Driver doing U-turn hit by taxi

2012-03-13 13:24

Pretoria - A man was killed and 13 people injured in an accident on the R101 Old Johannesburg Road at Rooihuiskraal, Pretoria on Tuesday, paramedics said.

Jeffrey Wicks, Netcare 911 spokesperson, said a vehicle collided with a minibus taxi.

"Information suggests that the motor vehicle executed a U-turn into the path of the oncoming taxi. The two collided and the taxi pushed the vehicle from the road."

The driver of the car sustained critical injuries and died at the scene while the injured taxi commuters were pulled from the wreckage. Thirteen commuters sustained injuries of whom two were critically injured.

"All were treated and stabilised at the scene before being transported to the Tembisa State Hospital," Wicks said.

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  • procold2 - 2012-03-13 13:36

    stupid, but yet again taxi involved not that it was his fault but there are passangers that dont have a choice but to use these death traps injured again

      Hugh - 2012-03-14 08:10

      Consider that this was the the result of not obeying simple rules of the road and common sense. How many times have any of us seen really Dumb manoevures on the road? Most times we shake our heads and ask why? How could a person deliberately ignore the most basic of rules? But it is done timne and again. In short I think it is based on two things a] Too many drivers are incapable of multi tasking thought processes required in driving. B] Really bad attitude and road sense.

  • Raditshaba - 2012-03-13 13:41

    There we go again, blaming the poor taxi driver.

      Stan - 2012-03-13 13:49

      who is blaming the driver

      Brendon - 2012-03-13 14:47

      Poor taxi driver...more poor drivers have a bad reputation as a result of past history of disregard to road laws it may not have been his fault this time.

  • kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 13:47

    if the road was straight where this happened, why did the taxi not slow down and avoid the accident? Did the taxi's brakes work? what was the section of road like, straight, did it have a bend? what was the taxi's speed at point of impact? all of this needs o be taken into account, and answers given. Don't forget, accident investigators can estimate the vehicles speed(s) quite accurately.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 14:10

      Getting thumbs down... wonder who is that, i didn't say anything offensive / etc in my questions, and they are realistics questions when someone has died - o maybe incompetent cops who don't know these questions, or maybe taxi drivers.... i wonder....

      procold2 - 2012-03-13 14:28

      kenneth just trolls trying to get a reaction from you

      Putin the " - 2012-03-13 14:31

      You arrogant moron!! Its me who gave you thumbs down, what did you expect?

      drishworth - 2012-03-13 14:47

      @Kenneth, if it was indeed the car that made a U-turn then why question the taxi? It's like those I've known who have jumped a stop sign and been hit by another car and then blamed the other car for speeding??? - 'if they hadn't been speeding they wouldn't have hit me' DUH! If you hadn't jumped the stop sign - or done a U-turn - the accident would not have happened. Doing a U-turn is a deliberate action so the cause was not an accident. Whatever the circumstances, it is sad that there has been a life lost - and others injured whose lives may well be altered due to to their injuries.

      vuyour - 2012-03-20 09:56

      Keneth, the other driver made an unsafe U turn. that is breaking the law. Taxi drivers dont just panic and are very good on the road and care about their commuters.

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  • Dennis - 2012-03-13 13:54

    We will never get our roads safe as long as we have illegal, unlicenced drivers on the road, driving unroadworthy vehicles and allowed to do so by corrupt traffic officials

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-13 14:05

      Agreed (see, I gave you a thumb's up). But what does this have to do with this article?

      Deon - 2012-03-13 14:20

      We have too many accidents, need radical changes like road controllers and CCTV camera's everywhere.

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 14:26

      lol..jeffrey.. for once i re~read and re~read the article myself..thanks for verifying my confusion...hahahahahahaha..hai really where does all this come from now.

      vuyour - 2012-03-20 09:59

      Fair, how many people buy licenses and dont even bother to know driving and road sings. But u always have to go for the taxis.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-13 13:54

    Well what the hell can u expect when you can buy a drivers license for a few hundred bucks..never-the-less, if the taxi driver drove defensively this might have been avoided.

