Traffic delays after Joburg taxi accident

2012-08-24 10:26

Johannesburg - A woman was killed and 12 people injured when a taxi rolled on the N1 north, in Johannesburg on Friday morning, Gauteng paramedics said.

"A taxi seems to have lost control on the N1 and overturned coming to rest on its roof after ejecting the injured onto the roadway," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

"[Emergency services] arrived at the scene and found a total of 12 people injured, four sustained critical injuries, a female tragically died and seven others sustained serious injuries."

Botha said one person, who was critically injured, was airlifted to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The other people were stabilised at the scene and transported to various hospitals for further medical treatment, he said.

Traffic on the highway was affected as the N1 was closed for two medical helicopters which landed on the scene.

  • Aads - 2012-08-24 10:51

    Ask yourself this: How often do we hear that words….. a taxi has overturned on……… a taxi has collided with……etc….. will they ever get it right???????????

      marc.rule - 2012-08-24 11:15

      The only way they will get it right is to take them OFF the roads.

      typersa.baddy - 2012-08-24 11:17

      All this carnage has kinda made me numb to taxi accident. Why should I care if the passengers laugh at you when the taxi comes flying past in the yellow lanes. I kinda hope this happens more, cause this is the only way that the government will interfere. But who knows. Lokks like they do not give a damn anyways!! Let the slaughter continue...

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-08-24 12:31

      typersa.baddy - How can you say that? These passengers are people that were on their way to work just like you and me. They do not have a car, and does not earn the salary that we earn, yet they just want to go to work. They are parents, sons and daughters that were injured. Don't be so insensitive.

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-24 13:04

      A headline that says 1DEAD, SEVERAL MAIMED, BREADWINNERS GET NO INCOME FOR SEVERAL MONTHS, is not considered news. There are nearly the same amount of people killed on SA roads everyday, every week, every month, every year, as was done during an isolated incidence at Marikana. Where are the Hugo Boss suits now? Where are the contributions to funerals? The debate in Parliament? The speeches accusing the exploiters (ie taxi-drivers)? The "probes" by judges? The visits by 'dignitaries'? Oh and where is this Mr. KFC Champion now..........................

  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-08-24 10:53

    Something needs to be done with this taxis, obviously the driver was driving very fast since it is month end and he intended to rush bck and make more money. People lives are at stake here,maximum speed limit for the taxis should be reduced to 100 km/h

      Aads - 2012-08-24 10:58

      that will not help either, they dont care how many people they put in danger, just for more money,more money - and do you really think they would stick to such a limit, i mean they stop when and wherever they ant to, you can even reduce it to 60 if you want to, they dont care now why should they then?

      drishworth - 2012-08-24 10:59

      I agree with you Muzi but speed is only one of the factors that is contributing to these tragic incidents - the biggest factor still reamins the blatant disregard by taxi drivers of the rules of the road. My condolences to the decesaed victim's family and a speedy recovery to the injured and a successful conviction (if indeed negligent) of the taxi driver.

      wake.up.564 - 2012-08-24 11:23

      the limit is 100km/h for taxis, they don't stick to that either, have you not notice the little stickers on the back. they have no regards for ANYONE. they drive like maniacs endangering not only their passengers but also other road users, cutting in front of people, driving on the edge of the road to avoid sitting in traffic like the rest of us. they think they are above the law. but as long as they get away with it they will continue, something needs to be done to enforce the law on them, and fines are not the answer because they just don't pay that either. i think the taxis should be confiscated on the spot and only release once they pass a drivers test and pay the corresponding fine. useless, useless people.

      freddie.miff - 2012-08-24 11:32

      Errr Muzi... the speed limit for taxis has been 100 km/h for years now. Rules without compliance mean nothing, except more deaths. As long as taxis break all of the rules of the road the way they do, and the cops ignore most of it the way they do, we will have tragedies like this.

  • natasha.kawimbe - 2012-08-24 10:58

    its very sad, the fact that we are losing lives daily on our roads due to recklessness and negligence... i think Metro cops need to put their foot down and be more firm with taxi drivers. So many times I have driven through road blocks in a taxi and we havent been stopped when the taxi is so obviously not road worthy. Does this not defeat the purpose of a road block? Something can and should be done about this...

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-08-24 11:13

      natasha i agree 100% - i drive a brand new car, and without fail, will be stopped at every roadblock, and will be checked - i think it's more to agitate me then anything, and have seen taxi's drive up the wrong side of the road at that roadblock site, and watched as nothing was done about it - when i asked the cops i was simply told, we did not see it (everyone else did).

