Contract worker killed in Chase Valley crash

2015-12-03 11:49
The scene of the crash on the corner of English and Chase Valley roads where a sports car hit a bakkie transporting workers, killing one of them.

The scene of the crash on the corner of English and Chase Valley roads where a sports car hit a bakkie transporting workers, killing one of them. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - A contract worker was killed while another four were injured when the truck they were travelling in was hit by a car in Chase Valley on Wednesday morning.

It is alleged the driver of an Audi S3 sports car failed to stop at the stop sign at the English Road and Chase Valley Road intersection, before she smashed into the truck carrying five people in the back.

The truck overturned, pinning one passenger between the pavement and the truck. The man was confirmed dead at the scene.

The Audi driver was treated for minor injuries along with two workers from the truck. The other two were seriously injured and were treated at Northdale Hospital.

The truck driver, Shaun Doust, who was unharmed, said he saw a blue Audi approaching the intersection and thought the driver would stop at the stop sign.

“When I realised it was no longer possible for the car to manage to stop, I accelerated because it was impossible for me to stop as well.”

Doust said his only concern was his workers at the back of the truck as the accident was about to happen. “Every time I’m driving with them at the back, I always think about them, and I had to do something to save all of us, unfortunately one of us did not make it.

“She hit the truck at the left back wheel and from what I have seen if I didn’t accelerate she could have smashed the left door, and the accident could have claimed more lives,” said Doust.

Eyewitness Ernest Dladla of a security company was standing nearby and said he and colleagues rushed to the accident to help the people in the truck.

“The truck overturned, with its wheels facing up, we rolled it to stand on its wheels before the emergency services arrived.”

Breakdown driver Dennis Graig Stanford of Mac’s Towing said they have responded to six accidents at the same spot this year alone, with three of accidents being fatal. He believes traffic lights would be the solution to reduce accidents occurring at the particular spot.

Umgungundlovu south police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said a case of culpable homicide was opened.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

A passenger sustained serious injuries and was reported dead at the scene while the driver and other three occupants were seriously injured, when the car rolled several times down an embankment, according to ER24.

The accident happened at R33 in New Hanover. All four occupants were ejected from the vehicle during the incident.

In other accidents yesterday, a pedestrian was left in a critical condition and three other people sustained moderate to serious injuries when two vehicles collided head on near the Umgeni Bridge on the R614, the Wartburg road.

It is believed that the pedestrian was knocked over by one of the vehicles after they collided. Paramedics assessed the pedestrian the side of the road and he was found to have sustained critical injuries.

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