Driver’s quick action averts horrific accident

2013-10-04 00:00

A TRAGEDY was swiftly averted on the N3 near Ashburton yesterday morning when a taxi driver, who had lost control of his vehicle, swerved into an embankment to avoid an oncoming truck.

The taxi veered into the opposite lane when the driver lost control, and it was heading straight for a truck, but the taxi driver managed to save the day. The taxi came to a halt on the embankment. It was carrying 14 pupils who escaped with minor injuries. The driver and six pupils were taken to Northdale Hospital.

Hospital spokesperson Mandisa Dlamini said the passengers and driver were treated for minor injuries and then released.

The lucky pupils were grateful for escaping with their lives. They described how they saw the truck coming towards them after the taxi went out of control. Njablo Ndlovu from Northbury Park Secondary School said he heard screams from the others when the taxi went from the north-bound lane to the south-bound lane and crashed. “Everyone screamed in the taxi as we feared for our lives. We saw this big truck coming towards us and thought that this is it. But we are happy that the driver’s brave action to swerve away from the truck onto the embankment saved us,” he said.

Londa Khoza, a pupil at Nomaswazi High School, said they are lucky to be safe after the accident. “The N3 is busy in the morning and we are lucky that we did not collide with any oncoming traffic,” said Khoza.

The owner of the taxi, who refused to give his name, did not want to comment. The driver was not available for comment.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the taxi driver had lost control of the vehicle and an investigation is under way. Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they are investigating reckless and negligent driving.

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