Can I just put it out there, say what many have probably asked already, or at least thought about.... How weird was it, that there happened to be a guy with a camera just driving conveniently on that road at that time ?_?, I'm just saying, that's pretty interesting/lucky/depressing/cool/weird stuff right there...
Seriously tho: car accidents are nothing to laugh or joke at, let alone beat around the bush about.
It doesn't matter if it was a minor or major crash, lives will always be affected by these horrid occurrences and I say this from a personal standing. Lives are especially changed when out of these accidents we are met with loss of life.
In an article I came across recently, I was saddened by the tragic news of a truck smashing through '4 taxis and one VW car' resulting in a major loss of life as these taxis were fully loaded and no one from the VW is said to have survived [having watched the video, I can understand why...]. This crash occurred in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal on 6 September 2013 around 19:00 pm, receiving quite a bit of coverage for obvious reasons and some sadder reasons which make me wonder why I still believe in people.
As I understand it, the truck driver's brakes had allegedly failed, making it impossible for him to slow down and thus unable to stop at the red light, as it changed, thereby ramming the vehicles as they pulled away upon seeing the green light, as it changed.
See where I'm going with this? No... okay, maybe a bit more.
The series of events I have just mapped out inevitably led to the unfortunate loss of 23 lives, along with 33 injuries. That gives us a total of 56 lives changed forever by something no one could have seen coming, or could they?
Apparently this stretch of road has had visits from the Reaper before and is considered a risky road [not that you can see any signs to this indication on the road =_=] making it something close to common knowledge to any regular drivers to be wary. Take that with the fact that it was night, we have the other non-regulars covered with the general expectation of both observation and vigilance.
Still with me? Good, now let's get to it!
Is no one going to say anything about how the taxi drivers where already over the line and in effect jumping their red light?
While I understand this doesn't justify a company not keeping the required maintenance on all their vehicles, it can't be ignored that s*#! happens. Surely the taxis saw that the truck wasn't/wouldn't/couldn't stop.
After watching the video, we see that a smaller car in the fourth lane sped like a bat out of hell after a slow pull away. It is glaringly obvious this person was way over the line, more so than the two taxis in front of the camera, but they clearly understood that with such risk comes the need to have a keen vigilance and observation of their surroundings, so what is it they saw and the drivers of the taxis didn't?
Can you really only blame the driver of the truck for the other driver's negligence?
In SA, taxis are a very well known form of transportation and to many the only form, being affordable and convenient. But if anything, our country has taught us, such good things come at a price, with taxis it is the price of safety [come at me all you want, you know it's true]. Seating limits have long ago become jokes and interior decoration. So it is not hard to imagine how the Reaper reached his quota that evening.
Whether or not the drivers of those taxis survived, they are just as at fault for not taking into account the lives they themselves were responsible for. Those innocent passengers put their lives in his hands when they climbed into that vehicle, a transaction of more than just money was made, there was the exchange of trusting another with your most valuable possession ever, your life.
Now everyone knows that when that drivers test is passed, plus no signs of traffic cops visible on the side lines [those moving bushes], speed limits become things you glance at for general reference, just in case that corner comes up...
But when you're driving a fully loaded truck, from a company you even slightly suspect cuts even an inch of costs, anywhere, you don't speed past a number at least lower than the 'reference'. You're a truck, it's your job to annoy us with your slow progress and half an hour turn. More so if you've been on the road for long and it's dark out.
So I find it sad, after taking all this in, that people are focusing only on the truck driver. Yes, I get it - they want someone to blame, but I can guess at least a few are doing it for monetary gain, something my soul cries at. It also doesn't help that the company that owns the truck is taking advantage of their grief and selling the driver out to save from forking out the cash, a penalty for their own stupidity on cutting costs in the wrong area, in my opinion. I mean, false documents all of a sudden popping up? Seriously? O_o...
My heart aches for the lives lost, but along with that, it hurts with the slow decay of common sense mankind seems to be experiencing.
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