Passenger presumed dead after floods sweep away taxi

2011-01-11 10:53

 A 38-year-old woman was feared dead after being swept away in a minibus taxi along the overflowing Umlumati River in Schoemansdal, Mpumalanga police said today.

“The taxi and the woman have not been found,” said spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The taxi driver was en route at 10pm yesterday to drop off his female passenger when he came across a bridge that was under water.

“The taxi driver tried to drive through, but the water was so strong that it swept away the taxi with the passenger inside.”

The driver managed to get out and swim to safety. No other commuters were on board at the time.

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