File picture: Supplied by ER24

Cape Town - One person was killed and seven others were injured, some seriously, when the driver of a minibus taxi lost control of the vehicle on the Old Paarl Road in Brackenfell, Cape Town in the early hours of Saturday morning, paramedics said.

ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene at about 3am and found all the passengers trapped inside the taxi, ER24 spokeswoman Annine Siddall said.

Fire and rescue personnel had to use the jaws-of-life to free the passengers from the taxi before they were transported to various nearby hospitals.

It was not clear what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the wall. The exact circumstances surrounding the crash were not yet known to paramedics, but authorities were on the scene to investigate, Siddall said.