Irresponsible driving and driver fatigue is causing havoc on South African roads during the festive season. On 19 December a taxi collided with an empty, stationery SA Roadlink coach approximately 24km outside Ventersburg.
The SA Roadlink coach was en route from East Londen to Johannesburg for technical repairs. An SA Roadlink technical assistant, who was working on the coach, was seriously injured when a taxi carrying a number of passengers collided into the stationery coach.
“As per our strategy of safety and technical responsibility, SA Roadlink found that the coach in question needed mechanical attention. The coach was routed to Johannesburg for repairs, and was stationery, on the side of the road, outside Ventersdorp, when the taxi ploughed into the back of the coach”, says Karl Stark, Business Development Manager at SA Roadlink.
Police authorities were on the scene and the taxi driver and a SA Roadlink technical assistant were hospitalised. Apparently a number of passengers on the taxi succumbed in the accident. SA Roadlink will assist authorities where ever required to ensure that the guilty party is brought to book.