Out-of-control truck ploughs into 18 cars

2012-07-03 19:10
Two people have been confirmed dead after an 18-wheeler lorry lost control on the N2 in Durban and ploughed into at least 12 cars, paramedics say. (File, Sapa)

Two people have been confirmed dead after an 18-wheeler lorry lost control on the N2 in Durban and ploughed into at least 12 cars, paramedics say. (File, Sapa)

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Durban - Three people have been confirmed dead after the driver of an an 18-wheeler truck lost control of the vehicle on the N2 in Durban and ploughed into at least 18 cars, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year old boy, as well as the father of one of the boys were killed.

The truck went downhill, colliding with numerous vehicles before going over the bridge where the N2 crosses Umgeni Road, dragging two cars with it into the construction works being done at the bridge.

ER24's Derrick Banks said one of the cars was found underneath the front of the truck while the second one was found at the back of the trailer.

Three people were found trapped inside the vehicle that was stuck underneath the cabin of the truck, but were declared dead on scene.

Netcare's Chris Botha said he believed one of the cars belonged to a holiday-maker, as fishing rods and Monopoly money were scattered over the accident scene.

"It's carnage. We can see the feet of a child sticking out of one of the cars under the truck."

A crane was being used to lift the truck.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said police were still on scene by late afternoon.

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