Truck driver killed as fiery accident leaves N3 closed

2011-10-17 00:00

A MAJOR accident on the N3 in the Camperdown area claimed the life of one man and brought traffic to a standstill on the highway for most of Saturday morning.

The accident involved two 18-wheeler trucks.

One driver was killed and two other people were injured.

Chris Botha of Netcare911 said one of the trucks slammed into a stationary truck in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He said emergency services arrived at the scene and found the highway obstructed.

Vanessa Jackson of ER24 said the wreckage was engulfed in fire.

The injured people were taken to Edendale Hospital for further treatment.

In another accident local residents who observed the aftermath of an accident between a police van and two other vehicles on Saturday evening have questioned the motives of police officers who tried to turn away onlookers from the scene.

The incident took place at the intersection of Adelaar and Kingfisher roads in Eastwood.

Eastwood resident Ivy Terry, who was an onlooker, said witnesses alleged that the driver of the police van failed to stop at the stop street on Adelaar and collided with another van and a car.

“The cops began to chase onlookers away from the scene. I protested at this as we were not interfering with their work.

“I told them that unless someone is interfering with the police officers’ work, we as community members have the right to observe what is going on,” Terry said.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said that such incidents automatically become a crime scene when the police arrive and that the onlookers were causing an obstruction and had to be removed from the scene.

This is standard police procedure, she said.

Jeevan said police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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