Motorist blames N3 construction firm for accident near mall

2011-03-08 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG motorist is contemplating legal action against the construction company Group Five after he was involved in an accident on the N3 northbound near the Liberty Midlands Mall turn-off.

Group Five is the site overseer of the massive road construction project being undertaken near the Church Street Bridge.

Anwar Kassim was injured on a recent evening when he was allegedly squeezed off the road by a truck near the Liberty Midlands Mall turn-off.

His wife Shamine, who spoke on his behalf, said he sustained injuries to his face, a fractured rib and his left leg was broken in two places.

She said the accident occurred at about 9.30 pm.

Her husband was travelling to the mall when he was forced off the road by a truck.

“He was going to the mall, so on the freeway he took the extreme left lane. A truck moved too close to him and trying to avoid an accident with a truck, my husband moved even further into the extreme left lane.”

That was when his car hit a ditch, spun around and then slammed into the nearby railway bridge at full speed. It flipped over and landed in the ditch again.

Kassim said they blamed the construction company for the accident and they were considering taking legal action.

“The construction site is pitch-black at night, there is no signage on the road, and there are not even lights to show where the road ends.

“I believe that if that had been there, my husband could have seen that he was not able to move further to the left.

Her son Siraaj said the ditch the car went into has a 1,5 metre drop.

Bradley Naidoo, the site manager of the N3 construction project, said he could not comment on the matter as he had not been aware of any accident in that vicinity.

“If there had been any accident on the site we would have been informed immediately to rectify that problem.”

The Road Traffic Inspectorate said it received no report of an accident.

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