Pile-up: I could only watch as my taxi was smashed, says driver

2012-07-30 00:00

“GOD is great” was the response of many people who survived the five-vehicle pile-up on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg’ Liberty Midlands Mall yesterday.

The horrendous accident involved a cargo truck and four minibuses that were ferrying Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates fans returning to KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday night’s match in Johannesburg.

A taxi driver who declined to give his name said he noticed that traffic was stopping and starting repeatedly and eventually came to a halt.

He got out of his vehicle to peep beyond the truck in front of him.

“I saw that there was a burning truck in front of us and then I heard a load bang.

“I turned to see another truck which was hitting other combis that were behind mine.

“I could only watch as mine was smashed.

“I just ran away because I was shocked,” he said.

A security guard on duty nearby, who also did not want to be named, said the truck driver ran to the security company’s office because he feared for his safety after the accident.

“The truck driver asked us to call the police and hide him there until they arrived,” he said.

He praised the truck driver for avoiding what could have been a nasty accident.

“There were no traffic cops on the blind side of the bend and this accident could have been avoided if motorists were aware that there was a road closure because a truck was burning,” he said.

He said the truck driver probably realised the cars in front of him had come to a halt when it was too late.

But at least he had tried his best to avoid a fatal accident at a point where the road was becoming narrower.

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