23 injured in Pietermaritzburg crash

2013-01-05 17:19

Pietermaritzburg - Twenty-three people were injured, three seriously, when a minibus taxi collided with a car on Edendale and Newton road near Pietermaritzburg on Saturday afternoon, paramedics said.

Two occupants from both vehicles and the driver of the light motor vehicle sustained neck and back injuries, said ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks.

"Advanced life support intervention was performed on them to help stabilise them further," said Banks.

The other twenty were treated for minor injuries and transported to Edendale Hospital.

The cause of the accident was unknown.

  • debduplessis - 2013-01-05 17:33

    How many taxis do we really need on the roads???

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-01-05 17:37

    Heres a hint to the cause..."taxi"

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-05 17:37

    Wow! Taxi's have killed more than the Apartheid government!

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-05 17:41

    Another taxi again. Just like the cyclist.

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-05 17:47

    The challenge is that too many drivers have fraudulent drivers licences. Others driver without any valid drivers licence. Some many people.

  • corrupt.anc.3 - 2013-01-05 18:17

    Jeepers. How do 23 people get injured? That's a lot for a taxi and car!

      furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-05 18:22

      Maybe it also include children from pregnant mothers.

  • vic.hammond.77 - 2013-01-05 18:17

    If 23 were injured, it doesn't take rocket science to conclude that the taxi was overloaded. The LMV probably had the driver and 4 passengers at most.

  • mart.botha - 2013-01-05 18:25

    The taxi commuters/users alone have the power to make this industry safer. They just need help to get organised against the rogue element that continues to drag the industry into disrepute. Third party and passenger liability insurance cover should become mandatory and confiscation must be the tool to ensure compliance from owners. Drivers with fake or expired licences or permits in my books, are displaying a clear desire to obtain personal gain at the likely expense of fee paying passengers which escalates their action from a traffic ordinance violation to a willful intent to ignore and belittle the safety of those passengers. Furthermore, it is my opinion that all taxi drivers are acting under the direct instruction of owners, and it is therefore encumbent on lawmakers/enforcers to ensure that they are both held equally liable and accountable

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-01-05 18:30

      Simple English will do,thank you very much for your input

      bless.boswell - 2013-01-05 18:40

      You make many valid points - but until the matter of how the drivers are paid for their services is settled, there will continue to be carnage. Let us assume that the vehicle is roadworthy, and that the driver has a license - when he takes delivery of the taxi early in the morning he has to pack it full of people and get where he's going as quickly as possible and as many times as possible so that the taxi boss gets his cut and whatever the driver can make on top of that is for his pocket. I do not condone the behaviour of the drivers - nor the way they go about overloading their vehicles. All they know is that they must perform or the boss will be angry and they won't make any money. Until this industry is regulated the situation will not improve and the carnage will continue.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2013-01-06 07:56

      Exactly! But the bosses continue to violate the roadworthy rules and labour laws. As long as drivers are ruthlessly exploited, so shall the carnage continue.

  • Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-05 18:30

    Eish you people dont learn, the taxi's own the road theres nothing you can do unless you kick the oxygen thieves (my ANC) out of parliament dont you get it???

  • mulis.muli - 2013-01-05 18:37

    thats ryt apartheid kiled less but taxi is doing it

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-05 18:47

      Yet, the people are silent!?

  • muzistanley.hadebe - 2013-01-05 19:00

    Is the any source of tranport we can use becide road transport? This is enough taxis no!!!!!!!!

      Isobel Smith - 2013-01-06 00:07

      i might disagree but i hope not where is decent public transport a. we cant supply busses so taxi,s have they way to get home. give safe drivers back e eryone that goes to work should feel safe to get to and back feom work

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-05 19:52

    Stupid people climbing into un-roadwothy- or overloaded Taxi's. Just because the authorities are incompetent to do something about the situation doesn't mean you should be.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2013-01-06 07:58

      If you don't have a choice in getting home or to work, perhaps you could suggest an alternative to spending the night at the rank?

  • Quentin Du Preez - 2013-01-05 20:21

    why oh why is there almost always a mini taxi involved in road crashes??? even recently a well-known cyclist has died due to a taxi... overloaded, under licensed, speeding, under the influence, disobeying laws of the road. they do what they want, they go where they want, regardless of where you find them...

  • sanet.n.debeer - 2013-01-05 21:05

    This will just get worse, because this government prefer to turn a blind eye. Oversea issues are more important to them. Holidays and new multi million house while their followers suffer! To me it shows the mentality of the followers.

  • akaRags - 2013-01-05 22:34

    Well, it was in Maritzburg over a year ago that a taxi driver who overtook a long line of stationary traffic, only to hit an oncoming truck and 15 (if I remember correctly) died (and driver lived). Too many Maritzburg drivers have little respect for road rules. Lucky this time no one died. Sadly it will happen, and who really cares? From grown adults who should know better and drive safely to the powers that be, who just churn out meaningless statements, it is doubtful much will change.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2013-01-05 23:23

    Would love to see all Taxi's regulated in SA. A taxi must be road worthy and the driver should pass more stringent competancy tests. Problem is funding and the other issues is the Taxi owners. remember the non delivery of the text books? Imagine what will happen to the Taxi industry in SA!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-01-06 07:43

    Nothing will be done about taxis. Look into the ownership of this billion rand tax free industry and you will find policemen (already documented) and I'm sure , all sorts of government officials. Get used to it, taxis are here to destroy. They behave as if they're above the law because they ARE.

      lionel.defrontignac - 2013-01-06 07:55

      It may interest you to know that Showerhead's legal adviser started making his bucks by acting for taxi bosses in the Eshowe/Nkandla area...

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-06 07:58

    "Twenty-three people were injured, three seriously, when a minibus taxi collided with a car" ... How is it possible that there were 23 people in two vehicles, neither one of which was a bus?

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