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At least 17 die in Mpumalanga crash

2011-12-01 09:19

Mbombela - At least 17 people, including a toddler, were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a truck outside Belfast in Mpumalanga on Thursday morning, an official said.

"Rescue workers are still cutting through the wreckage of the truck to free the occupants," Mpumalanga public safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The minibus, believed to be carrying 17 people, veered out of its lane and collided head-on with a truck on the N4 outside Belfast around 04:00. The truck dragged the minibus and both vehicles caught fire.

"When the paramedics arrived, they found three people lying [dead] on the ground, as if they were thrown out of the minibus, or they jumped," said Mabuza.

"They [the paramedics]... removed 13 bodies from the taxi. The bodies were burnt beyond recognition."

A 2-year-old child was among those killed. The taxi was en route from Mozambique to Johannesburg, while the truck was travelling from Johannesburg to Mbombela.

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Comments
  • tbooze - 2011-12-01 09:31

    here we go again ..........................we need more visual traffic officials on the road this time of the year because roadblocks alone are clearly not working

      Rob - 2011-12-01 09:52

      Nothing to do with visual traffic officials(they will just be sitting in their cars under trees eating Kentucky) - Traffic Dept and Police need to clamp down on all drivers that have complete disregard for the safety of other motorists and the law. Fines should also be dramtaically increased and in certain respects jail sentences should be introduced for serious offences......

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 09:56

      And our idiot minister believes a speed limit of 100 will stop accidents.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-01 10:10

      The thing with taxi drivers is that they think they can drive from Cape to Cairo without taking a rest.

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 10:21

      No poly, the thing with Taxis is every one of the taxis is F up and they do not OBEY the law.. That is the problem.

  • Willie - 2011-12-01 09:34

    When is this goverment going to stop this nonsense of taxi drivers.Min of transport talks about divine intervetion,the minister is got rocks in his head it is high time this ministers lead Ga!!!!!.HOW MANY MORE SHOULD DIE

  • Peter - 2011-12-01 09:54

    Overcrowding and lunatic driving again!

  • Darryl - 2011-12-01 09:55

    A taxi just doesnt veer into on coming traffic. He was obviously overtaking another car and as usual didnt think. Taxi drivers are far far worse than drunk drivers. Its time the traffic cops get off there lazy asses and start impounding these death traps. The taxi industry does not care about the passenger, but more on the money they make. It's money first, passengers lives second. Its no use having a arrive alive campaign when they are doing nothing about these over loaded, unroadworthy minibus death traps. Its time they start hitting these taxi bosses hard. Impound the taxis and only once all there fines and and the minibus is road worthy give it back, cause all they do is get a little ticket and throw it away. It's time the law grew some balls and took action.

      Dave - 2011-12-01 10:07

      THE TRAFFIC DEPT. WILL DO NOTHING BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF THE TAXI DRIVERS. THEY WILL BLOCK ROADS AND CLAIM THEY ARE BEING VICTIMISED IF ANYBODY TRIES TO MAKE THEM STICK TO THE LAWS THE REST OF US HAVE TO. NOT TO MENTION THE BRIBES THAT TRAFFIC POLICE WILL HAVE TO DO WITHOUT. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TRAFFIC COPS TO MAN ALL THE SPEED TRAPS FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS BONUSES LET ALONE ENFORCE THE LAW------ITS A JOKE AND THEY PAY BIG BUCKS TO KEEP THE TOP DOGS IN OFFICE.

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-01 10:18

      We need alternative public transport to put them out of business

      Darryl - 2011-12-01 12:16

      The problem as well dave is half these cops own taxis or have friends who are taxi bosses so they just turn a blind eye and as for the law abiding drivers who get our cars road worthy and pay our licences, we are the ones that get target most by the cops cause they need to get to a certain target. Its amazing u dont see them durning the day, but come 1am in the morning they are out in force ticketing cars. To me thats just being weak and going for soft targets they know they can find.

  • Louw - 2011-12-01 09:57

    Boils down to discipline, jump the queue in a shop, jump the queue at an ATM, jump the queue of cars in front of him, double white line indicate it is only the middle of the road. NO discipline at home, at school, at the work place, even sex without a condom.

      phillipa.mill - 2011-12-01 11:25

      That is a FACT

  • Pia - 2011-12-01 09:59

    Can you please investigate whether the emergency exits worked/were used in this accident. People found burnt to death inside the vehicle indicates an inability to escape from it. Faulty emergency exits lead to the death of many passengers in SA accidents.

      Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-01 10:23

      Head on collusion?! Truck? 100km possibly 10ton? dead on impact i say!

      Peter - 2011-12-01 10:32

      In a head on collision all the passengers would have been thrown forward, possibly killed on impact or rendered unconscious. The vehicle then caught fire. There's no way the emergency exit would have worked in this instance as it's the back window that has to be kicked out. So it's irrelevant I think. It's a fact that most taxi drivers cannot judge speed or distance in the split second needed to make this - sometime fatal decision.

