Imbali taxi crashes into wall, driver dies

2017-03-15 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedMsunduzi fire and rescue workers work to remove the taxi remains from the house.

PHOTO: suppliedMsunduzi fire and rescue workers work to remove the taxi remains from the house.

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A RELAXED Saturday afternoon turned disastrous for residents of Imbali Unit J after a minibus taxi crashed into a house, killing the driver.

The minibus taxi crashed through the wall into the rental establishment after the driver, reported to be 52 years old, allegedly lost control of the vehicle due to suspected brake failure.

Tenants at the rental establishment where the accident occurred told the Maritzburg Echo they are still recovering from the trauma.

One of the tenants, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was in her room resting when she heard a loud sound.

“I was in my room having an afternoon nap when I heard a loud bang, followed by tons of bricks falling. I was crying and screaming for help because I didn’t know what had happened. I started to panic when I saw a big cloud of dust and I couldn’t open my door, [because] the rubble was blocking my door but I managed to get out,” said the tenant.

She said upon realising what had happened, she went to the room where the taxi crashed to see if anyone had been hurt.

“My neighbour, who lives next door, and her daughter were inside sleeping when the accident happened. I managed to get them out and they were taken to the hospital, fortunately they were not seriously injured. Considering the extent of the damage, we are very lucky to be alive,” she said.

Other community members said the taxi was flying down the road at high speed when it crashed into the house.

“After getting my neighbours out of their room, other community members came to assist get the driver out of the vehicle, but it was difficult as more walls could collapse and fire fighters had to be called to the scene.

“It took paramedics and fire fighters at least two hours to push the taxi out and rescue the driver who was trapped beneath rubble, and unfortunately he died,” she said.

The tenant said she was still having flashbacks of the accident.

“You never think it could happen to you, we always see such incidences on TV or read about them in newspapers. I’m still very scared to go back to my room; the image of the driver trapped inside that taxi still haunts me.”

The minibus taxi was used to transport school children.

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