Five people killed as truck fails to stop

2010-02-02 00:00

FIVE people were killed and three injured, one man critically and two seriously, when an out-of-control articula­ted truck collided with two cars and another truck on the N3 north-bound near Estcourt.

It is believed that a BMW and a Tata Indica had been stopped behind an articulated truck at a stop street near the Midway off-ramp when another truck approaching the junction failed to stop and ploughed into the cars and truck. The truck is said to belong to Ish Transport, a Ladysmith-based company.

Two occupants of the Tata and three of the BMW were killed. The injured were taken to Estcourt Provincial Hospital.

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokeswoman Zintle Mngomezulu said it is not clear where the vehicles were from or going to. Estcourt police arrested the driver of the truck.

Mngomezulu said that on January 9 a truck from the same company was involved in an accident on the R616 near Bergville, in which four people died.

“The truck has been impounded for purposes of checking its road worthiness,” she added.

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