Brake failure likely cause of fatal Durban crash

2017-06-23 11:17
The scene of the taxi accident where three people died. (Supplied, Netcare 911)

The scene of the taxi accident where three people died. (Supplied, Netcare 911)

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Durban – Brake failure is suspected to have been the cause of a minibus taxi accident that claimed the lives of three people in Inanda, north of Durban on Thursday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said the taxi driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled down an embankment along Umzinyathi Drive.

"It then collided into a house damaging part of the roof," said Zwane.

Zwane said the taxi was travelling from KwaMashu’s cross roads to Eskebheni and Amatebetule in Inanda when the accident occurred.

"Three passengers aged between 30 and 67 were certified dead at the scene. Other passengers were taken to nearby clinics and hospitals for medical attention," Zwane said.

There were no injuries to the occupants of the house, he added.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said when paramedics arrived at the scene they found commuters lying over a large area in the grass after they were ejected from the vehicle.

"After the injured were examined, it was found that three people tragically died while sixteen others were injured," said Botha.

A case of culpable homicide was registered at Inanda police station for investigation, added Zwane.

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