I got an early call at 6am on the Sunday morning for a taxi accident at the notorious Van Staden’s River Bridge, west of Port Elizabeth on the N2.
I was airborne at 6:22am and collected one crew on route, arriving on scene at 6:36am.
The taxi driver had dozed off causing the taxi to veer off the N2 and become wedged between the armco barrier and the steep bank.
Five adults and one child were killed instantly. In total ten were transferred by road ambulance and one was air lifted to Livingstone Hospital.
The Van Staden’s River Bridge is notorious for suicide jumpers and has recently had a 2.7m high barrier fitted to prevent people jumping over the edge. It’s ironic that even with these changes, 6 people loose the lives so close to the bridge for other reasons.
Bell Longranger 206L4, Fuel used – 100Ltrs, Flying time (base to base) – 0.6 hours.