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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.

Comments
  • watalife - 2011-05-10 19:34

    From Donkley Cart to Dik Wiel bike then onto truck, the result speaks for itself...

      Chris Bester - 2011-05-11 10:30

      Don't forget the Super German vehicles that always travel at high speed

  • MeChirping - 2011-05-11 09:47

    There are so many runaway accidents in Potgieters street. For those not living/knowing the area, the Eeufees turnoff just before entering the city on this road, has been closed for trucks because it has a steep slope that end in a T-Junction and trucks used to overshoot there turn, probably if there breaks fail. Potgieter Street also has a slope and the trucks just come of the Hiway into town. Now it is probable not "economical" (never mind the deaths that occur) to have the trucks take another route, and I know that there is an arrestor bed installed, but would it not make more sense to have a mandatory stop for the trucks.

      Michael - 2011-05-12 13:01

      @MeChirping, Go and look at the signs on Potgieter street and you will observe that there is a mandatory (not optional) stop for vehicles with mass exceeding 5t. There's surveillance cameras to monitor violators in case cops are not at the site (of which they are more that 50% of the time as I use this route daily). The thing is we have people who told themselves that they live to break the law and nobody can touch them as they can pass the bug. I suggest their employers be fined heavily for conduct of the drivers and unroadworthy trucks. If it comes to docking the entire pensions of the driver let it be - they will learn a lesson.

  • Chris Bester - 2011-05-11 10:28

    The drivers of heavy duty vehicles should be forced to stop as per KZN roads.

      Blackie - 2011-05-11 12:24

      Thats why there is a "STOP" On the top of the hill with cameras and speed cameras aswell , the question is, "DO THEY WORK" did the truck in question exeed the speed limit after the stop or did the driver "miss a gear" after the speed camera?? Blackie (MAN Training)

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