A horrific head-on collision between two minibus taxis claimed the lives of 14 people and left four others injured on the R57 outside Reitz in the Free State on Saturday.
THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED BETWEEN REITZ AND PETRUS STEYN
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele reportedly said one minibus was on its way to Gauteng from Ficksburg, while the other was traveling from Gauteng to Fouriesburg, when they collided at about 1:00.
The drivers of the two taxis were among those who died at the scene.
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BOTH DRIVERS WERE KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT
According to the Department of Transport spokesperson Lawrence Venkile the accident happened between Reitz and Petrus Steyn.
“The crash occurred between Reitz and Petrus Steyn when a Quantum kombi was overtaking another vehicle, resulting in a head-on collision with the Crafter kombi,” Venkile said.
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IT IS ALLEGED THAT ONE OF THE MINIBUSES WERE OVERTAKING ANOHER VEHICLE
The Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families and the loved ones of those who lost their lives.
“Loss of life on our roads is a tragedy we must all work towards curtailing. It is only through collective effort that includes responsible behaviour by motorists, effective law enforcement and innovative engineering solutions in road design by the government that we will arrest the carnage on our roads and reverse the tide,” Mbalula said.
THE INJURED WERE TAKEN TO NEARBY HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT
Four passengers who suffered serious injuries were taken to Dihlabeng and Nketoana hospitals for treatment.
“The names of the deceased are unknown at this stage. A case of culpable homicide is being investigated,” said Makhele.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:
- Stop your car and stay at the scene
- Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road safety, switch on your hazards to warn other drivers. Climb out of your car if it is safe to do so and check if anyone has been hurt. If you can, take pictures of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the incident.
- Help anyone who has been hurt
- While you can only be criminally charged for causing the accident and any resulting injuries, as a bystander, you have a moral obligation to help someone who has been hurt in a road accident. Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
- Get the details
- Record the information of everyone involved in the road accident, including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information, and insurance details. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections, and robots, as you will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report and for insurance purposes.
- Report the accident
- Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may. Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third-party claim you may lodge.