*This article has had several updates since this initial report was published. Click here to follow the latest on this tragedy.
DURBAN - Twenty-four people died when a truck crashed into four minibus taxis and a car in Field's Hill, Pinetown, on Thursday night, paramedics said.
About 80 people were thought to have been injured, said Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha.
A reporter at the scene said bodies, some covered with silver blankets, lay strewn across the road.
Rescuers used the Jaws-of-Life to free some of the passengers from the wreckage.
Bystanders helped paramedics by holding drip bags for some of the injured.
It was believed the truck crashed into the vehicles when its brakes failed.