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Johannesburg - Fifteen people were injured when a minibus taxi allegedly jumped a red light in Joburg’s CBD on Friday morning and smashed into the side of another minibus taxi.
Witness Ben Dyeshana said the taxi travelling north along Ntemi Piliso Street skipped the red light and hit a taxi travelling east along Albertina Sisulu Street (formerly Market Street) in the Rea Vaya bus lane.
He said they both tried to swerve to avoid hitting each other.
The taxi going east crashed into a pole on the pavement while the other taxi was dragged sideways, eventually coming to rest on its side up against the taxi that hit the pole. “Right now, I’m very much devastated,” said Bongani Khanyile, whose wife Sizakele Mcunu was in one of the taxis, but had already been taken to hospital by the time he arrived at the crash scene.
“Fifteen people were injured,” said Netcare 911 spokeswoman Santi Steinmann.
She said nine of the injuries were serious, while the other six were moderate. The injured had been taken to different hospitals.
“We heard a very big bang and we all ran out,” said Yunus Amod, who was at morning prayers at the mosque when he heard the noise. He went out to see if he could help the injured passengers.
Paramedics from Netcare 911, ER24, Maponya 911 and the Joburg Emergency Management Services were at the scene.