11 killed in Free State head-on crash

2012-04-27 22:02

Johannesburg - Eleven people died and 11 were injured when a minibus taxi and a car collided head-on on the N3 near Harrismith, in the Free State, on Friday afternoon, paramedics said.

The vehicles veered away from each other on impact and skidded to a halt in the accident at 16:30, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks.

Five passengers in the car and six in the minibus taxi were declared dead at the scene, he said.

Of the 11 injured, three were critically hurt and were taken to the Harrismith Hospital.

  • Lynda - 2012-04-27 22:12

    Bloody taxis.....when is enough enough????

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-27 22:36

      Citizen action is required because the govt. doesn't care and isn't going to do anything meaningful to address this issue. Ironically people set fire to trains and other things when they're unhappy with the quality of service but contentedly climb into these death-traps every day.

      marnusmnorval - 2012-05-06 23:58

      The taxis all wait at one place.. how about we play with matches near by mohahaha

  • mmatsemela - 2012-04-27 22:32

    i passed that accident n it was terrifying cn bodies lined on a road. May their souls rest in heavenly peace

  • Sepaka C-Parker Mo'Africa Ngwane - 2012-04-27 23:38

    Last year nearly on the same spot people died when a taxi collided with a truck. When will this end?! May their soul rest in peace.

  • Jerry - 2012-04-27 23:58

    What a tragedy, 12 people actually lost their lives on that accident when you include a child that was later declared.

  • grant.hide - 2012-04-28 00:57

    Wonder if a pothole was nearby? May they RIP.

      Nosiphom - 2012-04-28 07:17

      A pothole on a toll road ? Should that be the case, the N3 toll concessionary should be sued, as that is why we have toll roads. We pay, they maintain - zero potholes.

  • Ronald Swanson - 2012-04-28 05:56


  • Motsoko Mirriam - 2012-04-28 06:35

    carelessness, arrogance and stupidity of taxi drivers. they killed my brother last year. morons.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-28 07:22

    Taxis should be banned on the road.

  • Alaina - 2012-04-28 07:40

    Now I don't think it's fair to automatically blame the taxi... there are plenty of idiots on the roads other than just taxis. This accident could have been caused by the normal car. Rather wait for the facts. RIP to the victims and get well soon to those injured.

      Marion - 2012-04-28 09:47

      Once again a fair comment receives more thumbs down than thumbs up.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-28 07:56

    Bring back public transport

      Mark - 2012-04-28 14:34

      Uhm, Cassandra, a taxi is public transport?

  • Andrew - 2012-04-28 08:17

    As usual a taxi once again. Death oon the roads. WE are told by the minister that deaths are alcohol related that means nearly every taxi driver drives under the influence. They just turn a blind eye to the taxis as they are a large source of votes for the ANC.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-28 09:04

    Always taxis they dont know what following distances are as for the other okes let me rather keep that to myself.

  • Marion - 2012-04-28 09:45

    May the dead RIP. Sincere condolences to their friends and families. Hope the injured have a speedy and full recovery.

  • Mart - 2012-04-28 09:57

    I am pretty sure that the solution to the taxi carnage on our roads can only be found by seriously dissecting what each licenced holder of a public driving permit brings to the party on our roads (don't get me wrong this probably applies to most drivers anyway but lets start with this industry that seems most responsible for multiple deaths. I am suggesting that an organisation like the CSIR be tasked with producing a new score sheet for drivers of public transport. These tests, if we are going to get serious about reducing the car-nage must include but not be limited to IQ, COGNITIVE ABILITY, ABILITY TO ANTICIPATE AND FORESEE CONSEQUENCES FOR ACTIONS, TEMPERMENT AND HEALTH (INC EYE AND EAR TESTS). Once a potential 'public transport driver' has qualified for consideration he may then pursue obtaining his licence in the normal way. It's a choice....taxis continue to slaughter their passengers OR we implement remedial action to correct the problem.

  • Lawrence Meyer - 2012-04-28 10:00

    There was a jetta that hit the taxi after it veered off into the other lane. Its seems the taxi was trying to avoid the idiot infront of him for breaking suddenly for nothing. Unfortunately the Jetta had no time to stop or swerve or avoid the taxi and hit it. It would appear that there was a number of family members in convoy with the jetta. The most heart wrenching site on the scene to me was of a lady crying uncontrollably holding a lifeless little boy. Life is so fragile.

      hkotze - 2012-04-30 13:40

      ok so basically it's neither taxi nor Jetta, but some third car

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-28 10:02

    Regardless of who caused the accident there is only one solution to this daily war of attrition on our roads and that is to restore public transport and reduce the number of heavy vehicles on the roads. Quite apart from the lives that would be saved the saving on the cost of goods travelling in heavy slowmoving vehicles which is escalating monthly with rising fuel costs and make no mistake e- tolling as well which WILL happen whether we like it or not would be considerable. Delivery might be slower but after we had paid off the cost for rolling stock and extended raiil services to rural services the benefits would be enormous. There is a narrow guage railwayline near my house which runs from the beachfront right out into the country through rownships and suburbs and not a train ever uses it but thousands and thousnad of pedestrians and commuters in cars cross it numerous times to get to the university and technical colleges and schools etc. It could be linked with the main line from the suburbs on the other side of town and those townships and beaches without too much expense. This would be good for the environment as well as for those whose lives are placed at risk daily using motor vehicles wihich are either packed liked sardines or have possibly one or two pssengers in them. This would provide work for the thousands of unemployed youth in this country a well whose earnings would feed back into the economy. RIP to these and past and future victims and their families.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-28 10:33

    From time to time my work "forces" me to go in a mini-bus as a group of us has to travel together. What has also been bothering me is that these things, what we call Taxi's) has just about zero safety features. You are really just a piece of plastic and thin tin away form the outside and often even without a safety belt. If one consider all the safety features cars have these days with airbaigs, side impact protection etc etc I really believe there should be legal safety measure requirements for Taxi's and maybe we will see less loss of lives

  • Abdul - 2012-04-28 11:16

    Our roads have become warzones.....The cost of the crashes, on the economy, is immense.Become a safer, responsible driver...see the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Hussein - 2012-04-29 14:44

    3 of my female cousins, a husband and two of their babies were killed. May Allah(SWT) grant them peace and may they reach the highest stages of heaven. GOD please grant us comfort through patience and time. Ameen

      Lawrence Meyer - 2012-04-29 17:55

      My deepest condolences Hussein.

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