Yet another runaway truck

2013-05-09 00:00

ANOTHER day in Pietermaritzburg, another runaway truck and another property badly damaged.

This time, the truck, which was allegedly speeding down Washington Road in Scottsville Extension, destroyed a fence and a gazebo and came to a stop next to an empty swimming pool.

Surprisingly, no one in the neighbourhood saw the truck careering down the road, but a number of neighbours claimed to have heard it.

Sharon Emanuel’s house on Washington Road was damaged in the crash, which happened while she was hanging up her washing.

“I was busy hanging washing when I heard a truck going past at a high speed.

“I then heard a bang and I ran and saw that it had gone through the wall,” Emanuel told The Witness.

She said she and her two boys were about to go to the shop. “We were lucky we were not out in the street when it happened.”

Emanuel’s landlord, Naresh Droopraj, was seething at yet another accident that wrecked the fence around his property.

“This is not the first time that this has happened,” Droopraj said. About a year-and-a-half ago, a bakkie sped down the road and took out his fence.

“As the landlord, we’d like some attention on this road in the form of speed bumps. This could have been serious if there were children in the yard or people walking by. You get a lot of people walking here,” Droopraj declared while pointing to the pavement next to the road.

He had only recently fixed the fence after the first accident. Now he expects to have to fork out between R35 000 and R40 000 to repair the latest damage to the fence, as well as the municipal water meter.

The owners of the property in which the truck ended up, on the corner of Washington and Croft, were not at home yesterday, and neighbours did not know how to reach them.

Next-door neighbour Phyllis Ndlovu said the occupants had been living there for only four or five months.

She said she was at the scene of the accident soon after the crash.

“I did not see what condition the driver was in, but I could see him being removed from the wreckage and put into an ambulance,” she said.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said it was alleged that the truck driver lost control and collided into the walls of the two homes.

He sustained slight injuries and was taken to Edendale Hospital, she added.

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