Taxi Driver Saves Self, Kills Two in Brake Failure Crash

Two people were killed and eleven were injured this past Saturday in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa following a gruesomely selfish brake failure crash.

News 24 reported that the driver had leapt from his seat to save himself as the vehicle slammed through a roadside barrier and ultimately plunged down an embankment, literally flinging passengers out of the vehicle as it rolled.

First responders and firefighters were said to have set up a rope rescue system at the top of the embankment to help medics carry the injured to waiting ambulances.

Currently, there is no additional information regarding the status of the injured or the criminal proceedings regarding the driver of the taxi.

The same type of taxi involved in the crash. Photo by Duncan Alfreds

 

 

Taxi Driver Goes For A Swim Following Brake Failure

A taxi driver in Massachussets is thanking his lucking stars after being spared during an untimely brake failure crash while on duty last night.

According to reports, it was about 3am when the 27 year-old driver suddenly experienced a loss of pressure beneath his brake pad. The event happened so quickly that the driver was unable to respond with evasive action in time so the vehicle careened down a few flight of stairs and came to rest at the bottom of the Severn river.

Fortunately, the cabbie was uninjured in the incident and walked away from the scene.

The taxi has now been recovered but marks, believed to have been caused by the rescue operation, are still visible on steps leading to the water.

West Mercia Police officers posted the picture on social media, joking “Worcester welcomes its first water taxi – the launch didn’t go too well.”

Indian Motorcycles Recalls 2015 Scout For Brake Issues

Eight-hundred and six beautiful Indian Scout motorcycles are being recalled in conjunction with a NHTSA investigation that found a potential problem with the rear brakes of the bike.

According to Zig Wheels, the Scout possesses a fault with the rear brake’s master cylinder which could cause a partial loss in stopping power or even a complete failure of the rear brake. In other words, this problem could very well cause a gruesome crash due to the brakes having a possibility of failing without notice.

The official description of the recall states: “In some vehicles, the piston retaining ring located in the rear master cylinder may not fully seat into the machined groove in the master cylinder bore. If this were to occur the vehicle may experience an inability to generate fluid pressure to the rear brake calliper. Lack of fluid pressure to the rear calliper could cause the vehicle operator to lose braking control of the rear wheel which could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.”

What propelled this recall were a few warranty claims by customers in the US. After enough claims were made, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration enacted a full investigation which produced evidence that the Scout truly had brake issues.

Indian Motorcycles will notify affected owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the rear brake master cylinder, if necessary, free of charge. Polaris India, which owns Indian Motorcycles, have told sources that delivery of Indian Scout bikes have yet to begin in India and as such this recall is not going to affect bikes sold in India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Thanks to Zig Wheels and NHTSA

Driver Cleans House In Laundromat Crash

A man was injured while doing his laundry yesterday in Kittanning, Pennsylvania when a van randomly burst through the front entrance and the debris produced struck him in the leg.

So far, local police aren’t sure whether to cite the driver for careless driving, public endangerment and other offenses or to let her go on the account of brake failure.

Most of the washers and dryers were damaged and the front entrance has to be completely redone.

The van has been towed since the crash and is currently being inspected for mechanical violations. If none are found, the woman responsible could be facing serious charges.

This is certainly a plausible outcome, considering most cases where cars crash through front entrances are caused by the driver mixing up the gas and brake.

Special thanks to the Kettanning Paper

Driver Dies As Big Rig Truck Collides With Mexican Restaurant

A driver has perished in Pittsburg following a dramatic crash that imploded a big rig, destroyed two cars and crashed into a building.

A preliminary investigation has found that the big-rig was traveling north when it struck two vehicles and then the building, which became engulfed in flames, according to reports.

So far, Police believe in the possibility of brake failure being the cause of the crash due to eye-witnesses stating the driver was honking his horn and flashing his lights moments before the truck came to a grinding halt.

“It appears at this point at least that the driver of the truck tried to alert them,” said one officer.

Marvin Tompkins Doldol is a civilian whose car was damaged during the crash. He was quoted stating that he could ‘smell the clutch and brake’ as the truck careened down the street.

“In my rear view mirror” Doldol explains, “I saw the truck coming down really fast and I heard him trying to shift down to brake and as soon as he passed and saw him really close he hit the van in front of him after he hit the van in front of him he came into my lane and he drove all the way straight and I was pushed onto the corner.”

David Garner is another local civilian who was on his way to work when his car was struck by the big rig.

“He clipped me on the right-hand side, totaled the truck next to me and then went into the shopping center,” said Garner.

Gardner believes the truck driver did everything he could to minimize the impact.

“He tried to somehow go between us. He did everything he could,” said Gardner, who got choked up thinking about how close he came to serious injury. “It’s almost like a second chance at life. I could have died today.”

The building that the big-rig struck was fortunately unoccupied at the time. A second structure was also destroyed in the commercial area.

The roads leading to the crash zone remain closed while police investigated the fatal crash.

Special Thanks to Fox 2