One person was killed and 13 others injured when a taxi and a car collided. Image: Google maps/ ER24

One dead, several injured when car and taxi collide

One person was killed, and 13 other were injured when a taxi and a car collided head on in the Western Cape


One person was killed and 13 others injured when a taxi and a car collided. Image: Google maps/ ER24

One person was killed, and around 13 others were injured when a taxi and a car collided head-on the N1 in Klapmuts, Western Cape, on Saturday, 4 Febraury 2023.

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Taxi and car collide head-on

At 14:00, ER24, The Metro Ems, and other services arrived at the scene of an overturned light motor vehicle and a taxi on the side of the road.

Medics found several people along the roadside, one with fatal injuries and two others trapped in the taxi in critical condition.

The remaining people had sustained minor to moderate injuries.

Rescue services used specialised equipment to free the trapped passengers.

After medics freed them, they treated all patients and provided advanced life support to the critically injured.

The AMS Medical helicopter airlifted one critically injured patient to a nearby hospital, while the others were transported by ambulance.

The cause of the incident is unknown, and local authorities are investigating further.

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What to do at an accident scene

With many accidents occurring on our roads, you might find yourself on the scene of one.

Here is what you can do:

  • The safety of accident victims, emergency personnel, and other road users is the most important goal when an accident occurs.
  • The first hour following an accident is known as the “Golden Hour,” and doctors say seriously injured car crash victims must receive comprehensive medical care within 60 minutes to have a good chance of survival. This scenario gives rescuers about 12 minutes at the accident scene to extricate the injured and get them to the hospital.
  • Consider the traffic flow at the scene. Is it a risk to you or others, including the casualty?
  • Consider the impact on emergency vehicles trying to reach the scene before stopping traffic.
  • If anyone is available, send someone up and down the road to wave down traffic.
  • Turn on hazard lights and ignite flares if the incident happened at night to warn oncoming motorists of the danger.
  • Consider the positioning of any vehicles involved in the incident and the potential hazards they may pose (such as rolling forwards or backwards). Consider safety – constantly reassess the safety of the scene, especially if you rely on others to keep you safe.
  • Turn off all of the vehicles involved in the collision.