Head-on crash - 7 dead

2012-02-09 19:05

Johannesburg - Seven people were killed when a minibus taxi crashed into a car on the N8 shortly before noon near Maseru on Thursday, Free State police said.

The Toyota Quantum carrying 15 passengers from Ladybrand to Maseru was overtaking on a sharp downhill curve when it crashed head-on into a Mercedes Benz with four occupants, Sergeant Martin Xuma said.

The taxi rolled several times before catching fire. Four people in it burnt to death.

Three people in the Mercedes died.

Eleven people, including an occupant of the Mercedes Benz and the taxi driver, were injured and taken to various hospitals.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free two bodies trapped in the Mercedes.

A culpable homicide docket had been opened.

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-09 19:17

    I just knew that the taxi driver would have survived! Ai tog!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-09 23:14

      It doesn't bother me much. Think of it this way.. It's probably just one of the effective strategies for job creation. If they had effective control of licenses and strict and honest law enforcement I would probably think otherwise.

      MandrewZA - 2012-02-10 07:40

      If you see stupid driving, report it on We cannot let's idiots control our roads.

  • Johnny - 2012-02-09 19:19

    I understand the transport issue in this country but we seriously need an alternative way of transport, as for millions depend on these kamikazi's to get to and from work. How many "taxi accidents and deaths" made headlines since 01/01/2012... way too many !!! It is a serious life risk to get into one of these death traps and the law is not up to it to govern this. I think too many bribes are excepted when they get pulled over.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-09 19:22

    Nog n BLÊRRIE TAXI! Haal die goed van die pad af! My condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this pathetic yet very avoidable tragedy! It could have been avoided if the pathetic driver (murderer) of the Taxi had adhered to the traffic rules! Give him life for each life he has cut short. J.D.C

  • Eben - 2012-02-09 19:42

    Now here is something for the government to nationalise! Public transport should be a regulated industry. Regulation would imply the following: 1. Fixed salaries coupled to an effective incentive scheme based on safety and delivery performance. Now it is the faster you deliver the more money you make! 2. Vehicles tracked to identify reckless driving. 3. Proper vehicle inspection and maintenance. 4. Designated areas in order to avoid conflict. This to name but a few spin-offs from proper regulation. The question bodes does the goverment have the muscle to implement this form of nationalisation...?

  • nthabiseng.priklopil - 2012-02-09 19:54

    Hair raising. How many families will be affected by this. Breadwinners leaving behind misery. All rest in peace except the taxi driver. Burn in hell.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-09 19:58

    My sympathy to the families of the deceased - all because the taxi driver couldn't wait one second and had to overtake dangerously. There are far worse things than being caught driving recklessly, try having 7 deaths on your conscience, mr taxi driver.

      Wally - 2012-02-10 16:54

      Sharon, it saddens me 2 say this, but conscience seems absent from many ppl, & the majority of taxi drivers. They will look @ an accident scene & walk away laughing; a petrol attendant speaks 2 me about a person who is about 2 b knocked over and probably die, laughs & shruggs it off as if it is a piece of crap; a week ago a taxi comes speeding into town @ one hell of a speed against traffic and passing everyone in the q - a string of vehicles including a truck - & while I give way 2 a woman who wants 2 turn in the direction he is coming from. I thank God 4 letting me look into my mirror @ the right moment, move my vehicle slightly and hoot...that poor woman (black young woman with passenger) would hv been obliterated should he hv hit her. If any oncoming traffic they wld hv been blinded & head-on. My wife & I nearly got wiped out by a mindless twirp who passed over a barrier line and around a totally blind corner in a treacherous pass - he was passing a horse & double trailer combination. The poor truck driver's face remains stuck in my mind 2 the day years on. Speed is always 2 blame. Nowhere is speed traps going 2 help - the law is there & sufficient, but needs 2 b properly enforced - not just 1 aspect of it. There is a serious problem among mostly (I am really sorry 2 generalise, I know it does not refer 2 all) black drivers that the laws r not meant 4 them, or they hv absolutely no clue what the rules r and why they r there. NOT an apartheid thing! Think, show tolerance!

