Trucker dies a hero on Town Hill

2012-10-02 00:00

A DRIVER died when his truck went off the road and overturned on Town Hill yesterday afternoon.

Policemen on the scene said it seemed the truck’s brakes failed, and they hailed the driver a hero for steering his interlink up an embankment to avoid hitting other vehicles.

His truck overturned and he was crushed in the cabin as the truck ploughed over rocks.

Police search and rescue and the fire department struggled to remove the remains of the driver from the mangled truck. A crane was used to hoist the truck — which had a Free State number plate — in order to remove the driver’s body.

The truck belonged to Jabu Transport, according to Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu. It was carrying coal. The accident was the second one involving a truck in the past 11 days.

Two weeks ago another truck driver was killed and four people were injured when two trucks collided on Town Hill between the Peter Brown Drive and Chatterton Road off-ramps.

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