6 injured in Pta runaway truck accident

2011-05-10 18:46

Pretoria - Six people were seriously injured when their cars were hit by a runaway horse and trailer truck on Potgieter Street in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon, Tshwane metro police said.

The truck, carrying metal sheets, ploughed into 10 cars and it took 2km to come to a halt, said spokesperson William Baloyi.

He said one car was thrown up against a lamppost, while others were forced into brick walls or overturned.

The injured were taken to hospital.

The truck driver was not hurt and was being questioned about the incident.

He had not used the special "arrestor bed" installed alongside Potgieter Street for use when trucks' brakes failed, said Tshwane mayor Kgosientso "Sputla" Ramokgopa.

Runaway trucks on Potgieter Street had been common until the city installed the arrestor bed.

Baloyi said eight of the streets crossing Potgieter Street would be closed to traffic for a couple of hours.

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