Pinetown crash 'a wake-up call'

2013-09-15 13:44
Aftermath of the Pinetown horror crash. (ER24)

Aftermath of the Pinetown horror crash. (ER24)

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Pretoria - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) has vowed to clamp down on the trucking industry and whip the sector into shape.

According to the Sunday Times, RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail has said that last week's accident in Pinetown, in which 23 people died, was a wake-up call and that tough action needs to be taken.

Industry experts say tired truck drivers working longer hours than they should, owners cutting corners on maintenance to save costs, and a shortage of experienced drivers are some of the critical issues that face the industry.

A shocking event

New footage emerged last week of the accident at an intersection at the bottom of Fields Hill in Pinetown, in which a number of vehicles were destroyed.

The truck, driven by Sanele Goodness May, reportedly ploughed through four minibus taxis and two other vehicles, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries. The driver will face charges resulting from the incident.

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