20 Joburg car crashes in 15 hours

2011-08-27 16:36

Johannesburg - Paramedics attended to 20 accidents in 15 hours in Johannesburg, ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said on Saturday.

"Paramedics had their hands full as they responded to accidents from 17:00 on Friday to 08:00 on Saturday," he said.

A bakkie was rammed from behind by a Sedan in Newlands on Friday at 19:00.

A 44-year-old man sustained serious injuries to the chest.

Meanwhile, another bakkie collided with a Jeep before it overturned and rolled over four passengers at an intersection near Waterfall Village in Roodepoort. The passengers were waiting at an intersection.

Visser said all the occupants of the vehicle were treated on the scene for slight injuries.

In another accident two men in their 20s were seriously hurt when a Chevrolet Spark collided head-on with a Hyundai in Roodepoort shortly before midnight.

Visser said paramedics found the driver of the Hyundai trapped inside the wreckage.

"They had to break the windows and force open the door in order to remove him," he said.

Four people were seriously injured and taken to Flora Clinic.

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-27 17:06

    well what do you expect when it is the first weekend after pay day - people start driving like kamikaze pilots and that they will live forever without thinking that there are other people going about their business

      Spyker May - 2011-08-27 18:04

      Sorry OZNOB.., The awakening of the hibernating monster (here), is NOT that 'time-of-the-month', NO WAY, bru... It is in fact the awakening, of the doughnut gulping, obese monsters, who hide in the shade with their laser-"guided" speed-traps. They focus on quick cash, soft targets, while they turn a blind eye to the grossly over-loaded, un-roadworthy coffin-on-wheels careering (no pun intended) the supporters of the ruling party (again no pun sought), from one illegal shebeen to the next, while the drivers are inebriated as a matter of coarse... The insidious 'name-and-shame' campaign waged against the drivers of vehicles that are safer at 200 km/h than the above-mentioned ruling-party-supporters' coffin-on-wheels are at parking speeds, regularly feature on the 'front pages' of news-papers/website, as opposed to the unmitigated evil that escape even a mere mention. Eg - how often do you see a front-page report about how un-roadworthy specific vehicles is - ie case by case..? Another inconvenient verity is the reckless corruption in the issuing of driver's licences. The blatant fraud re false licences is merely one element - the FAR greater evil is the fact that you can buy the entire driver's theory test (with all the answers included, naturally) for a few bucks and/or any other arbitrary favour. The leading cause, of the suicide-alleys that are the SAcan roads post '94, is the systemic corruption in ALL state/municipal/public functions. VIVA ANC VIVA..!

      OZNOB - 2011-08-27 23:27

      i defer to your better arguement - quite a nice read

  • Redwine - 2011-08-27 17:11

    So no sigarettes involved in any of these accidents I thought smoking was the big killer and Castle is OK?

      nkhadi - 2011-08-27 17:44

      Redwine, everything in this world kills, except drinking water.

      Redwine - 2011-08-27 18:09

      You never heard of people drowning? Also recorded death of a woman in the states after over consumption of water during a drinking compition. Anyway with all the crap in the water up there in Gauteng it must be right up there with lethal substances.

  • nkhadi - 2011-08-27 17:47

    It is about time that trafic officers stop thinking about jojo[bribes] and deal with unroadworthyness of our cars. One way or another you are part of this problem.

      OZNOB - 2011-08-27 17:51

      I think they should also check on the unroadworthiness of some of the drivers- ie drunk drivers etc

      OH_DEAR - 2011-08-28 11:57

      why does everybody blame unroadworthy vehicles? this is a VERY south african reaction. yes, they are a real danger (as are taxis), but i am far from impressed by how the average 'law abiding' citizen drives! indicating is a rarity, speeding is the norm, not stopping at robots that are blatantly red is a common sight, driving drunk is commonplace..... come on nkhadi! and you blame the law enforcement officers for ACCEPTING bribes - why dont your rather focus on the absence of moraility in all the CITIZENS who OFFER THE BRIBES!!!!!

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-08-27 18:04

    There's a reason GP number plate stands for Groot P**s. That's how they drive.

  • pitbull - 2011-08-27 19:47

    Most people don't know how to drive a car. They merely know how to steer it and even that they don't know how to do well. The worst drivers in the world are in South Africa where there is no public transport to speak of. You can still buy a drivers licence for R1000 and a bottle of whiskey.

      Redwine - 2011-08-27 19:59

      Jeez mate better never visit India. You have never seen road chaos like that. Our taxi drivers are Schumakers in ability compared to them. In one year I have seem more chrashes and dead bodies than I have seen in 30 years of driving in South Africa. A trip of 250km takes 5 to 7 hours.

      OH_DEAR - 2011-08-28 12:00

      REDWINE, SA has the highest fatalities in the WORLD. stop trying to excuse the situation! South Africans have a low moral standing when you consider how common it is for a bribe to be arranged; consider how many people do not think driving drunk to be an issue; consider how rare it is that people use their indicators, stick to the speed limit.... it really is rather immature to start comparing SA roads to india. i am not sure if you are saying that we are doing okay simply because in your opinion we are 'better off' than india?

  • Tekwini Durban - 2011-08-28 02:35

    I noticed a Ford Fiesta with 4 women passengers stranded by one of the new toll gate gantries on the highway between Edenvale and William Nichol Road earlier tonight - hazard lights on - bonnet open - steam gushing from the engine - and a convoy of three JMPD Traffic Police Ford Everest patrol cars drove right past them without stopping to assist them - then on the way back there was another one of the Ford Everests on the highway - a Mercedes with bright lights speeding at about 160 km/h on was not pulled over - and neither were about 6 cars driving in clear weather with their REAR FOGLIGHTS ON - a blatant contravention of the traffic laws. So just what is the purpose of these JMPD vehicles driving on the highways - scenic drives to just waste resources?

      El-Diego - 2011-08-28 03:10

      Nothing in this world nauseates me more than the Metro Police....

  • Dries - 2011-08-28 09:43

    OMG and you want to fly aeroplanes...

  • OH_DEAR - 2011-08-28 11:53

    i wonder when south africans will grow up like people in other countries? these accidents and deaths cannot be blamed entirely on rubbish law enforcement. what about civilian responsibility? what about knowing the difference between right and wrong WITHOUT the law having to be the main motivator? it is not always taxis and unroadworthy vehicles that cause the carnage -this is simply another convenient excuse that people use to explain the highest road deaths in the world....

  • pitbull - 2011-08-28 16:30

    Only twenty. One would expect more from these inconsiderate drivers.

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