Biker killed by bus at traffic circle

2012-04-17 10:01

Johannesburg - A motorcyclist was killed on Tuesday morning when he was struck by a bus on Maxwell Drive in Woodmead, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said information indicated the bus coach and the motorcyclist had entered the traffic circle.

"The bus struck the rider, throwing him from the bike before passing over his body," said Wicks.

Wicks said paramedics arrived and found the man had succumbed to the critical injuries he had sustained. No one else was injured.

  • dawiez - 2012-04-17 10:13

    Should end: "And the bus driver lives happily ever after." Cause nothing will happen to the irresponsible jerk that cause a family to suffer!

      Peter - 2012-04-17 10:23

      What makes you think he was irresponsible?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-17 10:40

      At least one biker a day dies on SA roads - just read the news. Parents, please don't let your kids ride motorbikes.

      Thato - 2012-04-17 11:25

      and how do you come to that conclusion Dawiez- I'm happy you not an accident scene invesigator. obviously the bus would strike the bikker off his bike and not the other way around, the question is who has a greater chance of stopping quicker to avoid the accident? the bus or the bike?...most probably the Biker thought he would beat the Bus to the circle as they always do... Bikers please play it safe*...unfortunatly there is no next time for the biker in this story.

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-04-17 15:24

      @dawiez how do you tell that the bus driver will live happily ever after? lastly how do you come to conclution with such information? they both entered the traffic circle but we don't know who is wrong.

      Gloria - 2012-04-17 15:32

      The bus drivers in Woodmead are very arrogant. They stop where ever they want, when they want and drive very fast. We have to deal with this every day.

      markmc83 - 2012-04-17 22:31

      The way I've seen buses driving around in GP, whilst not impossible I'd be surprised if the cause if this accident was the bike. I'm surprised that these incidents are not more frequent. As a biker I'm not perfect, I try and ride safely and respect other road users. I do make mistakes and I know I've probably angered others from time to time. I always try my best not to though. I can't thank everyone who lets me pass because I need my hands to control the bike, but am grateful for everyone who let's me pass, thanks to those people. I hope that all people, in buses, cars, bikes, whatever learn respect for other road users and that we all get home safely to our families. I hope this riders family can eventually find peace and happiness.

  • Mike - 2012-04-17 10:21

    ride on forever brother biker

      hyped989 - 2012-04-17 13:47

      ride on. RIP

  • Naas - 2012-04-17 10:25

    Think Bike!!!!!!!!!!! What is wrong with people not paying attention to EVERY obstacle on the road - other vehicles, cars, bikes, pedestrians and even the occasional tree. Its really not that hard. Yes you do get pedestrians and bikes that take chances - but that doesnt exempt you from your moral obligation towards other road users on this planet. get with it. Wake up

      alanaR.rodriguez - 2012-04-17 11:04

      How about THINK CAR!!! We all make way for bikers, must watch out for them, they don't even have the curtsey to THANK YOU, the EXPECT you to move out of the way! SOME bikers are nothing but RUDE and ignorant road users... It's not always THE CAR that's the problem!! BIKERS should wake up TOO!

      Naas - 2012-04-17 11:12

      True. but you cant be biast - I said EVERYONE should be paying attention. wether youre a walker, driver, rider and even if you manage to swim on the highways for goodnes sake look before you take your next stroke.

      Patsy - 2012-04-17 17:24

      A little bit of courtesy and patience goes a very long way to avoiding accidents

      Templar - 2012-04-18 07:53

      Alana, it is very difficult for a biker to show appreciation on the road. I cannot take my right hand of the handle bar to wave at you, that hand controls the throttle and the brake lever. If I wave with my left hand you won't see it from behind my body. I try always to tip my head to the right to show appreciation for the cage drivers who make way for me.

  • Jackie - 2012-04-17 10:30

    This doesn't surprise me, and my 1st thought are that the bus driver were the irrisponsible party.... The way that busses drive & just go when they've put their indicator on, whether there's a space for them or not, they just go. We deal with this DAILY, and it doesn't matter if you complain or not - it doesn't change the way they drive. Please note that I don't know if THIS accident is due to the bus driver / the biker, I'm just saying that we have a problem with bus drivers that are worse than the taxi's lately, and therefore it would not surprise me if this accident were becuase of a bus driver...

