Taxi’s 2 crashes in 2 days

2010-06-30 00:00

POLICE believe that an accident yesterday involving a minibus taxi in which 14 passengers were injured at Unit 1 in Imbali was caused by the same driver who knocked down a pedestrian in the township on Monday.

A family in F.J. Sithole Road in Imbali woke up to the shock of their lives yesterday morning when a taxi travelling from Unit 14 bashed into their house and damaged their car parked inside the yard.

The members of the Mavuso family heard a loud bang as the taxi smashed into their home when the taxi driver lost control.

The accident victims were full of bloodstains and one was crying and in severe pain.

“This driver likes speeding — he was travelling very fast,” cried an injured woman.

Most of the people who saw the accident refused to comment about it to The Witness because they said they fear for their lives.

One said, “Here we don’t like to comment because you die for speaking ill of the taxi industry.”

People who know the taxi driver said he knocked over a pedestrian on Monday.

SA Police Force spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan confirmed that two cases of reckless and negligent driving have been opened against the taxi driver.

“At this stage we believe that the same driver may be involved in Monday’s incident of knocking down a pedestrian … however, we are still investigating the matter.”

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said 14 people were injured, one critically, when the mini­bus taxi collided with a car and then ploughed into the house.

Netcare911 paramedics arrived at the scene to find the injured passengers had clambered from the wreckage. The seriously and critically injured passengers were inside and were taken to Edendale Hospital.

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