Driver tried to beat train at crossing - police

2012-03-15 18:43

Johannesburg - The driver of a minibus taxi which collided a goods train at a level crossing on the border of Soweto and Roodepoort, in Johannesburg, was arrested on Thursday.

Captain Kay Makhubela said the driver was arrested at the scene for reckless or negligent driving and was taken to the Roodepoort police station.

"The taxi tried to cross the level crossing before the train could come, but when he realised the train was already there, he tried to turn and the taxi got hit on left side."

The taxi was carrying about 16 children from West Ridge High School. The driver was not injured in the accident in Main Reef road.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Synock Matobako said the five children suffered minor injuries and were taken to two hospitals

Metrorail spokesperson Tony Games said the train was from Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). TFR spokesperson Molatwane Likhethe could not immediately be reached for comment.

Netcare 911 and ER24 paramedics were on the scene.

  • Robert - 2012-03-15 18:56

    It will happen again and again until they the Government takes control of these taxi drivers, because at the moment they are a law unto themselves, with asbsolutely no care for their passengers or themselves. Its a tradegy !!

      Bokfan - 2012-03-15 19:21

      Mr Photo I agree. Its time we, the Safrican nation beat down those who take us for weak fools who'll put up with any rubbish from thugs,thieves and wasters. The old motto "Ex Unitate Vires" ( from Unity comes Strength) still holds true.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-15 19:28

      Where is the cop from Limpopo, we have a job for him here.Oh No they have suspended him....

      Piet - 2012-03-15 20:12

      the passengers allow it!

      colin.dovey - 2012-03-15 21:05

      The passengers were SCHOOLCHILDREN!!!!!

      Schmee - 2012-03-16 10:22

      Piet, have you ever ridden in one of these taxis. The passengers complain and the driver shows them exactly how bad he can be. Often the commuters don't have much choice in which driver they get either. Don't comment until you have walked in their shoes.

  • Arthur - 2012-03-15 19:12

    So much for harsh sentences being a deterrent. These s**theads don't give a stuff. They are ruthless, law-breaking idiots who will bring death and destruction to the roads until hell freezes over. They are out of control and don't account to anyone.

      Andrew Sheppard - 2012-03-15 19:13

      Spot on!

  • Brendon Robb - 2012-03-15 19:18

    I am not shocked , the mentality of taxi drivers across the country is a shame! No respect for anybody else! Only his pocket , I hope they give him some good jail time! Bet he thought \ de train must stop for me\ guess he was wrong!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 19:23

    It's very sad when a person is more concerned about beating a railway crossing than the people they are transporting. It's a driving culture I see everyday - across the spectrum. Yay, so you beat the crossing, crossed a white line, overtook illegally, caused someone else to slam on brakes, ran a stop/red light, drove with the 'phone in one hand or exceeded the posted speed limit. Those few seconds gained make you feel so much better about yourself. Until someone gets hurt or killed. Road rules are there for a reason - to protect people. We're way overdue for unrelentless enforcement.

      Alison Ling - 2012-03-15 20:30

      Agree 100%

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      Ian - 2012-03-15 19:45

      Absolutely, they should all get 20 years until these taxi drivers "get it"!!!!!!!!

      Tom - 2012-03-15 21:55

      Thumbs up Thobela!!

  • jonomillion - 2012-03-15 19:35

    When will government stop this madness? The taxi are a massive threat to anyone who comes in contact with them.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 19:51

      Apparently reviewing the Constitution will solve all the problems

  • barry.visser1 - 2012-03-15 19:36

    Sounds familiar?!

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 19:44

      Yep but as with everything else, things have to reach the status of "crisis" before anything is done. Watch for the next "Crisis" headline. It's politrick-speak for "beyond the point of no return"

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-03-15 19:47

    Why make racial remarks when 16 kids could have died??!! Let us all(white, black, pink, yellow with green dots and orange stripes) stand together agains bad road users. This includes pedestrians, rich guys in their BMW's and the guys with the skoro skoro. Speeding, illegal parking, unroadworhy vehicles-these are all violations that cause people to loose their lives!!!!! 16 kids-for heaven sakes, wake up, they are the future!!!!

  • Warren - 2012-03-15 19:50

    The driver should have his driver's licence cancelled and go strait to jail. Cape Town tragedy should not repeat itself///

      Tasmee - 2012-03-15 21:15

      Agreed Warren!

      Tom - 2012-03-15 21:58

      Warren That is a very good comment you made, the problem is that he failed that test and is driving without one..... Anywhere else if you use a public road and transport something, in his case school children, drivers are suppose to be in possession of a PDP permit. I wonder how many of these drivers has one.

  • Sagren - 2012-03-15 19:59

    Hope, he is charged for attempted murder

  • Teboho Mphaloane - 2012-03-15 20:16

    I guess the 20years that other guy got didnt send quite a message.

