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One dies in Ventersdorp bakkie crash

2011-01-08 19:45

Johannesburg - One person died and 15 others were injured in a bakkie accident on the N14 outside Ventersdorp, the North-West Public Safety Department said on Saturday.

The bakkie, overloaded with 16 people, lost control and overturned on Friday night, spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.

The cause of the accident was believed to be speeding, he said.

One passenger died on scene.

Ten others, including the driver, sustained serious injuries while five others were slightly injured. A case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving was opened.
 

Comments
  • Paul - 2011-01-08 20:22

    No, the cause was probably overloading. If the word speeding is used correctly here and means driving at a speed that is inappropriate for current conditions (weather, condition of the vehicle and tyres, condition of the road, traffic volumes, ability/experience of the driver etc.), yes then he was probably speeding – thus driving at 60km/h in a 120km/h zone can be considered to be speeding in certain circumstances. Speeding thus has nothing to do with the current speed travelled and what a road sign might indicate the speed limit to be and making a statement like speed kills is almost as insane as saying that guns kill. It is unfortunate that a very few countries (I think only Germany) understands the concept of speeding. Many sections of the Autobahn in Germany also have speed limits where it might be inappropriate to drive at high speeds (this will be speeding just considering the road conditions – number of intersection, traffic volume etc.). Another interesting fact is that the average speed that people travel on the Autobahn is only 130km/h. Do we really have statistics on how many accidents might be caused by speed? Please don’t confuse the term speed with speeding!!

      Polvy - 2011-01-08 20:36

      Wat maak jou so slim?????

      Paul - 2011-01-08 20:44

      Polvy, please make intelligent contributions!!

      Bryan - 2011-01-08 22:13

      I agree Paul, the report says the bakkie was overloaded, YET it was speeding that resulted in the accident. CRAP!! This implies that I may overload a vehicle be it a bakkie or taxi or what ever, I must just not be speeding. The term we need here is RECKLESS driving!!

      asteve - 2011-01-08 22:27

      Rather keep your stupid thoughts to yourself and let people think that you are not a fool than to print stupid statements based on your uninformed opinions and let everyone know that you are a fool. The higher the speed the higher the risk. Sorry I forgot. You know everything about driving fast! You are the expert!

      JohnMK - 2011-01-09 08:40

      Paul. Hats of to you. I couldn't have said it better myself. @asteve. You are probably one of those drivers that has been driving the same car for 23 years, with the kilo reading now at 33000 k's, and bragging "in twenty six years I never had an accident", and at the same time telling people around you of all the accidents you avoided, very ignorant, that you never noticed that you were the cause. As an ex racing driver and traveller, with many hundreds of thousands of kilo's behind me, I have seen a lot. If you ask me, this vehicle was probably also been driven with an under inflated wheel.

  • Paul - 2011-01-08 20:27

    No, the cause was probably overloading. If the word speeding is used correctly here and means driving at a speed that is inappropriate for current conditions (weather, condition of the vehicle and tyres, condition of the road, traffic volumes, ability/experience of the driver etc.), yes then he was probably speeding – thus driving at 60km/h in a 120km/h zone can be considered to be speeding in certain circumstances. Speeding thus has nothing to do with the current speed travelled and what a road sign might indicate the speed limit to be and making a statement like speed kills is almost as insane as saying that guns kill. It is unfortunate that a very few countries (I think only Germany) understands the concept of speeding. Many sections of the Autobahn in Germany also have speed limits where it might be inappropriate to drive at high speeds (this will be speeding just considering the road conditions – number of intersection, traffic volume etc.). Another interesting fact is that the average speed that people travel on the Autobahn is only 130km/h. Do we really have statistics on how many accidents might be caused by speed? Please don’t confuse the term speed with speeding!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-08 20:45

    When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

  • Trevor - 2011-01-09 16:12

    U misisng the point, if they say it's speeding, then the polices/traffic authority investigation ends there and then.......simple as that.

  • archilito - 2011-01-09 20:04

    These oaks were spliffing and flying no doubt and the just agravated a possible road kamakaze. No offense to the victims

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