The accident happened on July 9 around 6.44am.
William Ntladi, the district manager and media liaison officer of Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS), said the rescue team and paramedics from Germiston Central Fire Station swiftly responded to the scene.
“On their arrival, two minibus taxis carrying passengers, a hatchback and an articulated truck were all involved in a crash.
“Three passengers, including the driver from one of the taxis, were trapped inside the wreckage. Rescuers had to use hydraulic rescue tools (Jaws of Life) to recover them,” said Ntladi.
He said the driver and one female passenger, who were trapped, were declared dead on scene by paramedics.
“Four other passengers sustained critical injuries, 16 other passengers including those from the second taxi, sustained serious to minimal injuries and all were road transported by various ambulance services to various medical facilities around the City of Ekurhuleni,” said Ntladi.
It is alleged that one minibus taxi was trying to overtake a truck which was turning and unfortunately crashed directly into the trailer before other vehicles were involved in the pileup.
The road was closed for the duration of the operations and the scene handed over to EMPD officers for further investigations.