“According to bystanders on the scene, drivers had to perform evasive manoeuvres to avoid crashing into the taxi that landed with its nose first onto the two left hand lanes,” said Werner Vermaak of ER24 in a statement.
“It is understood that it was traveling on St Andrews Road towards Johannesburg when it apparently lost control on the wet road and crashed through the solid barrier of the bridge.”
Vermaak said that their paramedic arrived first on the scene expected multiple patients with severe injuries. “Fortunately, once he had assessed the scene, he found that there were no passengers in the taxi.
“A man believed to be the driver was found lying in the yellow lane of the motorway. He was treated on the scene for possible spinal injuries and moderate injuries to his extremities. Bystanders explained that he climbed out of the taxi moments after it came to a standstill.”
Several lanes of the motorway were closed while the debris was removed and Metro police attended the incident.