PICS: Taxi ploughs into schoolboys, driver flees

DURBAN – A 15-year-old, grade eight pupil from Glenhaven Secondary School in Verulam was seriously injured on Monday after a minibus taxi hit him while on his to school.

According to Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) two pupils from the school were dragged for several metres by the minibus taxi along Todd Street shortly before 8am.

The taxi driver is alleged to have abandoned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

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A schoolboy was rushed to hospital after a taxi ploughed into him in Verulam on Monday. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa

A spokesman for Rusa said the taxi had allegedly been overtaking other vehicles when it hit into the two pupils.

"Paramedics stabilised the critically injured boy and transported him to Osindsweni Hospital. He suffered a broken right leg, severe head injuries and a broken hip. 

A schoolboy was rushed to hospital after a taxi ploughed into him in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa

According to witnesses, the taxi attempted to overtake several vehicles when he knocked into a group of children crossing the road. One student was thrown approximately 25 meters from the point of impact. A passing vehicle picked up one injured student and transported him to hospital privately," the Rusa spokesman said.

No arrests had been made.

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