2 die as taxi overturns in Johannesburg

2012-03-26 07:43

Johannesburg - Two people have died and 14 other commuters have been injured after the minibus taxi they were travelling in overturned on the Wemmer Pan Road south of the Johannesburg CBD on Sunday evening, ER24 said.

"[Paramedics] arrived on the scene and found the taxi on its side with all the commuters outside of the vehicle believed to been ejected from the taxi as it rolled," spokesperson Derrick Banks said.

"One female commuter had already succumbed to her injuries and was declared deceased on the scene."

Another female commuter was in a critical condition and started deteriorating on scene.

"Paramedics tried to save her life but after a long battle the patient was declared deceased on the scene."

Emergency personnel treated 14 other commuters for various injuries and where stabilised on scene and transported to hospitals in the area.

"The cause of the accident was not known but the necessary authorities would investigate the accident further," Banks said.

  • Jim - 2012-03-26 08:14

    My 2 year old could investigate it: Speeding, Reckless Driving, Drunk, Vehicle not roadworthy. Case Closed.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-03-26 09:15

      Stupid comments considering that you don't know the driver or the condition of the vehicle. Some people are not as luck as you are, and are still trying report to work from as early as 5am.

      John - 2012-03-26 11:13

      you are proberly right jim, condolences to the families but as marion says below the goverment needs to regulate this industry somehow,they owner ad drivers have no respect for law or other road users.

  • Marion - 2012-03-26 08:15

    May they RIP and the injured recover soon. It is past time for the government to clamp down on our taxi industry. They should also take note of the fact that these minibus taxis are designed/destined to roll. Saw an accident once where a mini and a minibus collided and the minibus ended up on its side.

      Vho-Makhadzi - 2012-03-27 23:15

      Thank u Marion. I think it hurts more as I lost a loved 1 in that accident.

  • thomanim - 2012-03-26 08:35

    maybe it's time our government start making special taxis with reduced speed of 80km ph,that can reduce accidents.

      John - 2012-03-26 11:14

      80kph is still to fast if you have no brakes

  • Youefoh - 2012-03-26 08:58

    Typical African Taxis. Cannot just follow simple rules, they should ban the lot of them!!!

  • Khaya - 2012-03-27 10:18

    Accidents claim lives everyday as a result of reckless driving. Register and report bad driving online on

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