two patients, a man and a woman, had suffered critical injuries. They were treated with advanced life support interventions and taken to Tygerberg Hospital by ER24 and [Cape Town] Metro EMS, where unfortunately the 28-year-old woman later died. The man was still in a critical condition at the time of this report.”

According to Campbell, eight other people were found to have suffered moderate injuries and 17 more suffered minor injuries.

Twenty people were transported to Elsies River Day Hospital by various services and six were taken to Tygerberg, while one moderately injured woman was taken to a private hospital by another private service.

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A 28-year-old woman died and 26 other people were injured, one critically, when two minibus taxis collided at the Lavis Drive and 35th Avenue intersection in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town on Saturday morning. Image via Twitter: @ER24EMS

Several injured when a taxi collided with a truck

In another incident, several people were injured, some critically, when a minibus taxi and a truck collided where the R23 passes under the N3, south of Heidelberg in Gauteng, on Friday night.

ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 19.08 to find Gauteng emergency services had already “done triage to deal with the number of patients on the scene”, ER24 spokesman Ross Campbell said in a statement.

Two infants on the scene

Most of the taxi passengers had managed to get out of the vehicle. An 18-year-old woman was critically injured and flown by medical helicopter to a private hospital for further treatment.

Two other people were found to have suffered serious injuries and at least five more had suffered moderate injuries. There were two infants on the scene, and the rest of the injured people were adults.

ER24 transported seven patients to Tele Mogoerane Hospital and to another private hospital in Heidleberg for further care. The rest of the patients were treated and transported to hospital by Gauteng emergency medical services.

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African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet

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