Woman dies after taxi overturns at cemetery

One person was killed and 16 others injured in the accident. Pic: Phoenix Sun

One person was killed and 16 others injured in the accident. Pic: Phoenix Sun

A 30-year-old woman died and 16 others were injured when the taxi they were travelling in overturned at a cemetery in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincial police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the taxi was transporting mourners attending a funeral at the Tafuleni cemetery when it overturned and one person died, while others were taken to hospital with serious injuries, yesterday at about 2pm, Phoenix Sun reported.

A case of culpable homicide was opened with Inanda police, and circumstances around the accident are being investigated.

KZN Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie said EMS paramedics treated 16 patients on the scene. Ten of the patients sustained serious injuries, while six patients sustained relatively minor injuries. The patients were transported to health institutions in the area for continued medical care.

In a separate incident, one person died after youngsters allegedly hijacked a bus at the Avalon Cemetery in southern Johannesburg during a funeral in January.

Several others were injured after the hijacked bus collided with a bakkie on Primrose Street in Lehae, Rising Sun Lenasia reported. The youngsters, who had been attending a funeral of a friend, allegedly slapped the bus driver before taking off in the bus.

Eyewitnesses claimed to have seen the youngsters “surfing” the bus during the drive to Lehae. Some were spotted on top of the bus, and one was spotted swinging on the door. According to the bakkie driver, who only identified himself as Nkosiyam, the bus had sped up behind him as he was about to turn into Lehae.

“As I was turning, the bus failed to stop and yield to oncoming traffic. [The driver of the hijacked bus] turned right into me,” he said.

“The man I had seen swinging on the door of the bus was thrown off. I don’t know whether he died or whether he was taken to hospital,” said Nkosiyam.

– Caxton News Service



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