Six people were killed and eight others left injured this morning following a collision between a taxi and a truck on the R56 in Richmond, KwaZulu Natal.
ER24 paramedics, along with several other services, arrived on the scene at 02h45 to find the two vehicles on the side of the road. The entire one side of the taxi had been completely ripped open in the collision.
Medics set up a triage area and began to tend to the patients.
On assessments, medics found that four women, a man and an infant had sustained numerous fatal injuries. Nothing could be done for them and they were declared dead.
Eight other patients were tended to. Assessments showed that six people had sustained critical injuries while two others had sustained moderate injuries.
Paramedics treated the patients and provided the critically injured with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, one critically injured patient was airlifted by a private medical helicopter to a nearby hospital while the remaining patients were transported by ambulances to nearby facilities.
The details surrounding this incident are not yet known but local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.