Another victim on Motala

2012-07-03 00:00

THE driver of a bakkie was killed yesterday afternoon when it veered out of its lane and collided with a truck on Chota Motala Road.

Three other people were seriously injured.

The bakkie, loaded with scrap metal, collided head on with the small truck, which in turn collided with a light motor vehicle.

The driver of the bakkie died at the scene.

Paramedics said his three passengers were found lying on the side of the road.

They were treated for suspected neck, back and possible chest injuries.

The driver of the light motor vehicle, believed to be a male in his fifties, is in Grey’s Hospital in a critical condition. Paramedics performed advanced life-saving techniques on him. He was said to be on life support later yesterday.

The driver of the truck was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The driver of the bakkie was trapped in the vehicle and it took fire-fighters almost an hour to extricate him with the jaws of life.

The vehicle was completely mangled with its front pushed in.

Suresh Gopaul, who witnessed the accident, said he was just a few cars behind the truck going up Chota Motala Road when he saw the crash.

“I was just down the road behind the truck. I saw the bakkie spinning and just before it collided with the truck. I saw a lot of dust.

“It all happened so quickly. I stopped because I did not know where this [collision] would end [up].

“The way it spun, I suspect that there might have been something wrong with the vehicle,” he said.

Tyre marks on the road show that the bakkie veered out of its lane into oncoming traffic a second before it collided with a truck.

Police sources at the scene said the tyre marks show that the bakkie was no longer travelling in a straight line when it veered out of its lane.

Accidents on Chota Motala Road have recently claimed several lives.

A few weeks ago, a truck load of cement fell on to a private vehicle, killing two people, near the top end of Chota Motala Road near the turn-off to Copesville.

Last year, 15 people were killed when a taxi driver sped along the oncoming traffic lane and collided with a truck.

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