Two killed as truck overturns

2013-12-18 00:00

A TRUCK driver and his assistant were killed in the early hours of yesterday morning when their truck overturned near the Midmar Dam off-ramp.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the truck to overturn, but RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the truck, transporting soda ash, had simply overturned, without crashing into anything else.

Reports by emergency services indicate that the truck, which was travelling from Durban to Johannesburg, veered off the road into the median and onto the northbound carriageway before overturning.

She said the accident, which occurred in the early hours of the morning when there was little other traffic, had resulted in a road closure lasting close to six hours on a busy day for holiday travel.

Chris Botha of Netcare 911 said paramedics found the driver and passenger, still trapped in the wreckage, had died on the scene due to their injuries.

This accident brings the number of people killed on KZN roads since Thursday last week to 17.

This weekend, three people were killed on the R61 near Port Shepstone where two vehicles collided, one person was killed in Ulundi, another in uMkhanyakude, two in Dannhauser, another at Vryheid and another person in Estcourt.

The biggest accident was in Pongola on Thursday last week where six people were killed when a taxi collided with a Toyota Tazz with five occupants who all died on the scene. The sixth victim was the driver of the taxi.

“We were shocked to learn about this accident which killed so many people,” said Zululand District Mayor Zanele KaMagwaza Msibi.

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