Two die, 13 injured as another truck collides with a taxi on notorious M13

2013-10-01 00:00

A TRUCK accident on the M13 in Pinetown claimed yet more lives last night and left several others injured.

Last night’s accident near Village Road claimed the lives of two people and left 13 others with injuries ranging from minor to serious.

The M13 became notorious recently when 23 people were killed when an out-of-control truck ploughed into four taxis at the Field’s Hill intersection.

Transport Department spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said last night the truck was travelling on the M13 when the driver realised it was experiencing unspecified problems and he tried to slow it down.

He said the truck than rear-ended a taxi that had stopped to let off passengers. The impact pushed the taxi, which than crashed onto the passengers it was offloading, killing two of them and injuring the others.

“The MEC for Transport Willies Mchunu is very saddened by this, it happens at the time that we area dealing with issues arising from the Field’s Hill accident.”

Ncalane said despite last night’s accident, the department was on top of dealing with the issues around the driving of trucks on the M13.

“We want to assure the people of the province that the department is dealing with the situation … many of the accidents are caused by the people who disregard the rules of the road, we want to encourage motorists to abide by the rules of the road.”

The accidents on the M13 have reignited the debate around whether trucks should be prevented from driving on that road.

Many trucks that use the road allegedly do so to avoid paying toll fees.

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