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Three learners were killed in a horrific taxi crash in Inanda. Image: RUSA.

LOOK: Three learners killed, 13 injured in horrific Inanda taxi crash

One of three deceased primary school learners was trapped under the wreckage of the overturned taxi after it crashed in Inanda, KZN.

Inanda taxi learners

Three learners were killed in a horrific taxi crash in Inanda. Image: RUSA.

Three primary school learners were killed and thirteen other people were seriously injured after the brakes on a mini bus taxi failed before it ploughed into pedestrians in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Thursday. 


According to private security, Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), they received a call for assistance from a frantic female at approximately 15:28. 

The woman informed them that she was a passenger in the taxi that overturned after it struck five pedestrians. 

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This is how badly damaged the taxi was. Image: RUSA.

The only information she could provide regarding the location of the accident was that it was in the vicinity of a Nazareth Baptist  Church near Inanda Dam. She was severely injured and could not provide a pin drop to the location. 

Reaction Officers and RUSA Medics were dispatched in the direction of the Inanda Dam while the controller on duty made several calls to emergency services and obtained a location in Matabetule – Inanda. The information was forwarded to First Responders. 

RUSA spokesperson, Prem Balram said on arrival, members as well as Paramedics from various ambulance services including the Ethekwini Fire & Rescue Services and members of the South African Defence Force (SANDF) worked rapidly to stabilise thirteen people who sustained severe injuries. 


Balram said three primary school learners were fatally injured. One of the deceased was trapped under the wreckage of the overturned white Toyota Hiace.

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Paramedics and SANDF on scene. Image: RUSA.

“Firefighters utilised a high pressure lifting bag to elevate the taxi and remove the body of the child. 

“According to witnesses, the taxi was travelling down a steep road when its brakes failed. The driver veered into an unpaved road when he struck five primary school learners who were returning home. The mini bus then crashed into a boundary wall before it overturned resulting in the passengers’ injuries.” 

Prem Balram

The injured were transported to hospital by various ambulances.

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