Wife says she dreamt about husband’s fiery accident

2013-06-06 00:00

THE wife of a man involved in a collision with a truck on Town Hill yesterday dreamt of the crash before it happened.

She dreamt about flames and her husband telling her that they no longer had a car.

The accident, caused by a runaway truck, triggered a four-hour closure on the N3 southbound yesterday as the truck hit two cars near the Peter Brown off-ramp.

The Hanlou transport truck was transporting magnesium to Durban.

It is alleged that the truck’s brakes failed and it crashed into the back of the car, with bags of magnesium falling onto an Isuzu bakkie.

The truck overturned and came to rest across two lanes of the freeway. The Toyota Cressida was engulfed in flames and other cars were forced to swerve off the road to avoid the accident.

The driver and owner of the Cressida, Simon Dlamini (59) from Mpophomeni, said his car was crushed by the truck and extensively damaged by the resulting fire. He was on his way to work at the parks department of the municipality.

“As I was driving, I heard a big bang as the truck hit the back of my car. Then the car spun and crashed into the road barriers. Thank god we managed to escape this accident,” said Dlamini. He said everything happened so fast.

“It was just seconds and the car was on fire. My passengers and I managed to get out.”

Dlamini, who was still in shock at the scene with his wife, had dried blood on his head from an injury caused by the accident.

Dlamini’s wife, Thuli Khumalo, said she had a bad dream before the accident. “I dreamt about the fire and my husband was telling me that we no longer have a car, but I didn’t know what the meaning of this dream was. Now I see what it meant. I am happy that they are not seriously injured. We can buy a new car, but we cannot buy his life.”

Frank Manabala (29), the truck driver, told The Witness that the truck slipped out of gear as he was coming down Town Hill and the brakes failed.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said it was lucky the occupants of the car that was on fire were able to get out in time. He said two people sustained minor cuts and abrasions.

“The driver of the bakkie was mechanically entrapped and needed the Jaws of Life and other rescue equipment to be extricated from the vehicle. Two other people from the Cressida sustained serious injuries and were treated for suspected neck and back injuries and transported to hospital,” said Banks.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said they had to close the road for four hours after the accident and motorists were diverted through Hilton.

The owner of the truck, Gowie le Roux, said he was unable to comment as the matter was still under investigation.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said that they are investigating a case of reckless and negligent driving.

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