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1 dead, 18 hurt in N4 pile-up

2011-12-10 19:33

Johannesburg - One person was killed and 18 others were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident on the N4 near Belfast, the Mpumalanga department of safety and security said on Saturday.

The accident, which happened near the Belfast Engen garage around 01:00, involved two taxis, a midi-truck and a horse-and-trailer truck, said spokesperson Joseph Mabuza.

The person who was killed had been travelling in a taxi carrying 13 people.

Part of the road was still closed later in the day on Saturday while paramedics were freeing passengers still trapped in the wreckage.


Comments
  • Lara - 2011-12-10 19:48

    I see a record for the season coming. It's almost 2 major accidents every single day. And the common denominator is taxis and trucks. That stretch of road is notorious for fog. Tolla van der Merwe died there. People don't use common sense when driving in difficult conditions. Or shall I ask if common sense even exists?

      Anthony - 2011-12-11 09:34

      not in taxis

      kevlam4 - 2011-12-11 10:01

      Lazarus Long said in Robert A. Heinlein's book Time Enough For Love "Sense is NEVER common" True or not?

  • Irene - 2011-12-10 20:16

    Yet again not just one but TWO taxis involved.

  • Carl - 2011-12-10 20:19

    Common sense not so common any more!!!

  • Andrew - 2011-12-10 20:22

    As usual another black taxi death trap. It never ends.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-10 20:57

    Once again, everything the ANC controls or administers is a complete abortion. The Metro Police - Roads and Transport dept are an example of ANC shambles. Soon it will be too dangerous to drive!!!!

  • Call_Of_Muti_3 - 2011-12-10 21:40

    How many accidents DON'T involve taxis, buses, or trucks driven by the same population group in this country?

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2011-12-10 22:21

    has the minister of roadcrashes got off his a..e or is he to blind to see whats happening around him ???

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-10 22:44

    One dead and i feel it is one of many that will be happening this festive season..... I was in a taxi today only 16 people in plus driver was wearing a seat belt. On road az berman turn off onto r300 police were doing a road block. He took alternate route where he picked up another 6 passengers. He is an accident waiting to happen

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-10 22:44

    One dead and i feel it is one of many that will be happening this festive season..... I was in a taxi today only 16 people in plus driver was wearing a seat belt. On road az berman turn off onto r300 police were doing a road block. He took alternate route where he picked up another 6 passengers. He is an accident waiting to happen

  • Rashaad Hendricks - 2011-12-10 22:45

    One dead and i feel it is one of many that will be happening this festive season..... I was in a taxi today only 16 people in plus driver was wearing a seat belt. On road az berman turn off onto r300 police were doing a road block. He took alternate route where he picked up another 6 passengers. He is an accident waiting to happen

  • Deon - 2011-12-11 07:26

    Yay!!!!! That two is also for you Willemientjie!!!!! One Farmet 10 taxis!!!

  • Sean - 2011-12-11 08:58

    Once again I suggest that it become compulsory for all taxis to have to stop at the weigh-bridges that the truckers have to do on the N1/N3, that they could be inspected for perhaps being overweight and for general roadworthiness! I say this because there is a common denominator here and that is that these accidents, mostly seem to happen in the wee hours of the mornings, what are the taxi-drivers hiding? I realize that some trips , due to circumstances and the distances involved, some trips would have to take place during these hours, but for the safety of these passengers, stop the taxis and check for overloading, drinking and driving, roadworthiness as well as whether the taxi-drivers are alert and rested well enough to reach their destinations safely. I am not aware of any rotaion drivers in taxis, because that would mean one less bit of income!? This should not be seen as targeting taxis, but they should realise that they are responsible for the lives of all their passengers and the heartache and possibly loss of income from a bread-winner or children that their loved-ones have to live with for the rest of their lives when they loose friends and family. It is time that taxi drivers' recklessness be taken seriously and the laws of the road be upheld at any cost! This is way too out of hand!

  • Marion - 2011-12-11 09:45

    I hope the Minister of Transport ensures that everyone sticks to the new (unfortunately a bit late!) rule that every single public transport vehicle goes through compulsory checks at roadblocks this season. Get bad drivers and unroadworthy vehicles off the roads !!

  • tokoziza - 2011-12-11 09:53

    Yet another accident involving taxis .... :(

  • Gail - 2011-12-11 09:59

    According to a poster from the medical sector yesterday most accident victims entering hospitals are not the result of taxi accidents? Perhaps this is because they kill most of their passengers but this is not my general impression. How many "minor" accidents involving taxi's are not reported by the media because of no deaths but serious injuries caused by lawbreaking taxis and are also hospitalised.

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