35 kids hurt in taxi collision

2012-06-04 14:21

Johannesburg - Thirty-five schoolchildren were injured when two taxis collided in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, paramedics said on Monday.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the taxis were travelling on Nirvana Drive when they collided, and one taxi rolled.

One pupil, an 8-year-old boy, sustained head injuries and was taken to Lenmed Hospital.

Other patients, including two drivers, were treated on the scene for minor to moderate injuries before they were transported to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Leratong Hospital.

The cause of the accident was not yet known.

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  • Bongani - 2012-06-04 14:31

    what is going on, eversince Malema suspension and the Spear we have so many accidents. Is God punishing us or what. I know Taxies carry so many please, but I saw two accidents this weekend. this is not good.

      procold2 - 2012-06-04 14:35

      the cause is known"they are taxi's" seems this could have been worse hope the kid with head injueies gets beter soon.

      Fussed - 2012-06-04 14:39

      In Durban the cops are not allowed to do anything to taxies, they must be left aloan

      Carla - 2012-06-04 14:50

      Why would any God be wanting to punish us for the Malema suspension??? If anything, I think they'd be celebrating with the mere mortals.

      NrGx - 2012-06-04 15:52

      "The cause of the accident was not yet known." - taxi's speeding, deliberately dis-obeying the rules of the road. There's you explanation...SIMPLE!

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 12:55

      Bongani, don't bluff yourself, please. These accidents have NOT only started since those two incidents. These accidents started with the first few taxis. This massacre has been going on for years.

  • Megan - 2012-06-04 14:33

    "The cause of the accident was not yet known"... The headline, using one word only, pretty much gave us the "cause" of the accident. Thankfully, as of yet, no lives have been claimed. May the children recover speedily and may the taxi drivers burn in hell.

      Jobho - 2012-06-04 15:50

      Jobho says: The cause of the accident is known (2 brainless taxi drivers) its just how they caused the accident (the method they used this time) which is not known. Whats the profile of a taxi driver? a grade 8 drop-out who is given a responsibility he is not prepared nor trained to take. Who thinks driving recklessly is "the way" and whose choice of weapon is a knobkerry under his seat. *&^#$%&! them all

  • brianmacza - 2012-06-04 14:37

    This is the public transport the government is happy to have in place to justify things like e-tolls and gautrain. An unregulated transport industry with no standards or ethics.

      Koos - 2012-06-04 15:45

      ... no standards or ethics, no IRP5 number, no conscious and little to no repercussions.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-04 17:40

      Feel realy sorry for the poor kids and hope they recover soon However...Moral to story.. at least the Taxi industry is keeping the population in check.. just nature doing it's thing.

      Denise - 2012-06-04 19:21

      You're much more likely to die on the road especially when Arrive Alive and the rest of the nanny-state crew can't be bothered to make a big deal of it. According to a study by Automobile Association of SA, up to 70,000 minibus taxi crash each year — double the number of accidents involving other motor vehicles. •In 2008 there were 58 490 unroadworthy or unlicensed minibus taxis. •Taxi operators break every road rule that exists. •Taxi operators use foul language when dealing with their commuters. •Taxi are involved in approximately 1380 fatal crashes annually. •Many taxi drivers do not have driving licences or operating licences. At what point will the government take strong action against these pioneers of black economic empowerment, these thugs that cause the carnage on SA roads? Should law-abiding citizens suffer because we do not want to apply measures that are reminiscent of the past? The government needs to do whatever it takes to root out criminals who are threatening the lives of innocent civilians.

      Glenda - 2012-06-04 20:16

      Well said. But add putting our next generation at risk. What about the death of that 8yr by a taxi the other day?

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 12:59

      And they still vote for this government. Hard to believe when it is so obvious that they couldn't give a good Goddamn about the people they are supposed to care for.

  • Jacqueline - 2012-06-04 14:37

    35 children in 2 taxi's. That type of mathematics does not make sense. I hope the drivers are charged with overloading, reckless endangerment and a host of other charges. They can't play with the lives of children like that.

