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Cape Town - A minibus taxi driver was killed on Sunday morning when his taxi veered off the road and smashed into a tree in the Mfuleni area in Cape Town, paramedics said.

When ER24 paramedics arrived at the scene just after 6.45am, the man was found trapped inside the taxi, ER24 spokeswoman Ineke van Huyssteen said.

"The man had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life [equipment]. Upon further assessment, he was found to be in a critical condition. ER24 transported the man to Groote Schuur Hospital for further medical care, but unfortunately shortly after arriving at hospital he was declared dead."

The cause of the accident was not yet known, Van Huyssteen said.

African News Agency/ANA