Boy (7) killed by bakkie in CBD, truck drivers burnt alive on N3

2012-04-27 00:00

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy was killed when he was hit by a bakkie in the Pietermaritzburg CBD yesterday morning.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the child was trying to cross at the corner of Burger and East Streets.

He said paramedics were on the scene within minutes, but the child was already dead.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of culpuble homocide was being investigated.

Meanwhile, on the N3 near the Tugela toll plaza, two truck drivers were killed when their vehicles and a 4x4 collided and burst into flames yesterday morning.

As the three vehicles were completely engulfed in flames, other motorists pulled a family from the 4x4.

It was already too late for the truck drivers, whose bodies were trapped in the wreckage.

The accident brought the N3 to an abrupt halt as officials worked to extinguish the blaze.

According to police, it is alleged that a truck travelling north along the N3 lost control and veered into the oncoming lane. It collided with a truck travelling south. A Land Rover travelling south then collided into both trucks.

Two people died in the collision, one sustained serious injuries and two sustained slight injuries.

A case of culpable homicide is under investigation. The blaze was so intense that the truck drivers’ bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

“Their skeletons could be seen, when the fire was put out,” said one of the officials on the scene.

The deceased have not yet been identified.

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