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Woman hit, dragged by taxi

A woman is in a critical condition after she was hit by a taxi and dragged 200 metres in Lonehill, Fourways, this morning, paramedics said

“A couple, in their 30s, were jogging to gym when they were hit by a taxi at 6.45am,” said ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks.

The man was able to get up after being hit, but his partner was dragged for about 200m.

Her partner shouted at the taxi driver to stop, but the driver only stopped when he smashed the window of the taxi, Banks said.    

Members of the public freed her prior to the arrival of paramedics.    

She had abrasions, burns and possible fractures, he said.

Both the man and the woman were taken to Fourways Life Clinic, where the woman is in a critical condition.    

“Private security guards who witnessed the incident held the driver until police arrived,” Banks said.

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