KZN taxi accident devastating - MEC

2015-08-17 22:46
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Durban - The accident involving a taxi and a train in Shaka's Head, which claimed the lives of 15 people, was devastating, KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Willies Mchunu said on Monday. 

“This is another devastating accident that has claimed the lives of 15 people this early evening near Ballito," he said in a statement. 

"This accident follows two recent accidents that have claimed a total of 14 lives in Bulwer [8] last month and in Ladysmith [6] two weeks ago. Most often, many of these accidents could have been avoided if drivers strictly adhered to the rules of the road." 

He called on road users to "realise the devastating effect of these accidents on affected families, communities and the country's economy". 

"On behalf of government, I would like to send our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery." 

IPSS medical rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said earlier that the taxi was carrying 20 people when it crashed off a bridge on to the railway track below.

The train then smashed into the vehicle.

"We found 15 dead. One person is critical and four have moderate injuries," he told News24.

He said no one was injured in the train

KZN EMS put the initial death toll and 14, and later revised it to 15. 

Spokesperson Robert McKenzie also put the number of those injured at five. 

"KZN EMS paramedics that were on scene say that this is one of the worst cases they have ever attended to and described the scene as 'absolutely tragic and sad'," he said in a statement. 

"As KZN EMS we would like to send our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Words can’t describe the anguish they must be feeling at this time."

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