Locals voice concerns over multiple truck accidents on R103

2008-03-13 00:00

Residents living along the R103 in the midlands continue to live in fear following at least three truck accidents between Monday and Wednesday.

On two consecutive nights, three trucks were involved in accidents on the same spot near Rosetta, leading to traffic delays after diesel spillages on both occasions. On Monday, an accident occurred at about 6.30 pm when a truck believed to belong to Spar jackknifed after a tyre burst. An estimated 200 litres of diesel was spilt and the road was closed for about four hours.

Residents said the driver claimed that he was using the R103 because he had no card or money for N3 tolls.

On Tuesday, two trucks collided and blocked the road during the heavy storm. It is alleged that the drivers were trying to avoid a third truck. About 1 000 litres of diesel were spilt and the road was closed for about five hours.

Resident Moira Grueneberg said the area has a bad history of truck accidents. "This is not the first or last time the R103 has experienced toxic spillage," she said.

On Wednesday, a truck was involved in an accident near Lowlands on the R103 between Estcourt and Mooi River. "Locals fear for what may happen next, as those in power continue to ignore their cries for safety," said Grueneberg.

KwaZulu-Natal Traffic Department spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu could not confirm the accidents, saying they were minor and were not reported to her.

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