[WOODMEAD] – Taxi and car collide leaving one dead, fifteen injured.
A man was killed and fifteen others injured this morning following a collision between a taxi and light motor vehicle at the Woodmead and Woodlands Road intersection in Woodmead.
ER24 personnel, along with other services, arrived on the scene at 06h20 to find the taxi lying on its side against a traffic light. Most of the patients had already climbed out of the vehicle and were now found seated on the side of the road.
On closer inspection, medics found two men lying trapped inside the taxi. One man had already succumbed to his numerous injuries while the second man had sustained numerous injuries and was in a critical condition. The remaining patients were assessed and found to have sustained minor to moderate injuries.
Rescue medics had to use specialized equipment to free the critically injured man from the taxi. Once freed, paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured man with advanced life support interventions.
The patients were transported to nearby hospitals for further care while the critically injured man was airlifted by a private medical helicopter to a nearby hospital.
It is understood that the driver of the taxi was not found on the scene.
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.