15 kids hurt in KZN crash

2012-05-19 11:35

Johannesburg - A woman was killed and 16 people injured when a bakkie overturned on the M13 in Kloof near Durban on Saturday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

The bakkie was transporting children between the ages of seven and 16 when the driver lost control of the vehicle, Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Fifteen of those injured were children.

The woman died on the scene and a critically injured man was airlifted to the Albert Luthuli Hospital.
The children were taken to various hospitals in the area.

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-19 11:52

    You MUST wear a safetybelt in a car but we allow people to be transported on a open 'container'. Seems that life is cheap for some.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-19 12:01

      The law forbids the transport of people in an open container. They're not enforced, largely because in many areas there simply is no other way for people to get around. I've been in many rural and semi-rural areas and have seldom seen a bicycle, let alone a bus.

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-20 07:18

      Life is very cheap for some. If there was a halfway decent public transport system that wasn't held to ransom by the taxi industry and useless management then we wouldn't be sitting with so many road deaths

      Hector - 2012-05-20 13:15

      carpejugulim I agree 100 % ... TAXI industry has a lot to answer for when it comes to the state of the countries transport ....Too many crooked politicians and Police involved with the taxi's..

  • Sonja - 2012-05-19 12:11

    STUPIDITY! .... 15 kids on the back of a bakkie. no wonder she lost control, it weighed over 1000kg's. prob burst tyre!!!. it should be illegal to transport people in a bakkie.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-19 12:17

      No person shall operate on a public road a goods vehicle conveying persons unless that portion of the vehicle in which such persons are being conveyed is enclosed to a height of— (a)at least 350 millimeters above the surface upon which such person is seated; or (b)at least 900 millimeters above the surface on which such person is standing, in a manner and with a material of sufficient strength to prevent such person from falling from such vehicle when it is in motion.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-19 12:31

      You're like a watermelon in a wheelbarrow. You go flying when the wheelbarrow comes to a sudden stop or worst still, you get squashed by it rolling over you.

      Dooie - 2012-05-19 12:31

      Not even necessary for a Tyre to burst. A bakkie overloaded like that have no real control on the front wheels. I drove one a couple of years ago loaded with sand. You sometimes turn the steering but nothing happens you just keep on going straight. A very grueling lesson learned and I never did it again.

  • Tamaranui - 2012-05-19 12:19

    Condolences to the Family, Once again, Transporting of people like animals at the rear of a Ute/Bakkie. When is the Judicial system going to outlaw this behaviour.

      Meister01 - 2012-05-19 12:53

      It is outlawed. For many years. Unfortunately, the \rights\ of people weigh heavier than their safety.

  • Dooie - 2012-05-19 12:28

    How thick headed was the driver then? 15 children + the woman and the driver = 17 people on board. Overloading. The driver should be charged with negligence.

  • Shirley - 2012-05-19 12:32

    This type of transportation happens daily,I have seen people ride past metro cops and they dont bat an eyelid.{with a load of children on the back.]It is irresponsible to think it will never happen to you and its only a short distance. My heartgelt condolences to all the parents and hopefully others will take note of just how dangerous it is!

  • phila.nombembe - 2012-05-19 13:12

    15 kidz at de bck of a bakkie dats y h lost control, h realy deserv jail

  • Ben - 2012-05-19 21:54

    fakha safety belt go driver mina manje.

  • Abdul - 2012-05-20 08:46

    Bakkie transporting kids?No seatbelts or any safety mechanisms.see more pics in 'GOTCHA'on the website wwwfatalmovesdotcom

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