Driver jumps out of tumbling truck, dies

2012-02-09 07:28

Pietermaritzburg - A man died after a truck plunged down an embankment in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

Netcare911 spokesperson Chris Botha said the driver tried to jump out of the vehicle but landed under the rear wheels of the trailer.

"Tragically the man died on scene due to the extensive injuries that he sustained."

Botha said reports from the scene indicated that the truck plunged about 25 metres down the embankment at around 05:40.

  • Donald - 2012-02-09 08:03

    No taxi involved today? wtf??!

      procold2 - 2012-02-09 08:20

      donald dont hold your breath it still early.

      Youefoh - 2012-02-09 09:02


  • Schmee - 2012-02-09 08:08

    When is the government going to wake up and sort out Spoornet? Less trucks on the road = safer roads. And where is the police presence on Townhill? If they were there more often, the truck drivers would drive more responsibly. Trucks overtaking three abreast and even overtaking on the off-ramp section are a regular occurrence every morning. The police could double their bonuses if they just sat there. How many more deaths do we have to have on that short stretch of road?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-09 08:42

      Transnet/Spoornet is either dead or comatose. Spoornet so uncompetitive; slow trains breaking down, uncompetitive pricing. That's why you see all these monster trucks on the N3, chewing op our roads at a rate that no toll fee can recover.

  • Dave - 2012-02-09 08:09

    The Hilton-Pmb drive is like running the gauntlet....authorities must surely be looking at diverting trucks around Pmb on their own truck highway. How many more accidents and lives need to be lost before they take REAL action on Town Hill?

  • David - 2012-02-09 08:32

    the wheels on the truck go round and round.....round and round, the wheels on the truck go round and round...all day long.

      Bob - 2012-02-09 08:49

      Your sugars low...right?

      Aaron Nkosi - 2012-02-09 08:50

      Hey David when the truck is at rest the wheel stops!!!!!

      Irma - 2012-02-09 09:04

      That's right David. Have a laugh at someones expense. That will make you popular.

      raegan.mcreed - 2012-02-09 10:28

      @david, are you on whoonga dude, W.T.F !

      Adriaan Mosavel - 2012-02-09 14:41

      @david, u actually very heartless having a laugh at someone else's expense. the driver that jumped has family that he left behind. how cruel of you. hope that wheel dont turn your way.

  • Aaron Nkosi - 2012-02-09 08:47

    He toot a High Risk Decission. Keep your sealt belt fasten its low risk i bet you

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-02-09 09:05

      Its a decision he had to make very quickly. In a situation like that one doesn't always think straigt. I know i have been in an accident before with brakes that failed and approaching a red robot with a car infront of me. Now I can think of alot of things I could have done to prevent the accident but at that stage I couldn't decide quick enough and BANG!!! too late!

      Irma - 2012-02-09 09:10

      He was in a high risk situation in general. I don't know the road where he died, but he risked staying in the car and getting crushed, staying in the car and getting burnt alive should the truck have exploded, etc. This is where movies play a big influence- you NEVER see someone getting crushed in a movie when they jump out of moving vehivles. He might have thought the same.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-09 16:17

    Eish from the frying pan into the fire...

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