Truckers ‘cause of 2 big crashes’

2009-06-11 00:00

TWO major accidents yesterday were both allegedly caused by negligent truck drivers.

In an accident at around midday on the N2 near Kokstad, a truck driver lost control while taking a bend, killing two people in a head-on collision with a Toyota Tazz.

According to a spokeswoman for the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI), Zinhle Mngomezulu, the Tazz belonged to a driving instructor from Kokstad. Although he and his passenger were out on a lesson at the time, he had been driving the vehicle.

“They died on scene,” she said. “The Kokstad SAPS opened two cases of culpable homicide against the driver.

“They are also investigating as to how roadworthy the vehicle was. The inner tyres of the trailer seem to have been worn out.”

In another accident yesterday evening on the Mpophomeni Road near Howick, two people were injured when a truck, minibus and Opal Corsa collided.

One of the injured was a passenger in the minibus; the other was the driver of the Corsa.

They were treated by emergency services.

According to Mngomezulu, it is alleged that the driver of the truck was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

She said that when police took the driver to the RTI offices in Braid Street to be tested, he was found to be close to 13 times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

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