Looters at N3 truck crash arrested

2011-06-18 00:00

TWO tow-truck drivers were arrested for pocketing cellphones and a stash of accessories spilled from a cargo truck following an accident on the N3 near Town Hill that disrupted highway traffic for most of yesterday.

The two men, aged 23 and 33, were attending the scene of the accident which involved two trucks and a van.

The driver of the van had apparently lost control and ploughed into two trucks — an oil tanker and a heavy goods truck — headed for Durban.

The heavy goods truck was carrying cellphones among other items.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said the pair were caught trying to make off with eight cellphones, three pairs of earphones, two battery cellphone chargers, four cellphone chargers and two USB cables. The accident left four people injured.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said paramedics arrived at the scene to find that the four occupants of the rear truck were seriosly injured. The driver of the oil tanker escaped uninjured.

The injured were stabilised at the scene before being taken to hospital. In another accident on the N3 yesterday, one person was killed and three others were seriously injured when one truck rear-ended another on the stretch between Lions River and the Balgowan turn-offs. The trucks were heading for Durban.

The accident led to the closure of the slow lane on the freeway.

Zinhle Mngomezulu of the Road Traffic Inspectorate said one person died at the scene.

Three other men were trapped in the wreckage and were extricated with the jaws of life and taken to hospital.

“It is suspected that speed may have been a factor in the accident,” she said.

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