30 hurt in Bloemfontein taxi crash

2013-01-07 08:23

Bloemfontein - Thirty people, including three children, were injured following a collision between two taxis on the N6 between Bloemfontein and Smithfield, ER24 said on Monday.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the two taxis collided at about 04:30 on a dark road approximately 20km outside of Bloemfontein.

Roadworks are believed to have played a roll in the cause of the collision.

“Paramedics and EMS rescue arrived at the scene and found the two taxis at the side of the road, and one of the taxis had overturned,” Jackson said.

Out of the 30 patients on scene, four patients had suffered critical injuries and were quickly rushed by paramedics to a nearby hospital.

The 27 adults and three young children who were in the vehicles all received the appropriate treatment by paramedics on the scene and were then transported to nearby hospitals.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-07 08:37

    the critical issue is people are dying in numbers on our national roads day in day out but someone is talking about the gap between the rich and the poor

      winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-07 09:07

      Exactly my sentiments, its time to stop this carnage on our roads, government has to start somewhere and I believe its the taxi industry. When they can bring this industry into line we will already have saved a lot of innocent lives, Taxi drivers are a lawless bunch, they are arrogant, have no respect for other road users and whats more have no regard for the safety of the passengers they are transporting. Coonfiscate their licences for 3 to 5 years for starters and they send them to do community work on the weekends, let them clean up accident scenes see how they enjoy that. The gap between rich and poor has nothing on this, people like fish feed of the wealthy or the big fish. If we take away their wealth, what is left for us. Zuma and Co wont share their wealth, they keep it in a circle, nothing goes out of that circle so they keep getting richer and richer with no regarding for the poor. To Zuma we are all dogs dont deserve a decent meal, education, a roof over our heads or even medical treatment. We are chased out to scrounge around for a living. Thats a president for you.

      nicole.paulsen.31 - 2013-01-07 09:38

      Roadworks? If anything that should slow down vehicles? Not so? Looks like roadwork caution might have been ignored and early morning taxi blitz continued. Fortunately only injured casualties this time round!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2013-01-07 14:52

      I wonder if this happened at a 'stop-and-go' roadwork site? So many times I have seen motorists, and especially taxis, ignore the stop. But I have never seen any traffic officer checking for such offences, instead they man speed traps on the safer bits of the road that have been completed or stand under trees doing 'visible policing'... in other words, nothing much.

  • Pedither Masondo - 2013-01-07 08:39

    Pls pray for bloemfontein this is not funny anymore a lot of people lost their lives in bloem this term

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-07 13:47


  • heini.falk - 2013-01-07 08:42

    No it wasn't their inappropriate driving skills or the condition of their ability or vehicle that caused the accident. It was speeding that caused it because speed causes accident not driving like idiots and breaking the law permanently

      mofstok - 2013-01-07 08:58

      I think people didn't get your sarcasm...unfortunately.

  • mofstok - 2013-01-07 08:57

    Instead of regulating firearms and talking nonsense about dogs and inequality, our president should prioritise regulating the taxi industry. The owners and drivers behave recklessly on our roads with zero regard to the safety of their passengers or other road users. Put these people in prison, take their homes and property for redistribution if they can't pay their fines, make them feel the pain and consequences of their disregard for life and safety.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-07 13:27

      Nationalise the taxi industry, it is out of control and ungovernable, capitilist pig owners are to blame for the carnage on our roads as they exploit the poor drivers, they are forced to work 18 hours a day and drive as they do to pay the daily minimum to the driver and then earn the letftovers - does this Govt care so little for poor black people???

  • debduplessis - 2013-01-07 09:10

    Ban TAXIs ... they murder more people than previous historic atrocities --- .... why is the Taxi vehicle not subject to stringent road worthy checks every 3-4 months????

  • francois.botha.94 - 2013-01-07 09:10

    At what point does government stand up to the taxi industry??

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-07 13:28

      Don't have the balls, just like SARS who refuse to tax them... so we pay the extra tax...

  • zs5zk - 2013-01-07 09:19

    Proof of why our Road Death Figures are so high. No Public Transport, only Private Mini Bus Taxis for the Down Trodden by the ANC. More statistics to lay at the feet of the ANC. About time the People start suing or taking CIVIL Action against the ANC and the ANC Government as they are directly to blame for the Carnage on our Roads. Would love to see the GENUINE Drunk Drive Stats in these Road Accidents.

  • rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 09:22

    people getting shot in mass killings, road accidents take place and driveby shootings take out rival gangmembers, drug distribution has grown faster than the country's GDP, homeless shelters are still heard of and the government spent trillions of dollars on foreign countries and nobody blames the president or the government .......of america! In SA the president and ruling party gets to be blamed for everything! The drivers behind the wheel of these vehicles are the ones to blame! Even in the worst road conditions a driver must maintain a safe speed and distance at all times. The ministers of transport and justice are suppose to be in the spotlight here! This falls in their portfolios! These taxi drivers are familiar with these roads, they travel on it like daily, one of them caused this accident...nake him pay!

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-07 09:35

      dont by stingy with those thumbs down.! I know the truth is a hard pill to take as a suppository! So lay it on!

  • heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2013-01-07 09:57

    That road is messed up But people drive like idiots on there. Ive seen people driving at over 120 on there. This a road with the biggest potholes,uneven, narrow as heck and a lot of animals running onto it especially at night.

  • tmmotsa - 2013-01-07 09:59

    I thank the Lord for sparing the lives of the commuters.

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2013-01-07 10:08

    Taxis again.

  • geoff.march.9 - 2013-01-07 10:56

    For heavens sake News 24, get a spell check "role" not "roll" Deepest sympathies to the victims, what chance do they have with incompetent drivers behind the wheel who disregard every rule of the road?

  • HenryMoorcroft - 2013-01-07 11:01

    Headline reads: 30 hurt in bfn....but it was 20km outside of town on the N6...why then the headline?

  • deon.dussing - 2013-01-07 11:05

    I returned on Saturday evening on that road. A common occurance is that 3 taxis follow each other, at very close distance of about 1 meter inbetween, and form a "taxi train". They drive at high speed - about 140kmph, overtaking as one unit. It is a dangerous way of driving as a sudden stop ahead will cause a recurring effect. Maybe this is what happened here?

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-07 13:30

      Eaxactly what happened here!!! Brain-dead trafic cops of course can't figure that out...

  • allan.fitzgerald.1 - 2013-01-07 16:34

    Tata ma taxi....tata ma chance.....

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