Three killed, six injured in R21 collision near Boksburg

According to Nick Dollman, media liaison for Netcare911, at approximately 6.45pm, Netcare 911 dispatched paramedics to reports of a very serious collision on the R21 near the North Rand Road exit, Boksburg.

“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a minibus taxi had smashed into the rear of a dump truck that appeared to be full of glass,” said Dollman.

“Paramedics assessed a total of nine victims at the scene, all from the one taxi, tragically three males have lost their lives as a result of the severe injuries that they had sustained.

“A further six victims have sustained serious to critical injuries.

“The Netcare 911 helicopter was called to the scene and the flight crew have attended to a 27-year-old male victim who was in a critical condition with multiple serious injuries.

“He was placed on a ventilator and then airlifted to an awaiting trauma unit for further urgent care. Five other victims were transported by ambulances to hospital for further care.

“Fire fighters from Ekurhuleni Emergency Services used specialised rescue equipment to cut the minibus taxi and free the victims from the wreck.”

According to Werner Vermaak, communications manager for ER24, paramedics found numerous people still trapped inside of the taxi.

“Some of the people were ejected from the taxi during the collision.

“Three people were found with fatal injuries in the front of the taxi.

“Eight people were found with various serious injuries. Some of them were still trapped inside of the vehicle and had to be rescued by the local fire department.

“Various other patients were also found on the scene with minor to moderate injuries. Unfortunately, the exact number of patients with minor injuries cannot be confirmed as several were removed by other services prior to our arrival.”

The exact circumstances surrounding the collision is not yet known.

The Metro Police were also on scene to investigate the incident.


Riaan Engelbrecht

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