Three dead in Cape Town taxi crash

2011-12-21 07:44

Johannesburg - Three people were killed and three others critically injured when a fully laden minibus taxi rolled in Bloubergstrand, Cape Town on Tuesday, paramedics said.

"Upon arrival of paramedics, three people had already succumbed to their injuries as they appear to have been ejected as the taxi rolled," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

They were declared dead at the scene, on West Coast Road near the Big Bay turn-off.

Two of the critically injured were airlifted to Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals.

Another five passengers sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious.

Reports of two children having been in the accident were unconfirmed. They were apparently taken to hospital by a motorist who arrived at the scene before paramedics, Jackson said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-21 08:18

    Some of "them" just cannot drive safely because of a lack of perception, discipline, responsibility, judgement and the ability to be just plain stupid. As long as "they" are driving motor vehicles the carnage on the roads will continue.

      Anthony - 2011-12-21 08:34

      so what is the taxi death count up until now from 2011/12/01 to 2011/12/21

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-12-21 10:21

      If the Government is willing to turn a blind eye towards the obvious cause of the carnage on our roads then I say Keep 'em coming!!!

  • nasheenar - 2011-12-21 08:22

    Very sad that three famalies are missing a mother or a father because of a taxi driver. I use the R27 everyday and the taxi's abide by none of the rules of the road, up until recently they were using the new bus lane. The incident was reported and turns out the guilty party had no license. Law enforcement needs to clamp down on them.

      Jay - 2011-12-21 09:29

      I live in the area, and the way these guys drive is beyond me!

  • Ian - 2011-12-21 08:27

    Airlifted to Groote Schuur, there's a Netcare Hospital 30 seconds away?

      Kevin - 2011-12-21 08:32

      perhaps now we understand the need for National health insurance

      Jay - 2011-12-21 09:31

      Ian to be fair, i would rather the experienced trauma staff at Groote Schuur look after me.

      charmaine.tarrant - 2011-12-21 10:37

      I agree with you Ian, the Netcate Hospital is a 24-hour Emergency Hospital, equipped to deal with trauma cases. But than again it is a private hospital so going to Groote Schuur might have been the only option. I live around the area to and drove past the scene last night, very tragic.

      nasheenar - 2011-12-21 12:27

      Exactly I couldnt understand that either.Sad thing is that it all comes down to money.

      Deon - 2011-12-21 12:40

      No hospital or dr are allowed to not treat Emergencies like MVA even if you do not have money or cover. Some patients are trying to abuse this law: common cold is not an emergency.

      Jennifer - 2011-12-21 13:04

      Well first of all I would rather go to Grotties with hectic trauma I think, but later down on conversation a private hospital does I think have to stablise accidents cases etc and then if they have no medical aid or a healthy credit card they get moved to state facility which can I would imagine be more traumatic than staying in one place

      Janice - 2011-12-22 09:49

      Medical aid!!! Blouberg hospital is like a ten star hotel!!!

  • Trevor - 2011-12-21 08:44

    So sad with just 4 days to there will be an empty chair @ the dinner table.

  • Kate - 2011-12-21 08:53

    Did I read "Taxi" again? Never!! These idiots do more carnage in one month than all the normal people in a year.

  • renejupp - 2011-12-21 08:54

    Rolling a taxi on a straight road requires a Masters Degree in IDIOT!! Glad no other cars were involved, but saddened by the fatalities and injuries :(

      Jay - 2011-12-21 09:33

      Probably had a blowout from overloading. Front tyre goes on one of those things and its tickets!

  • lvpeterson - 2011-12-21 09:07

    someone is joining Humphery in prison this festive..

      Samantha - 2011-12-21 11:18

      the taxi driver died too

      Samantha - 2011-12-21 14:11


      Karen - 2011-12-21 14:55

      Anthony-it wasn't the drivers fault. Get your facts before making dum@ss comments.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-21 09:30

    I saw pictures of the accident scene there were patatoes and onions laying around - this is so sad just thinking these patatoes and onions were I bet supposed to be for the Xmas dinner - Sad very sad!

  • Samantha - 2011-12-21 10:18

    my friend was actually in this accident and is currently still in glad she is ok. it was a tyre burst.

      Oscar Summers - 2011-12-21 10:24

      i nogal tort it cud b a tire burst. Die mense weet ni ees wat die oorsaak was ni maar hulle maak sulke sinnelose comments. Sorry to hear about your friend,hope she get well soon. Whats her name if i may ask maybe i know her.

