13 killed in KZN truck, taxi crash

2011-09-30 11:24

Johannesburg - Another nine people have died after a truck overturned and landed on a taxi on Greytown Road near Pietermaritzburg on Friday, said paramedics.

"Now the total number of people dead is 13," said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

Seven other people were seriously injured and one was critical, said Banks.

"The entire road is still closed to traffic."

People were still stuck underneath the truck on Friday morning and paramedics were trying to get them out, he said.

"A crane has been called in to try and lift the truck off the taxi."

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  • nyatiphotography - 2011-09-30 11:33

    Another Taxi accident - when will the authorities wake up to these killing machines

      Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-30 11:44

      Oh no, another precious taxi driver gone terrible.

      Taboo - 2011-09-30 11:45

      From what i read, it was not the taxis fault, so you cant say that. The truck overturned and landed on the taxi.

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-30 11:51

      read the article dude.

      Bokke - 2011-09-30 11:55

      Nyati needs some English lessons!!! He just read "accident", "taxi" then rushed to place the first comment!! I am glad its not fault on the taxi side theis time around!!

      jowza - 2011-09-30 12:02 the article slowly

      Turbo - 2011-09-30 12:08

      Yup another taxi involved in another fatal accident. Whatever happened, the fact remains, taxis are involved in the majority of fatal accidents. I had 2 racing each other today jump the robot, causing oncoming driver to slam brakes, only for them to stop and pick up passengers 30 metres later. WTF?

      McDaNife - 2011-09-30 12:13

      For once not the taxi's fault we do have a lot of unroadworthy trucks on our roads.

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-30 12:25

      Sbu please...calmness should prevail....dont suggest speed limit reductions as a precaution to road fatalities. Instead do an IQ test with your eye test when renewing your license and you will elimanate most of these fatalities. Keep the stupid ones of the road and your problems are solved!(PS Dont worry you have a driver provided by the state so you're safe)

      Shazred - 2011-09-30 13:14

      @MaanDonkie.. You are so right, except there is one problem to that, is the people doing the testing. My mom went to renew her driver’s License and did her Eye test, thinking they wouldn’t pass her. Now here is the joke, my mom has Glaucoma and has only got 20% vision in her one eye, and 50% vision in her other eye, yet they passed her with flying colours. When I asked her how, she said the person doing the test was so busy talking to her friend she didn’t even notice, and this is the second Glaucoma person they have passed on an eye test that I know of. The sad thing is the other lady was involved in a car accident and passed away, needless to say my mom no longer drives , and that was me stopping her, and not the traffic department

      DW - 2011-09-30 14:29

      You cannot tell from the article who was at fault. Just because the truck overturned on top of the taxi does not mean that the taxi was not driving recklessly causing the truck to swerve and overturn. I am not saying this is what happened, but the facts in the story dont negate the possibility that the taxi driver may have done something wrong.

  • farmworker - 2011-09-30 11:42

    Not another one please

      d2eguy - 2011-09-30 14:07

      you`ve got to love taxi`s , keep up the good work . - 2011-09-30 15:00

      at least 'taxis' keep us talking and news24 editors employed. Better than what ANC does.(negative employment for too long now)

  • Peacock - 2011-09-30 11:45


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      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-30 12:08

      Squish jou ma..

      Trevor - 2011-09-30 12:20

      who else use taxis, whites?

  • Woji - 2011-09-30 11:45

    Wait - seriously, lets think about this for a while. I know, lets reduce the speed limit!! yes, that sounds like a BRILLIANT idea, that way we will be sure to curb the road fatalities. Sad loss of life, but when will these morons ever wake up and sort out the damn taxis? The answer is never, the authorities make too much money off the side as a result of the taxis.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-30 12:01

      Truck was SPEEDING... was doing 37,5km/h....

      Tholithemba B Ntsele - 2011-09-30 12:08

      are we trying to say for a truck to overturn and crash over the taxi.. it's a taxi driver's fault? :)

  • AlexX - 2011-09-30 11:49

    How aweful. RIP ;(

  • Smart Man - 2011-09-30 11:51

    it's just becoming a norm now, Police, Minister, Drivers,Taxi Associations, Testing licence Inspectors. the blood is in your hands. it's either you wash it now or we will all sink in this pool that is aggressively becoming full of blood.

  • Jim - 2011-09-30 11:52

    The Transport minister should be responsible for this as it's an ongong daily event, and what is he doing about it? "NOTHING"

  • Agnostic - 2011-09-30 11:55

    I say that they should start taking the taxi owners and their associations to court for allowing the drivers to drive their vehicles. Sympathies to the innocent, but I feel that the people that get into the taxi's are just as much to blame. If a taxi driver drives like and idiot why do the passangers not, strike, assult or intimidate him like they do when they strike for money, or is money more important than their own lives?

