National 9.8.2016 02:30 pm

12 injured in Midrand bakkie-taxi collision

A bakkie is alleged to have rolled and then a taxi crashed into it in Blue Hills in the north of Joburg. Photo: EMER-G-MED

A bakkie is alleged to have rolled and then a taxi crashed into it in Blue Hills in the north of Joburg. Photo: EMER-G-MED

The collision allegedly occurred after the bakkie’s driver lost control and rolled his vehicle, and the taxi then crashed into the rolling bakkie.

At 12:05pm this afternoon EMER-G-MED dispatched multiple resources to reports of a head-on collision on the R55, closest corner Tambotie, in Blue Hills, Midrand.

EMER-G-MED spokesperson Max Cohen said on arrival, paramedics found that a taxi and a bakkie had been involved in a collision and both vehicles were carrying a number of passengers. It’s alleged that the collision occurred after the bakkie’s driver lost control and rolled his vehicle. The taxi then crashed into the rolling bakkie.

Paramedics found that 12 people were injured in the accident. Photo: EMER-G-MED

Paramedics found that 12 people were injured in the accident. Photo: EMER-G-MED

“On assessment it was found that a total of 12 people had been injured, two sustaining serious injuries while the rest fortunately only sustained minor to moderate injuries,” said Cohen. “Paramedics immediately began to triage and treat the injured. The two seriously injured patients required Advanced Life Support interventions.”

Cohen said once stabilised the patients were transported by EMER-G-MED and other services to various nearby medical facilities for further treatment.

Metro police were on-scene to investigate the exact cause of the collision, but it was suspected that both the vehicle’s involved were uroadworthy, said Cohen.

Paramedics and Metro police attended the scene. Photo: EMER-G-MED

Paramedics and Metro police attended the scene. Photo: EMER-G-MED

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