South Africa 3.11.2014 07:08 pm

Woman loses leg in Roodepoort taxi crash

A taxi rank. Picture: Nigel Sibanda.

A taxi rank. Picture: Nigel Sibanda.

Two women aged 19 and 20 remain in a critical condition after they were hit by a taxi, and one pinned against a wall at the intersection of Ontdekkers and Ruhama roads in Roodepoort on the West Rand.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics had found a mangled taxi stationed against a wall on the side of the road, Roodepoort Record reported.

Meiring said on assessment, paramedics discovered that one woman had been lying next to the taxi while another was pinned between the vehicle and the wall.

Fire services had to use the Jaws of Life to free the woman from between the vehicle and the wall.

Once freed, paramedics discovered that the patient’s left leg had been amputated near the knee due to the collision.

Both patients required advanced life support to stabilise their vital signs, said Meiring.

One of the patients had been flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital while the other patient was transported by ambulance to Helen Joseph Hospital for urgent medical treatment.

The cause of the collision remains unknown.

The scene after 11 people were injured during a taxi crash on Piet Retief Road in Malvern, Durban. Pic: Rescue Care.

The scene after 11 people were injured during a taxi crash on Piet Retief Road in Malvern, Durban. Pic: Rescue Care.

In a separate taxi incident, 11 people were injured after a taxi coming down a hill lost control and rolled on Piet Retief Road in Malvern, Durban.

Rescue Care operations director Garrith Jamieson said paramedics found the taxi on its roof, with all the passengers outside of the vehicles.

“A quick assessment was done and it was established that 11 people had sustained various injuries ranging from minor to serious injuries. More ambulances were called to assist in transporting the injured to hospital,” said Jamieson.

“At this stage it is unclear what caused the single vehicle to roll over; however, police were on the scene and will be investigating further,” he added.

– Caxton News Service

 

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