10 dead in Midrand taxi accident

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Yesterday afternoon, a terrible accident occurred in Midrand, Johannesburg, when a minibus taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the concrete center barrier on the N1 South, between Allandale off-ramp and the Buccleuch interchange.

According to ER24 spokesman Ross Campbell, the paramedics arrived at the scene at about 1:30pm to find nine dead bodies both inside and outside the vehicle.

“The roof of the taxi had been ripped off on impact and several bodies were found on the highway. Two bodies were also found inside the wreck. A 14-year-old girl seems to have been the youngest among the deceased,” Campbell stated. “It is believed that two adults and a four-year-old child survived the incident – they had suffered serious to critical injuries and were transported to hospital by other services.”

One more victim reportedly died on the way to hospital, raising the death toll to ten.

The accident affected traffic in both directions, north and southbound.

“A team of crash investigators from the RTMC, Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the South African Police were sent to the scene to investigate the exact cause of the crash,” the Road Traffic Management Corporation spokesman, Simon Zwane, advised. “The road was closed for a couple of hours as investigators tried to collect evidence and understand the cause of the crash.”

The scene was also attended by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula who expressed condolences to the victims’ families and friends.

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