Out-of-control truck crashes into yard, 1 dead

2013-09-20 10:05
The truck which overturned in KwaZulu-Natal, killing a construction worker. (Mlondi Radebe, The Witness)

The truck which overturned in KwaZulu-Natal, killing a construction worker. (Mlondi Radebe, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Another truck accident in KwaZulu-Natal has claimed the life of a construction worker and has left five others injured.

The workers were sitting at the back of the truck and were flung off when it overturned in the KwaMpande area in Vulindlela on Thursday.

ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said the men were all taken to hospital for treatment. Zimbabwean national Stanley Mafavhuke, 28, died a short while after being taken to hospital.

Fikile Sokhela, who was in the area when the accident happened, said she heard a “loud noise” before the truck crashed.

“As I was looking at the truck I thought it was not going to turn at the curve, it did, but then failed to go straight until it plunged into Khumalo’s yard” said Sokhela.

She said she called the police and ambulances for help.

Gravel road

Truck driver Nathi Mshengu said he lost control of the truck on the gravel road.

“Even though I am not sure what really happened I only remember that I could not control the truck as we were turning the curve and the next thing it rolled into the fence,” he said.

The community in the area were shocked by the accident, but thanked God that no children or pedestrians were injured.

Members of the Khumalo family said they were lucky to escape as the truck had plunged into their yard.

“We were lucky that our kids who always stand by the gate were asleep when the accident happened. This could have been worse … It’s sad that one worker lost his life while he was going to work for his family,” said a family member who did not want to be named.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said they are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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