2 drown as taxi plunges into E Cape river

2012-01-30 22:45

Johannesburg - Two passengers drowned when their taxi plunged into a river in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape, police said on Monday.

The taxi was travelling from a funeral in Mfula village to Maland village when the accident occurred on Sunday, said Captain Jackson Manatha.

The taxi's brakes apparently failed while it was crossing the Nqabara River, he said.

The driver rescued six passengers, but two others, aged 55 and 52, drowned.

Manatha said the 24-year-old driver ran away from scene and police were searching for him. A case of culpable homicide had been opened.

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