Christmas carnage on Gauteng's roads

2011-12-25 09:03

Johannesburg - At least eight people were killed in accidents around Johannesburg and Pretoria on Saturday and Sunday.

Two people were killed when a car crashed into a bakkie in Cullinan, east of Pretoria on Saturday, metro police said.

Spokesperson Console Tleane said a Mercedes Benz was overtaking several cars when it crashed into a bakkie as it tried to avoid oncoming traffic. Two people in the bakkie were killed and two other people were in a serious condition in hospital.

Five other people sustained minor injuries.

Meanwhile, in Kurgersdorp West, a single cab bakkie appears to have been crushed after the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and it smashed into a tree off Rustenburg Road on Sunday morning. Two of the three men in the vehicle died at the scene, ER24’s Vanessa Jackson said.

Another accident in the Eastern area of Johannesburg left 2 people dead and another 3 with various injuries.

The first of the two accidents happened on Elgin Road in Kempton Park where two vehicles collided head-on. The cause of the accident is not known, but the 51-year-old woman driving one of the vehicles died despite efforts by paramedics to resuscitate her. The driver and only occupant of the second vehicle involved suffered minor injuries.

In the second incident, shortly before 21:00, a driver lost control of his car and it rolled into a field on a road between Heidelberg and Nigel. All 3 occupants were flung from the car, one of them dying instantly.

The other two men had sustained relatively serious injuries but were in a stable condition. They were taken to a nearby hospital for further care.

Two people were also killed when a taxi overturned in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts

  • Lara - 2011-12-25 09:18

    'Tis the season for the idiots Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la In their Mercs and bakkies Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la To see how many they can kill Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la And if they can beat the taxis Tra-la-la-la-la-la-la Despite all this, hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and make it through to 2012.

      John - 2011-12-28 10:30

      If any psychiatric doctor is online, please contact Lara immediatly. She definetly have a mental disorders. Merry Christmass Lara...Lara or Tara was the hospital?

  • johan.opperman1 - 2011-12-25 09:33

    Taxis all the way Ignoring traffic rules they may Oh what fun it is to ride on the Gauteng motorways

      Barefoot - 2011-12-25 10:22

      Did you even read the article?

      Azande - 2011-12-25 11:19

      he is commenting on yesterday's article.

      johan.opperman1 - 2011-12-25 12:23

      @Barefoot: have you ever heard of "humour"? Lighten up, and merry Christmas to you too.

  • Peter - 2011-12-25 10:47

    Automatic death penalty (DIY)

  • Zion - 2011-12-25 11:15

    It's only words and words are laughed at, to take our lives away. So much for those loud mouthed buggers in the Metro police and Ministery of roads and their promises to curb the carnage on their roads. When these people say something it is safer to take it with a pinch of salt because that is the value of a life in the eyes of these authorities.

  • Jb - 2011-12-25 14:25

    Yip, thats about how they drive around here. I live near Cullinan and the idiot with the Mercedes overtaking several vehicles in the face of oncoming traffic is a daily occurance. And if he sees he is not going to make it he just pushes into the queue, one just have to give way or risk having him smash into your front fender. Then he completely ignores your hooting before he takes the next "gap" and does exactly the same thing again. Sometimes they make it, sometimes they don't. Fatalaties on the road past my house is a weekly occurance, several of whom I have witnessesed first-hand. Arrogance combined with stupidity is a terrible combination.

  • comurray - 2011-12-25 15:20

    Has anyone ever thought that there are a hell of a lot more motor vehicles on our "roads"(for the want of a better name) than the same period last year so there is bound to be a lot more accidents. To all of you out there have a pleasant Christmas day.

  • Dido - 2011-12-25 20:00

    The biggest problems causing taxi accidents are driver fatigue, driving for long hours covering long distances. It’s tiring. A driver will loose concentration during a journey and put his and the passengers lives at risk. I was a minibus taxi driver so I am talking from experience. I often experienced a lapse of time during the journeys. Like my eyes are open, but concentration is gone. I will suddenly realise how I covered fifty kilometres so quick. Yes that is sleeping with my eyes open while driving. Driver fatigue. Why. My boss at the time expected a twelve hour journey between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to be completed without a proper rest or an extra driver. It is not humanly possible to start at 6pm and finish the journey at 6am without loosing concentration covering a distance of nine hundred kilometres. I suggest it should be law that a taxi driver should not cover more that five hundred kilometres or a maximum of six hours continues driving without at least a six hour rest or a replacement driver should be made available by the taxi owner.

      Sean - 2011-12-25 21:55

      @jb and I am sure that there is a white line too that is I am assuming is being ignored?

      Sean - 2011-12-25 22:11

      @Dido, yes I am aware that there are the taxi bosses that set these goals, so in most cases, despite popular belief, it is not really the taxi drivet's fault but the big fat boss who sits in his comfortable mansion raking in the money that is actually to blame. I also know that this is true for most truck drivers, their bosses expect the same! Thus I know for a fact. It is desperation for money, and there is a very good reason in the mind of these bosses not to have another backup driver, there would be a loss of income from one more passenger, it is very sad that this the case because not only are taxi drivers putting their lives at risk but also other innocent road-users and famiies that are wiped out in a second too! I plea to the government to please come up with a practical solution to this situation. The same applies to taxis that drive badly and rudely in towns too, they have a goal set by their bosses too. If a survey is done one would discover that many drivers are not actually the owners of the taxis and work for a big fat boss who is too scared to put his life in danger to drive way taxi drivers do. There is no excuse for the way they drive, but government should hold the real owners of the taxis accountable for any fatalities and un-roadworthy taxis!

      Rob - 2011-12-28 10:07

      Dido, and other commentatot on the taxi contribution to danger on SA Roads....TAXI MEANS ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE TAXI INDUSTRY. Drivers, owners, administrators, legislators. YOU ARE ALL TO BLAME. Greedy, uncaring on the verge of criminals. May you rot in hell, and the innocent victims and their families find some comfort.

  • mbongenia - 2011-12-25 22:43

    we should all learn to drive defensively not aggressively....and why not implement a system where if one passes a defensive driving course they get a license for life

      Vernon.J.Brown - 2011-12-26 10:15

      Defensive Driving courses are really practical and benefits a driver hugely. Its a whole different approach to driving but if you are arrogant by nature this is not for you, in fact, you wont pass the course.

  • rodney.scholtz - 2011-12-26 08:06

    There is a solution to every problem, including fatigue...

  • Gwen - 2011-12-26 08:10

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-28 10:39


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