      RiD123 - 2012-03-15 20:22

      he was trying to beat that record....

  • Lynda - 2012-03-15 20:22

    Until the taxi industry is regulated, this is what people have to suffer. A taxi driver earns according to how many people he can get in as short a time as possible........recipe for so many disasters on our roads. Have no idea what the solution is

      alansmartSnr - 2012-03-15 21:38

      Lynda.. I agree with you. Importantly, if they were regulated they would also have to pay tax, which I dont think they do now. That tax could pay for the enforcement of regulating them. Perhaps then they could be held more accountable, especialy the taxi owners!

      Tom - 2012-03-15 22:07

      I so hope that this industry will be regulated sooner that later. All of this mindless killings will stop. I sincerely hope that the Government will start to give bigger punishment for those who fails to comply with standard road rules and regulations.

  • Remi Du Preez - 2012-03-15 20:35

    SERIOUSLY!!! Was Jacob Humphries' case not enough to illustrate what happens when you try to beat a train??? You will lose my friend and when you do, you will suffer the consequences...

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-03-15 22:14

      sad thing is that the driver did not even get injured. he should be in a box

  • Pravesh - 2012-03-15 20:37

    Taxi drivers should be serverly punished but they won't get get punished because the cops are too scared of them. They are arrogant and one would wonder if they have licenses. Do you have to have a brain to drive a taxi.

  • Pravesh - 2012-03-15 20:39

    Does the govt even care what happens on the road or are they just too concerned about the toll fees

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-03-15 21:08

      Pravesh, they only worry of the government is that the roads get empty when the blue light brigades come passed as for the rest of the SA Citizens, they do not give a bamn about us. they did promise that this is the government of the people, they just forgot to say that the people is they close knit families only

  • Nicola Killops - 2012-03-15 20:43

    How many more stories like this do we have to hear before something is done about these taxi's that are so above the law and endanger the lives of everyone else on the far all they have got is the reward of E-toll exemption.

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 20:56

      Until the govt decides it has become a crisis. The ANC has lurched from one crisis to another in the last 18yrs. It's the only way they know how

  • Geraldv - 2012-03-15 21:04

    E News said the locals beat him up!! Yes! that is African justice!

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-03-15 21:06

    he got arrested for reckless driving, what crap is that? attemped murder is the only charge send him to meet Humphries, they can rot in jail together

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-03-15 21:34

    Some people just will not listen. Endangering innocent kids

  • Andile Oscar Mtshiselwa - 2012-03-15 21:39

    Some people just will not listen. Endangering innocent kids

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-15 21:46

    On a different note: Cosatu has requested that we should please not buy E-tolls and requested that it be repeated as much as possible on Face Book and on all comments at least once per news item. (Now dont shoot the messenger please)

  • Tom - 2012-03-15 21:59

    I wonder how many taxi drivers is in possession of a PDP permit?

      Juan - 2012-03-16 03:33

      Many of the drivers don't even have a code 8

  • Suzanne - 2012-03-16 07:13

    I hope he gets charged with attempted murder, the piece of scum! It blows my mind how they think they could ever be faster than a train, and put innocent lives at risk. If he gets away with this, then I hope the community will teach him a lesson. I hope all the children are recovering well.

  • Lawrence - 2012-03-16 07:30

    Reckless driving.....attempted murder!

  • martha.stclair - 2012-03-16 07:35

    Nationalise the taxi's. Imagine how much money the government would make from them and the users would be the owners. It is heartbreaking that the majority of South Africans have to take their lives in their hands everyday just to get to work.

  • valdette.brits - 2012-03-16 07:47

    Freaking idiot driver!! And what's worse is that the passengers were school kids.. Seriously now! And how stupid are you not to think you can beat a train and still walk away from that in the event that you weren't lucky enough. Playing "chicken" with a train... not the brightest of moves!!

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-03-16 07:59

    That's near where I live..... Damn hope those kids have a speedy recovery....

  • kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-16 08:18

    i have video this am of a taxi going through a red light, and turning right from a straight lane, metro need to do something, before we take taxi drivers off the roads ourselves

  • TBlogger - 2012-03-16 08:25

    For crying out loud, make a dam example out of this fool before they cause more deaths on our roads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kauthar - 2012-03-16 08:51

    I am so sick and tired of these mini bus drivers. Don't you think of the children that you are transporting... yes CHILDREN!!!!!! How many children have to be seriously injured before you realize that your actions are acts of stupidity?

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-03-16 09:36

    This is what happens if you learn a primate to drive!

      Tinky - 2012-03-16 09:54

      Your grammar is "what happens"(sic) when we allow the un-educated masses, to attempt to post intelligent comments.

  • Zion - 2012-03-16 09:54

    May he have a long and happy stay in prison. Like in life and may he reach 100yrs.SOB

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