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Crash victims 'burnt beyond recognition'

2011-12-01 11:30

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

"The minibus was completely burnt out," Mpumalanga public safety spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said.

The minibus, 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 paramedics arrived on the scene, three bodies were lying on the side of the road. By 09:20, 14 bodies, including that of a 2-year-old toddler, had been retrieved from the minibus taxi.

"The bodies were burnt beyond recognition."

The truck driver was also killed.

The taxi was en route from Mozambique to Johannesburg, while the truck was travelling from Johannesburg to Mbombela.

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Comments
  • Nzungu - 2011-12-01 11:41

    That is a very sad story.Why does this happen mostly around the festive season?It could be the driver was sleeping on the road !!

      Silvana - 2011-12-01 11:49

      Most probably, They have a control system for truck drivers in Oz, I think, where trucks are fitted with a timer that reflects the vehicles usage. If the driver travels over the legal time without a break, he gets a fine. They should look at similar controls for long haul vehivles.

      WotzisName - 2011-12-01 11:49

      And the big accidents usually involving taxi's!

      Justine - 2011-12-01 12:08

      Driver was not sleeping on the road, "the taxi veered out of its lane and hit the truck"!! I knew the truck driver!

      Adrian - 2011-12-01 12:48

      Did you guys read the story?! It was not the truck drivers fault!

      Mark - 2011-12-02 07:45

      Silvana, your spelling my friend..yes your comment has merit but it would be difficult to implement in SA.

  • Samantha - 2011-12-01 11:47

    what a tragedy- :(

      rbphiri - 2011-12-01 11:58

      A taxi driver!!! the tragedy was Inevitable. If we implemented harsher penalties on unroadworthy vehicles and drivers, accidents could be reduced over the festive season. This is sad indeed

  • shadung.raymond - 2011-12-01 11:52

    Damn,road accidents is one of the major problems in SA. Chidren parents which means its the state that must provide social grants,families loose bread winners,other people become permenantly paralised,companies loose their biggest assets to generate productivity,the state loose approximately R22000.00 per accident......ahggggg, i think its tym 4 high risk road sections to be identified and be equipped with more speed humps!!! Respect ur cars and the road guys please.

      shadung.raymond - 2011-12-01 11:54

      I mean children loose their parents daily which means......

  • frangelico - 2011-12-01 12:05

    December the 1st and the road carnage has already begun,I dread to think what the statistics will be by this time next month 2012.Yesterday while driving in BELLVILLE on the highway to Somerset West,was doing 120km the norm for this stretch of road,2 minibus taxis were dicing one another at speeds exeeding 180 km my passenger could not even note down their registration numbers they were driving so fast weaving in & out of traffic many cars having to brake suddenly to prevent an accident of 1,2,3,maybe4,not a patrol car in sight,damn why is it they are always there if you are doing 65km in a 60km zone makes you think doesn't it. These taxis should be taken off the road completely & reintroduce more ROADWORTHY busses.The deaths these taxis cause on our roads cause more deaths than violent crime, Come on MINISTER OF TRANSPORT DO YOUR JOB.

  • Jerhone - 2011-12-01 12:08

    have taxi not required to stop

  • hannesw1 - 2011-12-01 12:32

    Seven people earlier this week...the taxi killing machines are really doing well this week. But hey, at least the dangerous drink spill criminal was convicted!

  • masentlentsube2 - 2011-12-01 12:32

    TRULY SAD MY CONDOLEC TOO THE FAMILYS ...MY JEHOVA BE WITH THEM AND MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE

  • MrGuyT - 2011-12-01 12:32

    Taxis , they need serious regulation... too many idiots killing people. Just driving around you see the arrogance of these taxi drivers. They kill with impunity.

  • Robsschele - 2011-12-01 12:36

    I don't think we can blame the road here because the N4 is quite a good road. Maybe a tyre of the taxi burst and caused it to swerve accross the centre of the road. The big question here is was the taxi roadworthy. The rules regarding what tyres to use should also be a lot strickter for taxis because of the people they are carrying. I also read the other day that these small taxis are very difficult to control above 80 kmp once they are loaded.

  • Chris - 2011-12-01 13:09

    What the hell is government doing about legitimising public carriers, more importantly, taxi operators! It's a national disgrace, and there's no excuse for it! Start earning your salaries government officials!

      Tgif - 2011-12-01 13:16

      Sorry Chris but they do not have the foggiest idea how to do that They are all just there for the money and nothing else. The ANCient is 100 years old , they did some good work in their fifties but they are senile as an organisation now and need to die.

  • Jenni - 2011-12-01 13:13

    WE HAVE ROAD BLOCKS OUTSIDE OUR HOUSE AN DOFFICE EVERY WEEK AND GEE SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LAUGH AT THE STATE OF THE TAXIS THEY PULL OVER AND THEN YOU SEE THE COP AND DRIVER GO AROUND THE CORNER THE TAXI DRIVER COMES BACK GETS INTO THAT EXCUSE FOR A TAXI AND DRIVES OFF WHEN IT WAS BLATENTLY OBVIOUS THAT THAT TAXI SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN PERMITTED TO DRIVE FURTHER THE TAXI DRIVER IS HAPPY THE COP IS SMILING AND INNOCENT PEOPLE GET INTO THAT TAXI HOPING TO GET TO WORK SAFELY

  • Michelle - 2011-12-01 13:42

    This is terrible. Obviously there was a taxi involved!! There always is!!!

  • Martin - 2011-12-01 15:13

    And how many people can a minibus like this actually take? 10? OK but this is Africa...

  • smahlaba - 2011-12-01 16:20

    Very sad story.

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