7 killed as taxi, truck collide head-on

2012-07-04 07:44

Bloemfontein - Seven people were killed and 17 others were seriously injured when a minibus taxi and a truck collided on the Steynsrus road outside Kroonstad in the Free State, paramedics said on Wednesday.

Netcare911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said six occupants of the minibus died in the head-on crash on Tuesday night.

Eighteen other passengers were treated and stabilised at the scene. They were transported by ambulance to the Boitumelo State Hospital.

One of them died shortly after arriving at hospital, said Wicks.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-04 07:55

    it's tragic, but isn't it strange that there is ALWAYS a taxi or a bus involved in these head on collisions. It's no accident!

      Henri - 2012-07-04 08:07

      whats even more worrying is that how do you get 24 people in one taxi, if i remember correct the maximum it can carry is 16 persons, please correct me if i`m wrong.

      philani.goba - 2012-07-04 08:21

      @ Zoolie - you do get 24 seater taxis..

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 08:23

      @Zoolie: Taxis aren't just 16 seater Toyota Siyayas anymore. Mercedes Benz Sprinters, VW Crafters and other higher capacity vehicles are used.

      Henri - 2012-07-04 08:38

      thank you, so whats the maximum seater you get then ?

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 08:53

      @Zoolie: 22/23 on the Sprinter, 17 on a short wheelbase VW Crafter and 24 on the Long Wheel base VW Crafter.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 08:53

      Run away Trucks are also creating havoc ,literally running over vehicles with dire results to the occupants.Condolences to all killed in the last week or so .

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-04 08:56

      Mr knopah , They are built with some 16 seats but a passenger lap is also considered an suitable seat here.

  • michael.moets - 2012-07-04 08:02

    Just a large moving coffin

      kindness.sweet - 2012-07-04 09:12

      spot on... they are not even going to cut the taxi fare after cut in fuel price, whereas they claimed that they had to increase the price due to petrol price increase. pathetic

  • Lucille - 2012-07-04 08:03

    Again a taxi involved in an accident it is terrible for the commuters using this transport God be with you all

  • john.mathews.58367 - 2012-07-04 08:04

    How on earth did they manage 17 plus 7 peeps in a minibus?...that should speak for its self....overloaded...

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-07-04 08:18

      Might be 3 people in the truck as well, but taxi still overloaded. What's new..!! I feel sorry for the people that have to rely on these death traps to get where they want to be, but they could also open their mouths and say something, but choose not to.

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 08:22

      Taxis aren't just 16 seater Toyota Siyayas anymore. Mercedes Benz Sprinters, VW Crafters and other higher capacity vehicles are used.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-07-04 08:46

      @Kasiboy55 - Yeah, Im sure it was a Mercedes Sprinter...

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 09:01

      Or one of those badly made Geely Gazelle minibuses. They also carry 24 passengers. Who knows?

  • infijar.ken - 2012-07-04 08:05

    How many people in an 18 seater taxi?

  • pierreft - 2012-07-04 08:07

    So in this taxi, we have 17 injured, and 7 killed, which is 24 people. what is the limit again ?....

      John Tshifhango - 2012-07-04 08:59

      how many people were in the mini bus?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-04 08:08

    And they want to let these death traps use the 'PUBLIC' highways toll free?? You anc clowns want to stop the road carnage? then clamp down on the taxi industry.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-07-04 09:01

      Yeah I strongly support this. They want to force owners of 10-year and older vehicles to take raodworthy tests again every two years, other restrictions are being considered but the cause of the carnage on our roads is just ignored.

  • thato.shadrack.71 - 2012-07-04 08:13

    eish guys this is real bad

      Clive - 2012-07-04 09:49

      Why the thumbs down, guys? Thato is right: however you look at it, it IS bad. Many people have no option but to use these death traps. The worst part is the inhumanity of the taxi owners and operators, aided and abetted by an almost total lack of law enforcement on the roads, and corruption on the part of licensing and roadworthiness officials. Wake up, ANC government.

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-07-04 11:04

      Lol must b a few taxi drivers/owners giving the thumbs down..

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-07-04 08:20

    24 people in a taxi (at least), nice one... why are we not surprised?

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-07-04 08:21

    You don"t get into a taxi you travel in a hearse so sad , and they got permits/sion to kill

  • Nicholas - 2012-07-04 08:25

    We had a blustering union chief a few days ago bemoaning the fact the whites care more for Rhino's than black mine workers after 5 were killed in an accident. The mine has since been shut down pending an investigation losing millions in the process. Last week 19 people were killed in a Putco bus crash and here another 7 ...thats nearly 30 black people dead and this is just a drop in the ocean. Not a peep from the load mouth unionist who likes to play the race card when it suits him.

