Dozens hurt in 6-vehicle pile-up

2012-01-18 09:51

Pietermaritzburg - Thirty nine people were injured, 15 of them seriously, when two minibus taxis and four cars collided on Edendale road, near Pietermaritzburg, on Wednesday, paramedics said.

The incident happened around 07:30 near a factory in Edendale, said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks.

He said six children were injured in the crash, but were treated for bruises and cuts.

The 15 people seriously hurt had neck and back injuries.

The injured were taken to various hospitals in Pietermaritzburg by an emergency medical bus, said Banks.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

He said that while paramedics were responding to the accident there was another crash involving a minibus taxi and two bakkies further up Edendale road.

No injuries were reported, said Banks.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-01-18 10:04

    once again,taxis.these death traps should be removed from our roads.

      NecroButcher - 2012-01-18 11:08

      Totally agree with you there!

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 11:15

      No ways, keep em going. It's a culling process on ANC voters.

      procold2 - 2012-01-18 11:24

      John spot on, this is not news anymore cause nobody seems to pay attention to it,the taxi associations do nothing,the drivers are incompetent, the law enforcers take bribes and the gov does nothing,sad state of affairs for millions of people who need the transport.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-18 13:12

      Let the carnage continue until the government acknowledges that there is a problem!!! They do not want to learn and now innocent people must pay for their greed!!

  • JakesLR - 2012-01-18 10:05

    'The cause of the accident was not immediately known'- well maybe the word 'minibus taxi" should give you a direct clue...?

      Wendy - 2012-01-18 10:44

      Jake, yes you would think!

      Stefan - 2012-01-18 11:15

      Hahaha couldn't say it any better. Very well said man!

  • Sean - 2012-01-18 10:08

    Reason? One word - TAXiS!

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 10:36

    Taxis are out of control!!! When will the authorities do something about these road-thugs? It is shocking to see how they drive. Only the cops don't see a thing they do.

  • andrew.arde - 2012-01-18 10:47

    I am so desensitised to these sorts of reprts, which is really very sad. When are the powers that be in the transport department going to grow a pair and sort out these death traps!!??

  • Barry - 2012-01-18 10:51

    Andre - when will the authorities something about the taxis ? NEVER ! The taxis bosses are too powerfull - lives are cheap in Afica

  • Steven - 2012-01-18 10:55


  • Nosiphom - 2012-01-18 10:58

    Following distance, following distance,following distance. If the other vehicles were not tailgating ther would only be two cars involved in the accident. Why do people drive up to the bumper of the car in front of them, yet they have never been in a physics class, so they have no clue about issues of momentum and how brakes work ??? I still wish to hear that someone has been fined for not keeping a safe following distance!!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-18 12:43

      Every time I try to leave a safe following distance, some clown overtakes me and fills the space. SA drivers hate to see an open space between two vehicles.

  • flippie.vanschalkwyk - 2012-01-18 11:02

    What bothers me is everyone says the common denominator is most accidents are speeding and alcohol. This is just one of the many where I see something different, and most of the time that something is speeding.

  • Peter - 2012-01-18 11:02

    Charge the taxi driver and the Taxi Owner. The taxi owner calls the shots and should be held responsible for the actions of his drivers as is the CEO of a company. Taxies are a vital part of the country's infastructure, ita a pity it is not controlled with a iron fist.

      Mike_or_Mpho - 2012-01-18 11:05

      you are 100% right, but ask yourself how many ANC politicians own (or part own) taxi companies and you will find out why nothing is being done against this legal man slaughtering on our roads

  • NecroButcher - 2012-01-18 11:08

    Stupid taxi's. Get rid of these idiots off our roads!!

  • Donald - 2012-01-18 11:08

    Another day another taxi... whatever.... I have noticed that Taxis in Joburg kind of stop at red lights, sometimes, but take off and are across an intersection BEFORE the light turns green. They stop where they want, they exceed 120km/h even wehn passing manned speed traps, and yet are not pulled over... they overload, so whatever....

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 11:27

      Thats why they are in so many accidents.. which is fine by me!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-18 12:45

      This just happened about 30 minutes ago right in front of me in Lansdowne Rd. in Claremont, Cape Town.

  • Bongani - 2012-01-18 11:09

    my condolences to the families who lost and will still lose their love ones due to this. who is right or wrong is a non issue here. Drivers in general are just angry with the world.

      NecroButcher - 2012-01-18 11:12

      And taxi drivers in general think they OWN the damn road. Overloading taxi's and having unroadworthy taxi's. Dangerous recipe

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-01-18 11:31

    Two taxi accidents today and one yesterday on the same road! When is something going to be done or does the government not care about taxi commuters?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 11:44

      I think the answer to your question is NO, the government doesn't give a damn about taxi commuters. In fact the government doesn't give a damn about any of the people in South Africa. The government DOES give a damn about themselves and that's about it.

  • Koos - 2012-01-18 11:32

    ja.... ok... taxi's again involved.........enough said....

  • Michael - 2012-01-18 11:40

    New Zealand were horrified because they had 12 road deaths over the festive period. It's so bad here the news berely makes it to page 17...We had over 1400!!

  • Andre - 2012-01-18 12:11

    I work at a Factory in Moses Mabhida rd where the accident took place. It is the main road going to Edendale Township. I the article they didn't mention the other accident just as you exit Pmb town where another taxi hit a car at a robot at 7:45 this morning too not even 2km away on the same road! Moses Mabida rd aka Kayalami race track for Taxis is horrendous to drive especially in the mornings. Its a 60km/h zone and the Taxis flash lights and push you out the way if you not willing to drive at 100km/h+ down there. Something has to be done. 2 Years ago the traffic department use to do daily speed prosecution down the road but have dissapered... Now its free for all... and the result???

      Nosiphom - 2012-01-18 12:25

      Speed humps - esepcially if you know you can not appeal to the people to be logical. Putting a few of them in jail for even a few days may change the behaviour.

      Schmee - 2012-01-18 13:52

      @Andre how often do you see traffic cops on that road. On the N3 the truck drivers drive like idiots. I don't know when last I've seen a traffic cop doing his job.

  • John - 2012-01-18 12:13

    Then the local authorities want to ban fishing near beaches because of the dangers of Shark attacks on bathers. DAHHHH

  • braamc - 2012-01-18 12:16

    Cause of the accident, no doubt the taxi's

  • Vicky - 2012-01-18 12:46

    HIACE = High Impact African Culling Equipment

      Newsreader - 2012-01-18 15:28

      Everything keeps going right....Toyota!!!

  • Peter - 2012-01-18 13:58

    The Goverment talks about reducing speed. Wrong reduce those killing machines taxis and get our people proper public transport that will be a lot safer than those killing machine taxis. I feel for every one that needs to use them. Those drivers have no feeling for life.

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