  • Derek - 2011-12-01 09:59

    You have a relatively minor accident on site and the department of labour arrive as well as trade unions, shop stewards, safety officers, DTI etc with enquiries, work stoppages, copious forms to fill in etc,etc,...and yet this carnage by taxis continues unabated, with no regulation of the industry, no consequences for taxi bosses. Sort this industry out for goodness sake!

  • benaicker - 2011-12-01 10:02

    Nothing said about the taxi driver. Is he dead too. 1 lunatic taxi driver gone. Many more to join.

      Jeffrey - 2011-12-01 10:13

      Nothing said about the driver, but it does say there were 17 passengers and 17 dead. As usual, driver gets away.

  • Tevashnee - 2011-12-01 10:08

    These trucks are often a bigger danger on the roads than the taxis, just last night i passed a massive coal carrier with not a single front or rear light, a death trap just waiting to happen. Transport and mining companies need to be held more accountable for their fleets and their drivers, its a massive problem out here in MP

      Sean - 2011-12-11 09:39

      Or their lights are often so covered in dirt that it makes them invisible!

  • Martin - 2011-12-01 10:12

    ban taxis, enough said.

  • Jeffrey - 2011-12-01 10:12

    Why the emphasis on the toddler? Do the other 16 people not count?

  • Chabie - 2011-12-01 10:13

    what a shocking incident

  • Serena - 2011-12-01 10:13

    @Servaas, thats Sir Idiot for you:)

      Servaas - 2011-12-01 10:24

      LOL... Yes.. SIR idiot is such a better comparison..

  • Randomhero6661 - 2011-12-01 10:19

    ANC, Government, etoll! this is why i will not use public transport do the math: 19 dead cape town = public transport, 7 dead eastern cape = Public transport, now 17 dead = public transport. a total of 43! wake the F@ck up D1ck! My condolences to the families!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-12-01 10:35

      You forgot 20 people who died couple of weeks back, ine the western cape.. http://www.peherald.com/news/article/3598

      Henk - 2011-12-01 13:46

      In my book taxis doesnt count as public transport. I will NEVER get into one of these deathtraps! Goverment need to stop this killing of ordanary citizens by the taxiindustry

  • pkmaboko - 2011-12-01 10:25

    bad............plz drive safe people....

  • Jessie - 2011-12-01 10:40

    WHAT IS NEW! Life is cheap here and nobody cares about anyone any more. The taxi drivers are not all bad but the vehicles need to be tested on at least an annual basis, licences must be advanced drivers licences when you are driving a taxi and offences must carry heavy penalties. This is a loaded weapon not a toy. GOVERNMENT ACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ifundi - 2011-12-01 10:44

    The Transport minister should be held personaly responsible for all these deaths as he has done nothing about the Taxi carnage for years. These lawless drivers do whatever they like every day, killing people all over our country.

  • Teri - 2011-12-01 10:51

    Ag man, niks gaan ooit f**&&%! regkom in die land - tot die regeering verander nie! This will carry on and on and on - 16years of Promises - 16 years of going completely backwards - in morals - standards - and living!!!! So much for VIVA new South Africa -

  • jippyjajy - 2011-12-01 11:00

    Taxi was probably overtaking and did not see the oncoming truck in the mist. That piece of road is a death trap!

      Henk - 2011-12-01 13:48

      If it is misty one SHOULD Not overtake!!!!

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2011-12-01 11:01

    MATCH BOX

  • Tony - 2011-12-01 11:37

    Where are the protests from ANCYL and COSATU when so many people die in taxi accidents? Their silence on the taxi deaths removes all credibility when they speak out on mining, farming or construction related accidents.

  • Rob - 2011-12-01 16:49

    The way in which the taxi industry is being attacked here is in fact rather unfair.....please look around you the next time you drive anywhere and check out the number of vehicles on the road (taxis, trucks and normal cars) that are not roadworthy, unlicensed, wreckless, ignoring rules of the road and generally having no regard for those around them. When was the last time anyone saw somebody actually stop at a traffic light when it went red. I know that every time I do, someone hoots at me. The general state of affairs on our roads has deteriorated to one of almost complete anarchy.........most drivers in SA would have their licenses confiscated driving in Europe or the US.

  • Ingrid - 2011-12-04 14:28

    ALL minibus taxis should be taken off the road.They have always and will always be a life threatening death trap on wheels.Yes, fair enough, a lot of drivers in various vehicles are also wreckles, but the minibus taxi drivers are the pits, because they are chasing money, to the detriment of other road users.

  • Sean - 2011-12-11 09:17

    I have never encountered a taxi 100km/h driving limit! I would drive according to the specific speedlimit and just about every taxi would come flying past me, it is not only the over-speeding, but also the wreckless driving that bothers me! If I was found to be driving the way a taxi driver would be driving I would be stopped and fined immediately, this includes driving on sidewalks placing padestrian's lives at danger, why are taxi-drivers getting away with manslaughter? It is easy to make and introduce new law, but if they are not enforced they are completely meaningless. This government should jack up!

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