TRAGIC: Elsies River crash

Three people died when they were hit by an ambulance trying to avoid a collision.

The ambulance driver, who was transporting a mother and her one-year-old child, was also injured during the incident on the corners of 35th Avenue and Owen Road, in Elsies River, yesterday.

It’s believed the pedestrians, including a taxi guard, exited the taxi moments before they were hit.

Emergency medical services (EMS) spokesperson Marika Champion says: “Three pedestrians, two females and one male, were killed when the ambulance hit them while trying to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

“EMS personnel were taken to N1 City and the two patients [who were in the ambulance] were rushed to Tygerberg Hospital, all in stable conditions.

“The Department regrets this unfortunate incident and we are working closely with SAPS to investigate the full details and cause of the accident.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased’s and thoughts and prayers with staff and those patients in hospital and we wish them a speedy and full recovery.”

Police spokesperson FC van Wyk confirms a case of culpable homicide has been opened.

“Police are investigating the cause of the accident,” he says.

Meanwhile, two people died in a collision between a taxi and a bakkie in Roosendal, Delft, yesterday morning.