Brake failure suspected in taxi crash

2019-05-01 06:00
    photos: supplied(Left) Accident scene. (Right) Paramedics removes the injured passengers from a wreckage.

photos: supplied(Left) Accident scene. (Right) Paramedics removes the injured passengers from a wreckage.

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SIX people died on the R74 near Kranskop on Saturday, April 27 after the taxi they were in veered off the road and rolled multiple times.

According to paramedics, the driver of the 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 during the crash and five others were transported to hospital. Another patient later died in hospital.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport said in a statement: “Preliminary reports 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.”

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, Mxolisi Kaunda, expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who died in the accident.

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 in 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 roads. We have also introduced tough measures on reckless driving, 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.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu advised 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 reports indicate that the accident happened as a result of brake failure,” Mngomezulu said. [continued on page 3].

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