Cape Town - Fifty-nine people were injured on Friday morning when a SAPS truck transporting prisoners to court and a taxi collided at the Spine and Eisleben roads intersection in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town.
ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said its paramedics, along with Metro, Life Healthcare and other emergency services received the call at approximately 9am and immediately responded to the scene.
"Upon arrival, paramedics found the transporter lying on its side while the taxi was found upright in the intersection. Occupants from the taxi and transporter were found lying all around the scene."
Meiring said local authorities began to close off the intersection while paramedics set up a triage area.
"Paramedics began assessing the patients, finding that their injuries ranged from minor to moderate," he said. "Fortunately, no fatalities were found on the scene."
The patients were treated for their injuries and were thereafter transported by various services to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut confirmed that two police officers and 43 prisoners were transported to hospital for treatment.
"The condition of the taxi occupants is yet to be determined as rescue personnel are still on the scene," Traut said.
African News Agency and IOL