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-24 11:03

    I'm a bit more concerned with this headline - Leading with traffic delayed.. So sorry but your mortal injuries appear to have stuffed up my day! Oh heads up everyone... Don't go on the N1 as its littered with dying people. Callous.

      typersa.baddy - 2012-08-24 11:15

      I don't really care anymore. The government don't wanna do anything about it and the people in the taxi say nothing. So I really couldn't care less anymore. They are just making me late for work now!!

      george.casper.315 - 2012-08-24 12:03

      Typersa..... you took the words out of my mouth. Boycott the damn taxis let them feel the financial pinch. That however will not work because they would then cause hovoc with the alternative modes of transport used by commutors and the gangster taxi driver and owners will once again get away with murder . . . literally. So what now and WHO cares !!!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-08-24 12:04

      The carnage has been going on for the past 20 years. As South Africans, we dodge the recklessness on a daily basis, we have become desensitized to the thousands of accidents that occur like this, if not worse. The bottom line is that is does affect the traffic, and it affects other people who do obey the rules! What other way of saying it should there be. It is reported on the news on the radio as well, there is really no other way of informing other road users that carnage lies ahead and we should use an alternate route!!

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-24 11:08

    Huh? Did the taxi lose control or did the driver lose control of the taxi? In other words was the driver really capable to drive anything, tricycles included.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-24 15:11

      Probably a tyre was worn out and blew....

  • andre.smith.125323 - 2012-08-24 11:23

    My guess is that 9 out of 10 taxis would not pass a vehicle inspection. Hey JMPD my guess is that 9 out 10 of your tickets issued are not for vehicle inspection infractions like worn tyres, brake lights not working, etc. Taxi commuters should become more vocal about taxi safety. Its their right to travel in a safe taxi.

      Aads - 2012-08-24 12:15

      Taxi Safety................mmmm that DOES NOT exist and NEVER WILL

  • gert.barnard12 - 2012-08-24 11:23

    The taxi drivers sadly do not give a sh*t about anyone else on the road. They have only one thing in mind and that is to make as much money as possible and to hell with other road users and their own passengers. Road courtesy is non existent as far as they are concerned.

  • Aads - 2012-08-24 11:26

    And still no word from malema yet?????.........o sorry I forgot that idiot does not know about the fact that most deaths caused on the road are due to taxi drivers (driving in their own little bullets)…… but why should he, the police does nothing about the taxi drivers on the road they leave them alone, might that be the reason????

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-24 15:13

      He won't say anything unless he can blame JZ for it and get his pic in the paper at the same time.....

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-24 11:39

    I think taxi drivers must just drive trains.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-24 11:46

      LOL - can you imagine the carnage then!

      Aads - 2012-08-24 12:11

      W.T.F. ------ as easy as it all might seem, a straight line forward, backward, THEY WILL STILL MANAGE TO F$*K IT UP!!!

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-24 13:09

      you mean drive in front of the trains

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-24 11:40

    They so hard on drunken driving and that drunk driving kills but you hear more about taxi accidents and they take more lives.If the traffic force is so hard on drunk driving why are they not the same with these vehicles of death. Start enforcing stricter laws on these taxis and stop going for the weak targets. Stop being cowards and enforce the law on these vehicles of death.

  • david.moran.12914216 - 2012-08-24 11:41

    The Taxi issue is a problem. The Government is insisting on eTolling as the way to reduce traffic and fuel consumption on the roads. However this legislation does not apply to the largest user and abuser of the roads – the Taxi industry. The best way is to force the Taxi operators to move from small fuel inefficient petrol HiAce type vehicles to larger diesel based busses. This not only massively reduces fuel consumption but it also leads to a massive drop in the number of vehicles on the road. This can only be of benefit to all road users.

  • jon.harris.9421450 - 2012-08-24 11:43

    Joburg--traffic delays --taxi involved ?? never. eish i cant believe

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-24 11:47

    Damned unroadworthy taxis with bad tyres! All these people are trying to do is get to and from work to earn a living to support their families and they have to travel in these horrid taxis, driven my raving lunatics. RIP and condolences to the families concerned.

  • aphiwe.mayola - 2012-08-24 11:56

    Condolences 2 the family of the lady who passed away. I hope all the injured get well soon. Grave pity that for a vast majority thr is no alternative mode of transport, ppl effed up the train system so bad.

  • mbambo.shi - 2012-08-24 13:03

    One person who was critically injured, was airlifted to Baragwana to get his/her wounds aggravated.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-24 15:08

    So? What's new? This is a daily occurence and will be until taxis, taxi owners and taxi drivers get sorted out. I think the traffic police are too scared to arrest them - or maybe they're owners of the offending vehicles

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