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Taxi crashes off Johannesburg bridge

Johannesburg – A minibus taxi crashed over the St Andrews bridge, landing nose first on the M1 north in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening, paramedics said.


“According to bystanders on the scene, drivers had to perform evasive manoeuvres to avoid crashing into the taxi,” said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

“It is understood that the taxi was travelling on St Andrews road towards Johannesburg CBD when it apparently lost control on the wet road and crashed through the solid barrier of the bridge.”

There were no passengers in the taxi at the time of the crash, he said.

“A man believed to be the driver was found lying in the yellow lane of the motorway.”

He was treated for possible spinal injuries

Bystanders told paramedics he climbed out of the taxi moments after it came to a standstill, said Vermaak.

“It is a miracle that the taxi did not land on vehicles travelling under the bridge or that any other vehicles crashed into it,” Vermaak said.

“Several lanes of the motorway had to be closed while the debris was removed.”

Johannesburg metro police were on the scene on Wednesday.