‘Miracle’ as mum’s taxi misses being crushed on N3

2011-07-13 00:00

ANGELA Sandison of East London believes it’s a miracle that she and seven family members were not killed in an accident involving a truck on the N3 near the Chatterton Road off-ramp yesterday.

The truck’s brakes failed at Hilton while it was carrying two sealed containers, said provincial Transport Department spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu,

“The driver said he lost brake function and was trying to stick to the middle lane to avoid a collision with other cars. He wanted to go and rest the vehicle at a truck stop until he received help.

“However, he lost control of the truck before he reached it,” said Mngomezulu.

Sandison (45) told The Witness: “While I was driving I pulled into the slow lane and the truck that was speeding behind me went to my right.

“He then hit the concrete construction barrier and I swerved. How my car didn’t roll is a miracle.”

The mother of four was driving a Nissan Primastar on her way to Butterflies for Africa with her four children (all aged under 14), her father, stepmother and stepsister.

The shocked children were taken to a house in Chase Valley to prevent them from seeing anything more traumatic. Sandison is on holiday in KwaZulu-Natal.

She said that all she remembers is holding on to the steering wheel and praying, “God, please help us because we are going to die.”

If she had delayed applying the brakes, their car, the front of which was sprayed with truck’s diesel that which blocked her view, wouldhave rolled down onto Chase Valley Road, crashing into oncoming cars.

When The Witness got to the scene, truck parts including wheel and gear box littered the busy highway and the two containers blocked the entire N3 bringing the traffic to a halt.

The driver was treated for minor injuries at Northdale hospital and is recovering.

The traffic was grid-locked and motorists had to wait for about five hours for the scene to be cleared. Traffic was then later diverted to Cedara Road.

Many taxi passengers resorted to walking to Midlands Liberty Mall to get other taxis to the CBD.

Officials who attended the scene said how lucky it was that no one was severely injured in the horrific accident.

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