Three scholars were killed and 13 other people seriously injured after the brakes of a taxi reportedly failed before it ploughed into pedestrians in Inanda.
TAXI RUNS STRAIGHT INTO THE THREE SCHOLARS
This horrific accident happened on Thursday afternoon, 28 July.
Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) reported that they received a call for assistance from a frantic female at approximately 15:28.
RUSA PHONED BY INJURED PATIENT
“The woman informed the controller on duty that she was a passenger in the taxi that overturned after it struck five pedestrians.
“The only information she could provide regarding the location of the accident was that it was in the vicinity of a Shembe Church near Inanda Dam,” the report stated.
According to RUSA, the caller was severely injured and could not provide a pin drop to the location.
Reaction Officers and RUSA Medics were dispatched in the direction of the Inanda Dam while the controller on duty made several calls to emergency services and obtained a location in Matabetule in Inanda.
The information was forwarded to First Responders.
“On arrival, RUSA members, as well as paramedics from the Provincial Ambulance Service, KZN VIP, the Ethekwini Fire & Rescue Services and members of the South African Defence Force (SANDF), worked rapidly to stabilise thirteen people who sustained severe injuries”.
Three primary school learners were fatally injured, according to RUSA.
It’s reported that one of the deceased was trapped under the wreckage of the overturned white Toyota Hiace.
“Firefighters utilised a high-pressure lifting bag to elevate the taxi and remove the body of the child.”
According to witnesses, the taxi was travelling down a steep road when its brakes failed. The driver veered into an unpaved road when he struck five primary school learners who were returning home. The mini-bus then crashed into a boundary wall before it overturned resulting in the passengers’ injuries.
RUSA concluded to say the injured were transported to the hospital by various ambulances.