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Man flung from taxi, run over

2011-12-24 22:35

Johannesburg - Two people were killed when their taxi overturned in Parktown, Johannesburg on Saturday, emergency services said.

Spokesperson Synock Matobako said a girl aged between four and five years old and man died after the taxi veered out of control and rolled several times.

He said the man was flung out of the taxi and was hit by a car coming from the opposite direction.

Five other people sustained serious injuries and another six passengers suffered minor injuries.

Comments
  • Denise - 2011-12-24 22:48

    Like something out of "Final Destination". Death making damn sure you go.

  • eedgan - 2011-12-24 23:03

    If all the road accident stories were removed from New24 there would be almost nothing left to read. I'm starting to think that Road Accidents should have its own page - Accidents24?

      Sean - 2011-12-25 01:58

      @Denise - Then the stats would read 700 taxis, trucks and perhaps 20 family saloons! Taxis - 50/50% overloaded or un-roadworthy

      Ian - 2011-12-25 06:58

      how about taxi murders 24

      thabo.tebele - 2011-12-25 13:31

      Thanks for the giggles

  • Jean-Paul - 2011-12-24 23:15

    What can be done to stop this carnage , over 800 ppl have died on our roads this Festive Season, How can you call it the Festive season?

  • masiela.Rudluv - 2011-12-25 09:18

    South African roads are cursed,something has to be done fast,this is geting out of hand

  • Dido - 2011-12-25 19:39

    The biggest problems causing taxi accidents are driver fatigue, driving for long hours covering long distances. It’s tiring. A driver will loose concentration during a journey and put his and the passengers lives at risk. I was a minibus taxi driver so I am talking from experience. I often experienced a lapse of time during the journeys. Like my eyes are open, but concentration is gone. I will suddenly realise how I covered fifty kilometres so quick. Yes that is sleeping with my eyes open while driving. Driver fatigue. Why. My boss at the time expected a twelve hour journey between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to be completed without a proper rest or an extra driver. It is not humanly possible to start at 6pm and finish the journey at 6am without loosing concentration covering a distance of nine hundred kilometres. I suggest it should be law that a taxi driver should not cover more that five hundred kilometres or a maximum of six hours continues driving without at least a six hour rest or a replacement driver should be made available by the taxi owner.

  • fragtion - 2011-12-26 10:29

    No surprise. A drive on SA roads reveals either unroadworthy taxis, or bakkies overloaded with 10 black men sitting on the back staring at you and waiting for the bakkie to have an accident so they can all go flying. A joke, really... seriously, what do you expect?

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