Two injured in multiple car accident in Kokstad

2015-11-13 06:00

A CAR accident that involved Road Traffic Inspectorate members, GKM traffic officers and Uncedo Service Taxi Association members almost spoilt the launch of the taxi association in Kokstad on Tuesday morning.

The accident, which happened at the triangle near Wimpy, left Uncedo chairperson Lesley Philemon and the unidentified driver of a Quantum taxi, that was part of a convoy, injured.

Advisor to Uncedo president, Valindawo Ngudle, part of the convoy going to the launch, said they were very disappointed with Kokstad traffic officials.

“We made arrangements for traffic officers to escort a convoy going from the triangle to the venue where we had our launch on Tuesday.

“Everything was sorted out on Monday and the traffic officials agreed to the plan. On Tuesday, we got to the triangle at 7.30am. We waited for traffic vehicles for about two hours. Then the traffic vehicles came rushing to the triangle at 9am,” he said.

He said two traffic vehicles, one from RTI and one from GKM, came rushing towards the triangle where the Quantum taxi were parked.

“The cars were driven at very high speed, the RTI vehicle which was in front, made a speedy U-turn in the middle of the road and ran Mr Philemon over.

“The second car from GKM which was following it, hit the first car which went on to hit a Quantum taxi on the side of the road.

“Everything happened very fast. The driver of the Quantum and Mr Philemon, our chairperson were rushed to the Kokstad Private Hospital.

Mr Philemon sustained a crack on his lower right leg and I hear the driver sustained serious injuries,” he said.

Philemon was released from hospital after four hours after paris of plaster was put on his leg and he attended the launch on crutches.

“High speed and a lack of communication between the two is what caused that accident,” Philemon said.

No one from RTI nor GKM were available to comment as they said they were not authorised to speak to the media.

The Fever could not establish the condition of the second casualty at the time of going to press.

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