42 injured as they fall from moving truck

2012-06-06 14:11

Johannesburg - Forty-two farm workers were injured when they fell from a moving truck in Bethlehem on Wednesday morning, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesman Andre Visser said the labourers were being transported to work in an open carriage truck when the left side-guard of the carriage broke away.

Paramedics found the injured passengers strewn across a distance of 80 metres.

Visser said 11 of the patients sustained minor injuries while 31 sustained more serious injuries, ranging from back and neck injuries to broken legs and arms. They were taken to various hospitals.

The cause of the accident was not clear.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-06 14:21

    the owner of the farm/company/truck must be charged and the injured compensated for injuries and loss of income.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-06-06 15:05

      The driver must be also questioned and charge. The injured was over a distance of 80m. If not a downhill the driver should have seen people fall of and stopped. If now downhill or he could not have stopped it means he was driving to fast with so many people on. Yes, the farmer is maybe the owner of the truck and something can brake, but if we hold him responsible, due to lack of provisional misconduct, the same must be done against the driver. This is part of their requirements and the law where transporting is concerned. We bark to easily to the one side and also applying responsibilities to where it suits us. Fast driving and fast and sharp turning could have also cause the railing to give in under the weight that was sling onto it. I hope all the people recover in full.

      Deon - 2012-06-06 15:29

      This falls within the scope of WCA injuries, hope the owner is up to date with his payments.

      Shadipity - 2012-06-06 16:42

      Why were they being transported in a truck - surely its is the same as transporting people in an open bakkie which is against the law unless there are railings!

  • Zebedi - 2012-06-06 14:37

    Phumi and lerato, you twats. it says very clearly that the left side-guard of the carriage broke away. Do you think this was intentionally done by the farmer to harm his workers? Do you think the farm benefits at all when the workers are in hospital? Or is this just an opportunity for you to promote your radical politics re section 25? You are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-06-06 14:44

      Aslong the is no dead person thaks god or save them

      nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-06 14:52

      Dead Right!

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-06-06 14:54

      I don't think there was intent on his part as you say but, there definitely was negligence. He should have ensured that his side guards are well fastened. And there is also a case of speeding as people were strewn over an 80m distance.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-06 14:58

    i know just how creative you guys are. You're going to turn this into a race issue, land grab issue, farm murder issue, anc and DA will also feature somewhere and of course the insults. Can we just calm down and thank God these people are alive!

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-06 15:03

      ha ha ha you right these guys are so creative they could outclass Quentin Tarantino in movie production

      Rob - 2012-06-06 15:32

      Too late of yours already turned it into a race issue & a political one too. Typical.

      Pixie86 - 2012-06-06 15:55

      @rob, so did you. You just said 'one of yours'. What did you mean by that? I wish we'd classify ourselves as south africans first.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-06-06 15:13

    Once again driving 42 workers like cattle in a animal type vehicle. Was the wooden side old or not secured properly. I would also like to know who was driving the vehicle.

      Gerald - 2012-06-06 16:08

      The driver was driving, hopefully

      eric.martinsich - 2012-06-06 17:16

      @makesuthink. I am trying to determine if it was the owner driving or someone else as the first written attacks was against the farmer

  • Andre - 2012-06-06 15:24

    Look, this was an accident. I doubt whether the farmer, or whoever, did this deliberately. The workers were most probably begging a lift. First establish exactly what happened before you curse and condemn!

      Shadipity - 2012-06-06 20:03

      It's not an accident if it's illegal - you not allowed to transport people in any vehicle that is not registered as a passanger vehicle.

  • Carla - 2012-06-06 15:25

    Hope everyone makes a speedy recovery.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-06 15:53

    Its sad that when these poor farm workers are in trouble you will never hear from Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mmusi Maimane, the sister

      Tony - 2012-06-06 16:59

      We have also heard nothing from any ANC people. Blanced comments please.

  • michael.vanwyk.33 - 2012-06-06 16:15

    The way i read it it was an unfortunate accident as i do not think the farmer would intentionally hurt the people that sustains his livelyhood.why make this a political issue is above my comprehension,but then again u get different kind of people in our communities.

  • rebecca.robyn - 2012-06-06 16:28

    Very unfortunate, but I thought that there would be a law passed that would make this Type of transport of people illegal, especially after that horrible accident when farmworkers were killed by an oncoming train when the truck stalled on the train tracks?

  • shalomkatekani - 2012-06-06 17:07

    so0o sad the people who actualy earn a big bellied **** million, had to suffer like this just to earn peanuts. Accident my toe what u expect to happen if u transport 50 people as if they r a bunch of cattles. Cuming frm a farming area i also knw dat thes poor people have to pay a certain fee p/m just to be transported like live stock in order to earn R500pm

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-06 19:27

    Hahaha Carla i like your chirp.

  • thabo.lemphane.9 - 2012-06-06 19:51

    May God protect them all

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