  • Salome Samuels Pretorius - 2012-02-09 20:20

    This is just so sad. I dont understand why people behave reckless on the roads especially considering gambling with other people's lives. I get to see this daily on my way to work and a few times I had to get off the road to avoid head-on crash because off people who just do whatever they want on our roads. My condolences to the loved ones left behind.

      Zion - 2012-02-10 07:11

      I agree, what is frightening, however, is the rising incidence of head-on collisions. It seems that the taxi driver, in this case, sees it being the duty of the approaching driver to clear the way for his taxi.

  • Irene - 2012-02-09 20:28

    What a shame that the taxi driver is alive. Hope he dies while he's in hospital - someone turn off his life support. Please help us get rid of scum.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-09 20:30

    Sad thing is, this S.O.B. is stil alive, hope he lives with the images of those people burning for the rest of his miserable life, actually nah, hope he dies, slowly and painfully! May the departed R.I.P :(

  • Sean - 2012-02-09 20:48

    It's allways the taxi drivers who seem to survive and a whole load of innocent passengers are killed!!!

  • andriesdt - 2012-02-09 21:23

    I wish one thing can be promoted under passengers of these taxis; and that is that they have a say in the taxi. Why don't all passengers of taxis decide to tell the taxi driver when he is driving reckless. If 10 to 15 people stand together in a taxi and tell the driver he is putting their live in danger, he will surely drive differently. There are many people on this forum that use taxis. Use the "bostelegrafh" method and spread the news under your friends that you have a say in any taxi and that any driver should be taken on immediately if he skips a robot or a stop street or when they feel unsafe. Take the power away from the taxi driver and put it 100% behind the passenger. So go forth, spread the news that you have a say in a taxi and that no one will ever put your life in danger again. This is very simple, but I am sure it will be extremely effective.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-10 05:08

    Another taxi accident, its one or two if not more a day... culpable homicide docket is a joke, MURDER!!!!!! MURDER!!!!!MURDER!!!!! these taxi drivers need to know these Taxi bosses NEEED to KNOW!! I wish we could just take a big hose and wash all this crap away....

  • Zion - 2012-02-10 07:05

    The infrastructure of the railway line Between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu is largely still in order and was used extensively up until recently. That line has been close to use due to a large bus line which carries most of the passengers. (Money spoke here) The line in question carries on all the way to Bethlehem but a terminus can be established at Clocolan, close to the Lesotho border. The section of the N8 between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu is a nightmare for any driver, day or night: Always speeding and saturated with Taxis and large busses.

  • realeboha.makamane - 2012-02-10 08:58

    I will never forget what I saw there. So many people lying dead and others burning helplessly in that mini bus taxi, so much blood. I agree with Jacques, a case of culpable homicide is not enough taking into account he overtook where the road didn't allow him to do it. The docket of murder ought ti have been opened and he be given life imprisonment for each life that he has cut short. There was a young girl with a serious injury to her head in the hands of her mother who was also bleeding from all over her body. What we saw there was a trauma. Some of the victims were pulled out of a taxi by policemen who arrived there earlier and their lives were threatened by the grass and shrub that had caught fire from the burning taxi. thanx to the many people who stopped and gave help to those people. The situation was so bad.

      Patsy - 2012-02-11 14:17

      Something that will live in your mind. I am so sorry for the victims - and for you. These drivers SHOULD be charged with murder.

  • Gail - 2012-02-10 11:25

    And another one! Another day another taxi murders a villages' worth of people. More taxpayers die and fewer taxpayers have to find more money to fund those left behind. One wonders whether the people who have no choice are lazy to work or terrified to be at the mercy of these reckless eugenics machines.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-11 14:10

    Taxis, taxis, taxis. WHEN is something going to be done about their reckless driving??

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