Five road workers out of hospital

2010-03-11 00:00

FIVE of the six employees who were injured on the N3 near Town Hill in the early hours of Tuesday, when two trucks ploughed into their construction site in two separate accidents, have been released from hospital.

Only one is still in the intensive care unit, their employer said yesterday.

Two employees of Phambili Road Surfacing and a truck driver were killed when two trucks ploughed into the road construction site, mowing down the two employees and injuring several others in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The accidents caused massive traffic jams and resulted in the southbound freeway being closed from 3 am till 6 pm.

Gerry Reitsma, commercial manager of Phambili Road Surfacing, said it is thought the employee in intensive care will be released from the ward tomorrow.

He said work at the site has been halted and a new team has been brought in to help. The employees who witnessed the accident will be taken for counselling tomorrow.

However, Reitsma disputed that the second death would have been prevented if the employees had not been told to go back to work after the first accident.

“We never forced anyone to go back to work,” said Reitsma. “Our problem after the first accident was that there was a hole on the road that needed to be filled.”

Meanwhile, the Road and Traffic Inspectorate is investigating the possibility that the second accident may have been caused by the poor condition of the truck.

Rajen Chinaboo of RTI said, “We have checked the condition of the trailer and it suggests that the truck may have not been in a roadworthy condition, and we have now taken it for testing.”

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