Man dies in 3-truck crash on N3

2012-05-08 09:23

Durban - A man died and two others were injured in an accident on the N3 highway near Durban, paramedics said on Tuesday.

"The cause of the collision is unclear at this stage, but a truck being towed by another truck had become stationary at the side of the highway. A third truck then collided with the two trucks as they were stationary," ER24 spokesperson Andre Visser said.

The accident happened in Cato Ridge just before midnight.

Visser said that when paramedics arrived at the scene they found three people from the truck which collided with the stationary trucks were injured.

One man was seriously injured and continued to deteriorate.

"Rescue workers later initiated resuscitation efforts on the man, but he was unfortunately declared dead at the scene some time later."

Both of the other injured men were later transported to a nearby medical hospital.

  • Msika - 2012-05-08 09:44

    "continued to deteriorate" or his condition continued to deteriorate? Stationary trucks, I wonder if they had the red triangle? Condolences to the deceased's family and wish the surviving victims a speedy recovery.

  • Kala - 2012-05-08 09:46

    I often travel along that road and have seen trucks traveling close to 120km/h. At that speed and with a load of around 30tons on the back there is no way in hell the truck can be brought to a stop safely in the case of an emergency. These guys travel late at night to avoid weigh bridges and speeding tickets.

      Gungets - 2012-05-08 10:29

      I drive that section up to 3 times a week and the Cato Ridge to PMB section is like Cannonball Run with trucks. They speed, they overtake at will, don't even bother if there is a car next to them, they just pull out. Not going to guess what happened but you can bet there was no triangle - at best a fire extinguisher stuck out in the road. You take your life in our hands when you drive that section. Sad incident but bound to happen where there is no police presence

      Kala - 2012-05-08 10:34

      Gungets - I guarantee that even if there was a triangle it would not have helped. Those guys drive too fast to react in time and take action to avoid an obstruction in the road.

  • Rob - 2012-05-08 19:47

    Unroadworthy heavy vehicles travelling too fast - a recipe for disaster. We see it too often - where are the Traffic Cops' - probably at KFC....

  • Flynn - 2012-05-16 15:13

    Just before midnight - as per SA law, trucks not supposed to be on the road so late. I wonder who takes the blame for this one - the owner of these trucks of the driver/s

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