23 farm workers hurt in crash

2011-05-28 11:03

Viljoenskroon - Twenty three farm workers were injured when the trailer they were travelling in overturned in Viljoenskroon, paramedics said on Saturday.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the trailer was being towed by a tractor at the time of the accident.

Paramedics at the Netcare 911 Kroonstad Base and Netcare 911 Klerksdorp Base responded to the crash.

The injured, six of whom were in a serious condition, were stabilised and taken to clinics and hospitals in the area.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

  • Michael - 2011-05-28 11:35

    Inhumane way of transporting human beings! Sorry and hope you recover soon.

      EDI2000 - 2011-05-28 12:52

      should they walk then?

      Shai-hulud - 2011-05-28 13:49

      Ja Michael. Have you ever been on a farm? Have you ever travelled overseas? All over the world you will find farm workers happily riding on trailers towed by tractors. I had that pleasure when I was a kid playing on my uncles farm over school holidays and even occasionally from the farm to the bus stop when I visited on a friends farm. Beats walking anyday. What's your opinion on people riding in unroadworthy taxis without wearing seatbelts? Surely thats a bad thing. Taxies travel at ludicrous speeds and have in some cases unlicensed drivers.Is that also inhumane?

      leerobbertse - 2011-05-28 13:56

      No call a taxi......

      Shai-hulud - 2011-05-28 14:04

      Municipal refuse collectors hang on to the back of rubbish trucks while they drive around.People willingly ride on the back of, white, children, dogs. Is that inhumane? Please explain Michael, what exactly is so inhumane about riding on a trailer towed by a tractor? I would really like to know.

  • YES - 2011-05-28 12:36

    My heart goes to farm workers, who were most probably carrying out instructions of the farm owner when the accident happened. They must have met the accident moving from one farm to the other. The paradox is that the area where the accident took place is where Van Abo (a farmer, whose case against the SA government was recently dismissed by the Constitutional Court for wanting to hold our government liable for expropriation of his farms by Zimbabwean government)comes from and owns lot of farms as I hope the Department of Labour and the Road Accident Fund will kick start investigations with a view to persecute the farmer and respectively compensate those affected.

      EDI2000 - 2011-05-28 12:56

      How sure are you that they were following anybody instuctions or are you just sucking all of this out of your thumb? Are you so sure they were not maybe on their way to a funeral or a social gathering as it is a Saterday and technically not really a working day, OR maybe you just like talking Sh1t....

      AJ - 2011-05-28 13:06

      @YES: I think you'll find the farmers are already being persecuted.

      leerobbertse - 2011-05-28 13:54

      Suppose they should of take a minibus Taxi? no wonder farmers stop farming and lock their gates. Ignorant people like you, YES, make it impossible for any farmer to farm any more. In your argument if the farmer pay them a salary, is he not allowed to give them instructions?

      Cobus - 2011-05-28 14:50

      @YES, The farmer probably did not gave them instructions. Every end of the month many farmers give their workers the Saturday off to do shopping, and farmers provide them with transport like this to avoid them having to pay expensive taxis etc. It also allows them to buy grocieries for the whole month.

      Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-28 17:48

      Now that you're finished , wipe your mouth , there is loads of brown stuff all over the place

      Johan - 2011-05-28 22:19

      @ YES, your comment is typical of when dumb people try to sound clever. "Goeie etter"!!!

  • Shai-hulud - 2011-05-28 13:28

    Sad when this happens, but farm workers all over the world ride on trailers hitched to tractors, so don't make too much of this.

  • BCS - 2011-05-28 15:16

    End of the month. These drivers leave the farm sober, not always returning that way. I guess the humane thing to do is to let them walk the 30 to 40 k's to town, most of them over 45 years old.

  • Mike - 2011-05-29 09:34

    Amazing! Was the farmer the driver of the tractor or was it a labourer driving. Most times the farmers in his bakkie. So was the driver licensed to drive or was he going to fast? Most farm tractor/trailer accident are through bad driving. Even if the farmer gave instruction, the driver is responcible for the passengers.

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