Fifteen people were injured on Tuesday, when a taxi and two cars collided head-on on the R56 between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal. PHOTO: Supplied/ER24

Johannesburg - Fifteen people were injured on Tuesday, when a taxi and two cars collided head-on on the R56 between Richmond and Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said that paramedics and other services arrived on the scene at around 1.08pm to find the taxi and cars in the middle of the road. 

"All three vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision. Upon closer inspection, paramedics discovered three patients lying trapped inside the taxi and one trapped inside one of the light motor vehicles. Several others were found walking around on the scene," Meiring said.

"Rescue services had to use specialized rescue tools to free the trapped patients from the vehicles. Once freed, paramedics assessed the patients and found that two had sustained moderate injuries while thirteen others had sustained minor injuries."

Meiring said the injured patients were treated on the scene before they were transported to various hospitals for further medical treatment. The cause of the accident was not known and would be investigated, he said.