Crash kills 6 people on way to funeral

2011-08-06 20:32

Bloemfontein - Six people died after a taxi went down a mountain slope near Golden Gate in the eastern Free State on Saturday, police said.

Sergeant Mmako Mophiring said another six people were seriously injured.

The accident happened when the driver of the taxi apparently lost control of the vehicle on a sharp curve in the road, at Golden Gate at about 09:00.

The taxi was specially hired to take family members to a funeral at Fouriesburg.

The deceased included five women and a man.

Mophiring said the taxi went about 200m down the steep mountain slope, and came to a standstill on its roof with some of the occupants still inside.

Emergency staff battled for several hours to reach and retrieve the injured and dead.

The injured were rushed to the Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli regional hospital with serious injuries.

A case of culpable homicide would be investigated.

  • ian - 2011-08-06 20:44

    is this even news, dumbass dronkgat taxi drivers

      Alan - 2011-08-06 21:01

      Now we will need another 6 0r 7 taxis to take mourners to these funerals. When will people learn? Eish ......

      ian - 2011-08-06 21:06

      learn, learn what , woodwork

  • Komasa - 2011-08-06 21:25

    No condolences????

      Looter - 2011-08-06 21:40

      i just think people take driving too likely...even if you doing it for a living, your focus and attention should be at 100% because your life depends on it.

      Yoni - 2011-08-06 22:27

      They don't need condolences, they need legally obtained driver's licences. No wonder the Road Accident Fund has been bankrupt for years.

  • Nox - 2011-08-06 21:40

    This is DA doiing

      thinkza - 2011-08-06 21:44

      What an insightful comment...

      ian - 2011-08-06 21:47

      troll alert

  • nzs - 2011-08-06 21:57

    Condolences to the bereaved families. I find it rather odd that some middle-class trolls here are passing on such insensitive comments, knowing fully well that many people in this country have to rely on public transport to take them to the places of burial for their next-of-kin. If moving from one town to another is only possible by means of riding a taxi, what is to be learned out of this tragedy? It could have happened even when one was traveling by Greyhound, Translux, City To City - a privilege not many can afford. Again, condolences to the bereaved families.

  • Balfel - 2011-08-06 22:43

    Another preventable accident. A driver does not simply "lose control" of a vehicle. The driver is either not concentrating, or the vehicle is not maintained correctly, or he/she is driving in a negligent fashion. Accidents do happen, but taxis are far too frequently involved in fatal crashes. Of course the spineless transport department couldn't care less!

  • dotty_01 - 2011-08-08 08:02

    it is time for the commuters to rise up and fight the taxi drivers. what always amazes me is their capacity to fight everything from late trains to low wages and poor service delivery. i often think that the previously disadvantaged protest for the sake of protesting. yet, they hop into these taxis knowing that it could be their last road trip..... and they keep quiet. i see commuter collusion too often - they are often laugh at other motorists when their driver has done something wrong. they are never seen to berate their driver when they skip robots or drive in the emmergency lane. they keep quiet because it suits them to get to their destinations faster. so death is this is the price they pay..... they must live (or die) with the consequences. commuters are part of the problem.

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