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Alberton crash driver to appear in court

2014-10-16 06:18

Johannesburg - The driver of a truck which allegedly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up and killed four people on the N12 East near Alberton is expected to make his first appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The driver, who was arrested on Wednesday, will face culpable homicide charges in relation to the deadly crash that took place in early morning traffic on Tuesday.

Two people were killed on the scene, and two others died later in hospital, after the truck smashed into almost 50 cars.

At least 16 other people were injured.

The driver has allegedly claimed his brakes failed, causing him to plough into the cars.

On Wednesday, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi added his voice to those calling for the truck's owners to be brought to book if this was found to be true.

Meanwhile, police captain Doniah Mothutsane said the investigation into the incident continued and statements were still being taken from witnesses.

Comments
  • Mc Segal - 2014-10-16 06:32

    Ishmael Vadi should start with Taxis then promote himself upwards..

  • Spijo Skhokho - 2014-10-16 06:40

    if the brakes of the vehicle fails the driver is not to blame for the outcome. His no longet in control of the vehicle, the concequencies are fatal but what can you do. Put yoself in his shoes

      Vickers Vermeulen - 2014-10-16 06:51

      Spijo Although that area is not completely flat the incline on that piece of road is not steep. Trucks that size has an exhaust braking system that is totally independent from the conventional braking system. If he approached a area of heavy traffic at a reasonable speed he would be able to slow down substantially by just taking his foot of the accelerator and engaging the exhaust brake. The distance of the carnage suggests that he rammed those cars at quite a high speed.

      Rakka Maka - 2014-10-16 06:59

      Eish - it is the brakes & apartheid!!!!!

      kmw13047 - 2014-10-16 07:05

      Just goes to show how they think.....

      Tom Steenkamp - 2014-10-16 07:38

      Every time a driver lose control of a vehicle they blame the brakes, if you check your vehicle before every trip as you are suppose too, then you reduce the risk of something going wrong. As long as you blame others or circumstances for your wrongdoing and refuse to accept responsibility you will all ways be part of the previously disadvantage group. Take responsibility for your deeds.

      Andre Jacobs - 2014-10-16 08:28

      RAKAMAKA-nice paint job whity --we like you avatar.

      Mark Singh Singh - 2014-10-16 08:29

      The emergency lane on that section of the road is wide enough for the driver to have kept his vehicle there until he could have ploughed into the nearby toll gantry and thereby avoiding the absolute carnage. He is to take a fair amount of responsibility for his negligence or slow thinking.

  • John Stoltz - 2014-10-16 06:40

    No problem with the SAPS action, provided the owner of the truck is also brought to book!! If only the Metro cops were not always soliciting bribes, but instead doing their jobs, these things will not happen on our roads! But the the leadership do not have the inclination to stop corruption in the RSA, since many cadres are involved!

  • Peter Mclaren - 2014-10-16 06:48

    It all comes down to money at the end of the day. Profit margins are squeezed, maintenance reduced, driver quality and training reduced, delivery times narrowed... What do you expect. The transport business is controlled by a few BIG operators and they dictate terms and conditions. Typical in South Africa. The cartels run the country.

      Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 07:35

      Hi Peter, although you do have a good point the problem lies much deeper within, because of poor rates paid to transport owners they do squeeze in the extra load, this is because government should regulate the amount of trucks being sold and that is on the road, like in the old days you had to buy a permit to own a truck, they regulated the amount of vehicles on the road. This however has a negative impact on the consumers, me and you, we will pay ten times more for the products we buy of the shelfs. ....

      Eddie Samanyemba - 2014-10-16 10:15

      I beg to differ on the issue of delivery time as you stated , these guys they are not allowed to travel at more than 80km/h so if he was speeding at more than that speed then he must take full responsibility and may he face the full wrath of the law. They must change it to murder and attempted murder no culpable homicide on this one!

