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Taxi crashes into pedestrians on sidewalk

2011-12-31 09:02

Johannesburg - Four pedestrians on an Alexandra sidewalk suffered serious injuries on Friday evening when a minibus taxi ploughed into them after the driver lost control of his vehicle, Johannesburg metro police said.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said another seven pedestrians were slightly injured in the accident, at the corner of Watt and Third Avenues.

They were all taken to the Edenvale and Charlotte Maxeke hospitals.

The driver was arrested and will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to face a charge of reckless and negligent driving.

Comments
  • Ingrid - 2011-12-31 09:07

    WTF? Did the shifting spanner he used for a steering wheel get stuck? I hope they punish him to the fullest extent of the law!!!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-31 09:33

      "Lost control", yeah right! He was driving the way taxis drive - on the pavement. Rushed, no consideration. Jail!

      George - 2011-12-31 09:48

      He thinks he is doing the right thing by keeping death off the roads by driving on the pavement and yet traffic department cant understand what the cause is. Oh boy, we do have the bright ones, dont we.

      Wendy - 2011-12-31 09:49

      what law? whose law?

      Willie - 2011-12-31 10:07

      Jail him right away ,he can appeal when in jail and scrap the combi

      Squeegee - 2011-12-31 14:25

      Inconsiderate pedestrians getting in the way of where taxis usually drive.

      Sean - 2012-01-01 08:59

      @Ingrid, no the vice-grip slipped where the steering wheel once used to be.....

  • Kate - 2011-12-31 09:13

    Charge him with attempted murder. Give him 12 years.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 09:18

      Morning Kate. Doesn't this once again prove our point that it isn't the BMW"s on the freeway killing our people?

      Kate - 2011-12-31 09:24

      Indeed it does Ubhejane. Bells for us BMW drivers

      Willie - 2011-12-31 10:07

      yeah

      Yar - 2011-12-31 10:43

      Most taxi drivers would love a BMW.

  • Vegi - 2011-12-31 09:15

    Impound the taxi and jail the idiot driver. He lost control, meaning he was driving recklessly as usual.

      ubhejane - 2011-12-31 09:33

      Vegi for Minister of Transport!!!!!

      Ian - 2011-12-31 10:15

      vegi you talking sense, have you started at the dop early LOL

      rod.buchan - 2011-12-31 10:19

      well done Vegi you get it right occasionally!

  • Chris - 2011-12-31 09:17

    Stop the carnage by taking action against taxi drivers before the murder many more South African's. Any taxi involved in an accident must be seized and destroyed.

      Vegi - 2011-12-31 09:27

      Your suggestion may seem drastic but for me it is one of the solutions to stopping the killing of our fellow citizens. In fact only draconian measures can stop the deliberate killing of citizens by the taxis. Seize and destroy the taxi or at least impound it. Jail the driver.

      Manny - 2011-12-31 10:36

      And what OTHER form of "reliable" transport will we be left with? Metrorail? Busses don't even feature....because they are useless anyway

  • Lloyd - 2011-12-31 09:27

    chances are the taxi wasn't even roadworthy...

      Sharon - 2011-12-31 19:00

      Probably stolen

      Syd - 2012-01-16 12:50

      That's why he drove it on the sidewalk not so?

  • Janice - 2011-12-31 09:38

    So far not even one thumbs down!!! Im impressed, seems we all on the same page on this one!!! Happy New Year!!!

      George - 2011-12-31 11:11

      @ Janice Mcmaster, look like 3 taxi drivers dont like you, Dont worry

      Janice - 2011-12-31 11:53

      Hahahahaha, no skin off my back, the feeling is mutual!!!

  • Wendy - 2011-12-31 09:53

    I don't believe that BMW drivers cause more deaths than other drivers, however they do come a very close 2nd after 4 x 4 drivers as being the most arrogant.

      Silver - 2011-12-31 10:07

      That’s because 4x4 drivers can drive over stuff. Then again I’m a proud BWM and Toyota driver so I’m not sure where to go with this one.

  • Ian - 2011-12-31 10:14

    on Louis Botha ave today taxis were going in excess of 140Km/h so this isnt even news, metro police nowhere to be seen except when its bribe time

      Sean - 2012-01-01 10:22

      @Ian, Christmas as well as Easter seems to be peak bribery season! The stats seem to be indicative of this!? I challenge the transport minister to prove us wrong! Perhaps more steak-outs on metro cops should become the norm over these periods, perhaps even have some undercover "taxi drivers" to start clamping down on any cirrupt officials out there. The few corrupt metro cops are giving the department as a whole a very bad reputation, there are many innocent metro cops that are being pulled down to the level of the corrupt ones unfairly! Un-roadworthy vehicles as a whole should be impounded and simply crushed as is the case in the UK! I also suggest that all vehicles should by law be tested for roadworthiness every three years as is the case in moist 1st world countries, why not, it is for our own protection as well as for all the other road-users. As for driving on the pavements barriers should be sdolidly installed at all popular hotspots where these transgressions take place, understandably that one cannot expect that the metro cops cannot be everywhere at the same time! A simple solution which could save lives and prevent road-rage tramendiously! One cannot understand why we have to do all the thinking for this government, we don't get their salaries and perks!? And islands can be placed on hotspots where these taxis overtake on solid/yellow lines! Simple solutions that can save lives and unnessesary costs to the taxpayers/government!