      Patsy - 2012-04-17 17:26

      Report each infringement of the law with all the necessary details - even photos, to a programme called IOU. They WILL follow it up

      markmc83 - 2012-04-18 09:03

      Where can I report these and will they be followed up? The police don't even come to your house when you have a robbery, so I'm skeptical about whether they'd follow up on a case regarding reckless driving. Besides on GP roads, my camera would be flashing like a strobe light at a disco if I had to take a photo of every traffic offense I saw daily. Just this morning some idiot narrowly missed my car because he was in a huge rush to get to work.

  • David - 2012-04-17 10:33

    I have noticed that bus drivers today are getting worse than the taxi drivers. Also they are not roadworthy. A few weeks ago I was driving behind a bus that was "crabing" very badly, going around a bend the back of the bus hit a cyclist, driver did not even realize and carried on driving. Every morning on the way to work these buses jump robots, cut over traffic circles and just try to push people off the road.

      Thato - 2012-04-17 14:53

      by now you should have ALSO noticed that trucks and busses take two lanes to turn at a corner, sharp curve and traffic circles. keep safe following distance and avoid passing trucks and busses at corners, curves and traffic circles. I don't see where "Bus driver is worse than Taxi driver" comes in here- be responsible and use your logic when on the road. Don't speed, avoid passing large vehicles at curves/ circles- remember you are more at risk in a smaller vehicle than the driver of a larger one- the driver of the smaller vehicle can stop quicker and therefore is able to aviod and accident.."Report this Comment"....again*

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-18 07:46

      @Thato, I don't think you took care to read the comment. Busses are indeed becoming as reckless as taxis. Particularly PUTCO busses. I have had busses fly past me in several instances, driving at such a speed (clearly exceeding the speed limit) I feel scared for its passengers and other road users. Their speeding is even more reckless than that of a taxi as its a much larger vehicle and harder to control at that speed. I have seen busses try to change into a lane where there is already a vehicle occupying it (moving in a straight direction on the highway) forcing the other vehicle to swerve into my lane. I have seen them go through red lights and change lanes without indicating. And they've taken on the typical taxi habit of stopping in the middle of the road instead of pulling in at a bus stop. In fact one incident almost saw me drive into the back of a bus when a bus turned left at a stop street and stopped right there at the turn when his brake lights weren't even operational. I'm sorry Thato...we aren't talking about drivers who don't consider the length of busses when turning. We are talking of pure reckless driving.

  • Matthew - 2012-04-17 10:42

    RIP Brother, another fallen comrade.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-17 10:43

    Change !!!!! THINK BIKE SLOGEN to LETS ALL BE RESPONSIBLE!!! pointing fingers shall not help.

  • radlegend - 2012-04-17 10:56

    Think Bike!! Strongs to the fallen rider. Bus drivers these days were very reckless. A few weeks ago one bus drove into a house...killed people fast asleep in the supposed comfort of their beds. SMH. Some bikers do ride recklessly as well, but remember, when motorists drive recklessly against a biker...the motorist will always win. So let the bikers ride recklessly if they want...just dont drive in a way that you might actually KILL someone's father/mother/brother/sister/child/spouse. #ATGATT

  • Bradley - 2012-04-17 10:58

    you want a horror story...put a taxi driver behind the wheel of a bus...To the biker may you rest in peace.

  • Hallo - 2012-04-17 11:27

    Think Bikers - not Think Bike R.I.P. tho

  • Hugh - 2012-04-17 11:34

    Condolences to the family, not a nice way to go. Ride free bro.

  • Chille - 2012-04-17 12:05

    The other issue here could also be that one or neither of them know how to use a traffic circle. I see it everyday and wonder how some people are still on the road...

      Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-04-17 12:12

      I agree, the other problem is that these suburban circles are too small for large vehicle, like busses, which causes them to have to cut across lanes.

  • Christie - 2012-04-17 12:17

    Damm people can be judgemental on here

  • Gerhard - 2012-04-17 12:41

    Rest In Peace biker brother! Thirsty Travelers Cape Town.

  • lmadikwe - 2012-04-17 12:44

    rip fallen soldier

  • craige.pershouse - 2012-04-17 12:44

    I unfortunately drove past this earlier and saw the guy and his bike on the side of the road (we were diverted the other way around the circle) - very sad indeed! I agree with some of the comments here that the circles are too narrow... I often have to hit brakes and come to a stop while heading through these circles while trucks/busses are alongside me; they more often then not cut back across the other lane half way through the circle. Its an unfortunate thing to see and hear about - my thoughts are with his family during this time.

  • Marion - 2012-04-17 13:04

    May he RIP and condolences to his family and friends.