  • Peacock - 2011-09-30 11:58

    I know I deserve the thumbs down for my previous comment, but I saw an accident this morning caused by a taxi cutting in front of a car which then swerved off the road and hit a tree!

      LBS - 2011-09-30 12:06

      I hope he experienced some "mob hysteria"!

  • Bokke - 2011-09-30 11:58

    I strongly believe there are soe evil spirits working on the roads!! Why so much accidents really!!? Devil worshipers are up un arms looking for our blood! Unfortunately we are looking at the end result (which are accidents) instead of looking at the source!!

      jeremy - 2011-09-30 12:09

      Well, I;ve heard tazi drivers called many things - but "evil spirits" is taking it a bit far! Seriously though, we need to see accurate stats on road deaths in this country, in particular which types of vehicles are involved, what speed were they travelling, were they roadworthy and did the driver have a valid license?

  • nicn44 - 2011-09-30 12:01

    Not on a national highway, not in a 120kph zone,so minister wake up and look at the real causes. the proof is in the NGO's reports

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  • Woofix - 2011-09-30 12:16

    Beautiful!! Someone at last think about the appropriate tool: A CRANE, and not a trolley jack. Truckdriver your timing was perfect. Suppose the authorities will give you another golden feather reward instead of blast you of the road. Yeah, AARTO-style; give him some demirate points. That will keep the death toll @ guinessbook of records standard.

  • - 2011-09-30 12:16

    Between Taxes and trucks stay at home and watch the boys play rugby much safer that way.

  • Scarlett82 - 2011-09-30 12:17

    Well well well ... if its not a Taxi its a Truck

  • OZNOB - 2011-09-30 12:19

    TWO POINTS OF BLAME 1 IT was probably the truck drivers error that caused the accident and 2 the government is to blame foe not doing anything to stop the carnage.

      Syd - 2011-09-30 12:47

      The taxi came down the wrong side of the road to pass a queue 2 lanes wide. It collided with a car, bounced off then hit the truck whereupon they both went down the bank. Taxi driver's fault! Driving on the wrong side of the road is usually a recipe for disaster.

  • smarterthanu - 2011-09-30 12:25

    it doesnt say that the taxi was at fault - but then again it does not way that the taxi was NOT at fault either - the fact that the truck overturned and landed on the taxi could still be the fault of the taxi

  • HJS - 2011-09-30 12:27

    Dear Mr. Minister of transport. Please take note, a national speed limit of 120 had NOTHING to do with this accident.......

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-09-30 12:30

    Saw the pics the truck was upright! the taxi was on its left side under the horse of the truck... check @ER24 tweets for the pic.. Wheres "I'm not so bright" Minister ndebele now?

  • Gina - 2011-09-30 12:35

    Is it not time that the Minister of transport, stopped beating about the bush and told these truck, taxi and bus drivers that drugs and alcohol are zero where they are concerned. How can he allow them to convey people around with a limit of alcohol intake of 0.02%. They should have the same laws as pilots. Dont make a law outlawing everyone in this country because you cannot be straight and tell the culprits to stop drinking whilst driving. Its easier to outlaw everyone so you dont have an out cry on your hands. Its about time the ANC lead government got tough with their voters. WE South Africans actually need to know, how many people have died over the past 5 years in taxi, truck and bus related accidents, then we will see which is the problem in this country, bad driving and drink and drive.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2011-09-30 12:37

    Three words....."ENFORCE THE LAW"!! No good having laws and not a traffic (or any other cop) arounfd to enforce them...said it once before and saying it again....and will probably carry on saying it for some time to come :-((

  • alistair.nel - 2011-09-30 12:43

    A vehicle is a lethal weapon and this is a clear reflect of a lack of responsibility. I've been driving on the roads for a while and I'm shocked at the standard of driving in this country. They say it's the roads and there is talk of dropping the speed limit to 100 km/h. It's the quality of driving in this country, they have the autobarn in Germany? Seen the amount of accidents there as we compared to here? AND THERE IS NO SPEED LIMIT! It's due to the ignorant unfit drivers on the road that are irresponsible. I'm a defensive driver and I will let cars in and slow down if someone want to over take me. I've seen taxis think its a race, they will cut me off or pull infront of me, overtake 15 cars waiting on a solid yellow line etc. and they have a whole lot of people that they are suppose to be responsible for (no just themselves) It's simple: poor quality and standard of drive = poor results.

