Fields Hill accident: 'Faulty' truck should not have been on the road

2016-11-23 15:44
Truck. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - An out-of-control truck which surged through an intersection at the foot of Fields Hill on Wednesday, a crash in which 13 people were injured, was not roadworthy.

The flatbed heavy goods vehicle had been travelling down the M13 and, unable to stop, pushed into the junction and collided with another truck.

The force of impact caused the second truck to slam into a minibus taxi.

The accident mirrored a 2014 crash when a truck driven by Sanele May burst into the junction and collided with several minibus taxis and claimed the lives of 24 people.

A memorial service for the infamous “Fields Hill crash” was held on Sunday.

Notice to cease operation

READ: Fields Hill truck owner case postponed

RescueCare spokesperson Ceron Lennox said that thirteen people were injured in the accident on Wednesday.

“Paramedics arrived on the scene to find that a truck which had allegedly lost control whilst travelling down the M13 Field’s Hill towards Richmond Road, had collided with a truck, a taxi and vehicle,” she said.

“One person was entrapped and the Jaws of Life were used to free him from the carnage, he was removed from the vehicle in a stable condition with moderate injuries.

“A further twelve people who were travelling in the other three vehicles have sustained minor to moderate injuries. All the patients were stabilised on the scene before being transported by ambulance to various nearby hospitals for the further care that they required,” Lennox added.

Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu confirmed that the truck had been suspended and should not have been in use.

News24 obtained a copy of notice to cease operation of the truck, which listed various faults on the vehicle.

The faults included a missing fuel cap, defects to the tyres, indicator lens, windscreen and number plates.

It was unclear when the notice was issued.

The name of the company which owns the truck is known to News24.

A representative said that he was unaware of issues with the truck and would investigate.

In another incident, a man was killed when a truck left the R33 near New Hanover and rolled on Wednesday.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said that the man was declared dead at the scene as there was nothing paramedics could do to save him.

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