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Death toll climbs in KZN crash

2011-08-06 16:16

Johannesburg - Nine people, including a child, died in an accident on the N2 in Kokstad on Saturday, the KwaZulu-Natal transport department said.

Spokesperson Kwanele Ncalene said a 3-year-old boy was among those who died at the scene.

A taxi and a minibus travelling from Gauteng collided on the highway, he said. The taxi was making a U-turn on the highway when the bus came crashing into it.

Both vehicles lost control, rolled down a 10m embankment and landed in a river.

Ncalane said the taxi had been pulled out of the river and officials were trying to get the bus out of the water.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said 32 people were taken to hospital for injuries they sustained.

Comments
  • derkus - 2011-08-06 17:07

    taxi making a u-turn on a highway?

  • sheila.philogene - 2011-08-06 17:08

    when oh when are these people going to learn to drive properly!! dont the know that you cannot just do a U turn anywhere they want. This has caused so many accidents but they still do not learn.

  • coconuts - 2011-08-06 17:41

    really peeves me when innocent passengers get killed/injured because of stupid drivers

  • jen - 2011-08-06 17:46

    Unfortunately, taxi or matatu drivers, all over Africa do not come from the middle to high class of society. Morally or educationally. they don't give a s#$t

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-06 17:59

      Well said. They are nothing more than the scum of the earth.

  • zak - 2011-08-06 17:59

    Taxie Making a U on the highway ,... Whats new??? We see this all the time Even on the N3! , In PLain Sight of Police officers! But nothing is done about it.Yet let us speed 10kms over the limit in our highly maintained cars and see how hard they fall on us! Screw dem taxies one less Pos Taxi us normal drivers will have to dodge on our roads! And as for the Passengers, Its a risk thay take when getting into these vehicles, maybe its time to seek alternate transport, like busses,o wait! you burn them down 2! Maybe walking might be safer !

  • motsokwane - 2011-08-06 18:20

    Most of the taxis are driven by uneducated lads.We should't be amazed of the stunt they are trying with innocent people.I hope he was the only one killed in the accident.

      barry.mcbride - 2011-08-06 18:30

      "I hope he was the only one killed in the accident." You must surely mean 'wish' and not "hope".

  • BigMoose - 2011-08-06 18:30

    I pity the passengers.

  • WOLF - 2011-08-06 20:46

    Now why did you remove my commends???? hope more follow them soon just a little bid fatser and more!1

  • Stickman - 2011-08-07 14:24

    NEWS24 REPORTS ==== A taxi and a minibus travelling from Gauteng collided on the highway, he said. The taxi was making a U-turn on the highway when the bus came crashing into it. =========================================== 1 - WHERE'S THE HIGHWAY -- THERE IS NO HIGHWAY NEAR KOKSTAD 2 - A MINIBUS & A TAXI == THE SAME THING 3 - 2 VECHILES COLLIDED NOT 3 Come on News24 , get your facts right , I lived in Kokstad for 30 years

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