Four hours of agony after Nottingham Road truck accident

2009-04-07 00:00

TWO men endured four hours of agony trapped inside the wreckage of a truck after it was smashed by an 18-wheeler truck transporting chickens on the R103 at Nottingham Road yesterday morning.

The jaws of life had to be used to help extricate them and two helicopters had to rush the truck driver and his assistant to hospital.

About 600 of the 1 500 chickens being transported on the truck died in the collision.

SAPS collision unit spokesman, Captain Dolf Otto, said that the driver of the chicken truck lost control of the vehicle and as it overturned, its cab landed on top of another truck travelling in the opposite direction.

He said the chicken truck was travelling towards the N3 highway, while the second truck was travelling towards Nottingham Road.

On impact, the chicken truck driver was thrown out of the cab and sustained minor injuries. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital.

The accident happened at about 6 am and the driver and his assistant in the second truck were trapped inside the cab until 10 am.

Yesterday’s accident is the latest in a series of R103 accidents involving trucks and residents have repeatedly criticised truckers who avoid the Mooi River toll plaza in order to pocket toll cash.

Nottingham Road resident and campaigner for a safer R103, Moira Grueneberg, said that the driver of the 10-ton truck had been given money to use the Mooi River toll plaza.

“It appears yet another truck driver has pocketed his employer’s money, choosing to use the dangerous R103 route. Nottingham Road is a notorious mist belt, which exacerbates unsafe driving conditions. We are still waiting to see what instructions the [National Transport Department] has given to the provincial authorities regarding restrictions of heavy truck traffic on routes not designed to carry them.”

Otto said police are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.