3 die as taxi hits truck

2012-01-16 07:42

Krugersdorp - Three people were killed when their taxi hit a truck in Krugersdorp early on Monday morning, paramedics said.

The minibus and the heavy goods truck apparently entered the Pine Haven Crossing on Hendrik Potgieter Drive at the same time, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said in a statement.

The taxi driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Paramedics arrived to find that three adults had died in the crash.

Five people were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Major traffic delays were expected while emergency personnel cleared the scene.

  • Kyle - 2012-01-16 08:01

    Get Taxi's off the road!

      Moss - 2012-01-16 09:44

      & You will take people to work!! you having an average mind

  • Warmonger - 2012-01-16 08:11

    Taxi driver have NO regard for other road users, the amount of accidents every day is mind boggeling!! And don't even begin to use "statistics", as MOST taxi accidents are not even reported (as nothing will happen)... Hopefully the taxi was a write-off, and 1 less taxi-driver...

      naphtaly.calvin - 2012-01-16 08:50

      How true.Don't have the slightest clue how to get these insensible people to behave as expected for once.

  • Pawel - 2012-01-16 08:27

    Two unlicensed individuals have found each other .....

      naphtaly.calvin - 2012-01-16 08:53

      Get to drive a truck & experience the feel.

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-16 08:38

    My condolence to the family of the deceased. What a Monday morning for those families.

  • Paulo - 2012-01-16 08:57

    ja it wont be the last, I just wish the government & union's would react the same way as they do in the minning industry-their silence is deafing. Viva New South Africa Viva.

  • naphtaly.calvin - 2012-01-16 08:59

    Another great loss because one person couldn't use their GOD-given brains appropiately.My condolence to all the families affected.

  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-16 09:00

    late last year I heard that all taxi drivers would have to go on a course/test (mentally,physically and psychologically) before they could drive taxi's it was on 3rd degree what ever happened to that? People need taxi's for transportation, not every one can afford a car or get a drivers license... maybe more trains would be more efficient.

  • Andre - 2012-01-16 09:19

    My heart really goes out to the poor undeserving commuters in taxis who can do nothing to protect them, or are to afraid to voice their disapproval of the driver's bad driving. Punishment for passenger-carrying drivers should be severe. taxi drivers are the scourge of the road.

  • Dean - 2012-01-16 09:19

    Knowing how taxis behave on our roads, its clearly obvious that the taxi had no intention of stopping at the crossing. We all know that they just run red robots at will and dont stop at crossing or stop streets. Takes these idiots off our roads

  • Kogie - 2012-01-16 09:32

    i suggest that the legal age to qualify for a pdp should be 28 years. we have too many youngsters driving heavy articulated vehicles and taxis. i would bravely like to say that maturity comes with age, and from 25 years onwards one becomes more responsible.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-16 09:44

      Interesting thought. In my decades working in the transport industry I think I can count on my one hand drivers that were younger than 28. A lot of drivers, in that industry, comes from smaller delivery trucks that h'v done the "upgrade" and some of those are already older than 28, but they still handle the heavy vehicle as if it is a small delivery one. I agree with your idea, but most are and I therefore suggest more measures should be added to ensure the change over.

  • Kogie - 2012-01-16 09:48

    visible policing..... i am on the road everyday, and very seldom see a traffic officer on the road. where are they? and what are they getting paid for? you dont see them during peak ours, you dont see them in built up areas.where motorists are illegally parked or making u turns,or jumping traffic lights

  • - 2012-01-16 10:17

    Accident upon accident upon accident at that intersection. When oh when are they going to realise that they need to do something else there. The traffic lights sure regulates the flow better than the old Stop signs. However, people still speed up/down over the intersection when the light turns amber to avoid the long wait for the signal to change again. Hill Snacks has at least one accident every week, be it at the Hendrik Potgieter /R28 intersection or the intersection at Silver star casino. How many more families need to mourn the death of a loved one before the municipality will wake up and will invest in building the damn fly-over!!!!!

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