      Amy Carls - 2011-12-21 11:08

      Hi guys my husband's a police officer and was on the scene,it wasn't a tyre burst,the whole wheel came off which caused the vehicle to roll.

      Oscar Summers - 2011-12-21 11:41

      yor dais hectic so daar is geen manier hoe hy dit kan avoid het ni dis n jammerte.

      glennvletap - 2011-12-21 13:23

      Yip, Cousin Joy is Fine, Spoke to her this morning. Broke her foot. We are thankful that she will soon go home to her baby girl and the rest of her family.

      Samantha - 2011-12-21 14:12

      yeah---gonna visit miss madam tonight-i already got a request "bring lekker stuff with-its boring here"

  • Luvuyo Tshabalala - 2011-12-21 10:26

    its about time people need to take the responsebility and we need to see more of law inforcement on our road.Police Bribery it is the desease still need to be vigoriously deal with.Campaign on excirve abuse of alcohol is also course factor of accidents in our country.

  • joseph.henkeman - 2011-12-21 10:30

    yor this is so sad, my condolences goes out to the families of the deceased.

  • Sean - 2011-12-21 10:59

    Taxi drivers seem to have carte blanche in South Africa I wonder why??? Bribery to do what they want and put people and their innocent familie's lives at risk. How come it is mostly taxis that are involved in most of the life-threatening incidents lately? When they are stoppep at road-blocks the squeel that they are descriminated upon and targeted - I wonder why!? Traffic officials please do your job as is expected of you even if it means stopping more taxis - ignore their complaints and threats, you are only doing your job which which innocent road users expect of you! Remember a taxi carries many more passengers than family vehicles and therefore whenever there is carnage like this taking place sometimes whole families are taken out, especially this time of the year when familes are most likely driving in the same taxi trying to reach other loved ones! Over-loaded taxis and in.roadworthy taxis should impounded without question and sent to be crushed never to be used again just like the policy is in practice in the UK!

  • Paul - 2011-12-21 13:34

    I live in the area, have for almost 21years now. The taxi problem is escalating in the Blouberg/Table View area. They think they are a law unto them selves. They do as they please with no regard for anyone. Two days ago I had one drive into the side of my car, he drove off; not before I could get his license plate tho. Took this to the Table View police station and reported it. Offices then asked me why I did not try and stop the taxi in question? My reply because then I would have landed up breaking almost every rule in the book to catch him. I mean really, do you really think the guy is gonna stop. Three weeks ago a taxi push in front of a women in Killarney Gardens. The lady in question gets out of the car to look at the damage done, what does the brave and fearless taxi driver do; threatens her with a wheel spanner. I and two other motorists stop to assist and before we know it there are more than nine taxi drives around us with threats and all kinds of other abuse and were are our officials. Parted on some obscure part of the national highway behind a bush with a camera. I mean they know what the problem is; they know what time these problems occur yet! they are nowhere to be seen

      Karen - 2011-12-21 14:53

      The taxi in the article is probably from Atlantis. I too lived in your area so I know what you are talking about. Your problem is most likely the Dunoon ones. They are not one and the same. The problem with us South Africans is that it is so much easier to put everyone in a box. Klaar! I have the utmost respect for the Atlantis taxi drivers. Not so much for those who maintain some of the vehicles though.

  • Karen - 2011-12-21 14:48

    I travel that road every day. The taxi drivers out that way are extremely polite and I've never come across one driving aggressively or recklessly. They are nothing like their counterparts on the N2/N1 etc. What happened here is tragic. I believe the axle broke due to bad maintenance by the owner, not the driver. I hate taxi's just as much as the next person but these guys are a 'breed apart'. To the family of those who lost their lives, my deepest condolences.

      Homemissionary - 2011-12-21 20:11

      Same here.I live in the area and have never experienced any problems with taxi drivers in this area. What a tragedy.

  • brenda.t.coetzee - 2011-12-24 09:35 Look at this web site. Under Sa law all taxis are supposed to be fitted with the tyre safety device but ythat is not done. You do not have an accident fom a blow-out or flat tyre. It happens when you have a flat tyre/blow-out and you continue driving at high speed, the tyre comes off the rim and you loose control. These devices are easy to install and can be fitted to any make of vehicle, except on a low profile tyre. Many taxi drivers and vehicle owners see this as a waste of money to spend R2800.00 on the device that could save a life. For fitment centres in South Africa please visit and arrange fitment to ensure your and your occupants safety. I had the device fitted and can say that it does work. It is something that no vehicle on the road should be without.

  • John - 2011-12-25 08:39

    taxi drivers

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