Brake failure suspected in taxi crash

2019-05-01 06:01
Six people were killed after a taxi they were in (pictured above) veered off the road and rolled multiple times.photo: supplied

Six people were killed after a taxi they were in (pictured above) veered off the road and rolled multiple times.photo: supplied

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SIX people died on R74 near Kranskop on Saturday, April 27 after a taxi they were in veered off the road and rolled multiple times. According to the paramedics, the driver of a taxi lost control of his vehicle causing the taxi to veer off the road colliding with the embankment before rolling multiple times. Five people died and other five were transported to hospital. Another patient died later in hospital.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda expressed his deepest condolences to the families of six people who died in an accident.

KZN Department of Transport said in a statement: “Preliminary report indicate that the minibus taxi in which they were travelling lost control as a result of brake failure killing five people on the scene including the driver.”

Kaunda urged motorists, especially those who operate public transport to ensure that their vehicles are always in a roadworthy condition.

“It is sad that the province has lost so many lives in a space of 10 days on crashes that could have been avoided. As the department of transport, we will continue to ensure that our law enforcement officers are visible on our road.

We have also introduce tough measures on reckless driving, over-speeding, drinking and driving. The introduction of the Evidentiary Breath Alcohol Testing (EBAT) System will also go a long way in dealing with drunken drivers,” Kaunda said.

Kaunda conveyed his condolences the bereaved families and committed the department to provide necessary support to ensure that the deceased are given a dignified burial.

Spokesperson for RTI Zinhle Mngomezulu advised the motorists to adhere to the rules of the road.

“Drivers must check their vehicles regularly before loading passengers to ensure that the lives of the passengers are always safe. Unconfirmed report indicated that the accident happened as a result of brake failure,” Mngomezulu said. See page 3

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