  • Yar - 2011-12-31 10:15

    Keep Death off the roads - drive on the pavements. I am sick and tired of taxi incidents. It is time for the inneffective Metro and SAPS to pull their fingers out of their butts and act against taxis in a consistent and sustained manner. I am sick and tired of taxi drivers overtaking on the left where pedestrians walk or over white lines, traffic islands and ignoring traffic lights and signs. While this is all happening you hardly ever see a Metro cop doing anything about. Wayne Minnaar I am also sick and tired of hearing your smart answers and excuses. It is time for results. I am also tired of only seeing one of your obese colleugues sitting behind a bush with a speed camera. Do some real traffic policing. You and your fellow officers are of no use to the public at all. You are useless and/or corrupt.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-31 10:16

    If the transport minister took his head out of his aSS for a minute and took a good look at the percentage of accidents caused by these time bombs on wheels,he would see how he is contributing to the deaths of innocent people by his obvious fear of the taxi association! We have roadblocks all over but none doing inspections at taxi ranks-checking firstly roadworthiness,licenses etc. When they are arrested they get off with a slap on the wrist! Minister please grow a pair!

      Sean - 2012-01-01 10:32

      Perhaps another radical shift in the cabinet could make a slight difference, I am not sure, but it may be worth a try concidering the fact that the so-called "clamp down" showed no results at all, just alot of frustrated innocent drivers were caught up in this drive!

  • Monti - 2011-12-31 10:55

    Slowly eliminating the working class

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2011-12-31 11:01

    Reports always state that the driver lost control.......! When in actual fact the entire Mini-Bus Taxi industry has been out of control for years! Pathetic government attitude towards something that needs to be addressed once and for all, but the ANC is to weak to establish even the smallest of governmental tasks. This Taxi issue should have been brought under strict control decades ago. Worst of all, is the fact that now it might never be brought under control, because the Taxi drivers have the same sense of entitlement that our ANC politicians seem to have. The figures in this years taxi deaths and mutilations are equivalent and even worse than 2011's war zones. Twenty dead here another 15 dead over there, how far does it have to go? Stupid question, I suppose this is what the majority of South African people choose to live with.

      Sean - 2012-01-01 10:36

      May as well provide all taxis with blue lights, they seem to have right of way anyway!!!

  • fredahsm - 2011-12-31 11:02

    Honestly News24??? Which pavement are you referring to in Alexandra, last time I was there, the shacks were build on the edge of the street (on the pavement) and I was there last week (X-Mas)......

  • Renier - 2011-12-31 12:49

    The stats for accidents should be separated from the stats for accidents caused by Taxi's, Buses and Trucks. That way we will be able to see how bad the normal public is really driving. I bet the stats for the public will be less that 20% of the combined total.

      Renier - 2011-12-31 13:24

      Sad thing is that the current total of 1100+ does not include those that will die in hospital or those that will be unable to live a normal life after the accidents.

      roger.pacey - 2011-12-31 13:50

      They are. RTMC keeps these statistics. According to them, as given on 702FM recently, taxis account for about 1,5% of road deaths overall. I have no idea whether this percentage is higher during peak holiday periods. Since taxis and buses carry more passengers, it stands to reason that multiple fatalities are more likely when one of these vehicles crashes and multiple fatalities attract media attention.

      Renier - 2012-01-01 03:26

      @Roger. It might be true that Taxis cause 1.5% of the accidents but I am not sure about 1.5% of the fatalities. Personally I do not believe the stats regarding the 1.5% contributed to taxis whether it is fatalities or accidents. Remember that not all taxis are mini buses. However I mentioned Taxi's, Buses and Trucks. Traveling on the N1 at 120kph (GPS speed) I was mostly passed by taxis buses and trucks which are supposed to be travelling at 80 or 100kph.

      Sean - 2012-01-01 10:46

      @Renier, yes I agree with what you are saying about the so-called stats. These stats should also contain the amount of passengers and also how many were injured or how many fatalities as a result of these taxi accidents, I'm sure the percentages will provide a whole new picture! It is sad to wonder how many families were affected due to these taxi accidents and whether whole families died in some of these incidents?

  • Leon - 2011-12-31 20:44

    1 taxi driver = 1 bullet.

  • Jason - 2012-01-16 13:13

    Lost control is generally the most used excuse when reading these types of horrible accidents. By this I understand or believe that the drivers of these Taxi's are either driving Taxis put together with spit and gum, or they are just not able to drive properly. Transport Minister take that finger out your a$$ and do something, oh you did.. you reduced the speed limit.. That hasnt exactly worked now has it??

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