Two killed as taxi swerves to avoid kudu and rolls

TWO men died and 16 passengers were seriously injured after the taxi they were travelling in was written off in an accident on the N9 between Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen in the early hours of yesterday.

Graaff-Reinet police spokesman Warrant-Officer Archie Cronje said the accident took place at about 3.30am when the driver of a Quantum mini bus taxi travelling between Cape Town and Queenstown encountered a kudu in the road.

“It seems the driver swerved to avoid hitting the animal and then lost control of the vehicle, which then rolled.

“Two men, who are believed to be from Queenstown, died at the scene.

“Passengers were seriously injured, although none of them had critical injuries.

“They were taken to the Midland Hospital in Graaff-Reinet and are expected to be discharged today [yesterday],” Cronje said.

Cronje said the identities of the two dead men, who are aged 29 and 30, had not yet been released as their next of kin have not been informed of their deaths.

-Shaun Gillham 

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