      Yolokazi Lethabo Langeni - 2012-03-13 14:05

      You're not seriously putting this on the taxi driver. Idiot.

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 14:09

      we where both not there.. but i swear he exhausted his defensive mechanisms..hence the accident

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:39

      smart doesnt sound too smart at all. Who made a u turn onto oncoming traffic? If the roles were reversed and the taxi driver had made the u turn instead would most of u hypocrites still question the private car driver?

      Barbara - 2012-03-13 15:03

      Isn't this laughable ... will blame the taxi driver no matter what ...

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-13 13:54

    "...motor vehicle executed a U-turn into the path of an oncoming taxi". What happened to observations....? The driver clearly did not take caution before making the U-turn. The basics of driving not only took away a life but also left innocent commuters in an injury state.

  • Eric - 2012-03-13 13:59

    Suicidal U-turns are common on SA roads. The driver of the car was to blame - not, for once, the taxi driver.

      roger.pacey - 2012-03-13 18:35

      Eric wrote:"Suicidal U-turns are common on SA roads." Couldn't agree more. Every day, motorists on Nellmapius Drive do U-turns at the robot with Olifantsfontein Road: sometimes four or five cars in succession. The large "No U-Turn" road sign is ignored with contempt. If you complain enough, Tshwane municipality send cops out and tickets them all for an hour or two but the road hogs are back the next day.

  • Matthew - 2012-03-13 14:01

    I drove past this accident this morning. Its a straight road, and a really busy intersection. I cant understand how the driver of the vehicle saw it OK to make a u-turn at this intersection. Fact is, if he didnt, there wouldnt have been any accident, irrespective of the roadworthiness state of the taxi.

  • Bob - 2012-03-13 14:03

    One more fool driver less...! Sad for the injured in the Taxi!

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-13 14:04

    A stupid driver made a u-turn into oncoming traffic - this says it all. Just a stupid drive who happened to be hit by a taxi. Dont question taxis speed, he was fast enough to kill stupid driver.

  • Maarten - 2012-03-13 14:08

    All people who make U-Turns on freeways must die. They are a menace and a danger to every other road user.

      Tendy Nedombs - 2012-03-13 14:22

      FYI, R101 is not a free way.

      Shelley - 2012-03-13 14:34

      I wonder if you would say that if you knew the person!! A bit a of harsh thing to say!!

      Maarten - 2012-03-13 15:15

      @Shelly, 3 of my friends have been killed by people making illegal uturns on the freeway in 2 sepperate incedents. How harsh do you want to be? @Tendy, I know the R101, Is it then legal to make a u-turn on the R101?

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-13 14:08

    This was suicide.

  • John - 2012-03-13 14:09

    I drive the exact road daily and a number of idiots have made illegal u-turns over solid lines (including articulated trucks etc) right in front of me or if I travel the other direction stop dead in the right hand lane to make the illegal turn. Luckily I've been able to stop in time. It's these idiots with total disregard for traffic rules that are the problem. It's similar to the idiots making u-turns on highways who are not willing to drive to the next intersection / off ramp and make a plan to legally get back to the other side. Luckily we have one less idiot on the road now. No amount of defensive driving will always save you from an accident.

  • Willem - 2012-03-13 14:14

    Once again a damn taxi....Probably not roadworthy also, so my question is where is the metro police to deal with taxis that think they own the road? Probably sitting under trees or trying to pull off innocent motorist to fill their monthly target. They are becoming worse than damn sales reps!!

      Eric - 2012-03-13 14:26

      Actually, it was the driver of the car who thought he/she owned the road. Read the article again with alittle less knee-jerk prejudice!

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:41

      Willem,shut it!

      Willem - 2012-03-13 14:45

      Make me!!!!!!

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:51

      Sorry il run out of stapples for tha trap of urs

      Barefoot - 2012-03-13 14:52

      Lol \make me\ who's a big boy? whooos a big boy?

