Cape Town – At least 20 school children reportedly sustained injuries after a taxi they were travelling in crashed on the M19 near Reservoir Hills on Friday morning in Durban.
The taxi veered off the road between Reservoir Hills and the Westville off-ramp after the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll on the Pinetown side, reported East Coast Radio.
According to ALS Paramedics spokesperson, Garrith Jamieson, the children, who were on their way to school before the crash, were scattered around the vehicle, the report said.
“Multiple children were found laying all around the taxi and on the roadway, and immediately more ambulances and advanced life support paramedics were dispatched to assist,” the report quoted Jamieson.
Serious taxi crash: M19 near Reservoir Hills. Multiple school children injured. @ECR_Newswatch @IamAlexSweet @IOL @News24 @eNCA @_ArriveAlive @FatalMoves @weekly_gazette @DailyNewsSA @TheMercurySA @SABCNews @HighwayMail pic.twitter.com/oeZ6X1jIGS
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The children were ejected from the taxi as it rolled over while the driver could not be found at the scene, reported IOL.
“Around 15 to 20 school children sustained various injuries ranging from moderate to serious, were stabilised on the scene before being transported to various Durban hospitals for the further treatment that they required,” the report quoted Jamieson.
Jamieson said although the cause of the accident was unknown, police were on scene and will investigate.
Picture: Twitter/ @AlsParamedics
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe