Yesterday afternoon just after 4pm EMER-G-MED’s RV6, M03, M06, A03, A09 and A10 were dispatched to reports of a mass casualty taxi accident on the corners of Jan Smuts and Waterfall, in Craighall Park.
It was reported by witnesses that a stationary taxi was rear-ended by another taxi at a high-speed, pushing the taxi into a car dealership and causing it to collide with multiple other vehicles. The guilty taxi then lost control and collided head-on with a street light pole.
One taxi caught alight, thankfully it was rapidly extinguished by a quick thinking bystander who witnessed the crash.
On arrival paramedics found the eighteen injured patients strewn across the area. One person sustained serious injuries that required Advanced Life Support intervention, the others sustained more minor injuries.
The patients were assessed and treated at the scene, before being transported to various nearby hospitals in the area.
The South African Police Services were on the scene, and it is believed that the guilty taxi driver was arrested for suspected drunk driving.