  • AvidReader - 2011-09-30 12:43

    Honestly, what is happening with our roads and the number of accidents. Think SA should consider creating trams to avoid these mishaps. This has been one year of unecessary lives lost. Someone should also consider conducting a huge prayer for our roads

  • letsee - 2011-09-30 12:46

    The owners mke millions and nothing to protect customers but then in Afriva life has little value and the authorities are not an exception.

  • Vanessa - 2011-09-30 12:52


      Ryan Tunney - 2011-09-30 13:17

      No no no, it's the colonialist's fault. If the colonialist didn't arrive on these shores there wouldn't be taxi accidents today, just people falling off donkeys.

      alistair.nel - 2011-09-30 16:04

      hahah Jon. Nicely said. :)

  • Syd - 2011-09-30 12:59

    This was no accident. Driving on the wrong side of the road is not accidental. It is suicidal and homicidal. Speeding taxi on the wrong side of the road is always going to have fatal results.

  • EMT - 2011-09-30 13:09

    taxies - trucks = busses = accidents!! please can we have some statistics 1. how many accidents / deads involves TAXIES 2. how many accidents / deads involves TRUCKS 3. how many accidents / deads involces BUSSES then we can see for a fact who is the road killers !

      AvidReader - 2011-09-30 13:16

      It's not about the types of vehicles being driven, but rather the types of people driving these vehicles!!!!

      STAANSAAM - 2011-09-30 17:35

      EMT & Avid. It is the combination of both. Primary the vehicle’s Roadworthiness and then the potential to drive.

  • Dudley - 2011-09-30 13:19

    Sadly 13 people were killed in this accident - driver escaped with minor injuries The autorities won't even blink some bloke will go on TV and blab away away about doing this and that but NOTHING WILL BE DONE !!!!

  • Bokke - 2011-09-30 13:19

    I rest my case!! News24 always get it wrong!!!! I am listening to Ukhozi Fm right now, Transport Minister Mr Mchunu is at the scene.... according to him (and other people in the scene), "the taxi overtook another vehicle in a place where the taxi was not suppose to overtake, it then collided with the truck, the taxi driver has been arrested and he is facing MURDER charges (not culpable homicide)"!! I wonder where News24 got the story which is completely different from what I am listening to on the radio!!!!

      Joy Thorpe - 2011-09-30 15:08

      thanks for giving us the correct story - the taxi driver deserves to be charged with murder !

  • Rodge the Dodge - 2011-09-30 14:13

    More talk from the government. I believe they have no idea on how to get this carnage under control. Taxi's and trucks, the two biggest problems on our roads today. I believe the problem lies with the drivers who are absolutely incompetent and owners who don't get vehicles serviced.

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-09-30 14:23

    There is no sign of the truck overturning, see More probably, from the sight of the truck's windscreen in that picture, that the taxi hit the truck!

  • septemberspr - 2011-09-30 15:04

    i live in that area and can tell you that that stretch of road has had at least 1500 accidents in the last 30 years, and i estimate that at least 2ooo people have died in the process [and unfortunately there is definitely more to come in the future]. That stretch of road is very dangerous and spooky during the day and night, and amongst friends and family we try to avoid that area at all cost especially if driving back home at night. The robots on the corner of allandale drive and new greytown road is the fulcrum.

  • butterfly - 2011-09-30 15:26

    stop all this u bloody fools - the truck was going up the road on the left hand side - the bloody taxi was racing and trying to cut into the traffic on the right hand side - the lanes were bumper to bumper with traffic - people going to work - the truck driver tried to avoid the traffic in the left lane - the taxi was rushing towards him - in trying to avoid the taxi hitting into him or him hitting imto the oncoming traffic he swerved into the embankment - but the taxi crashed into him - and landed under the truck - 13 innocent people dead but the taxi driver still alive - I KNOW ALL THIS BECAUSE I WAS RIGHT THERE - AM STILL HIGHLY TRAUMATISED - these taxi drivers should be tried in a court of law

  • butterfly - 2011-09-30 15:36

    IMAGINE if the truck swerved to the left - he would have smashed into the traffic on the left hand side as well as hitiing into the taxi - then there would be more than 13 people dead - i could have been one of them - frightening thought - u leave home in the morning not knowing what awaits u therafter

  • Brian Smith - 2011-09-30 16:24

    Drop the speed limits and drink limits and you will never kill the carnage on our roads until you regulate the taxis and black owned bus companies. But that is politically unacceptable. Typical of this ANC govt. That is polically unacceptabele!@!!

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