Eight injured in truck crash on Motala

2014-12-31 00:00

HAVOC on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads yesterday left 24 people injured and two dead.

Eight people were injured after a truck lost its brakes and crashed into 11 other vehicles on Chota Motala Road, causing a major traffic jam.

Witnesses at the scene claimed the truck was approaching the Willowton Road intersection at high speed when it crashed into the other vehicles.

A passenger in a taxi involved in the collision, Mvelo ­Madiba, said he had closed his eyes and said a little prayer during the incident as he feared for his life.

Truck driver Wilbert Nehale initially fled the scene but returned shortly after police arrived.

Nehale told The Witness that he fled because he feared for his life.

“I decided to go and hide because motorists threatened to hit me,” he said.

In other parts of the province, a 25-day-old baby died following a collision on Dukuza Road in the Bergville area yesterday morning.

It is alleged that after the collision, one of the vehicles veered into a group of people who were standing on the side of the road waiting for transport.

KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie the infant’s mother had been holding her 25-day-old baby girl when she was struck by one of the vehicles.

“She was seriously injured and sadly the baby girl did not survive the collision,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie said paramedics treated another eight patients on scene.

In another accident, a man died while three others were injured during a collision involving two vehicles on the R56 between Ixopo and ­Umzimkulu yesterday morning.

“One of the vehicles burst into flames during the collision,” ­McKenzie said.

In Hillcrest four people were injured after a truck carrying gum poles overturned on a rural road.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the truck was travelling down a steep road when the driver veered off the road.

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