Deadly N1 truck collision shocks defence top officials

2016-12-16 09:56
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Cape Town – News of the deaths of two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members in a collision involving three trucks on the N1 near Louis Trichardt came as a shock to top defence officials. 

A military truck collided with a civilian truck early on Thursday morning, said defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini.

He said one SANDF member died at the scene, while another was declared dead upon arrival at Musina hospital. A third member suffered injuries and was airlifted to 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria.

A number of civilians suffered minor injuries.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Secretary for Defence Sam Gulube and SANDF chief General Solly Shoke were shaken by the news, the office said. They wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The military truck had been on a routine logistical run from Musina to the army support base in Polokwane.

Dlamini said the cause of the accident was unknown.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, an SANDF truck and a civilian truck were travelling towards Polokwane when the driver of a north-bound Hino truck lost control and crashed into them. 

The identities of the dead would be made public once their families had been informed.

Mapisa-Nqakula encouraged all defence force members to be cautious and abide by the traffic rules at all times.

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