Accident: Eight injured after two taxis crash

2010-05-12 00:00

EIGHT people, including five teenagers, were injured when two taxis collided at the Old Greytown and Brixham Road intersection near Copesville yesterday morning.

It is alleged that the two taxis, a Toyota Quantum and a Hi-Ace, collided when the taxi coming from Brixham Road ignored a stop sign.

The teenagers were travelling in the Quantum driven by Lucky Mbhele, one of the children’s parents, to their school in Wartburg.

After the collision, the Hi-Ace went down an embankment and the Quantum was left on the road, with six people trapped inside. Three of them suffered serious injuries.

Mbhele, who sustained a minor hand injury, blamed the impatience of the Hi-Ace taxi driver for the accident.

He said: “I was driving up [Old] Greytown Road towards Wartburg, and as I approached the Brixham intersection, a bakkie had parked on the stop line there, but the taxi driver … behind the bakkie became impatient and went on the road.”

The two taxis then collided.

“This accident could have been avoided if the driver had been patient,” said one exasperated man. “Something serious needs to be done about these taxi drivers,” he added.

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