Incidents October 26, 2020
[MELKBOSSTRAND STREET] – Eight killed, several others injured in head-on collision.
Eight people have been killed, and at least several others injured this morning following a head-on collision between a taxi and a light motor vehicle on Melkbosstrand Street between Melkbosstrand and Philadelphia in the Western Cape.
ER24 paramedics, along with the Metro and several other services, arrived on the scene to find a light motor vehicle parked in the road while a taxi was found lying on its side on the side of the road. Several people were found lying scattered around on the scene while a man was found lying trapped inside the taxi.
Medics assessed the patients and found that eight people from the taxi had sustained numerous fatal injuries. Nothing could be done for them, and they were declared dead.
At least ten other patients were tended to on the scene, including the entrapped patient. Assessments showed that the injuries sustained ranged from minor to critical.
Metro Rescue utilised various tools to free the man from the taxi.
Once freed, medics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, one critically injured man was airlifted by the AMS Medical helicopter to a nearby hospital. The remaining patients were transported by various hospitals for further care.
The details surrounding this incident are not yet known, but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.