      Clive - 2012-07-04 09:02

      Not even a hint from government that an investigation will be held to check out if the taxi was in a roadworthy condition. I refer to the Putco incident where senior officials from the RAF were on the scene making statements. Is it because Putco is seen as a business and therefor have to have an insurance policy, but the Taxi Association not and thus become a liability to the RAF ?

      Clive - 2012-07-04 09:41

      Spot on, Nicholas; I made exactly this point when commenting on the mine accident the other day.

      pierreft - 2012-07-04 11:37

      well informed Nicholas, spot on, good comment!

  • kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 08:28

    Hold up... Let's stop assuming that the taxi was overloaded. Firstly the article doesn't say that all those injured or killed were in the taxi. I Quote: "Seven people were killed and 17 others were seriously injured WHEN a minibus taxi and a truck collided" And secondly, Mercedes Benz Sprinters and VW Crafters which can have a maximum capacity of +22 passengers are also being used by the taxi industry so assuming that it was a Toyota Siyaya or Hi-Ace is just absurd.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-04 08:41

      The only thing absurd here is the fact that the accident happened (again) Drivers of these vehicles are more often than not totally incompetent and reckless!!!

      kasiboy55 - 2012-07-04 08:57

      Oh Yes, ofcause, It's the taxi's fault. The taxi swerved out of control, jumped onto the oncoming lane and collided with the truck. There is no chance in hell that the truck driver could be the guilty one right? Oh no, the truck driver is perfect, it's those stupid taxi drivers! All of them are stupid and reckless!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-04 09:16

      I agree with you Kasiboy. There is not enough info available in the article to make any assumption. I therefor will not comment, but only thanking you for putting the facts straight regarding load capacities. I do not think all people knew it before your input today.

      Ze Don - 2012-07-04 09:40

      @Kasi Unfortunately the norm is for taxi drivers to ignore road rules, they don't care about their passengers or other road users. So 99.9% of the time it is the taxi drivers fault when an accident happens. Can you blame anyone for making this assumption then?

  • chadjason.wilson - 2012-07-04 08:30

    Mac Maharaj will issue a statement detailing it neccesary for the presidency to mull over the current options pertaining to alternatives within the public transport sector. Minister of transport Sibusiso Ndebele will explain that he did not preside over the ministry when discussions with taxi industry bosses were held where stipulated guidelines were established. Minister of the Police Nathi Mtwetwa will confirm that a enquiry will be organised following the ANC indaba in December. Meanwhile the traffic police will continue to ignore taxi violations in an attempt to preserve their right to live, and no one will do anything to preverse the right of taxi passengers to live...... African politics at work..... nothing gets done. RIP to those that lost their lives and get well soon to those that were injured.

      Joubs1957 - 2012-07-04 08:38

      .... and the children in Limpopo still do not have their handbooks???? Absurdity in the worst degree. This government is TOTALLY and ABSOLUTELY incompetent!!!!

  • Paulo - 2012-07-04 08:48

    sorry for the people involved, but where's the same damnation if it was a mine worker-blade, vavi anyone?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-04 09:04

    Sad reality in SA!

  • kindness.sweet - 2012-07-04 09:14

    they are not even going to cut the taxi fare after cut in fuel price, whereas they claimed that they had to increase the price due to petrol price increase, and now petrol price went down: and they are claiming that its not only petrol price that influence the taxi fare increase. are we a nation that cant think? are we too much submissive? we need to stay away from the taxis and try other alternatives up until this industry matures...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-07-04 11:15

      I am not defending the taxi industry at all, but it is true that the fuel decrease only affect a small part of decreasing operating cost. From a transporter's perspective.(Road haulage) In the older days we work on a 1% per 10c to increase our rates. Due to change in methods practice by fuel companies and other influences we use a 1% = 6c The fuel cost is only +- 50% of the running cost( on the best If any other incident(tires etc.)occurred it change. Even being only half of the expense an increase influence nearly 100% of the running cost. Lubricants, tires, services, breakdowns, parts, etc. When decreasing you only get a reflection on the fuel cost. Not on the others. They always stay the same. Thus the decreasing aspect represent a % of +- 0.25% = 1.5c. Compare this to the impact of 1% = 6c. Companies are not as lenient to allow us a yearly increase anymore and purely going for the cheapest rate. We have to compensate for all the other increases like Insurance, GIT Insurance, salaries, etc. This was done very roughly and figures were used for explanation reasons, but it should give you and idea,

  • samgaf - 2012-07-04 18:17

    gonna give up smoking and start a funeral biz

  • cedric.saunders.3 - 2012-07-11 16:33

    @ kasiboy 55 it is sad to see you try and justify what happened to those innocent passengers, the fat of the matter is people died and they were not in control, how many times thow can taxi's continue to be in accidents and people loosing their lives, just the other day taxi drivers were fighting against the metro police harassing them, the statistics show that they actually need to be dealt with harshly.

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