1 dead, 17 hurt in Roodepoort crash

2012-01-22 20:56

Johannesburg - One person was killed and 17 were injured - two critically - when a taxi driver lost control and rolled his taxi in Ruimsig, Roodepoort on Sunday afternoon.

ER24 spokesperson Derek Banks said some of the passengers were flung from the vehicle, critically injuring two and five passengers seriously.

"The two critically injured patients were airlifted to the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital while the others were taken to various hospitals in the area," Banks said.

  • Leon - 2012-01-22 21:30

    Increase the municipal bus service and ban all taxis, they're just a menace

      godesha - 2012-01-23 06:17

      I agree. I feel sorry for the passengers who have no other means of transport and are left with little choice than to take a taxi.

      procold2 - 2012-01-23 08:12

      leon i agree 100%, problem is it will never happen the taxi associations will cuase havoc,the gov should knuckle down on this and regulate this industry somehow, sentences should be on par with hard core crimes if found to be at fault in an accident,cops taking bribes that keep the unroadworthy taxis on the road should also be charged and sentence severly when caught,

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-01-22 21:31

    Condolences and speedy recovery for the injured.

  • Lynda - 2012-01-22 21:40

    Let me guess.......Hendrick Potgieter, that road is a death trap

      Amanda-Leigh - 2012-01-22 23:40

      It was Peter Road, not Hendrik Potgieter

      alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-01-23 12:38

      The road is not the death trap it's the "vehicle" and "the driver" who is responsbile for the death trap!

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-01-22 22:17

    Taxis are mobile coffins in South Africa let us stay away from taxis

  • Sean - 2012-01-23 07:22

    Yet more taxi passengers innocently injured/killed. Government obviously not taking this seriously as this never happens with their bkue-light brigades! My condolences to the family of the deceased.

  • Gail - 2012-01-23 14:18

    This is exactly what I am talking about in my comment on the other story related to taxi deaths today. 2 critically, 5 seriously and 12 in varying degrees. Lost work time new training for employess who are unable to return to work. Each time a taxi has a smash it is an escalating exponential disaster for everyone since most of the injured commuters are State hos[ital patients and the taxpayer including that criticallly injured one in ICU who may die anyway was formerly a taxpaying individula even if it was only 14% on processed food or subsudused fuel in the taxi.

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