50 farmworkers hurt in Free State crash

2012-04-10 17:13

Johannesburg - Fifty farmworkers were injured when their truck overturned on the R26 near Fouriesburg in the Free State on Tuesday, paramedics said.

Several were seriously injured, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

They would be treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

"More ambulances have been called to the scene."

Wicks said paramedics found workers lying in the road. The truck had landed on its side.

  • Frank - 2012-04-10 17:23

    I hope that Farm owners dont have anything to do with this

      Heiku - 2012-04-10 17:30

      Or do you? DUN DUN DUN

      Vusi - 2012-04-10 17:42

      Really Frank! Were was your wise ass when the Farm Owners were giving these poor black people jobs. That's 50 families that are being fed by these 'Farm Owners' .

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 17:52

      Frank, it possibly was a farm owners truck, so yes, probably did have some involvement. Not necessarily negative involvement as I guess you are insinuating. You tried our fantastic safe public transport system lately? He probably provided the truck to give the labourers free transport to work. An accident occurred. Sad, but unavoidable - these things happen. You could perhaps blame the goverment for not providing decent public transport in rural areas - who knows?

      Kala - 2012-04-10 21:06

      Zimbobwe That remark is rather typical of your chosen name

  • Tc - 2012-04-10 17:26

    Frank - I agree with you...i hope not to...!!!Coz u never know these days...Sad for the Farm workers and their families...*praying hard*

      Kolobe - 2012-04-10 18:10

      poor blacks! they had to be 50 before making a headline on news24. takes a single white farmer to roll on his wheelbarrow to make a headline here

      Kala - 2012-04-10 21:07

      Kolobe get back under your bridge you troll

  • Shirley - 2012-04-10 17:28

    When travelling in a car it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt-but you can pack people unrestrained on the back of a truck??? That is like flying in a 747 with the roof cut off! Where is the legislation?

      Rajesh - 2012-04-10 17:30

      It is not legal to transport people that way.

      Shirley - 2012-04-10 17:40

      Rajesh: If its not legal-why do we see hundreds of trucks loaded all over? Is this just neglegence on traffic polices part? They talk about drinking and driving etc-but this is something that needs to be addressed fast!One sees the same thing on highways with children riding on the back of a bakkie and the driver doing 120km/ph!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 17:56

      There is legislation, but the reality is that public transport is insufficient. Farming is mostly seasonal, so large labour forces may be required for short periods of time. How do you manage providing transport in these circumstances? Farmers are often forced to provide their own - and use what vehicles they have available. They can't afford an idle bus lying around for 10 months of the year?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-04-10 23:06

      What is your solution, Shirley? And how often do you hear of accidents like this - unlike the "official" transport on our roads: taxi's and underserviced busses? We give people a lift on our bakkie - or they would have to walk 10km's. Would you rather suggest they walk? That would mean they would have to start walking at 4 AM? Let's be realistic here.

  • Frank - 2012-04-10 17:36

    Today its the trial of the farmworkers accused of killing a farm owner Terblanche... THE VERY SAME DAY 50 FARMWORKERS ARE INJURED. I smell a rat here

      Matierie - 2012-04-10 17:41

      And maybe its a driver that can't even ride a bicicle.

      Heiku - 2012-04-10 17:44

      Dis jou boolip wat so stink.

      Brett - 2012-04-10 18:03

      That's not a rat its your armpits,

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 18:35

      Frank, you must remember to wipe properly after going to the toilet. Please, personal hygiene is very important to your health! Do you eat rats?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-10 17:49

    duncan lets not point fingers how many taxis have killed innocent people,more than 50 per day perhaps.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 18:40

      Tony - try the "Reply to " thing, makes your comment more relevant. I totally agree with you by the way.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 18:41

      That was doff - I meant Mike.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-10 17:51

    well put Tony

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-10 17:52

    Good one vusi

  • Etienne - 2012-04-10 18:07

    Sad to hear about the 50 people that got hurt. Drove on the R26 this morning and the road is in such a terrible state that it is a miracle that we do not read about people dying on this road every day! You have swerve across the road to avoid potholes that are easily bigger than 1m in diameter and upto halve a meter deep -- shocking!!!!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-10 18:30

    Let us all pray for these unfortunate poor people that they may recover and that their pain and suffering may be relieved.

  • Piet - 2012-04-10 18:32

    What??? NO SEATBELTS????

  • paulmandlankosi - 2012-04-10 18:39

    To me carrying people at the back of truck is inhumane, I do not care who does it

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 18:54

      Guess the government should provide decent public transport then? Otherwise, a lot of people simply won't get to work.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-10 19:45

      That's true, in most civilized countries it is illegal. But those countries have affordable and reliable public transport systems.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-10 18:40

    The roads in the Free state is apparently in a really bad condition - authorities know this. Maybe News24 can investigate that. Hope all the injured get to the hospital in time and safely.