      VWhitepaw - 2012-06-04 14:55

      15 + 15 = 35 + 2 (Drivers was excluded in 35) Can't be. That means it's 7 above what the max load is for the general minibuses used for taxis. However, there are bigger busses and the article does not say anything about the busses used. Chances are though, it was overloaded.

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-06-04 14:39

    Can't be. Taxis are above the law.... Just look how they drive every moning. They must be above even the law of physics.

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-04 14:44

    When will zuma and his anc government make a plan with these hellhound taxi drivers. Not ONE days goes by where there is a damn taxi involved in accidents...

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-04 15:00

      This is apparently the way things "work" now. Govt does nothing until their employers (we citizens) take them to court

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 13:03

      They just don't care about the people. Very sad! And totally DISGUSTING!!

  • Abdul - 2012-06-04 14:45

    Our drivers simply dont care because it's just too damn easy to 'get away'. R1k buys you a licence without even any driver education, and a few rands get you out of a sticky situation. The carnage will continue until and unless we take severe measures against drivers who flout rules. driver eucation needs to become part of the process. TAke a look at a privately funded, road saftey initiative called fatalmoves. fab content and excellent pics and vids. Look at wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Henry - 2012-06-04 14:46

    Taxi's = meat grinders. One taxi driver,one bullet

  • Dianne - 2012-06-04 14:52

    Sad thing is, usually the drivers have 'minor' injuries, and the kids / passengers are left with the bad ones. Sadly so many people relay on this as means of transport. Praying they all recovering quickly.

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-06-04 15:07

    how many children have to die before the Taxi industry is being brought to book - this is ridiculous

      Mark - 2012-06-04 15:14

      Well according to our government, there are many children in the entire SA for that to happen.

  • Richard - 2012-06-04 15:21

    AND AGAIN if this was in peak hours then they are ok.

  • Vinicia - 2012-06-04 15:25

    do i still sound paranoid when i say i'll take my own kids to school and pick them up? its really disturbing when u think of sending ur kids to a school in another suburb. the 1st thing is putting the life of ur child in another person's hands its tough but we have to do it anyway.....for a better education.

  • heather.macalister - 2012-06-04 15:28

    Why are so many children being killed - please spend money on a decent public transport infrustructure and get rid of of those speed freaks. Take their licences away.

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 13:05

      They'll just buy another one!!!!!!!!!

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-06-04 15:29

    When will the government wake up and do something to stop these unlawful thugs from constantly destroying so many lives? They just do what they want, regardless of the consequences. That is the problem.

  • Craig - 2012-06-04 15:34

    what gets more more angry about this, is the article last week about the transport department together with Netcare provisioning medi kits for each Taxi ! WTF people ? Rather spend the money on preventing non road worthied taxis on the road, or illegal drivers, or overloading ! That will bring down the death rate, not giving them medical bags ??? Epic Fail

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 13:06

      Typical! Pretend to fix it after it's happened. Too little too late - as usual

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-04 15:37

    I was raised by my mothers brother(uncle) hu is now 60years n been driving a taxi fo the past 20years,he never returned hom wit a single dent,wat does dat tel u?\r\nOhk I wek on the road myself I kno hu ar the road hogs! But ar we generalizing evrtng here?\r\nLastly diz ppl rule our country not goverment,if they dnt want anyone to go to wek tomoro,it wil take dem 5min to shut SA down,so fo gov to do sumtng major to them I c it impossible coz they poss a big threat,they ar kind of ppl dat wud kill u fo losing thir belonging worth R2,n dey wnt evn regret it,I dnt hv a solution ladies n gents

  • fanie.smit.5 - 2012-06-04 15:37

    Hang the two drivers

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-04 15:54

    We all know why this slaughter happens dont we.My condolences to those families i hope they sue.

  • Patsy - 2012-06-11 12:52

    AGAIN!!! Taxis, taxis, taxis..... Will the massacre never stop? How long have we got to put up with these killing machines on the road??

  • lauren.michie.5 - 2012-06-11 12:54

    Its got nothing to do with Malema's suspension and everything to do with not knowing the rules of the road.

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