Easter weekend tragic start — 14 die in taxi crash

2018-04-04 06:02

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A heartbreaking tragedy – a taxi accident ,in which 14 people,including two children and a six month old baby died on Thursday night as they were travelling home to celebrate Easter with their families . The Gauteng registered taxi which was travelling from Greytown to Nhlungwane village in Msinga was said to be overloaded,unroadworthy and did not have a licence to operate.

All the victims were from the same village which is totally devastated as it mourns family members and neighbours who have lived in a close knit community.Seveal of those killed were the breadwinners for their families.

The accident on the Greytown /Dundee road about 15kms from Greytown, happened when it is alleged the taxi driver was speeding,lost control on a sharp corner and the vehicle plunged down an embankment killing 14 including the driver.

Thirteen passengers died on the scene – four were taken to Greytown hospital where one passed away.

First responders, traffic, security and Police said it was heartbreaking to see the devastation – the odd shoe lying in the veld and plastic bag filled with goods , bought to celebrate Easter with the families , scattered among parts of the vehicle over a wide area. Transport officials

worked through the night to rescue the survivors and to recover the bodies of those who had passed away.

On Good Friday MEC for transport, community safety and liaison Mxolisi Kaunda ,Umvoti Mayor TC Ngubane and officials visited the scene of the tragedy.

This visit was followed by a community meeting, with the affected families, at Ukubuyakwezwe Primary School in Msinga to give comfort and reassurance to the families that the Department and municipality will assist them with funeral arrangements to ensure the deceased are given a dignified burial.

.Kaunda has directed law enforcement agencies to develop an integrated plan to root out illegal operators in the entire province, starting with uMzinyathi District. He stated “ an integrated law enforcement plan to deal with the proliferation of un-roadworthy minibus taxis in the area.

Communities must also assist us by refusing to board on un-roadworthy vehicles,”

Details of the funeral services for the victims of this tragic accident were not known at the time of going to press.

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