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Train, taxi crash: Driver ignored warnings

2012-03-16 22:07

Johannesburg - The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) will investigate the level crossing accident in which five schoolchildren were injured when a goods train and taxi collided in Soweto, it said on Friday.

An RSR inspector had been dispatched to investigate the incident, which occurred on Thursday, said spokesperson Sibongiseni Henna.

"According to eyewitnesses, a taxi carrying school kids overtook two stationary cars which were stopped by a traffic light... and tried to cross over the rail-line, despite a signal from the flag-men and hooting from the train," he said.

"The taxi collided with the right front of the Transnet Freight Rail locomotive, which was moving at a walking speed in the middle of the crossing."

The injured were taken to two hospitals. No deaths were reported.

Johannesburg emergency service spokesperson Synock Matobako said on Thursday that there were about 16 children in the taxi and that five were injured.

The driver was not hurt and was arrested at the scene for reckless or negligent driving, he said.

Henna urged the public to heed the safety signage at all level crossings.

"The public are also urged to respect the railway reserve as it is a dangerous place to loiter or to take chances when driving a vehicle or on foot," he said

Comments
  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-16 22:36

    Traffic lights, warning signals, even on-coming trains are for "other people" Enter (drum roll, massive spotlights), The Fearless Taxi Driver!! 20 seconds of machismo for how many lives? How do we switch the thinking where 'mission-accomplished' means getting the passengers to their destination safely [doing a good job] vs vanquishing inanimate road signs and pesky road rules? These are human beings, lives, you're messing with. How do you not get that?

  • Sheik - 2012-03-16 22:37

    It said Taxi, so no suprises there.

  • luytster - 2012-03-17 00:15

    Charge this taxi driver with attempted murder. Charge his employer with The book. in an European country the transport minister(Mr Ndebele as he zooms around in a blue lightconvoy pushing people off the road) Would have resigned in disgust at his departments failure.

  • dbongz.mvandaba - 2012-03-17 00:26

    I think we all know that South Africa has got Laws as an Independent country any body who is not following them must be prosecuted and be charged or go to Somalia as a foreigner.

  • Michelle - 2012-03-17 01:53

    After a long day on the road I can understand the haste. That being said, you have children in your care! This happens to often in my opinion! I hope there are serious concequences for this individual!

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-17 09:28

      What TV channel are you watching Michelle???

  • Robert - 2012-03-17 02:42

    What makes this different from attempted murder? Seems that the rules of life change when you are behind a steering wheel. If he was on foot with the kids in his care and he tried it, what would the charge have been then?

  • braamc - 2012-03-17 05:56

    "The public are also urged to respect the railway reserve as it is a dangerous place to loiter or to take chances when driving a vehicle or on foot," Firstly a taxi driver, and all of them don't fall in the category public, they are savage human killers

      Fussed - 2012-03-17 07:40

      Cut the Human part out bru, then you are 100% correct

  • Loeto Mocwane - 2012-03-17 06:07

    Some idiots will always attempt to racialise everything, including a purely tragic story such as this. Shame on you!

  • Vincent - 2012-03-17 07:42

    I've seen the pace at which that train moves along that stretch. It really is at a walking pace... How daft must you be to not see that you're not going to make it!

  • snylo - 2012-03-17 08:32

    The recent 20 year sentence to the Cape Town taxi driver who killed the 10 school kids by doing the same, obviously never sent out any message to other taxi drivers! Give this guy 20 years for the attempted murder of these kids!

  • seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-03-17 09:22

    Another taxi your Highness government!?

  • Irene - 2012-03-17 09:44

    Typical taxi driver mentality: overtakes two stationery cars stopped at the robot. Once again the taxi driver 'doesn't know' the rules of the road. Lock the scum up for the rest of his life.

  • binarycape - 2012-03-17 11:06

    What irritates me as well is there is always the comment after these events with taxi drivers thinking they are so clever,from a 'spokesperson' for the government calling for the public to take heed of road signs, traffic lights, warnings, etc. The public were the ones heeding the lights and flag men a the crossing, they were sitting there waiting while yet another bozo taxi driver thought he would get the jump on them all and ignore the fact that there was a train on the crossing. *shaking head in despair*

  • Angelique Steyn - 2012-03-17 12:31

    This should not be a race discussion - it is suppose to be about someone who did not obey the road rules - there are plenty trucks, busses, taxis and cars. He was suppose to think twice since he had passengers in his car. He should face his punishment - i know of so many drunk people who drive in our area and nothing gets done about it when u phone metro or the police - and sadly the metro offices is 1km from us - there are so many people who are guilty and our laws should become more stricter with these arrogant drivers

  • nishaatf - 2012-03-17 14:39

    let him bastart rot in jail , sick Thank god the kids are all ok , he betta rot in JIAL

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-07-13 10:10

    What tribe is that bloody taxi driver??. If he's a ........., I'll understand as they are known for their arogancy. Bloody Idiots.

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