Woman killed as truck crashes into broken down car

2014-06-12 00:00

CAR trouble had tragic consequences for a man and woman from Mpumalanga after their car, which was stranded on the side of the highway, was smashed into by a truck.

The woman was killed at the scene near the N3 on-ramp south bound near the Chota Motala interchange and the man is in hospital.

According to Road Traffic Inspectorate Zinhle Mngomezulu, their Toyota Condor had broken down and was parked in the emergency lane when a truck smashed into it from behind.

“The truck driver alleges that he veered off the road to avoid something, which resulted in his truck crashing into the car,” said Mngomezulu.

The truck pushed the car into the barrier and the woman was flung many metres away, to where she was later found dead by paramedics.

According to ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak, paramedics could not do anything to help the woman, aged around 40 years old, and she was declared dead on the scene.

He added that the driver sustained moderate injuries.

A passenger in the truck had minor injuries and was later taken to Mediclinic Hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured in the incident.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they are investigating a case of culpable homicide.• GET your vehicle off the road if possible and warn other traffic by using your hazard warning lights, particularly if your vehicle is causing an obstruction.

If you break down on a busy road …

• Motorway hard shoulders are for emergency use only. You should only stop if it is a real emergency and you have no other choice. It’s best to try to drive to a safer place off the motorway if you can, rather than stopping on the hard shoulder.

If an emergency forces you to stop:

• Pull onto the hard shoulder and stop as far to the left as possible, with the wheels turned to the left.

• Leave your sidelights on and turn on the hazard warning lights.

• Get out of the vehicle by the left-hand door and make sure that all your passengers do the same.

• Leave animals in the vehicle or, in an emergency, keep them under proper control on the verge.

• If you have reflective jackets in the vehicle, wear them. Do not use a warning triangle on the hard shoulder.

• Make sure that passengers keep away from the carriageway and hard shoulder, and that children are kept under control. It is best to retreat up the bank or behind a barrier if this is possible.

• Don’t attempt even simple repairs.

— The AA.

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