SA roads deadly despite clear weather

Johannesburg - South Africans roads have once again proved dangerous on the weekend despite clear weather in major centres.

A woman died and five people were injured when a minibus taxi collided with a delivery vehicle in Kempton Park, on the East Rand, on Saturday, paramedics said.

The accident happened on Sam Molele Drive in Esselen Park, Kempton Park, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann.

The woman was driving the delivery vehicle. Her passenger and four people in the minibus were injured and taken to hospital.

Twenty-two people were injured when a taxi crashed about 25 meters down an embankment along New Greyton road in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said when paramedics arrived the people were sitting next to the road.

"Paramedics learned that all of the occupants managed to crawl out of the taxi and up the embankment," he said.

"Nineteen occupants sustained minor injuries and three were treated for moderate injuries on scene before being taken to Northdale, Greys and Edendale Hospitals respectively."

Vermaak said the local fire department used ropes to lower themselves to the wreckage to ensure there was no one else inside.

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Sedeshan Naidoo 2014-08-02 03:03:49 PM
Taxi's are the common factor.
Mashu Moleme 2014-08-02 03:04:30 PM
Iyooooooh my heart is broken, de woman who died lives same street as mine! GOD is only u who knos! May her soul rest in peace! im so sad realy.
Robert Clive Warriner 2014-08-02 03:06:35 PM
Unroadworthy scrap on the roads ... and unlicensed drivers flouting the rules. Metro on the take. This carnage was inevitable.
Raymond Van Den Brink 2014-08-02 03:48:53 PM
Aids and taxi's are keeping our population growth in check
lacrimosewolf 2014-08-02 03:53:20 PM
Unroadworthy vehicles, irrational drivers, more holes than roads, too little enforcement and a judiciary that just hands out fines. Fines never paid or periodically erased in yet another amnesty. The system's a mess. But it all starts with people and as far as driving goes, we are the most messed up drivers on the planet. Selfish, irresponsible, ADD-afflicted, driving drunk, driving drugged, driving overloaded, driving without a licence, driving with an inability to calculate distance/speed (even on a clear day), driving with 4000 decibels doof-doofing away, texting and driving, phoning and driving, driving with unsecured children. We drive like there's no tomorrow
John Haycox 2014-08-02 03:56:56 PM
The bigest problem on our roads are that the rule of the road is not enforced. People have already got used to crossing white lines, parking in yellow zones, stopping on red lines. Now we have progressed to crossing red traffic lights, overtaking on blind rises. Nobody, but nobody should be allowed to do these things anywhere. Even ambulances and fire engines.
Lindokuhle Mhlongo 2014-08-02 04:06:55 PM
welcome to sa, the kingdom of potholes.
Penny Tarr 2014-08-02 04:12:02 PM
This carnage in our roads has got to stop ... It's like we are in a war !!!!
Bruce Smyth 2014-08-02 04:15:25 PM
I am not surprised! With the ever increasing blatant disregard for the rules of the road, it is a f-ing free-for-all out there and nothing is done about it. Each time I leave the safety of my driveway, I do wonder if I will be retuning in one piece.
Audrey Pearl Meyer 2014-08-02 04:23:30 PM
It is high time that something gets done about the taxi drivers - they think they own the roads