Taxi’s 200-metre trail of destruction

2009-01-16 00:00

An out-of-control minibus taxi left a 200-metre trail of destruction as it knocked down electricity poles, ploughed through two fences into business premises and smashed into three parked vehicles near Sobantu yesterday morning.

The taxi eventually came to a halt in the premises of Garden City Commercial, who have calculated damage of at least R50 000. A witness said the vehicle was travelling at a “high speed or else it would have stopped when it first hit the pole”.

The taxi, a Toyota Quantum, was travelling towards Sobantu along Grix Road when the driver understeered on a bend and veered from one side of the road to the other.

The driver hit an electric pole on the far pavement, then swerved back on to the opposite pavement and ploughed along for more than 150 metres before smashing through a concrete fence and then an iron fence. Finally, it hit three cars and a concrete pole before coming to a halt.

The damage caused by the crash at the Garden City Commercial premises resulted in disruption of telephone network connections.

“Computer cables and telephone lines were broken, our landline phones and computers are down.

We are still assessing the damage,” said Garden City branch manager Marius Barnard.

The three vehicles belonged to staff members.

The police have opened a case of reckless and negligent driving. The driver was slightly injured in the hand. There were no other injuries.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.