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4 die as passengers flung off bakkkie

2010-12-13 11:25

Stellenbosch - Four people were killed and several others critically injured in two accidents in the Stellenbosch area, Western Cape paramedics said on Monday.

The accidents occurred seven hours apart and within 10km of one another on Sunday, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

On the R44 just after the Klapmuts turn off around 22:00, a woman driving out of Stellenbosch collided head-on with a bakkie without a canopy transporting 16 people, most of whom were sitting in the back.

"Most of the occupants were flung from the bakkie. Three people died at the scene. The other 13 had sustained critical to serious injuries, and one of whom died in hospital later last night."

The woman driving the car sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

In the second accident a minibus taxi rolled on the R44, Strand Road, in Stellenbosch around 15:00, critically injuring a six-year-old boy.

"The taxi was carrying mostly woman, and their children. One young boy, aged six, needed to be airlifted from the scene due to the severe injuries he had sustained."

The other patients sustained "moderate to critical injuries" and were taken to surrounding hospitals by ambulance.

Comments
  • Freedom Ryta - 2010-12-13 11:35

    tees

  • Geoffrey - 2010-12-13 11:41

    Why do they load a bakkie so full of lives like they were packing boxes.

  • TestAccount1 - 2010-12-13 11:45

    Test

  • Karen - 2010-12-13 11:51

    people seem to lose their sensibility during festive season...seem children standing on codriver seats...think, people!

  • robertgunning - 2010-12-13 11:52

    16 people in a bakkie seems like a bit of an overloaded.

  • Exoteric - 2010-12-13 12:01

    Please get the spelling of Bakkie correct, only 2 K's. I hate it when journos get the spelling wrong, it really says all sorts of things about your organization...lets stop mediocrity being the norm

  • lpaikin - 2010-12-13 12:06

    Is it not illegal to pack people on the back of a bakkie? It should be...

      Observer - 2010-12-13 12:26

      It should definitely be. I remember meeting a Swede who was in SA for a conference and he was astounded that you can transport people on the back of a Bakkie. I see this sort of thing pretty much everyday - it's almost a miracle we don't read these sorts of stories more often.

      roboman1 - 2010-12-13 12:44

      I think it is actually illegal, however, options are limited in Africa. And economics also prevail, so although illegal, its still not uncommon

      Brieuse - 2010-12-13 12:52

      It is illegal for business use

  • Pure_Darkie - 2010-12-13 12:28

    Anyone caught transporting people at the back of a bakkie should be arrested or fined including these shady construction businesses

  • BigAl - 2010-12-13 15:15

    This is the only so called modern country in the world where people are allowed to travel in the back of a bakkie, plus they harp on about safety and road deaths at Christmas. Then you also hear about a donkey cart accident on a main motorway where even people are not allowed to walk, why was it on a busy dark motorway??? SAFTEY in this country is all talk and no do.

  • deebee28 - 2010-12-13 16:21

    One passenger, one seatbelt - it's simple. Even the SA police transport people in the back of their 'bakkies', a policeman was flung through the back doors in an accident on the highway and died in front of me while the 3 in the front had zero injuries (and didn't even know how to phone an ambulance on their cells). Also parents with children jumping around the car - drives me nuts - buckle them up! We can pass laws for plastic bags and start space programs, but we can't do the basics...

  • deebee28 - 2010-12-13 16:28

    One passenger, one seatbelt - it's simple. Even the SA police transport people in the back of their 'bakkies', a policeman was flung through the back doors in an accident on the highway and died in front of me while the 3 in the front had zero injuries (and didn't even know how to phone an ambulance on their cells). Also parents with children jumping around the car - drives me nuts - buckle them up! We can pass laws for plastic bags and start space programs, but we can't do the basics...

  • Zion - 2010-12-17 09:39

    The regulations applying to bakkies enforced by the mine where I worked are as follows: Only 2 persons may be seated in the cab. No persons whatsoever shall ride in the loadbox unless that loadbox is fitted with installed seats and safety belts. Persons shall not ride in a bakkie's loadbox even if it is fitted with a canopy. Persons are permitted to ride in a loadbox only when seats and safty belts are installed. Now seats in the loadboxes are not common so nobody rides in the back of a bakkie. Canopys are usually made of glass foble and other brittle materials and disintergrate on impact or roll-over. Regulations similar to these must be applied on a national scale. 16 people on a bakkie is rather over doing it.

      Zion - 2010-12-17 09:44

      excuse foble for fibre

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