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Schoolkids hurt as train 'clips' taxi

2012-03-15 16:33

Johannesburg - Five schoolchildren were injured when a goods train clipped a minibus taxi at a level crossing on the border of Soweto and Roodepoort, in Johannesburg, on Thursday.

The injured were taken to two hospitals, Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Synock Matobako said.

No fatalities were reported.

"The cause of the accident is unknown, but the kombi was on the level crossing."

The taxi was carrying about 16 children from West Ridge High School. The driver was not injured in the accident on Main Reef road.

Metrorail spokesperson Tony Games said the train was from Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). TFR spokesperson Molatwane Likhethe could not immediately be reached for comment.

Netcare 911 and ER24 paramedics were on their way to the scene.


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Comments
  • brendon.lieberz - 2012-03-15 16:40

    Yes, blame the train... The taxi was parked minding its own business

      Justin - 2012-03-15 16:50

      i hope that this guy is given the same punishment as the driver in the Cape!!! Absolute chancers and is just not on!!!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-15 16:50

      Just the other day, i was rambling on about what the transport minister said. he said that people must take it as a warning (about that Humphreys story, him getting jail time etc) My comment got deleted though...i was saying that they must now IMPLEMENT these warnings...because there are 'warnings' after every big accident..BUT he is the first and only driver to be charged. NOW, what 'warning' was that meant to serve? did this d**$ even care about what he did? did that other story even dawn on him that this might happen? OR is it just pure effing RAW STUPIDITY on his behalf? Governmant must STOP with these bladey warnings and CHARGE THESE A-HOLES with murder...ettempted murder etc damnit!

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-15 18:25

      Go for it Peter! Let's see whether this Government can be consistent?

  • Marion - 2012-03-15 16:42

    Hope these kids weren't seriously injured.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-15 16:54

    If this taxi driver is to blame, he should be charged with attempted murder. The cape taxi driver was found guilty of murder, and this could have very easily been the case here too if not for a few seconds. Just cause there were no fatalities does not mean, there should be no punishment.

  • John - 2012-03-15 16:56

    Dumb as mud, porridge driven farm implement! These cretins shouldn't be allowed to drive a wheelbarrow without supervision and yet, here they are, showing the finger to everyone including law enforcement and parents. Just get rid of the trash!

  • Leon - 2012-03-15 16:58

    Give him 8 years ,unless ofcourse the train driver couldn't swerve out in time

  • Martha1234 - 2012-03-15 17:00

    How many more people must be injured or killed before something is done about these taxi drivers. Why not nationalise them, I bet they make more money than the banks and mines combined!

  • Martha1234 - 2012-03-15 17:00

    How many more people must be injured or killed before something is done about these taxi drivers. Why not nationalise them, I bet they make more money than the banks and mines combined!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-15 17:02

    According to the logic (dolus eventualis) that put Humphries away, the driver of this Taxi is guilty of attempted murder. Let's see how consistent our judicial system is.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-15 21:59

      In Africa the rails they are not fixed. They are broken. Stolen.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-03-15 17:04

    Again?!?!?!? If this is not even MORE evidence that these bloody thugs need to be controlled, then I just don't know anymore.

  • Tmaub - 2012-03-15 17:24

    Recent reports of taxidrivers' behaviour goes to show that they have no respect for human life. It's about time we do away with leniet penalties on them.

  • clivegoss - 2012-03-15 17:47

    Ja nee hierdie treine ry net woes man. Arme taxi's shame. PS Hierdie keer is daat nie kinders dood nie. Thow the book at him

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-15 18:18

    Another senseless taxi incident.... let's see how far this government is going to allow this to happen before they put their money where their mouths are!

  • Piet - 2012-03-15 18:35

    Attempted murder charges?

  • Jerrod Mashiloane - 2012-03-15 18:57

    what an idiot,he closed the entire route to get in Elias Motswaledi today,i cant believe it took me 3 hours still on traffic coz of one moron!

  • Matthew - 2012-03-15 19:49

    I hope something is done with thes insane taxi drivers! I was cut off 3 times in the last 30 minutes! They are a menace to society!

  • luytster - 2012-03-15 22:41

    No doubt Stupid Ndebele will issue another warning. From the back seat of his employer sponsored car. As his blue light convoy screams along at 160 pushing all his loyal employers off the road. VOTE THEM OUT NOW GUYS AND LETS HAVE SOME REAL CHANGES IN THE WAY LAWS ARE ENFORCED ON THE ROADS.

  • Ashen - 2012-03-16 07:05

    Why the heck do they always say "The cause of the accident is unknown..." when it's so obvious what happened! I bet even if this 'accident' was witnessed in person, the same would still be said. Chooths!!

  • Abdul - 2012-05-10 07:34

    Impatience could have caused loss of lives, and does!!!!learn the 14 fatalmoves. see the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Schaan - 2012-05-10 08:00

    What do you mean "The cause of the accident is unknown, but the kombi was on the level crossing." ? It is very clear the taxi driver was where he should not have been placing innocent kids lives in danger . If there was an engine problem he would've told the kids to get out

  • Grant - 2012-05-10 08:19

    when is the law going to stop the taxis from doing JUST WHAT WANT TO.. really its gone to far

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