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3 killed in Pretoria crash

2012-01-30 12:27

Johannesburg - Three people died and at least 16 were injured in a taxi crash in Pretoria, Gauteng paramedics said on Monday.

The accident happened on the R80 between the N4 highway and the Brits road exit around 16:00 on Sunday, said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

"A passenger that was in the taxi explained that there was a loud noise and the taxi suddenly started swaying from side to side before it overturned and rolled," said Jackson.

She said the taxi landed on its wheels, but some of the passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

"Two men had already succumbed to their injuries before paramedics got to the scene."

She said paramedics were unable to resuscitate another woman and she later died on the scene.

It was not clear how many people had been in the taxi as many of the passengers had sustained minor injuries and were found walking around.

However, of the 16 injured people counted, two were children, aged 6 and 15.

"Sadly, it was the 6-year-old little boy's mother who had not survived her injuries," said Jackson.

She said four people had suffered serious injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals.

"The remaining passengers required treatment for minor to moderate injuries and were placed in the various ambulances that had been at the scene for transportation to hospital."

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Comments
  • Santapola - 2012-01-30 12:40

    eish..this is so sad

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-30 13:25

      What is really sad is that the government will do nothing to stop this from happening. Keep it up taxis!!

  • Piet - 2012-01-30 12:44

    It is time that we get the real stats! How many of the deaths are taxi related on our roads? Clearly this should tell the useless ANC that it needs to be regulated and policed!

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-30 13:07

    So what is the taxi score today? How many killed and how many injured? Meanwhile the government, which consists of people who are - bribed by the taxi industry to look the other way, or; have direct financial interest in taxi companies, or; are too lily livered to take action against the taxi mafia; do nothing but make tut-tut noises or spend more taxpayers' money on expensive and useless Arrive Alive campaigns - the advertising agencies being, of course, companies owned by the wives, girl friends of other family members of the said politicians.

  • DJPotifar - 2012-01-30 13:23

    I feel sorry for the people who lost their lives and the injured. What irks me the most is that so many fatal accidents involve taxis. Something drastically needs to be done.

  • lerato.mogashoa - 2012-01-30 13:37

    These taxi's are scraps they should have been evaluated properly n those that arent road worthy must be off the roads.

  • Thabang Ceedj Bravo Makgato - 2012-01-30 13:48

    ive lost family members on the same R80 known as mabopane highway also involving a taxi accident and it seems like goverment is enjoying all the deaths, i mean y cant they fit speed cameras and 24 hour traffic surveylence cos da road itself is known as 1 of the buzzy highways...

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-30 13:55

    Another 1 today,that must about 3-4 accident where taxi's are involved and loss of life occurred. The minister shou not bother with the reduction of the speed limits (so he can profit from the commissioning of new signage), but rather on roadworthyness of taxis and the drivers abilities, shocking!

  • jljohnnylawrence - 2012-01-30 15:37

    Very SAD

  • Mabs - 2012-01-31 10:02

    Unfortunately these accidents are such a common mention in our daily news.

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