Golden Highway taxi crash claims 10 lives, including 3 children

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A head-on collision between a minibus taxi and a Toyota Avanza claimed the lives of 10 people - including three young children - on the Golden Highway, near Soweto in Gauteng, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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According to Johannesburg Metro Police Department spokesperson Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, the accident took place at about 04:50.

"A taxi transporting passengers collided head-on with a Toyota Avanza on the Golden Highway, between Concorde Road and Stockwell Avenue. The [Avanza] driver and three children below the age of 10, who were in the Avanza, died on the scene.

"Six of the taxi passengers were also killed," Minnaar said.

Minnaar said the taxi driver was injured and taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto for treatment.

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The number of injured people is unknown.

Ten people were killed, including three children,

Ten people were killed, including three children, and several left injured following a collision between a taxi and light motor vehicle on the R553 Golden Highway in Eldorado Park. (Supplied, ER24)

Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said the three children were pupils at Robertsham Primary School. 

The RTMC's State of Road Safety Report: Calendar for 2018 found that minibuses accounted for 9% of crashes, and most collisions happened on Saturdays (25%) and Sundays (22%).

The RTMC calculated the country's total collision cost at R142.95bn.

MEC of Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure in the province Jacob Mamabolo expressed his concern over the continuing carnage on Gauteng roads, further calling for more vigilance on the roads.

"My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of those who were died in this horrific accident. I would also like to wish those in hospital a speedy recovery," he said.

"We are renewing our call to road users to revisit their attitudes towards road safety. Majority of these crashes are as a result of poor road sharing and a total lack of regard for the rules of the road," he added.

As a result of the tragedy, the MEC said the department would step up its road safety awareness campaign to educate road users on basic principles of being safe on the roads.

This article previously stated that the pupils were from Kiasha Park Primary School. This information has been updated. 

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