It was chaos on the M25 before the N2 Avoca interchange on Saturday morning when a taxi overturned several times with one passenger ejected and scores sustaining various injuries.

Multiple ambulances arrived at the accident scene and a medical helicopter was required for one critically injured patient. Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) medics together with KZN VIP, Netcare 911 and other emergency personnel hastened to the crash site after passing motorists called for assistance for the injured.

RUSA head, Prem Balram, said, “One person was seriously injured after he was ejected from a taxi that overturned multiple times on the M25. At approximately 06:35, members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene by passing motorists requesting assistance for approximately 15 passengers and the driver of a Toyota Hiace taxi who were injured in the accident. Upon arrival, several private ambulance services were on scene. Fourteen people were transported to hospital by ambulance. A front passenger was ejected from the vehicle and sustained a severe head injury. He was stabilised on scene before he was airlifted to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in a Netcare 911 specialised medical helicopter.”

KZN VIP Medical spokesman, Gareth Naidoo, said, “KZN VIP was called by passersby who claimed urgent medical assistance was required on the M25. Casualties were scattered along the centre island and many sustained serious injuries. They were assessed and transported by KZN VIP Medical, Life Response, Reaction Unit and Netcare 911 to medical facilities. Witnesses on scene allege that they saw the taxi coming on to the on-ramp from the N2 to join the M25 but claimed he failed to slow down.”

Balram echoed the sentiments shared by Naidoo and said, “It is alleged that the fully-loaded taxi was travelling towards North Coast Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle which overturned multiple times before it landed in the center median.”

Netcare 911 media liaison officer, Shawn Herbst, said, “One patient, an adult male, was found to be in a critical condition and was treated on scene by Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) and a Netcare 911 Emergency Care Practitioner. Due to the nature of his injuries the Netcare 5 specialised helicopter ambulance was called to the scene to airlift the patient to hospital for further treatment. The Ethekwini Fire and Rescue Services, SAPS as well as Durban Metro Police were on scene. It is only the start of the festive season and already the carnage on the roads have escalated to concerning proportions. There were several deaths reported on Durban roads and we still have weeks to go for the full blast revelry to end. Motorists need to pay heed to the road rules and drive safely,” Balram said.

“Fortunately, there were no fatalities but nonetheless, several people were injured, one seriously so. With so many lives at stake, drivers need to be more responsible on the roads. Commuters rely on public transport to travel to work and home. It is important that these drivers acknowledge that and drive responsibly so as to not endanger innocent lives,” Naidoo added.