N12 truck driver not arrested - cops

2014-10-15 13:27

Johannesburg - The driver of the truck which allegedly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up and killed four people on the N12 East near Alberton in Gauteng was not arrested, police said on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Doniah Mothutsane said the driver was taken to a police station after the crash on Tuesday but this was simply to take his statement.

"He has not been arrested. He is not in police custody. The police took a statement from him," said Mothutsane.

She said police were still conducting their investigations and collecting statements from witnesses.

The driver allegedly claimed his brakes had failed, causing him to plough into cars in the early morning traffic.

On Tuesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters conveyed news of the man's arrest.

"The driver has been arrested and the preliminary report indicates that the accident was caused by brake failure of the truck," Peters said in a statement.

Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday echoed the sentiments of Peters, who called for the truck's owners to also be brought to book if the vehicle's brakes were found to have been faulty.

"In my personal opinion, there should be dual accountability," Vadi said.

This was perhaps one of the worst accidents the province had seen, he said.

  • Eren Jaegerson - 2014-10-15 13:30

    Welcome to South Africa, where the criminals are let off the hook and the penalities dont matter...thats right the charges are just about as useful as an e-toll bill!! My condolences to all the families...

  • Ferdi Van Der Merwe - 2014-10-15 13:40

    "driver has not arrested"

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2014-10-15 13:44

      Yep new south africa, new grammar

  • Marco Maurizio Costa - 2014-10-15 13:41

    Every single truck accident with one of these drivers, the excuse is always "eish my brakes failed"..... Its not the brakes, its the driver that failed, by speeding and then expecting to stop that weight in the same distance as a car would.... Always always always the brakes failed! Useless excuse and unacceptable!! No one but the driver is accountable here!

  • Afriman Jackson - 2014-10-15 13:46

    I don't see why they should arrest him.. He's just a driver not an engineer.. The owner of the company or someone who's responsible for maintaining the truck should be the one who gets arrested and the driver may also opt to sue them..

      ursula.nel.503 - 2014-10-15 23:03

      Agree with you. Plus: he is also going through his own personal hell, knowing the many wrecked and lost lives he caused.

      victor.downing.37 - 2014-10-16 18:26

      Ah you poor people who know nothing. Next time blame God as he let it happen.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-10-15 13:49

    Good move so everyone can take responsibility

  • Johan Steyn - 2014-10-15 14:18

    I drive that road everyday and the trucks drives like bats out of hell and now its ai my boss the brakes failed its a bulls**t storry lock his ass up and take away his license the families of the deceased should sue him also, the only thing the owners are guilty of is hiring this danger to all road users.

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-10-15 14:30

    @kay if that's gonna be your response to all criticism best you join the government and become part of the collective halfwits.

  • Michael Seymour - 2014-10-15 14:41

    He is half way back to Harare now.

  • Fred Bloggs - 2014-10-15 14:53

    What we need in thus County is a lot of driver education.. It should be ongoing.. All trucks should have a phone number on of a provincial call center where you can report dodgy trucks, in road worthy trucks and reckless driving speeding.. So that the trucks and truck owners can be recognised and given letters educating them of bad Road habits or dodgy vehicles

  • Clint Beetge - 2014-10-15 15:25

    This is GREAT news. .... so this means that Any accident involving the blue light idiots should then also hold the owner ie MEC or MP accountable.

  • sthabiso.mashaba - 2014-10-15 16:06

    It took a best friend most inspiring women

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2014-10-15 18:16

    I am on the road everyday cover +- 480 km , I have seen truck drivers making mistakes but car drivers make twice as mucth

  • Lucas Dizzyb Mmakou - 2014-10-16 06:28

    I think traffic cops need to check

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