Citizen Reporter and Marizka Coetzer
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23 May 2016
10:06 am

One dead in R28 horror crash

Citizen Reporter and Marizka Coetzer

Bystanders were unable to free one of the trapped passengers who burnt to death in the ensuing blaze.

The scene on the R28 just outside of Silverstar Casino where two vehicles colided and caught fire. Image: Michel Bega

One person has died in an accident on the R28 in front of Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp, on the West Rand.

A taxi burst into flames with passengers trying to escape after it collided with a VW Polo at about 7:45am, Krugersdorp News reported.

Mogale City Emergency Management, ER24 paramedics and Traffic Department officials worked tirelessly to help passengers out of the burning taxi.  One of the passengers could not be freed from the vehicle and was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.

Another passenger was airlifted to a nearby hospital after sustaining serious injuries, while several others where treated on the scene and transported to various hospitals.

“A section of the R28 was closed following an accident in front of the casino on the R28 towards Pretoria. Motorists are urged to use alternatives routes until the scene has been cleared up,” Mogale City Traffic Department spokesperson, Papi Motaung said.

JMPD attends to the scene on the R28 just outside of Silverstar Casino where two vehicles colided and caught fire. Image: Michel Bega

JMPD attends to the scene on the R28 just outside of Silverstar Casino where two vehicles colided and caught fire. Image: Michel Bega

Bystanders have described the scene as horrific. Mark Van Niekerk helped extinguish the fire, saying: “About 8 or 9 passengers in the taxi lay on the grass outside the casino bleeding and screaming”.

The cause of the accident is still unclear and under police investigation.

More to follow…

– Caxton News Service