Angry driver seeks trucker

2010-11-30 00:00

A NORTHDALE motorist is angry with a trucker whose vehicle’s trailer struck his car while driving through the construction zone on the N3 and drove off without stopping.

Vishal Ramphal, a freelance journalist and photographer, said the accident occurred on November 21 when he was driving with his family from the Liberty Midlands Mall towards the Chota Motala off-ramp on his way to Northdale.

“I have been trying to trace the driver in question because, at the time of the accident, we were all in shock so we were not able to identify the details of his truck because he drove away,” said Ramphal.

He said the speeding truck’s trailer swung towards his vehicle in the slow lane of Chota Motala and forced him into the concrete barrier. The vehicle was damaged on the left-hand side.

He said that, even though they were left with no injuries, they still want the trucker to account for his actions.

“This has had a negative impact on my work as a freelance journalist and photographer because I now use public transport, which is a great inconvenience,” said Ramphal.

In his attempt to trace the trucker, Ramphal said he has phoned the city’s CCTV control room to ask to view footage of the accident, if there is any.

Transport Department spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said motorists must drive cautiously through all construction sites and must comply with the speed limits in those areas as those roads have been narrowed.

She also warned drivers to report accidents at the nearest police station within 24 hours.

The Witness reported last week that, according to a study conducted, most motorists do not observe speed restrictions along the stretch of the Chota Motala interchange.

Barry Fryer-Dudley, managing director of Licence Plate Recognition, which carried out the study, said: “The construction zone is a death trap waiting for a serious accident to occur.

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