23 children injured in taxi crash

Emergency personnel at the scene of the accident. Pic: Rising Sun Chatsworth.

Twenty-three schoolchildren were left injured after the taxi they were travelling in collided with a bus on the Mangosuthu Highway, in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, on Thursday morning.

The injured children were allegedly removed from the wreckage by community members who witnessed the crash, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson said a five-year-old girl was critically injured and later transported to a private hospital nearby after being stabilised.

Rescue Care paramedics arrived at the scene and found the taxi driver was still trapped in the wreckage.

“The taxi driver was stabilised on the scene as well before being extricated from the wreckage by the Durban Fire Department,” Jamieson added.

The driver was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Yesterday, about six children were killed when a bakkie overturned on Moses Mabhida Road (Edendale Road) in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

It is believed the bakkie veered off the road and crashed into a fence and a house.

Of the injured, seven were critical, nine sustained moderate injuries and two had minor injuries.

The cause of the accident would be investigated.

Caxton News Service

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