N3 crash: responsible driver still not found

2015-09-23 09:57
The damages on Mohamed Essack's car after a truck slammed the vehicle into a concrete barrier on the N3.

The damages on Mohamed Essack's car after a truck slammed the vehicle into a concrete barrier on the N3. (Supplied)

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A TRUCK driver allegedly responsible for an accident on the N3 has still not been identified almost three weeks after the incident.

A family outing almost ended in tragedy after a truck wedged their vehicle between its tyres and a concrete barrier on the N3.

The incident, which happened earlier this month, has prompted the family to go public with their near-fatal ordeal as the truck driver, who sped away after the incident, has still not been found.

Durban resident Mohammed Essack said he was heading up to Bergville with his wife, niece and nephew, while the rest of their family followed in a vehicle behind, when the incident occurred on Townhill.

With the left lane closed due to construction in the area, Essack said he was speeding up to pass a truck when the driver pulled into the fast lane where Essack was driving.

Essack and his family soon found themselves between the bulky log-carrier and a solid concrete barrier.

The truck’s large back wheels collided with the side of Essack’s vehicle, slamming them into the concrete barrier. The unperturbed truck driver sped away.

“He only started indicating when he was halfway onto my lane.”

Members of the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) were quick to get to the scene, assisting the family with getting the vehicle off the busy road.

Essack said a “good Samaritan” who witnessed the accident followed the truck and recovered vital information about the vehicle’s details, but was unable to get the truck’s registration number, before handing that information to officials anonymously.

Essack met with the rest of his family after the accident and they all continued to their holiday destination thereafter.

He said that although he opened a case with the police, he still has not received any feedback. His car has been written off.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the matter falls out of their jurisdiction.

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