Angry residents have taken to the street to protest the death of three teenagers in an accident.
Three teenage girls were killed and another critically injured following a horrific accident on Dumisanya Makhanya Road near the VN Naik School for the Deaf in Newlands East, earlier this morning, Rising Sun Overport reports.
Operations director of Rescue Care Garrith Jamieson said paramedics responded to the serious crash just after 7.15am and upon arrival, found carnage.
“Four teenagers, on their way to school, were hit by a taxi while crossing the road. Three of the four had sustained major injuries and unfortunately, there was nothing more paramedics could do for them,” he said.
“The injured teenager sustained critical injuries and was stabilised at the scene by Advanced Life Support paramedics before being rushed to a nearby hospital for urgent medical care.”
The girls were declared dead at the scene.
Angry residents are currently staging a protest on Dumisane Makhaye Drive, near Newlands East, where the three teenagers were killed after being hit by a taxi, Rising Sun Overport has since reported in an update.
It is alleged that the driver abandoned the taxi and is currently on the run. Residents are burning tyres on scene, saying: “Enough is enough with speeding taxis who skip red robots in the community.”
The fuming community members claim that this was not the first incident of speeding taxis causing fatal crashes in the area.
Ward 11 PR councillor Shontel De Boer, who went to the scene following the tragic crash, said seeing the three bodies was heart-wrenching.
“Their lives were cut short. Outraged residents said this is not the first incident. This is really depressing,” she said.
It has been confirmed that the deceased teenagers attended Newlands East Secondary School.
The school principal and some education department officials were also at the scene.