Forensic unit probes crash

2011-10-28 00:00

YESTERDAY the police forensic unit re-enacted the taxi accident that claimed 15 lives near Copesville last month.

The road was closed from 9 am to 3 pm as forensic investigators from Pretoria took measurements and photographs of the area.

Traffic was rerouted to Boshoff Street or to the Old Greytown Road.

The horror smash happened after a taxi carrying 18 people overtook traffic while travelling towards the Allandale traffic lights, hitting an oncoming truck and resulting in the truck’s cab crushing the taxi.

The impact claimed 13 lives on the scene while two people died in hospital later.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said the re-enactment was purely for investigative purpose.

“The forensic team will be taking aerial photographs and other details on the scene to help with the investigation. No further comment on the case as the matter is still in court and is sub judice,” she said.

Curious residents attracted by the police vehicles watched as witnesses and investigators meticulously went over the details.

Taxi driver Khululeka Gwala (22), who is facing multiple counts of murder and reckless and negligent driving, was also at the scene.

Sombrely dressed in black and with his head hung low, Gwala pointed out to the police and forensic investigators where and how the events unfolded.

Gwala made a brief court appearance at Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court earlier this month and is expected back in court for a formal bail hearing on November 1.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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