- A cyclist was dragged and crushed to death after being hit by a taxi.
- Reports from the scene indicate that people nearby had to force the driver to stop.
- A second cyclist was also hit and was stabilized and taken to hospital.
A cyclist was crushed to death in Johannesburg on Sunday morning after being struck and dragged by a minibus taxi.
The driver would have been drunk.
Netcare 911 reported that the accident was so horrific that even hardened rescue workers were shocked.
His spokesperson, Shawn Herbst, said early reports indicated that two cyclists were struck by a high-speed taxi around 7:00 a.m. on Bowling Avenue near Kelvin Road.
He added that one of the cyclists was dragged “for more than half a kilometer” before members of the public stopped the vehicle.
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Doctors found the seriously injured cyclist trapped under the taxi.
The fire and rescue services had to use hydraulic tools to free him, but he was so seriously injured that he did not survive the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second cyclist, also a man, was treated on site, stabilized and rushed to hospital by ambulance.
“The scene was of such a gruesome nature that even the rescue workers were shocked by the incident,” Herbst said.
The taxi driver was not injured.
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Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesman Wayne Minnaar told News24 the taxi driver tried to escape.
“He was prevented from fleeing by security guards,” Minnaar said.
The driver was arrested for drunk driving and manslaughter.
His taxi was impounded.