      Willem - 2012-03-13 14:56

      I am, I am...Wanna see.....I am big from head to toe.

  • Leon - 2012-03-13 14:15

    maybe the taxi were speeding a little

      Gareth Jones - 2012-03-13 14:27

      Or maybe someone was making an illegal u-turn and went in front of a taxi, like tha facts say.

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 14:29

      i love media.. thanx for using 'maybe' because in this case it makes a whole of difference.. otherwise,,,,

  • winston.mullany - 2012-03-13 14:23

    Moral of the story: Don't do U-turns on a busy road!

      Muzi - 2012-03-13 14:37

      I am in agreement with u Winston !!!!!!!!!!!! when u drive u must be patient and follow the rules of the road. I have seen lots of accidents happening due to unlawful conducts

  • Nicholas - 2012-03-13 14:27

    The act of that driver is absolutely unforgiveable. And it shows clearly that it is not his first time to treat other pedestrians like that. He is used that is why he didnt worry. This time he happened to be in the nice cameras. I wish the law can cancel his drivers licence for good. He really shamed the entire country. M.K. Cape Town

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:44

      Hahahaha dont worry they dont have to take his license from him,but he sure wont be driving,ever again,not even a wheelbarrow

  • Nigel - 2012-03-13 14:27

    doesn't the taxi have brakes??

      Gareth Jones - 2012-03-13 14:32

      The taxi isn't going to stop dead the moment he hits the breaks, when someone cuts right in front of you sometimes there isn't time to stop.

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:45

      Nigel tik is not good for u. Lay off tik during working hours

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-13 14:29

    A stupid driver made a u-turn into oncoming traffic - this says it all. Just a stupid drive who happened to be hit by a taxi. Dont question taxis speed, he was fast enough to kill stupid driver.

      Willem - 2012-03-13 14:35

      Exactly my point...The taxi thought it was a kyalami track and probably the driver of the taxi thought he was Michael Schumacher.Just so typical.

      Given - 2012-03-13 14:46

      Willem whats typical here is u,not willing to judge the story rationally.

  • Johan - 2012-03-13 14:42

    Drove past the accident this morning... Not a nice site but clearly the driver were not suppose to make a U-turn there. This is a very busy and dangerous road especially for making U-turns. There were so many accidents on this section where drivers just make U-Turns where they are not suppose to. I still feel sorry for the guy who was killed in the accident, definitely not a way to go.

  • dooskop - 2012-03-13 14:45

    These idiots who do u.turns' happens daily on all roads..

  • Leon - 2012-03-13 14:47

    Been in the same situation. Was 50 meters from the woman on the highway when she just made a u-turn. Ended up in the bushes next to the road. They u-turn right in front of you. You have no chance. Believe it.

      Barbara - 2012-03-13 14:58

      I agree with Leon ... drivers don't realise cars and motorbikes approach faster than they think ... u-turns are a danger and should be outlawed!

      Deon - 2012-03-13 15:07

      As far as I know it is illegal to make an u turn in a big road. I know of a friend that received 2 tickets for making U turns on Voortrekker road in the Cape. Some people learn this too late.

  • - 2012-03-13 14:55

    just to add to the fuel... was it at night, did both cars have headlights on? was it sunrise or sunset, was one or others vision impaired... truth is you cannot base anything on this story, which is why an investigation has to be conducted. In fact to even suggest that one car or the other was to blame before a full investigation is conducted is speculation and irresponsible news reporting in my opinion.

      Gareth Jones - 2012-03-13 14:58

      The driver making an illegal u-turn is at fault by law.

  • Samantha - 2012-03-13 15:12

    i to past this accident, it seems as if the car was making a u turn to get to the petrol station. if you are driving towards midrand there is a lack of petrol stations on the left hand side, so if you are desprate for petrol unfortunately many people do this. it is also a problem just before olifantsfontein road - across from teasers as many people also make u turns there. very sad condolences to the family.

