Bodies scattered between hurt passengers

2011-12-10 14:00

Johannesburg - Four people were killed when a minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck on the N2 near Umzumbe, on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, paramedics said.

Seven other people were injured, one of them critically, Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said.

"Four people were killed on impact. Their bodies lay scattered between the injured who were treated on the scene," Wicks said.

One patient was airlifted to hospital and the other injured taken to a nearby hospital.

  • Alicia - 2011-12-10 14:48

    This stretch of road is undergoing maintenance and lanes have been narrowed to 2 - We were nearly killed there 2 weeks ago when someone tried to overtake us on a solid line in the face of an oncoming pantechnikon. Last week there was another head-on at the same place. A tragic case of poor road management and bad driving SA style methinks

      Alicia - 2011-12-10 16:19

      @ Leonard - perhaps but, in this particular case, our road operators are equally to blame. The roadworks are poorly marked (ie no indication that northbound traffic is now travelling on southbound lanes and there is no warning that a contra-flow is in operation. Secondly the timing of these roadworks is shocking - the influx of Vaalies is about to hit the SC - I fear there will be many more fatalities and it won't only be the taxi's! Umzumbe is near the end of their destination and drivers drop their guard with mounting excitement. The road is a death trap for all users

      Spyker - 2011-12-10 17:35

      Alicia.., Road Maintenance is a very wide ranging comprehensive skill that encompasses many disciplines - from planning to physical execution (an no pun intended re the outcome described here). We started losing the skills from '94 on. By now very little are left. Juxtapose over this, the reckless corruption that is now a minimum requirement of ANY government tender as we are only seeing the makings of a complete collapse. I have said it many times - we do not have a clue what the real cost of corruption is for the SAcan economy. We do not have to run like headless chicken after impossible pipe-dreams like 5 Millions jobs - we just have to get rid of the ANC, corruption will follow and our unemployment rate will be around 10% (then we can search for a means to increase bona fide jobs).

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-12-10 15:19

    Oh no after the Harrismith incident, this is too much

  • Rob - 2011-12-10 15:57

    Taxi carnage, horrendous and no doubt more to come in the next few weeks. It isn't suprising that there is an outcry against taxi drivers...BUT whilst it is patently obvious from their criminal driving behaviour that they contribute they are not alone. Who are the faceless ones that make 'tax shy' profit out of taxi ownership or operation, adding to their margins by doing minimal maintenance and cutting corners and always inevitably affecting the safety of passengers and other road users. I have two suggestions: One: use news reporting to publish the names of the owners of taxis involved in accidents; no finger pointing, just their names. Two: an annual audit of anyone in central or provincial government that has any financial interest in the taxi business, leading to automatic disqualification regarding debate and decisions that directly affect the taxi industry. Blue sky maybe, but something has to be done.

      Paul - 2011-12-10 16:34

      For bl$$$y sure! On one side it is a matter of statistics. Remember the VW Beetle hey-day ... every second accident involved a VW Beetle ... 'cos there were thousands of them on the road. Everyone tried to speculate what the cause was ... younger drivers ... unstable aerodynamics ... steering sensitivity ... etc. What was the real reason? RULE OF PROBABILITY! The same dynamic is seen with taxi's, BUT there IS a set of extenuating circumstances. Unregulated Industry ... Visible policing (with honesty) ... suitable deterrent measures. High level stuff. Then comes the personal psychie (sp?) ... money ... more money ... still more money! In my book, (nearly) QED. Lots more to it mind. A prof friend of mine said "we are (currently) living in a Lost State." Anything goes - oh so sad.

      Peter - 2011-12-10 18:39

      I agree 100% - but would like to pose a question - Do the authorities who attend to these accidents physically take the drivers wallet out of his pocket and check to see if he has a valid licence? The drivers invariably are the worst injured. Methinks the paramedics put them in the ambulance after treating and their papers are never checked. This should be reported & published.

  • kedibone.vhengani - 2011-12-10 16:53

    4 long distances we nid fast trains eg gautrain lyk not shosholaza then u wont c us[blacks] at taxi ranks nd drivers no wil end up in prison 4 culpable homicide.fares must b equal 2 taxi fares.

  • pladell - 2011-12-10 18:33

    As we all live in SA, this is OUR government and OUR problem. It's because of a don't care attitude that problems aren't solved, senseless deaths continue and everyone sits quietly doing nothing. What would your comment be if it was your wife or child in that accident? Wake up, people. This is OUR country.

      Irene - 2011-12-10 21:11

      Better not tell the ANC that.

  • comurray - 2011-12-11 08:59

    This carnage will continue during December and part of January, it happens every year however with the introduction of the bigger taxis there is bound to be more passengers killed because they are now grossly over loaded. Why are these taxis maximum speeds not goverened to 80KPH, this would not prevent accidents but would vastly reduce the death rate. Members of parliament should be forced to use public/taxis instead of luxury vehicles they are using at present. There would be a sudden change in traffic control and non corrupt traffic officers to make sure drivers abide by the laws of our roads.

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