Driver loses control of truck and ploughs through two properties

2010-01-26 00:00

A TRUCK driver was seriously injured when his truck crashed through a residential metal gate and fence and flattened part of the the wall of the property next door in Francis Staniland Road, Montrose, yesterday afternoon.

According to the home owner whose wall was partly knocked down, the driver looked dazed after the crash.

Barbara Waters said she heard a bang and on inspection she saw the truck leaning on its side against a huge flat-crown tree.

Waters said she was shocked to see the extent of the damage to both properties. The fence at the first house and two huge trees, a fig and palm, were taken down completely by the impact.

“When I heard the bang, I went to investigate. I could smell fresh earth. The next thing I saw was the driver, with a gash in his forehead, walking around. It all happened in a few minutes, but the damage was unbelievable.”

ER24 paramedics found the driver lying down near the truck. He was treated for possible neck and back injuries and taken to St Anne’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Spokesman Derrick Banks said it was not clear what had caused the driver to lose control of the truck.

“It is believed that he may have had mechanical problems, which led to the crash,” said Banks.

Jo Spain, the daughter of one of the home owners affected by the accident, said she was at work when the incident happened. “One of the neighbours phoned my friend, who then informed me. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this, and I’m still shaking.”

According to Waters, the owners of the truck “will be taking care of all the repair costs” and have hired a security guard for both homes in the meantime.

Police spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe could not be reached for comment. An officer at the scene said a case of reckless and negligent driving will be investigated. The possibility of brake failure will also be investigated.

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