Death-truck driver tells his side

2013-09-15 12:21
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New footage of Pinetown crash

2013-09-11 10:42

New aerial footage has surfaced of the horrific accident in Pinetown where over 20 people died. WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.WATCH

Durban - Sanele Goodness May, the driver of the truck that killed 23 people in the Pinetown crash, says he had driven the 40-ton monster death truck for the first time only four days before the crash. Before that, he had only ever driven 10-ton trucks.

The 23-year-old driver has also stated that he had never driven between Durban and Johannesburg before that trip and that his employers, Sagekal Logistics, told him to bypass the last toll plaza on the N3 into Durban in order to avoid possible roadblocks.

This he said was because the truck's licence and certificate of roadworthiness had expired.

According to the Sunday Times, this information has emerged in a statement due to be presented at May's bail hearing this week. 

The statement also makes reference to the truck's "problematic brake system" and states that May ploughed through the intersection after the brakes failed.

He said tears and sweat streaked down his face for about 3km as he frantically slammed down on the failing brakes.

On Thursday last week, May's truck ploughed through a busy intersection in Pinetown, killing 22 people on the scene. A 23rd person died in hospital on Saturday. 

May faces at least 22 counts of murder and one of reckless or negligent driving.
The accident that shocked the country

New footage emerged last week of the accident, taken from an aerial view and clearly showing the dangerous speed the truck had reached as it careened down the hill.

Users watched, horrified but fascinated, as the truck slammed into four taxis and two other vehicles, narrowly missing a couple of fleeing pedestrians.

Many observed that the pedestrians seemed to have been hit by the flying vehicles, but just darted out of the way. News24 user Sarah Bauling commented:

"Looks like they did make it if you watch closely you see 2 figures DASHING away - imagine the sound of all that - golly - must have run for their lives."

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