Taxi 'clipped' by train in narrow escape

2012-03-15 15:38

Johannesburg - A taxi narrowly escaped being hit full-on by a train in Soweto on Thursday, leaving three people with minor injuries.

Netcare911's Jeff Wicks said it appeared that the train just "clipped" the taxi which might have slipped through a set of boom gates.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson told News24 their paramedics didn't do much on the scene because provincial paramedics were already seeing to the injured.

"The incident happened at the Main Reef Road station."

Netcare 911 was also on its way to the scene.

Eyewitness News reported that the taxi may have been carrying children.

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  • Sharlene - 2012-03-15 15:40

    Another taxi accident - when will the carnage end?

      procold2 - 2012-03-15 15:44

      it won't sharlene unless the gov regulates this industry,these people have got no respect for the law, people or themselves, they are a bunch of thugs and should be dealt with as such.

      Gerhard - 2012-03-15 15:47


      stampalex - 2012-03-15 16:01

      I hear you Sharlene - but unfortunately it's all about caring and having some sort of sense of duty and responsibility for lives in your care. You can regulate until the cows come home but until the driver of a vehicle (in this case) and the parents of the children (it must be said them too) actually give a sh&t about the lives they are entrusted with... this, sadly, will not end. The truth is they just do not care enough to be responsible enough...

      conrad.marshall - 2012-03-15 16:47

      who are giving your comments a thumbs down? probably a taxi driver TROLL!

  • bernpm - 2012-03-15 15:42

    Another level crossing without booms?? hoping for the best...!

      Deon - 2012-03-15 15:51

      Booms could not save the 10 children in Cape Town.

      methedex - 2012-03-15 15:54

      Booms won't stop a taxi. The only thing that can stop a taxi driver is a bullet...

      Grant - 2012-03-15 16:28

      "Netcare911's Jeff Wicks said it appeared that the train just "clipped" the taxi which might have slipped through a set of boom gates."

  • Jaco - 2012-03-15 15:42

    Ho did give him a license

      Juan - 2012-03-15 16:09

      Probably doesn't have a liscence

  • Mashudu - 2012-03-15 15:49

    Oh no not again.

  • Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-15 15:51

    \soweto\ comes from \south western township\ but the soweto in the story is north west of joburg. Just saying.

  • Marion - 2012-03-15 15:51

    I hope there aren't any deaths or serious injuries. Stop blaming the taxi driver! It wasn't his fault. Either the train jumped the tracks or was trying to overtake in an unsafe manner.

      Brigitte - 2012-03-15 16:09

      Oh Marion, I like you!

      Christina - 2012-03-15 16:09


  • Shalin - 2012-03-15 15:51

    Poor train.

  • njfada - 2012-03-15 15:53

    This is sad, what would it take before those guys realise they are dangerous and killing their own market/business. The government must look into this, it's only taxis that get hit by trains and they always have passengers. Taxi drivers please try and be more careful on the roads, this is not on. Hope there's no life lost in the incident...

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-15 16:12

      i don't think it is about the market or business factor it's about a human logic factor : Train traveling at X speed weighing X amount of tons hitting little mini bus taxi , absolute destruction and gore... simple!

      Richard - 2012-03-15 16:39

      njfada.. the taxi drivers are not reading your plea for safety.. In fact, I suspect most can't read?

  • Marion - 2012-03-15 15:56

    Am I losing my mind or did my comment just appear on a totally different report to the one I thought I read originally?

      Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-15 16:04

      yip, the tragic taxi crash just unhappened. It was only a close shave. No harm done. Carry on. Jump the booms. Be an idiot. More people must die before we change.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-15 16:00

    A train can only go where the lines are, a taxi can (and will) go anywhere. Not much to figure out here. I pray God watches over the passengers, screw the driver.

  • Ludwig - 2012-03-15 16:06

    Now they will have a ten million rand investigation. I can tell them what happened for free. THE TAXI DRIVER TOOK A CHANCE AND DRIVE IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN.

      Nigel - 2012-03-15 16:35

      no the train jumped the booms ;)

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-15 16:07

    no responsibility!

  • Brigitte - 2012-03-15 16:10

    How on earth do these darn trains keep managing to leave their rails and hit the taxis????

  • Deon - 2012-03-15 16:14

    They should change the heading again, a near hit is different from "clipped".

  • Wendy - 2012-03-15 16:15

    This s very wishful thinking.. but I wish there was a way to boycott all the taxis - if they dont have passengers they are out of business - but I know this is not possible... but one can dream!!!

  • Christina - 2012-03-15 16:16

    I dont blame the taxi drivers, they'r brainless shame... have no idea what happend to thier brains.

  • Hugh - 2012-03-15 16:25

    A near hit is a miss but actually a hit but a near miss is a miss however a nearly missed is actually a hit...umm

  • Richard - 2012-03-15 16:37

    I still stick to my belief that the owners of the taxi companies should be made jointly liable for any accidents/injuries resulting from the drivers of their vehicles. That way it places the problem on the heads of those hiring these morons.

  • Jabulani Lucky Mokomane - 2012-03-15 16:57

    Same old song but this time with a different tune. Maybe there must be a compulsory course in transport ethics for taxi drivers in particular. We heard enough of taxi drivers acting like they own SA's roads.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-15 16:58

    According to the logic (dolus eventualis) that put Humphries away, the driver of this Taxi is guilty of attempted murder. Let's see how consistent our judicial system is.

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