  • James - 2012-04-10 18:48

    It is unfortunate that these accidents where different races are involved leads racial mudslinging. I feel for all the injured because they don't really have a choice its get on and put food an the table or stay off and let your fam go hungry should blame the Minister of transport and his team of cops that doesn't do their jobs. if the people on the back of open bakkies are taken off and the driver penalised this practice will stop.Whichever way the workers are going to come of second best.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 18:59

      Agree with you James, on the racial issue. Can't stop the open bakkie transport until an alternative is provided - the taxi industry certainly does not provide a safe alternative - and they are closed. Is it the open vehicles or the bad drivers that are really to blame.

  • Frans - 2012-04-10 18:57

    Trust 'The Big Stupid' aka Duncan to turn anything into a racial dispute.

      Lerato - 2012-04-10 20:19

      Trust 'The Big Racist Farmer' to carry @ least 50 inferior people in a lorry

  • Lerato - 2012-04-10 19:10

    The reason why it is difficult not to mention is that even before confirmation one can be 105% that the 50 people injured were not whites. You can never see at least 50 white people cramped in a lorry in SA, never!! What's funny is people claim its racist saying that its obvious that the people were black, what's racist is packing more than 50 people in a lorry !!! Will this farmer do the same to his people. Farmers please start treating your workers with dignity, this mistreatment is not sustainable - tables will change, it might not be now but its soon !!!

  • Lerato - 2012-04-10 19:11

    The reason why it is difficult not to mention race is that even before confirmation one can be 105% that the 50 people injured were not whites. You can never see at least 50 white people cramped in a lorry in SA, never!! What's funny is people claim its racist saying that its obvious that the people were black, what's racist is packing more than 50 people in a lorry !!! Will this farmer do the same to his people. Farmers please start treating your workers with dignity, this mistreatment is not sustainable - tables will change, it might not be now but its soon !!!

      Anne-Marie - 2012-04-10 19:36

      What do you want the farmer to do?? Provide 10 company cars??? Give me a break. Why is it a given that transport must be provided??? Next you will be telling me that the 50 people were forced into the back of the truck.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 20:02

      Ever been to a farm? Ever lived in a rural area where there is no transport - not even bicycles? Ever had to walk 35km (one-way) to the nearest shop/ATM/pension pay point/school - no matter the weather? Ever seen a farm truck? They're not supe'd up bakkies. They can carry 3000-5000 kgs. So here's the challenge - imagine you have unlimited cash, go to one of those rural areas and solve the road and transport problems. Present it to the Provincial Govt and see how far you get

      Lerato - 2012-04-10 20:17

      Whatever helps you sleep, but someday tables will turn. Why is it that its ok if only one race must be cramped into a lorry. But 1 thing for sure things will change soon !!! Will you have your lame excuses if your cousins and friends were in tht lorry, please have respect for my people !!!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 20:47

      Lerato, and how many farmers have 50 white labourers? If the labour was white, the 50 people would have been white. But it isn't - get it? If the farmer did not help his temp labourers with transport, would they be able to get to work? You're trying too hard to make this a race issue, and an issue to bash farmers with. You're not making sense.

      Melania - 2012-04-10 21:11

      Was the driver black or white lerato? You want so desperately to make this a race issue. Let the farmers know they should stop providing transport for their workers. Let me ask you: how many taxi drivers, who killed their passengers, were white?

  • Peter - 2012-04-10 19:12

    Funny we dont hear these type of coments when taxies are killing people almost every day When we were farming we gave a Zulu a contract to cart our labour. Hope the facts come out and then make comments

  • Lebo.Jeed.Tshepi - 2012-04-10 20:22

    The farm and construction workers are victimised when it comes to their means of transport I see it everyday. Whats worse is that they don't have choice but to get to work under this transport conditions.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 20:49

      They don't have any other choice, so how does that make them victimised?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-10 20:37

    Another 70 people injured in a bus crash in the Free State.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-04-10 20:51

      But it did not possibly involve farmers, so the condemnation will be non existent from the likes of Lerato and Co. Government exploitation and abuse of the poor perhaps?

  • Virginia - 2012-04-10 21:29

    Agree with Chum Scrubber totally!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-10 22:18

    Hope NEWS24 provides an update soon.

  • Jayson - 2012-04-10 23:26

    I am still trying to understand some of the funny comments posted here. No where in the article does it say who was driving the truck or who the truck belonged to. For all we know,, the truck could've belonged to the loch ness monster and captain Kirk from the star ship enterprise was driving it. Its all speculation. Why must it be turned into a race war? People were injured and that's the bottom line. Let's focus on that for now. I'm sure the full story will be out soon.

  • Anne-Marie - 2012-04-11 06:41

    News24 you have been busy deleting comments again. Not sure why you allow an open forum and then go through to pick only the comments you wish to include. What about freedon of speech?? Looks like you only allow comments that suit you.

      farmfreund - 2012-04-13 18:39

      A- Marie there is a Zulu on my stoep

  • Ricky - 2012-04-11 08:29

    Stop this carnage. Make the workers find their own transport

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-04-11 09:04

    where in the article does it say that the driver was white or black? there are black farmers too so I don't get why people are turning this into a race issue.... stop using other people's lives to feed your racist mentalities; black or white.....

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-13 18:37

    I think we should just buy bigger machines and have less labour on the farms, just listen to yourselfs a accident happens and all you could do is blaming the farmer, the only way you guys learn is if you have no pap at home,

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