- A taxi driver misjudged a body of water in Brakpan and his taxi got stuck in the flood
- The 33-year-old driver was alone but was unable to flee and had to wait for emergency services to rescue him
- Most of the taxi was underwater by the time emergency services arrived
The Stoffberg underpass in Brakpan nearly claimed a taxi and the life of its driver on Monday morning.
The area had been flooded following a storm early on Monday morning.
When Richard Wamusi arrived at the underpass, he noted the high water levels but gambled that he’d be able to make it across.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t his lucky day as the vehicle got stuck in the water with Wamusi unable to flee.
The 33-year-old was alone after dropping off children at school.
The Brakpan Herald reported that most of the taxi was underwater by the time rescuers arrived at the scene.
Emergency Services broke the rear window to haul the taxi out of the water and saved Wamusi as well.
Lucky Sikosana, the owner of the vehicle, said he instructed Wamusi to escape and leave the taxi when he first heard of the incident but Wamusi told him it wasn’t possible.
Briefly.co.za understands that the underpass has been closed until further notice.
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