Pregnant woman dies in Cape crash

2012-07-22 21:58

Johannesburg - Three people, including a pregnant woman, were killed when a taxi collided with an SUV on N7 at the Melkbosstrand crossing, Cape Town paramedics said on Sunday.

"Emergency personnel from all services arrived on the scene and found the taxi had rolled ejecting the occupants onto the road," said ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks. Two people were declared dead on the scene.

"One of the people who was in a critical condition had to be airlifted to hospital, but died in hospital moments later," Banks said.

Two other people were critically injured during the collision, while six others sustained serious to moderate injuries.

Hydraulic equipment was used to extricate the driver of the SUV.

The injured were transported to various hospitals in the area for further medical care.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-22 22:09

    What a sad way to end a weekend...RIP

  • jimi.harrison.7 - 2012-07-22 22:13

    When will the government DO something about these taxis????

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-23 07:19

      I went passed there yesterday and the lack of common sense, even by the speed cops are astounding. They blocked off the N7, but instead of sending one sod to the turnoff of the alternative route from the Melkbos side, three of them were standing directing traffic. This meant that when you eventually got to the N7, you were unceremoniously turned around and told to take the alternative road, a couple of kilometers down the drag. Taking into consideration that very little traffic was present mid day on a Sunday and the accident happened at least two hours prior to me arriving there, just underscores the lack of logic displayed by everyone concerned. With idiots like these in charge, what realistic chance do we have to stop the carnage created by these vermin in their taxi's?

      Matthew - 2012-07-23 08:37

      The government ,*cough* anc *cough* are the Ones that privately own them =/ so good luck with that one =/

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-22 22:36

    No surprise if was not a Taxi , killers of the roads, not fair.

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-07-22 22:43

    When will they do something about that crossing? More people have died there than in some wars

      Wally Walters - 2012-07-23 06:30

      I was there It was not at the intersection . It was midway between melkbos turnoff and Morningstar It was a gruesome sight it seemed like the taxi had a blow out and collided with a SUV

      phillip.havenga - 2012-07-23 08:13

      Andrew they are doing something, not only have they changed the road markings but they are busy building a fly over. Not sure what more they can do, maybe if people didn't drive like total idiots then there would be less accidents.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 08:46

      Glad to hear they are doing something. What makes it worse that you can't see the cars coming from the Cape Town side until they are on top of you becuase of the hill. And if people are going to be 'allowed' to drive highway speeds then there really has to be two separate roads/barricade, etc.

  • lgcoetzee - 2012-07-23 05:45

    Dit is nou die 3de ongeluk waarvan ek lees waar 'n taxi die oorsaak is! Wanneer gaan dit stop?

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-07-23 08:15

    Taxi's are and will continue to be a scourge on this country, they are allowed to do what they want when they want with absolutely no consideration for other road users, more so there seem to be absolutely no safety regulations for these oxygen thieves.

  • wolla.bolla - 2012-07-23 09:18

    This is so sad :-(

  • Happyness - 2012-07-23 12:03

    My condolences. I hate not knowing who is at fault, whether it was the SUV or the taxi. I have seen many a bad driver, not just taxis. Just this morning an Audi driver nearly drove into me, by just kind of veering into my lane without indicating and without checking that there was space for him. It is NOT always the taxis at fault.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-08-02 08:43

    That crossing is lethal. There really needs to be a series of traffic lights there or a method of crossing that doesn't involve having to pull across two lanes of oncoming traffic going at over 120k per hour. It really burns my ass when these things are preventable!

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