Two women have been killed and approximately fourteen others injured this afternoon when a taxi and truck collided on the Holfontein Road in Etwatwa, Benoni.
ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene at 12h15 to find the wrecked taxi in the middle of the road. The truck was found parked a short distance away on the side of the road. Both vehicles had sustained a large amount of damage in the collision.
Upon closer inspection, paramedics found the bodies of two woman lying trapped inside of the taxi. Unfortunately, both women had already succumbed to their multiple injuries. Nothing more could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene.
The driver of the taxi was found lying trapped inside the vehicle while
approximately thirteen others were found either in the taxi or were walking around
on the scene. Assessments showed that the taxi driver and two other women had sustained critical injuries while eleven others had sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
Fire service had to use the jaws-of-life equipment to free the driver from the vehicle while paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions.
Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals for further treatment. The driver of the truck, fortunately, escaped injury.
The exact cause of the collision is not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.