Truck carrying chemicals crashes on N3
Durban - A man was killed and another was in a critical condition after a truck carrying chemicals hit a stationary container truck on the N3 in Peace Vale, near Durban, on Thursday morning, paramedics said.
"Reports from the scene indicate that a truck with a container was stationary in the breakdown lane when another 18-wheeler with a load of chemicals smashed into him from behind," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.
Paramedics and fire services found the driver of the chemical truck trapped in the wreckage of the cab, and his co-driver lying on the embankment covered in chemicals that leaked from the truck. Botha said the truck was carrying phosphoric acid and chemicals used in the production of glue.
The critically injured co-driver was stabilised at the scene taken to RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, Durban. The other driver died on the scene.
Botha said a specialised clean-up crew was sent to the scene and the N3 south was closed for several hours while the wreckage and chemicals were removed.
The clean-up crew told Botha the chemicals were "not going to affect the environment at all", he said.
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