  • Darren-Edward - 2012-03-13 15:47

    That is a common spot for u-turns where people try to get to the only petrol station for a few km's on the opposite side - I too was almost killed when a truck shot across the road in a u-turn and I was coming down the road at speed...there is a little rise and you wouldn't see a u-turning vehicle 9even a truck) until it's too late!! Most travel at about 60-80 kmph over the rise - clearly a highspeed impact - I saw the corolla hit from the side and compressed into less than half it's width and the taxi with a smashed front but airbags deployed!

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 16:10

      drive carefully there seems like you are using that route regularly.. i will cry unending tears if you dare loose your life there..from where I am sitting I can hear pain and sorrow in your voice.. I must say you are one hell of an individual..thanks once more for clearing it up bro. I repeat be careful in that route and if possible change it.. I know smart people dont last in this planet.. and it will be painful if you will follow that route..

  • Darren-Edward - 2012-03-13 15:50

    ...another thing, the taxi looked brand-spanking new, one of the new range and had deployed airbags on both passenger and driver sides, looked almost undamaged until I saw the front end which was almost completely gone and pushed back into the cabin. The paramedics did a good job of concealing the deceased but a puff of wind as I passed completely destroyed my morning RIP - one silly decision and life ends, almost for 13 innocents too!

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 16:04

      now we can talk... no speculations..but exactly from someone with first hand information...Darren some people are just good in being unreasonable..

  • Darren-Edward - 2012-03-13 15:57

    They need to put up a wall between the two lanes to stop people making u-turns to get to the filling station there. Willem your remarks are juvenile and ill-informed, we all suffer the frustration of taxi's in this country but to make accusations and false assumption when a life has been lost shows lack of character...i hope you were just having a bad day - still not half as bad as the gentleman who passed away because of a silly mistake. Somewhere tonight there could be a wife and children having an even worse day. Think before you 'speak' bru!

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 16:01

      thanx Darren...theres no better way to put it

      Given - 2012-03-13 16:12

      I love u Darren O:-)

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-03-13 16:23

    10/10 times it's always us men that do these dangerous u-turns on our roads. Being all macho and reckless on a public road is a no-no. People must learn to be patient. Pull over and then wait until the road is clear if you want to change lanes. Otherwise find the next offramp, traffic circle, etc if you want to change direction.

  • Julie - 2012-03-13 16:39

    Believe it or not, but I was tested in 7 different categories during a long lifetime of being on the road/s, and my last test was for a military licence. Our instructor had compiled his own safe-driving manual, and his motto was 'ATTITUDE, FALLBACK, SPACE,' and by following those three rules, you cannot go wrong - I would say the driver executing the U-turn did not ahere to any one of those three: 1) "I own the road, I don't need to ensure that no oncoming traffic will be involved when I turn - THAT driver - not I - has to be on the lookout for me when I turn;" 2) "Why should I have to fall back in the face of oncoming traffic when I'm in a hurry?" 3) "That taxidriver should have given me enough space by falling back when he saw me wanting to turn..." Yes,I know taxi-drivers are a menace on the roads, but in this case I sympathise with him as he probably could not avoid hitting the idiot turning...

  • Hilary - 2012-03-13 17:22

    I road passed the accident this morning, and to start with the car was not pushed from the road. Also the driver must have driven over an island to do his U-Turn. So I don't know.......

      Lorato Ntswaki Moagi - 2012-03-13 20:04

      True the car was not off the road....the taxi dracked it forward

  • Lorato Ntswaki Moagi - 2012-03-13 19:59

    I saw the whole accident....the whole lft side was squeezed n the taxi only the front.....the driver of the white car came from the off ramp of pta,the other cars going to jhb n1 the robot was red nd he drove btwn the cars n he turned without looking on the cars coming....

  • denise.nortje - 2012-03-14 08:18


  • Dianne - 2012-03-20 09:28

    I use that road regularly and I more times than I care to remember I see cars make a u-turn in Old Jhb Rd opposite the Sasol garage instead of going to the next robot which is about 200m down the road and changing direction. Have to confess that most of the time the drivers are not white. This accident caused a gridlock for about 2 hours.

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