Six killed in Centurion crash

2012-05-26 20:15

Johannesburg - Six people were killed and eleven others injured when a taxi collided with two cars on Botha Avenue in Centurion on Saturday, Tshwane emergency services said.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said the driver of a taxi lost control and the taxi was pushed into oncoming traffic.

"The taxi collided with two cars, one car head-on and the other car was struck on its side," he said.

"Six of the injured are in a critical condition, three seriously injured and two sustained light injuries."

Pieterse said the injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-26 20:44

    Each one of us knows someone who has been killed or maimed by one of these generators of mass destruction on our roads. Each one of us has been adversely affected by the seemingly infinite power that they wield. They are in our faces every day. They torture us every day. They laugh at the law every day. We cry for vengeance and change over so many issues but when it comes to the daily slaughter, we are silent.

      miyo27 - 2012-05-26 22:59

      and metro in Durban have been asked to not stop them any more during peak times....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-27 05:41

    Lost control SE GAT!! Reckless and speeding is what caused this carnage!! Hang all taxi drivers!!

      Mikkel - 2012-05-27 19:05

      By saying that all Taxi Drivers should be hanged is a bit harsh but then again it is probably the only solution to this ongoing problem.

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-05-27 07:26

    These taxis must be taken off the road and decent public transport instituted. In the bad old apartheid days I used to ride the buses and the trains and found I didn't need to have a car in Jo'burg. Now I have to have a car. There is no way I can find a bus to get me to and from Jo'burg. I only ever road in a so-called black taxi once and I was so terrified by the driving that I would rather walk. There is a huge sign on the corner of Jan Smuts and Bompas Road, outside the SA Taxi Associations off, advocating that one should ride taxis. I am tempted to go graffiti NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! all over the sign. One thing I have noticed that there are very few female drivers and there are no whites of either sex driving these taxis. So does that mean that the SA Taxi Association will not allow whites to own taxis or that the banks will not give loans to white people to buy these taxis?

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-05-27 07:42

    The spanner lost its grip...

  • Patsy - 2012-05-27 11:21

    And they demand that they do not be fined for any infringement of the law? Why? So they can go on killing people? They insist they are being targeted by traffic police!!! Surely they aren't really surprised? Most of them shouldn't be allowed near anything on wheels. It's about time that decent bus services were reinstalled, (not jobs for friends) with vehicles that are inspected regularly for defects and with drivers with the requisite licenses (not bought but earned) to drive heavy vehicles. Where are you when you're needed, Sbu Ndebele?

  • Steve - 2012-05-27 15:31

    Unbeleavable. A taxi involved in a fatal accident?? Take this crap off the roads. There has to be a solution.

  • Steve - 2012-05-27 15:34

    Sorry. Unbelievable!!

  • Lucy - 2012-05-27 16:48

    and we more worried about "the spear"......what a bunch of morons. May as well give driving licences to 5yr olds and get the 4 yrs olds to police them

  • Chris Fourie - 2012-05-28 14:52

    Were does it stop, the only one that deserved to die was the taxi driver, horrific and a tragedy for all the innocent victims. My deepest sympathy to those that past!

  • percy.mongalo - 2012-05-28 22:56

    We wish a speedy recovery for those injured and convey our condolences to the ones who lost their loved ones. Makgoba Percy Mongalo

  • ppisciotta - 2012-06-04 14:37

    Bring back capital punishement. If the Taxi Driver is at fault for so many deaths, they should be executed. This is an outrage and a total embarrisment for SA before the world.

  • Magome - 2012-06-07 18:40

    I believe that most of the taxis on the road are not roadworthy and I believe that there must be a regulating body to ensure that our safety on the road is a priority. This is not the only concern, the blue light speeding cars for parliamentary degrenatories create discomfort driving as well!

      Patsy - 2012-06-11 12:46

      The blue light brigade should be banned - they are not fit to be on the roads. Just shows what contempt the ANC has for the general public that they allow these killing machines to carry on driving 'VIPS' around

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