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Six dead in Cape taxi accident

2011-05-15 12:30

Cape Town - Six people died and six others were injured when a taxi overturned on the N1 just before Touwsriver, Western Cape, SABC radio news reported on Sunday.

Provincial traffic spokesperson Kenny Africa said the driver of the taxi had lost control and the mini bus had veered off the road and overturned.

A child was still trapped inside the vehicle. The road has been closed to traffic.

The taxi was on its way from Cape Town to the Eastern Cape.

Comments
  • tryanything - 2011-05-15 13:20

    Another one These poor Passengers suffer horribly. Love to know what actually caused the Accident.

  • Krolie - 2011-05-15 15:10

    It's time that some control over these taxis are taken. Before they leave, the taxi should be checked that it does not exceed the limit of people allowed in it and that the weight of the baggage does not exceed the limit. The driver should hand over one of three discs to condfirm that the taxi has undergone a mechanical and safety check the day before for this particular trip. One disc remains in the taxi in a file for the trip and the third one to be handed in at their destination. The taxi should be checked again before departing on their return journey. Either the local taxi owners should fall in with this, or there should be a fleet of taxis run by a company on the same basis as trains and buses with the same rules, regulations etc with all bookings to be made and tickets bought through this company. These taxis that are used locally to ferry people back and forth to work etc, should also have strict rules and regulations. If they do not comply, well they are to be removed from the roads and given a choice to join. If caught again without joining, the vehicle is impounded. Finish and klaar.

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