Seven people – including two children – have died and 15 more were injured when the driver of a minibus taxi lost control of the vehicle at around 04:00 on Saturday morning.
The taxi crashed into an embankment on the R56 between Umzimkhulu and Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie called the crash “serious and tragic”.
“At around 04:00 [on Saturday] morning paramedics from KZN emergency medical services responded to the scene. A minibus had left the road and crashed into an embankment coming to rest in what is believed to be a river or small body of water.
“Paramedics found that, tragically, seven people, including two small boys, had sustained fatal injuries. Paramedics worked together to treat 15 patients for injuries ranging from critical to minor.”
McKenzie said patients were transported to local hospitals where they were being treated for various injuries.
The taxi was believed to be en route to Mount Fletcher in the Eastern Cape from Johannesburg.
McKenzie said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
There has been a tragic crash on the R56 between Ixopo &Umzimkhulu.
A minibus crashed off the road at around 4am. Sadly 7 people have sustained fatal injuries. Paramedics have treated 15patients at the scene.
— KZN EMS (@KZN_EMS) December 21, 2019
KZN – Umzimkhulu: #FatalCrash (Update): so far 7 Fatalities confirmed – 5 adults and 2 children – rescue work still in progress
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) December 21, 2019