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40 injured during church stampede in Pretoria

At least 13 people have been transported to a nearby hospital, one of them a 60-year-old woman.

FILE: At least 13 people have been transported to a nearby hospital, one of them a 60-year-old woman. Picture: Ryan Wills

JOHANNESBURG - Paramedics say at least 40 people have been injured in a stampede at a church event in Pretoria this morning.

It is believed the worshippers gathered outside the Tshwane events centre for the service and started pushing to gain access to the facility.

At least 13 people have been transported to a nearby hospital, one of them a 60-year-old woman.

She was in a serious condition and rushed off to a nearby hospital for further care.

Paramedics say local authorities are on scene and will monitor proceedings throughout the day.

Spokesperson, Werner Vermaak says some of the people that sustained minor injuries declined to be transported to hospital and indicated they would go back to the church event.

"Some people indicated to paramedics that the church event is held on the premises every Sunday and they were gathering outside a closed gate when people started pushing from the back.

"They remainder of the patients declined to be transported to hospital and indicated they would rather attend the church proceedings for the rest of the day."

The gate eventually burst open and some people fell to the ground with other people falling and trampling over them.

A man, believed to be in his late 30's, was found with severe knee injuries and was also rushed off to a nearby hospital.

The remainder of the patients on the scene were triaged and assessed by paramedics.

The exact cause of this incident is not yet known.