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N12 truck driver now in custody - cops

2014-10-15 13:42

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 has now been arrested, police said on Wednesday.

"He is facing charges of culpable homicide and will appear at Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court tomorrow [Thursday]," said police spokesperson Doniah Mothutsane.

Earlier police denied a claim in a statement from Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday that he had been arrested after the accident.

Mothutsane said the driver was arrested on Wednesday.

She said the police investigation was continuing and statements were being taken from witnesses.

On Tuesday, four people were killed when a truck smashed into almost 50 cars in early morning traffic.

At least 16 other people were injured.

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

Earlier 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.

"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.

Comments
  • Yvonne Pietersen - 2014-10-15 13:49

    The witnessess have stated that the driver was speeding, but if the owner was also negligent he must also be charged

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-10-15 13:51

      What about the owner . It is his duty to make sure the vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.

      Ann Murray - 2014-10-15 15:33

      Most definitely. Apparently there was a second truck from the same company that was pulled off the road later in the day for worn tyres, so it would be my guess that the fleet should be checked.

  • Hennie de Ruyter - 2014-10-15 14:01

    Coal should not be transported long distance in the first place. There are good rail links between Mpumalanga and the rest of SA. The freight railway route bypassing Jhb is 4 tracks, 2 per direction. Instead we have a lot of small road operators working long hours driving poorly maintained trucks.

      Marius Schoeman - 2014-10-15 15:19

      You do realize that the question was transporting petrol...?

      Ann Murray - 2014-10-15 15:36

      Sorry to inform you Jou Ma - the vehicle that caused the accident was NOT the petrol carrier, but one from a company called Benusi Cargo Carriers. Find out facts before assuming who may or may not be guilty.

  • Itumeleng Pitsoane - 2014-10-15 14:01

    may the souls of those people rest in peace, really this is unacceptable in our country, the minister its high time u ensure that u go into all this truck owners or instruck people to do that and inspect these trucks, also i think u do the same with buss stations and taxi ranks since we facing the peak period travelling, so go out there and make sure these drivers understand the safety of driving and check their licesens please these metro police dont know what they doing cause they take bribes these people

  • Lwazi Ndumiso Mthwana - 2014-10-15 14:07

    He must be used as an example that speeding that results in the loss of life is murder, so that other South Africans can learn to drive diligently and with consideration for others and as prescribed by the law. He must go to jail.

      Nicholas Van Den Berg - 2014-10-15 14:51

      That is exactly why so many negligent drivers go through revolving-door justice. They get arrested, slapped with an incorrect charge, and promptly have their convictions overturned on appeal. It is reprehensible, but it is not murder. It is negligent homicide. No less serious for being that, though.

  • Nicholas Van Den Berg - 2014-10-15 14:49

    Oh FFS. If that truck's brakes failed, then I am a tractor wheel. What are the state's accident investigators doing - sitting on their hands? The standard of journalism here also leaves a lot to be desired. '(the truck driver) allegedly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up and killed four people'. Did four people die, or did they not? The driver 'allegedly claimed his brakes had failed'. Did he, or didn't he? What has happened to confronting the issue head-on - instead of skidding around it on two wheels? Where are the editor's balls?

      Tishan Pillay - 2014-10-15 15:19

      what standard, yesterday the reports were a tanker caused the accident and this wasn't the case. journalists were supposed to report facts not fiction.

  • Tracy Dupont - 2014-10-15 14:58

    Well the truck driver neednt worry as culpable homicide will only get him a slap on the wrist and possibly a few months of house arrest in RSA

      Ria Cook - 2014-10-15 15:17

      Stupid comment from an obviously very stupid person.

  • Ria Cook - 2014-10-15 15:08

    Why did he not run run away? Was he trapped in his own vehicle? Running away is usually standard operating procedure, isn't it?

      Patrique Baiao - 2014-10-16 16:36

      Stupid comment from an obviously very stupid person.

  • Leonard Rom - 2014-10-15 16:21

    DRIVING TO FAST BRAKES WILL FAIL DRIVE AT THE SPEED LIMIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • michelle.schroeder.5895 - 2014-10-15 16:32

    If the truck driver was speeding, yes he can be held for negligence and possibly charged formally with culpable homicide. But if his brakes really did fail, I hardly think he can be held liable. His job is that of a truck driver, and not that of a motor mechanic. That is entirely the company's responsibility. However, if he is charged with culpable homicide, I really don't think he should worry. In this country, if u murder, it gets down graded to culpable homicide, and maybe a bit of community service.

  • michelle.schroeder.5895 - 2014-10-15 16:32

    If the truck driver was speeding, yes he can be held for negligence and possibly charged formally with culpable homicide. But if his brakes really did fail, I hardly think he can be held liable. His job is that of a truck driver, and not that of a motor mechanic. That is entirely the company's responsibility. However, if he is charged with culpable homicide, I really don't think he should worry. In this country, if u murder, it gets down graded to culpable homicide, and maybe a bit of community service.

  • Jalimaleleza Unodindwa - 2014-10-15 22:00

    if the Truck Driver is found guilty of culpable homicide,thanks to Oscar (Blade runner )he will also likely to get house arrest.

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