Car in trench: Experts to examine accident scene

2013-04-04 00:00

THE sub-contractor that dug the trench which swallowed a car near Woodlands on Sunday evening has called in the Road Traffic Inspectorate and specialist investigators to examine the accident scene to find out what actually happened.

Pranosh Bhagwandeen, site manager for PK Valves, said that since the upgrading of the Chota Motala interchange, his company had been helping with the reconnection of water pipes, and it had had barricades and warning tapes at all their sites.

He insisted that this was also the case at the accident site, which is in a private side road that runs parallel to Dr Chota Motala Road on premises owned by the KZN Department of Transport.

Bhagwandeen said PK Valves had dug up the trench and had been waiting for the Msunduzi Municipality to oversee the “tie-in”, in line with standard procedure.

He said that they had come across a number of discrepancies in the initial investigation. For example, the accident was said to have shattered the windscreen of the vehicle, but he claims there was no glass at the site.

The owner of the damaged vehicle, Spha Xaba, said he was aware that PK Vales was investigating. He remains adamant that there was no warning tape and said he would consult a lawyer.

Group Five site manager Bradley Naidoo said the practice when making a claim was that the incident needs to be reported to the police for a case number.

“A formal claim can then be submitted … which gets investigated by our insurance companies,” he said.

Meanwhile, the trench left open in Hesketh Drive, as reported in yesterday’sWitness, has still not been attended to.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the contractors had not finished working on Hesketh Drive and the hole would be covered as soon as they had.

A two-metre deep trench left open in Wylie Park, which brought a complaint from resident Doug Morton, is to be attended to. Ward councillor Dave Ryder said there was to be a meeting with officials tomorrow to discuss how the problem could be solved.

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