Crash, boom, bang: tipper truck nookie sees pedestrian bridge tumble

2009-07-09 00:00

A DURBAN man borrowed his employer’s tipper truck, became intoxicated, picked up a female companion with whom he apparently indulged in sexual activity while driving, sideswiped a traffic light and eventually demolished the pedestrian bridge opposite the Oribi Centre in Port Shepstone early on Saturday morning.

The back of the tipper truck, unbeknown to the occupants, had risen into the air because of the activity in the cab, and struck the walkway of the bridge, dislodging it and causing it to crash on to the road. The truck was wrecked, but the occupants survived.

The man, whose name is known to The Witness, was allegedly four times over the legal alcohol limit and absconded when he demolished the bridge. He was later arrested, however, it is not known as to what became of his passenger.

The 46-year-old man was residing in Port Shepstone while working on a contract in Boboyi.

According to Farad Joosab from Atomic Dismantlers in Durban, the man took the truck without permission.

Joosab’s attorneys are handling the matter and a formal disciplinary hearing will take place once the man recovers from his injuries.

His wife said he was suffering from extensive pain and was “not doing too well”.

Authorities closed roads for seven hours, while speculation is that damage to the walkway bridge could run into millions.

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