Three die in trucks collision

2009-09-10 00:00

THREE people died in an accident involving three trucks on the N3 southbound close to the Tweedie off-ramp, while another truck went down an embankment after failing to negotiate a bend on the R103.

It appears this might have been indirectly linked to the first accident as traffic was diver­ted to to the R103 when one of the N3 lanes was closed for more than two hours during recovery operations.

In the first accident, ER24’s Derrick Banks said, a tanker jackknifed and crashed into a second truck, which rolled and landed underneath the tanker.

A third truck went off the road down an embankment.

Three people, all of whom were trapped, died at the scene, two of them truck drivers.

It is not clear how many of the trucks in the accident carried passengers. However, five people are in serious condition, while two other­s sustained minor injuries.

A source blamed the collision of the two trucks on the weather, speed and following distance not being observed.

In the R103 accident, Banks said, the truck driver stopped at a stop sign, but then took the corner too sharply, causing the trailer to go down the embankment.

The driver, travelling alone, was taken to St Anne’s Hospital.

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