News24

18 children hurt in Joburg crash

2012-02-08 11:22

Johannesburg - Eighteen schoolchildren were injured when their minibus taxi was hit by a bakkie in De Deur, south of Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

"The 18 children, all aged between 7 and 10... suffered minor to moderate injuries only, and paramedics assessed and treated them all at the scene," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

The bakkie crashed into the side of the taxi and pushed it off the road.

The taxi driver and the bakkie's two occupants were also injured. The children and the three adults were taken to various hospitals.

Comments
  • Steven - 2012-02-08 11:24

    AND WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO LEARN FROM THIS ARTICLE...?

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-08 11:43

      Report bad driving at www.drivelikeachop.co.za. 18 kids in a minbus, is overloaded, plain and simple.

      procold2 - 2012-02-08 12:40

      same comment as yesterday, common denominator here in all the accident reports on this site is the word "TAXI"

      john.h.viljoen - 2012-02-09 21:38

      what a surprise!

  • jade.bulley - 2012-02-08 11:33

    Thank goodness there were no serious injuries, but 18 children in one taxi sounds a bit overcrowded...

      Gerhard - 2012-02-08 11:35

      Not at all, there would be space for at least another 12.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 11:37

      Not a bit JadeRae a lot. Its appalling how parents let their school kids be transported by an overloaded taxi, I excuse the one's that do not know about this but the one's that do and still let their kids go onto that taxi? shocking

  • Ian - 2012-02-08 11:38

    18 in a vehicle that is supposed to carry 15, plus the driver, this isnt even news

      Michael - 2012-02-08 12:41

      To all of you jumping the gun before getting facts; Please visit a local traffic licensing authority and find how many seven year olds can be loaded into a minibus licensed for 15 adults and you will swallow your comments. A normal row that sits thre adults can accomodate 4 to five years olds (depending on how much burgers they eat)sitting comfortably. And who said the bus was allowed to carry only 15 adults? Most taxis (Iveco type) are allowed to carry 25 passengers.

  • Janice - 2012-02-08 11:47

    Taxi AGAIN!!!

  • Gavin - 2012-02-08 11:52

    I saw a taxi lying on its roof just past Gillooly's this morning on my way in. Took my tiny little brain a while to come to terms with the fact that it was upside down. It was surrounded by stretchers as the paramedics attended to the injured. No matter how I think about it, I just can't seem to figure out how it got there.

  • Marion - 2012-02-08 11:53

    When are South African drivers going to learn the rules of the road and learn to drive properly? Hope these kids all recover soon.

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-08 11:54

    again TAXI!

  • Allan - 2012-02-08 12:07

    FIRE THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT, HE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE MAYHEM ON THE ROADS, JUST AS THEY WANT THE CEO'S OF MINES HELD ACCOUNTABLE

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-02-08 12:17

    And let me guess. It wasn't the taxi's fault. Eish!

  • Michael - 2012-02-08 13:05

    We are indeed a sick society that live with stereotypes and prejudices. News24 has never revealed the size of the taxi in question, but everyone assumes it was overloaded. A seat that normally accomodates 3 adults can accomodates 4 to 5 7yr olds, sitting comfortably. You must as well check with your local licensing authority to find out how many 7 to 10 year olds can be allowed in a bus normally designed for 15 adults you will swallow your comments. The story clearly states that the taxi was hit by a bakkie. My common sense says the bakkie was in the wrong and not the taxi. To my surprise not even one comment in this forum blames the bakkie. It makes one wonders the size of brains of people (or their upringing background) who comment in this forum

      Gerhard - 2012-02-08 13:43

      If a taxi stops dead in the road to drop off or pick up fares, without much warning, the bakkie will hit the taxi. If a taxi turns in front of a bakkie because taxis always have right of way, the bakkie will hit the taxi. If a taxi does not stop at a stop sign, which they hardly ever do, the bakkie will hit the taxi. Think man before you post!!

  • Benjamin - 2012-02-08 13:43

    if the government provide proper public transport then no one has to ever get into this deathtraps

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