  • kmw13047 - 2014-10-16 07:04

    What kind of truck was it News24?

      Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 07:30

      Freightliner with a tri axle side tipper trailer.

  • Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 07:28

    @Spijo, not meaning anything negative Spijo, exhaust brakes means nothing, it will take you at least 2 km to stop that truck with normal exhaust brakes. This truck however is a Freightliner that has "Engine Brakes" depending on what type of engine he had in, lets assume it was a Cummins, he had "Jacob brakes" which is quit effective but under a load of 24 tons, and lets assume he was legally load, and with the trailer weight and truck itself it is about 42000kg he has to stop. Now if he came down the hill to fast and not engaging a lower gear nothing will stop this vehicle except for the 54 cars he plough into. If you apply brakes in your car (and a truck works the same) for a long period of time the brakes heat up and starts burning and has no stopping power at all. so even if the truck was in perfect condition and the driver didn't engaged the correct gear and applied brakes he couldn't have stopped. the answer is easy: Driver Error !! thats it.

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2014-10-16 09:50

      Some cars have ceramic brakes, so the hotter they are the better they stop :P, but yes i agree with you, driver error

      Eddie Samanyemba - 2014-10-16 10:23

      Gosie, you the man! Keep it up! We want people who stand up for justice. Mind you some families are now disadvantaged all because of another person's irresponsibility! No to that one he must go to jail and rot there!

  • wayne.duvenage - 2014-10-16 07:33

    Try the owners, not the poor drivers who need jobs and are forced into the unroadworthy vehicles.

      Eddie Samanyemba - 2014-10-16 10:26

      Wayne I beg to differ, this is a big company and what happened here is just an act of stupidity on the drivers side maybe he bought that licence they should investigate every circumstance surrounding this guy! Even if people second him in saying that the brakes failed at what speed was he driving at? Had he kept the 80km/h his maximum nothing of this nature could have happened.

  • Tom Steenkamp - 2014-10-16 07:34

    Don't allow heavy vehicles above 16 ton to drive during rush hour, and at night, get the rail transport back on track - then these heavy vehicle can do shorter trips, and keep these vehicle roadworthy, I dont think its right just to charge the drive, get the owner of the vehicle also in court both are responsible.

  • Fred Bloggs - 2014-10-16 07:35

    He was driving too fast and unable to stop in time and the brakes unable to stop his momentum

      Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 07:49

      Hi Fred, that would be my opinion as well, we have to wait for the outcome of the vehicle inspection 1st, so many things could have gone wrong causing this, eg, truck brakes works with air, an air pipe could have burst, something no one could have foreseen even if the truck was in perfect condition. That would have caused the brakes to bind and the truck to run away. Speculation is that the driver actually kept his cool very well as he saw a tanker (with highly flammable goods) could have been petrol, avoided the tanker and went into the cars. no it might sound cruel, but imagine he had hit the tanker at full speed and it exploded...

  • Clint Baron - 2014-10-16 07:44

    And what about the owner of the truck? Im not one for unions etc, but this is one time I call on the Unions to back the truck driver in this case. These truck drivers, (as much as i hate them whilkst on the road)are forced to drive these vehicles in appaulling coditions, & it seems their voice of conern about vehicle fitness is ignored by the owners in alot of case, although trgic is the outcome of the accident, the owner of that truck should be dealt with full mite of the law should it be found that the truck involved was not fit to be on the rod. Secondly, the MEC fo rtransprot, the Law should make a rule that between (Peak Hours)6am & 9am and then 4pm - 6pm NO HEAVY VEHICLES should be allows on the highways at all, but again it goes back to bribes..... Our traffic officials are all so corupt hence the amount of unroadworthy vehicles we see daily on the roads. Every year all these poromises to bring down the number of fatalitys, It starts out well, huge numbers of officials at road blocks, stop & gos, & then it all disspares, & then only when some so tragic as this accident, then everyone ones shows up wanting to be seen a hero.

      Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 08:02

      Clint i agree with your comment on the owner, but only if he had been found guilty of doing something wrong, we are judging to quickly. yes take trucks of the highways in peak.... will you be happy if you stop at your favourite grocer and they don't have fresh milk, fresh bread you favourite fizzy drink or sweets for the kids ?? i think not, or you want to fill up your car with vastly over priced "gold" and there isn't any ? unfortunately we should look at how the Americans and Australians do it... no big trucks around or in Cities, only small delivery vehicles, build warehouse on the outskirts for big trucks to deliver to and roads around the cities for big trucks over a certain tonnage, length and size. AGAIN it comes back to our pockets to pay !! "Die Wet Van Transvaal... K*K en Betaal...

  • Thandeka Cele - 2014-10-16 07:45

    Sanele goodness May(pinetown truckdriver) and his employers, what happened to them?

  • Emma Sanderson - 2014-10-16 07:54

    Why is it always blamed on the brakes? These things can happen quickly and we react the way that we do but having said that I think all truck drivers should be legally required to complete advanced driving courses. I think they don't have the savvy to make a quick decision to risk less lives. I also think anyone caught selling driving licenses should face an immediate life sentence without parole. That way people will take the crime seriously because how many accidents and deaths have these people caused? Every day we see drivers on the road who clearly have no clue - driving 60 to get onto the highway - driving 80 in the fast lane - changing lanes at will when there is no space for them to do so and not bothering to indicate - parking their cars in the road without even moving it to the side etc these people are also responsible for accidents.

  • Lee-Ann Bekker - 2014-10-16 07:57

    On NUMEROUS occasions I've had to swerve off the road because of truck drivers' bad driving. They drive up your @ss in peak traffic, knowing very well they won't be able to stop quick enough if something happens. Plus they push you off the road, drive in the right (fast) lane at 70km/h, thus holding up traffic, overtake other trucks at 50km/h on the highway.... Sorry, but from personal experience, the driver needs to be reprimanded. I know that company and I know they maintain their trucks. But these drivers think they are in a taxi and can do whatever they want, we will just swerve out for them...

      Gosie Heerden - 2014-10-16 08:27

      I should stop now. ..... BUT... just this, have you ever imagined it from their point of view ? the ball swings both ways, you will have a heart attack if you see what car drivers do when you sit in a truck.... its actually unbelievable that not more people die daily in this country....

      Eddie Samanyemba - 2014-10-16 10:33

      I second Lee-Ann, this guy should be reprimanded. This company they service their trucks I know I have been with them!!!!

  • Eish Jouma - 2014-10-16 08:19

    I think his brakes to his brain failed WTF is he doing in the middle lanes on a highway if he was to remain left he could have used the shoulder to come to a standstill. That's why in Europe the trucks must stay in the most left lane during peak hours and are not allowed to overtake. but this is Africa with total disrespect and no law and order.

  • Charles Williams - 2014-10-16 08:45

    They should check where owner had the truck serviced last and if the owner decided to cut corners to save money by not replacing certain air valves or brake components.instead of arresting the driver.Sometimes the owners do not replace faulty air valves or brake components to save money,i could be wrong in this case but it happens all the time and also the use of cheap imports do not help the safety of our trucks and busses on the road.

  • Jenny Anderson - 2014-10-16 09:41

    Traveling to Benoni everyday is a nightmare!!!!! There are so many trucks, the drivers I am sure have a death wish for everyone on that road.They don't obey the rules of the road, jump red lights.and do whatever they like as well as the taxis THERE IS NO LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • Mukanya - 2014-10-16 11:33

    It is real vague that Jabu Jabu and jis colleague were judged straight away with murder. Oscar too was charged with murder but this truck driver is charged with culpable homicide. Is it murder also? How do police choose between the two charges? Do we know 100% that the truck driver did not intend to kill anyone in this crush?

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