Alberton crash: Brakes failure caused collision, says driver

2014-10-14 10:53
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Horror Alberton crash

A News24 User sent in these photos of the horror Alberton crash, where the driver of a petrol tanker lost control on the N12 highway.

Johannesburg - Two people were killed and about 54 injured when a petrol tanker crashed into scores of vehicles in Alberton, south east of Johannesburg, on Tuesday, paramedics said.

"A petrol tanker had apparently lost control and collided with the multiple vehicles," said ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring in a statement.

"When ER24 paramedics, as well as other services, arrived on scene, they found multiple vehicles and car parts spread across the road."

Paramedics began their assessment and found two people had been killed with seven of the 54 injured, critically so.

"Paramedics immediately began their treatment of the patients, providing them with advanced life support," he said.

"Extra resources were called in by the emergency services to help treat the injured on scene."

One of the critically injured patients required rapid advanced life support and was airlifted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for further treatment.

"The remaining patients were treated for their injuries and transported to nearby hospitals for further treatment," Meiring said.

"The driver of the petrol tanker told paramedics that his brakes had apparently failed, causing him to collide with... multiple vehicles."

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann said around 45 vehicles and two trucks were involved in the crash.

Earlier, Meiring said it was believed the accident happened around 07:30.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  accidents

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.