Watch out on the road

2016-03-29 06:00
Two taxis collided in Eisleben Road last Wednesday. The crash injured four people. PHOTO: ER24

Two taxis collided in Eisleben Road last Wednesday. The crash injured four people. PHOTO: ER24

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Motorists are urged to be more cautious and vigilant while using the roads.

This appeal follows several injuries and road deaths in less than one month on Mitchell’s Plain roads.

In the most recent incident, two taxis collided in Eisleben Road on Wednesday injuring four people, says ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring.

“ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene and found both taxis parked on the side of the road. Four occupants of the second taxi were injured after their taxi rear-ended the other taxi,” says Meiring.

Paramedics extricated the four patients and treated them for their injuries. They were then transported to Mitchell’s Plain Hospital for further treatment.

A head-on collision took place on Morgenster Road on Monday last week (“4 killed in head-on crash”, People’s Post, 22 March).

The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services confirm two cars were involved in the crash which killed four people and injured a fifth person.

“Shortly before 10:00 paramedics from ER24 and local emergency services arrived on the scene, where they found two women and a man, believed to be in their thirties, still trapped in a vehicle. All three sustained fatal injuries and there was nothing that paramedics could do for them. They were declared dead on the scene,” says ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

Another man was found inside one of the cars with critical injuries. He later died in hospital.

“Another woman was found with serious injuries. She was extricated from the vehicle and treated for multiple fractures. Paramedics rushed her through to Groote Schuur Hospital for further medical care,” adds Vermaak.

The exact cause of this collision is not yet known.

On Tuesday 8 March, a traffic officer was killed in a head-on collision on Jakes Gerwel Drive after a taxi lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. The taxi driver fled the scene but was later arrested at his home in Mfuleni (“Taxi driver arrested after crash”, People’s Post, 15 March).

Motorists are also urged not to drink and drive.

Richard Coleman, spokesperson of the City’s Traffic Services, says they arrested 34 motorists for drunk driving between Wednesday 16 and Sunday 20 March.

“The City encourages motorists to make sure that their cars are safe and that all passengers are buckled up,” says Coleman.

Meiring adds drivers should also ensure they are well rested and alert.

“Motorists planning on travelling are also encouraged to take regular breaks during long journeys, keep a safe following distance and to abide by the rules of the road, including adhering to speed limits and not drinking and driving,” says Meiring.

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