Taxi transporting pupils’ crashes

2016-01-28 06:00
Reaction Unit South Africa officers, residents around the crashed taxi. Photo: supplied

Reaction Unit South Africa officers, residents around the crashed taxi. Photo: supplied

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THE brakes of a taxi transporting 14 children failed causing it to crash on Monday in Brindhaven, Verulam.

In another incident four people were injured after the taxi’s brakes also failed this week.

Police have since issued a warning that no tolerance will be shown for any vehicle which is not roadworthy.

Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) owner Prem Balram said the pupils were seen screaming for help before the crash.

“Upon arrival officers interviewed the taxi driver who explained that the brakes failed whilst traveling down the busy road. He then crashed into a garden,” said Balram.

Balram said the 14 pupils escaped from the crash without injury.

In a second incident on Tuesday a taxi crashed down an embankment by the Verulam Steel Bridge.

“Upon arrival, Rusa members found the taxi several metres below road level in a dense bush. Four passengers in the vehicle sustained moderate injuries and were treated on scene by Rusa medics before being transported to hospital,” said Balram.

Balram said it is alleged that as the taxi neared the bridge its brakes failed resulting in the driver veering off the road in an attempt to avoid colliding with other vehicles.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Mark Prakasim warned drivers that road blocks are being increased in the mornings and afternoons to eradicate the problem of un-roadworthy vehicles in the interest of public safety.

“Together with Metro police we are clamping down on vehicles transporting children which are not roadworthy and are overloaded,” said Prakasim.

“We are concerned about this problem and any vehicle which is not roadworthy will be impounded and vehicles which are overloaded will be issued with hefty fines.”

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