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[PIETERMARITZBURG] – Taxi rollover leaves one dead, twelve injured.

One woman was killed and twelve others left injured this morning following a taxi rollover on the N3 south-bound highway near the Ashburton turnoff outside of Pietermaritzburg.

ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene at 10h06 to find the taxi lying on its side on the side of the road. Several people were found lying scattered around the vehicle.

On closer inspection, medics found the body of a woman lying trapped beneath the overturned vehicle. Unfortunately, the woman had already succumbed to her numerous injuries. Nothing more could be done for her and she was declared dead.

Twelve other patients were attended to. Assessments showed that a 3-year-old child had sustained numerous injuries and was in a critical condition while eleven other patients had sustained minor to serious injuries.

The patients were treated for their injuries and the critically injured child provided with advanced life support interventions.

Once treated, the patients were transported to nearby hospitals for further care.

Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.