JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-four people have been injured, one critically, in two separate crashes involving minibus taxis in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said on Sunday.
Ten people were injured in a collision between a minibus taxi and a car on Edendale Road just before Henley Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday night, ER24 spokeswoman Ineke van Huyssteen said.
When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene at about 8pm, they found a car in the middle of the road and a minibus taxi a few metres further away, which had rolled after the accident.
The driver of the car was found to be trapped. The fire department, as well as ER24, extricated the man using the jaws-of-life. He was found to be in a critical condition and advanced life support interventions were immediately initiated. Paramedics treated and stabilised him at the scene before transporting him to hospital for further medical care.
Nine people from the minibus taxi had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate. ER24, as well as various other services at the scene, transported the injured to various hospitals for further medical care. The exact circumstances surrounding the crash were not yet known, Van Huyssteen said.