Five seriously injured in PE smash

09:27 (GMT+2) Fri, 21 Apr 2017

One person has been airlifted to hospital following an accident between a mini-bus taxi and a truck in the Slippersfields area on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.

Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Alwin Labans, said the crash happened between 7.30 and 8am on Friday morning.

He said a seriously injured passenger in the mini-bus was airlifted to Provincial Hospital.

Labans said three children and the taxi driver were also seriously injured and taken to hospital in Uitenhage.

The truck driver was not injured.

A case of reckless and negligent driving is under investigation.

Meanwhile, five people died and six others were injured on Friday morning after a minibus taxi rolled on the R23 Heidelberg Road in Brakpan.

ER24 Spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics found the taxi lying upright on the side of the road.

“The occupants were found lying around the vehicle after they were ejected when it rolled,” said Meiring.

“Upon assessment, paramedics discovered the lifeless bodies of four men and one woman lying a short distance away from the vehicle.

“Unfortunately, these five patients had already succumbed to their multiple, fatal injuries. Nothing more could be done for them and they were declared dead on the scene.”

Meiring said six other injured people were found on the scene. He said paramedics treatment and provided the critically injured patients with advanced life support interventions.

“Once treated, the patients were transported to various hospitals in the area,” said Meiring.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the deadly East Rand crash.

Additional reporting – African News Agency (ANA)