Two killed as truck overturns

2013-12-18 00:00

A TRUCK driver and his assistant were killed in the early hours of yesterday morning when their truck overturned near the Midmar Dam off-ramp.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the truck to overturn, but RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the truck, transporting soda ash, had simply overturned, without crashing into anything else.

Reports by emergency services indicate that the truck, which was travelling from Durban to Johannesburg, veered off the road into the median and onto the northbound carriageway before overturning.

She said the accident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning when there was little other traffic, had resulted in a road closure lasting close to six hours on a busy day for holiday travel.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said paramedics found the driver and passenger, still trapped in the wreckage, had died on the scene due to their injuries.

This accident brings the number of people killed on KZN roads since Thursday last week to 17.

This weekend, three people were killed on the R61 near Port Shepstone where two vehicles collided, one person was killed in Ulundi, another in uMkhanyakude, two in Dannhauser, another at Vryheid and another person in Estcourt.

The biggest accident was in Pongola on Thursday last week where six people were killed when a taxi collided with a Toyota Tazz with five occupants who all died on the scene. The sixth victim was the driver of the taxi.

“We were shocked to learn about this accident which killed so many people,” said Zululand District Mayor Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi.

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.