Collision: Driver runs away

2008-08-20 00:00

A MOTORIST ran away after his vehicle collided with two others on Pietermaritz Street yesterday evening.

An Msunduzi Traffic Department officer said the driver ran away while traffic officers were busy taking statements at the scene of the accident near the Imbali minibus taxi rank. No one was injured.

“It is not clear whether he was drunk. He just ran up Pietermaritz Street. Police tried to give chase, but he disappeared,” said the officer. Traffic officers then impounded the man’s vehicle.

In another accident, the driver of a tanker was critically injured after his heavy-duty vehicle overturned and caught fire on the Midway off-ramp near Estcourt at about 6 am yesterday.

Transport spokeswoman Nonkululeko Mbatha said the driver was able to leap out of the truck before the fire reached him. He was taken to the nearest hospital.

She said it is still not clear what substance was contained in the tanker, and what caused the accident.

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