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7 ambulances rush to taxi crash scene

2012-02-01 23:07

Johannesburg -Three people were killed and five were critically injured in a rush-hour accident in Diepsloot on Tuesday, said the Johannesburg emergency management services.

Nine people were being treated for minor injuries they suffered when two taxis taking commuters home after work collided head on in Summit Road at 16:00, said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

The crash caused a major traffic delay on the busy route.

One of the injured, a toddler, was airlifted to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. The others were taken to Tembisa Hospital.

Seven ambulances from Netcare911, the Gauteng provincial ambulance service and the City of Johannesburg were at the scene.

Summit Road had been closed.


Comments
  • Sean - 2012-02-01 23:56

    And the public is made to believe that speed kills!? These taxi accidents where many innocent passengers are killed, is becoming a daily occurance. Arenas going to hear the minister of transport announcing a crack down on taxis in this country. Most of them are un-roadworthy, and the drivers drive as if they own the road or as if they bought their licences??? They drive the at the drive because they are being allowed to do so and get awawith it! I feel that there is more here than meets the eye, corruption taxis/traffic officers? This situation is totally out of hand. Every day I'm par that my domestic worker arrives alive forbwork. She is like family and I would hate to ever hear that anything has happened to her, how would her children ever get over it. My condolences to the innocent passengers who were killed in the accident! Sad to say, but there will probably be another similar headline in tomorrow's news because the taxi drivers have no empathy for the loss of any loss of lives. More families' hearts will be broken forever when their family members are killed in more reckless driving incidents. This is so sad!

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-02 08:22

      I agree with that Sean. How many taxis have been involved in head on collisions lately??? There is no regulation of the taxi industry, drivers flout the road rules with impunity by stopping where they choose to, overtaking when they choose to irrespective of the road markings, unroadworthy vehicles are loaded to capacity and beyond because there is no reliable alternative transport. Sadly many more will die before something is done

      malcolm.dale - 2012-02-02 08:27

      I think we have to question first of all why we have so many taxis on the roads, especially in the cities. I believe the simple answer is that our public transport system failed dismally and allowed the taxis to creep in and take over. Very much the bully boys of the roads now aren't they? We allowed it to happen. I remember the days of busses and the huge number of busses that moved around the cities. Go overseas to first world countries and see how many mini bus taxis there are. Look at Hong Kong with it's immense population - it has a fantastic public transport system, why then can't we get a system that works without killing people? I have no answer for this question.

      Sean - 2012-02-02 15:48

      The sad thing is that 99% of the time, the innocent passengers get killed, but the dumb f8ck who drove the taxi survives. Some of you on these forums travel Main Reef road and you will all bare testament to just how "wild west" that morning trip is.

  • Sean - 2012-02-02 07:22

    Sorry for the spelling, this tablet just changes the words sometimes with it's spell check and places the wrong words in places where they don't belong or leave out space! :-)

  • kenneth.roselt - 2012-02-02 07:29

    Cops are too scared to crack down on the taxi's - most of them are owned by top cops / ministers etc - i was hit by a taxi twice, and outsurance wouldn't take on the owner (said it wasn't economically viable, i also asked them to go for recovery costs too). Makes you think doesn't it.

  • TBlogger - 2012-02-02 08:12

    Dam taxis will never learn..Its so sad that innocent lives are taken all the time for the faults of these reckless drivers. Put them away and dump the key!

      lucas.coetzer - 2012-02-02 11:19

      Its always this damn Taxis. When you read a heading of people killed in a crash you must know when you open to read it you will see the word TAXI. When will they learn. NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-02 10:25

    I would like to see roadblocks on a regular basis where they have a crusher machine. If the taxi comes to the roadblock and is unroadworthy, chuck out the passengers and driver and crush the taxi into a nice small brick of metal! Let the drivers explain that one!

      Deirdre - 2012-02-02 13:15

      Amen preach it brother Winston!! Unfortunately the Taxi industry is the most violent SMME industry in the country, and something like that could start an instant war between the drivers and the cops, with ionnocent people caught in the crossfire ... but hell yeah I'd love to see taxis, and other cars driven by idiots crushed@@

  • Patsy - 2012-02-02 14:35

    Taxis, taxis, taxis.... What else?

  • Boer - 2012-02-04 19:55

    What a waiste of petrol to send so many ambulances.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-22 14:07

    They are at it again.Killing people like terrorists kill people.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-22 14:09

    They just don't care how they drive.Zuma is on their side...

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