  • tanya.bekker - 2012-04-17 13:19

    I am really sad for both the biker and the bus driver, it is a horrible accident. Unfortunately I can count on one hand bikers that I have seen ride responsibly. Other bikers, I have seen weaving in traffic, cutting in front of vehicles, overtaking on the wrong side and heard them screaming up our road at high speed (our road is a 60 zone) I have even had to pick up the body parts when they crash. Yes...think bike but bikers need to think responsibly and adhere to the rules of the road, you guys are not innocent especially those of you that ride without a number plate!

      Hugh - 2012-04-17 14:49

      We do that to get away from woman doing their makeup and tweeting their friends whilst driving.

  • Chris - 2012-04-17 13:19

    So sad . RIP

  • Moses - 2012-04-17 13:47

    i saw the accident this morning around 07:15. what happened both the bus the bike were driving on correct lanes. the bus on the left lane and the bike on the right. both were in the circle but for the bus to exit it must take a swing to the second lane and the biker was trying to quickly overtake the bus but realised that the bus has already moved a bit to the second lane and when the biker tried to reduce speed and that is when he lost control the bike draged him to the bus and ended up under the bus. i could tell there and then that the guy was no more. May his sole rest in peace.

      drishworth - 2012-04-17 15:06

      @Moses, I guess it's human to try find fault and lay blame but thanks for your account - it would seem this was a tragic accident, nothing more. Deepest sympathies to the family and friends. R.I.P Biker.

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  • Thinus - 2012-04-17 15:38

    He was my brother-in-law and an outstanding person who rarely got road rage. He was a terrific husband to my sister and a good friend. He will surely be missed! Thanks for all the kind words for those of you who posted. For those of you who posted otherwise, it is easy to talk about someone you do not know and therefore very uncalled for. Keep his wife, his parents, brother and sister and all the other relatives and friends in your prayers today.

      Lance - 2012-04-18 08:53

      Love and peace to you all.

  • quentin.malga - 2012-04-17 15:39

    R.I.P. brother :(

  • Peter - 2012-04-17 17:45

    Rest in peace brother , condolences to the family and loved ones left behind Ride the skies forever

  • shadowfred - 2012-04-17 21:13

    I am a biker; I commute to work every day. And yes, I have three or four incidents every day where it is me who have to take evasive action to avoid a car or taxi or buss who is just not looking out for me, or don’t care about my right on the road. It is a way of life for me and other bikers on our ‘Mzanzi’ roads...biker killers walk amongst us. Live on brother biker, in our hearts and in our message to world. Think Bike.

  • Peter - 2012-04-17 23:55


  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-18 06:56

    I hope that bus driver is charged with murder!!!! Its amazing how certain types cant drive around traffic circles... I drive this route twice daily on a bike and struggle with inconsiderate drivers, People not stopping at red traffic lights, and people just speeding. I have emailed JMPD requesting fixed cameras to be put up to catch these murderers with loaded cars, trucks, buses and taxis... Its time to take back our right to life!!!

  • Monique - 2012-04-18 07:09

    its amazing to me how everyone can comment on facts that they do not even know or have clarity about. I am a friend of the biker.a friend, husband and child was taken yesterday. our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife, family and friends.

  • kevin.vanblerk - 2012-04-18 07:35

    RIP brother biker - I ride in the traffic every day to and from work, have been for 30 years, I know what it's like on the road, only a biker knows what it's like to ride a bike in traffic, unless you have done this please don't criticize the way bikers ride. While most motorists (as well as taxis) are very considerate to us bikers there are some that will try and squeeze you off the road or prevent you from lane splitting or hoot and swear at us when sneaking past them at a traffic light or stop street. To those motorists that are considerate of us bikers, thank you!

  • Templar - 2012-04-18 07:55

    Ride on brother....

  • Claudia - 2012-04-18 08:37

    My friend was in that bus and it's exactly as Melanie said. A bakkie knocked him of his bike and so he landed under the bus. Condolences to the family.

      Melanie - 2012-04-20 08:42

      Apparently the accident was caught on cctv footage, they are searching for the bakkie driver

  • Lance - 2012-04-18 08:51

    Bikes are fun but very dangerous. A simple fall at low speed is all it takes to DIE. Unless you know the facts it could be anyones fault..

  • Liko - 2012-04-18 09:28

    these bikers le bona they are just too much in hurry - I wonder who was wrong?

  • Natzi - 2012-04-19 11:33

    Just curious but how do you not realise you have knocked someone off a bike?? surely the passangers on the bus would have seen or heard something as well!! so yes actually the bus driver should be charged for murder!

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