12 kids hurt in Pietermaritzburg taxi crash

2012-02-16 10:57

Johannesburg - Twelve schoolchildren were injured when their minibus taxi crashed into bushes outside Wartburg, near Pietermaritzburg, on Thursday morning, paramedics said.

Paramedics arrived at the scene on the R614, about 5km outside Wartburg, to find the taxi on the side of the road with the children still inside, ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"Twenty-four schoolchildren were assessed and... 12 of them had sustained minor injuries."

They were treated on the scene and taken to various hospitals in Pietermaritzburg.

"It is believed that the taxi may have had some sort of mechanical problem which caused the driver to lose control and veer off the road," he said.

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  • procold2 - 2012-02-16 11:02

    "24 children examined" overload and a useless driver no doubt, when is gov going to regulate this industry properly

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-16 11:09

      Let's not wait for regulation. Report taxi overloading at

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-16 11:12

    Taxi's, again?

  • Grimett - 2012-02-16 11:14

    Was this a bus or a taxi, 24 kids ? This driver wanted to overtake a canoe in the Duzi marathon,lol. lets be thankful it was only minor injuries.

  • Melissa - 2012-02-16 11:42

    an news 24 please learn about the [SPACE] button? this loooong button on the last row of your keyboard? its SCHOOL CHILDREN... 2 words. 24 children were assesed, did you read the part where it said that a mini bus taxi crashed into BUSSES! not saying that the taxi was over crowded. Sizah, accidents happen. nothing was said about black and white? why is race brought into everything?

      makesuthink - 2012-02-16 12:25

      Melissa where do you get busses? The article reads BUSHES

      Grant - 2012-02-16 12:27

      Dont ASSUME.. because you make an ASS of U and ME :))))

  • Gavin - 2012-02-16 11:46

    if the taxi industry had one of those: days since last accident, it would always be at zero. they kill more of their customers than any other industry in the known universe. in years to come, the government will probably list them as one of the reasons our population is shrinking, right up there next to aids and TB.

  • Bluemast - 2012-02-16 11:51

    Another death-trap allowed on our roads - why am I not surprised! Just lie I mentioned here before, everyday a news article involving major traffic accidents involving a taxi/s! This continues to happen and our government still has not place somerthing like an immediate morratorium on ALL TAXIS to line up at their nearest testing station for a roadworthy certificate - even if it takes months to go complete the plan! Not only that all taxi drivers should be in possession of a clearance certificate to carry passengers (I know there is ths certificate , but not sure what it is called). Taxi drivers as well as all taxis should then repeat this action every 12 months! After this project has been completed, any un-roadworthy taxi should by law be impounded and placed in the crusher, being this strict is going to be the nky way to ensure that less lives will be lost due to un-roadworthy taxis. The laws should also be revised by increasing fines for taxis that transgress for certain actions regularly acted out like driving on the curbs and placing padestrin's lives at risk and for all intentional wreckless driving, weaving through traffic, not adhering to traffic through red lights or not stopping at stop signs etc. This country would become a bette, more civilised plaace to live in if we ALL abide by the same rules and regulations because at the moment this is not happening and is also causing a lot of road rage!

  • Ig - 2012-02-16 13:39

    When are they charging taxi drivrs with murder to get rid of them!!!!

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