Roads: Lucky escapes for two vehicles

2011-07-25 00:00

A TRUCK driver blacked out, apparently as a result of illness, and jack-knifed his truck across the link road between the R56 and Umbumbulu Road, causing the road to be closed for a few hours.

The 64-year-old man explained to paramedics at the scene that he had eaten lunch a few hours before and started to feel ill after he had collected three load-bed trailers full of sugarcane for delivery.

As he was travelling along the road, he said, his condition took a turn for the worse and he blacked out. His truck cabin and three fully loaded trailers jack-knifed across the road.

The man escaped injury, but was taken to Northdale Hospital for treatment for dehydration and nausea.

In another accident a family was lucky to escape with only minor injuries when their vehicle rolled on the N3 near the Balgowan bridge. The mother and her three children, a nine-year-old girl and a man and woman believed to be in their 20s, were travelling home to Pietermaritzburg when the vehicle suddenly swerved out of control and rolled.

Their Mercedes crossed the median of the highway into the oncoming carriageway. The car came to rest in the outside lane on its wheels. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Meanwhile, travellers on the N3 can expect delays at Pietermaritzburg between Masukwana Street and Willowton Road from today for the next two weeks, to accommodate the road works at the Chota Motala N3 Interchange upgrades.

Bradley Naidoo, site manager for the project, said they will be milling and replacing the existing asphalt and laying new asphalt paving on Chota Motala westbound from Masukwana Street to Willowton Road.

“We will be required to reduce the traffic lanes on Chota Motala to one lane in each direction contra flow between off-peak hours from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. — WR.

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