Out-of-control truck ploughs into 18 cars

2012-07-03 19:10

Durban - Three people have been confirmed dead after the driver of an an 18-wheeler truck lost control of the vehicle on the N2 in Durban and ploughed into at least 18 cars, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year old boy, as well as the father of one of the boys were killed.

The truck went downhill, colliding with numerous vehicles before going over the bridge where the N2 crosses Umgeni Road, dragging two cars with it into the construction works being done at the bridge.

ER24's Derrick Banks said one of the cars was found underneath the front of the truck while the second one was found at the back of the trailer.

Three people were found trapped inside the vehicle that was stuck underneath the cabin of the truck, but were declared dead on scene.

Netcare's Chris Botha said he believed one of the cars belonged to a holiday-maker, as fishing rods and Monopoly money were scattered over the accident scene.

"It's carnage. We can see the feet of a child sticking out of one of the cars under the truck."

A crane was being used to lift the truck.

eThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said police were still on scene by late afternoon.

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-03 19:20

    Shame that is tragic!!! Condolences to the families

  • phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-03 19:22

    ...and ? Did they f'n breathalize the driver and arrest him?

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 19:40

      a lot of these drivers are pushed hard by the transport companies,they get little or no sleep on a jhb - durban return trip,the authorities should look into that

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-03 19:50

      Not a very clever comment Mr, Harry

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-03 20:23

      Really now. Any kind of vehicle failure would cause havoc. 18 wheelers fully laden can weigh up to 36 000kg. Imagine that slamming into you. It's terrible that anyone died but that only 3 did is a miracle in itself. A taxi kills on average 20 people a day.

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-03 20:53

      ..@Hadebe, the question asked "is procedure"? so dont get personal!

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-03 21:01

      ...logic says that the law would hold such a person until they have verified that all initial questions have been ascertained! Yes unfortunate accidents happen, ...but in SA, a lot more than usual!! i only wrote what alot i'm sure are thinking.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-03 21:48

      hadebe - Obtaining a drivers license in South Africa has to be the biggest scam ever. Why do you think there are so many deaths on South Africa’s roads? Thanks to the useless ANC government SA has an estimated 480,682 unlicensed vehicles on the country’s roads. To make matters worse, as many as 376,876 of the vehicles on our roads are un-roadworthy. These are ridiculous numbers if we consider the total vehicle population of 9m vehicles. South Africa also struggles with an ever-increasing number of ‘new’ drivers. Over a period of 1 year a record 1.1m learner licenses were issued against only 306,602 new drivers’ licenses. The total number of licensed drivers stands at 8.205m across all license categories. We cannot be serious about road accident fatalities unless we clamp down on ‘illegal’ vehicles and drivers. We should see less un-licensed and un-roadworthy vehicles on our roads each year rather than more.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-04 09:41

      Denice, the manace, wait until u slam your car, that is if u have any, and hear sttupid comments like yours abt your licence, if u have any, and see how u take it.

      ricus.nieuwoudt.9 - 2012-07-05 09:54

      @Sharon The Operators should perform an analysis on their costs and prospective income and consider whether a life is worth the efforts, they should rather rethink their business plans well if they do have such guidelines and limit their driver's ability, these drivers are a means to an end for their families in earning a salary but the operators earn a higher income the more trucks they have and their brokers are sitting pretty. It has to be brought to mind that they aren't manufacturing a product that they can sell in bulk, they are providing a service and although a driver is replaceable, there is only so much a driver can do in a certain time frame! It is about time that unscrupulous operators are restricted, all they care about is profit. I am well aware of all the costs involved in Transport yet in order to achieve the desired goals better planning is the order of the day, don't become involved in the Transport Industry if you haven't taken all factors of the requirements to become a Operator into consideration, it will be detrimental to your Operations and cause stress every day.

  • smili.fication - 2012-07-03 19:26

    RiP :( :( :(

  • nokubonga.bongiemaxwele - 2012-07-03 19:28

    That is so painful, may their souls rest in peace..

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-03 19:30

    An upgrade from a taxi to a 18 wheeler and that's a death sentence for everyone on the road.these truck drivers drive way to fast and they don't care a fuc@ .put the driver in jail for life if he is found negligent.the laws need to change for truck Germany if you come out of your lane at certain times to overtake your license gets suspended and you fined heavily. More than 1 or 2 of fence and your license gets taken away.

      greg.mullen.73 - 2012-07-03 23:54

      Germany is ajoy to drive in - even egypt is better than haer = chaos but not agressive - south africans are like mad pit bulls

      Megan - 2012-07-04 10:11

      I'm not going to say that the truck driver was not to blame as I do not have all the information. But I do agree with the comments about irresponsible drivers cutting trucks off. While driving along the N2 the other day I watched a car move in front of a truck. I'm not entirely sure what kind of truck it was but it was not as long as your standard 18-wheeler but a lot higher than most trucks. With the car pushing in front of the truck and then not appearing to have the ability to at least accelerate to the speed of the rest of the vehicles moving in that lane, caused the truck driver to brake harder than he would have had to if people just weren't so goddamn STUPID. THe hard breaking resulted in the driver, almost, losing control of his trailer. How that truck driver managed to keep both the truck on the road and his anger in check was absolutely amazing. People seem to forget that firstly, we have to have trucks! If you think trucks are completely unneccessary, have fun shopping for your every day accessories in the harbour, at the airport and train stations... should be fun when the fresh milk you need it 350km away from the fresh bread you need too...

  • azande.futhi - 2012-07-03 19:36

    RIP. Tragic indeed. Please leave government alone on this one. Its pure accident;)

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-03 20:01

      And IF the Truck is found un-roadworthy or the Driver at Fault for any reason other than his /her own unknown health reasons.... "whose hands is the blood on" Azande?? Whose?.... Dont you DARE merely call it a "pure" accident prior to all the facts are known....grrrrr!!! Condolences to ALL those bereaved and may those deceased RIP..likewise a speedy recovery to all those injured and traumatized.

      gungets.tuft - 2012-07-03 21:50

      Azande - no accident. I spent 4 years in emergency response and never once, NOT ONCE, saw an accident. There was always a cause. Drunk, reckess, speeding, too fast for the circumstances, falling asleep, horsing around (like covering the drivers eyes!!), mechanical failure (almost always due to the lack of proper maintenance, like brakes, tyres etc), or stupid road design/closures without decent warnings (Durbanites know what that intersection is like at the moment - complete and utter mayhem). SO - accident. No, that would mean a sober, licensed driver, at the right speed, obeying all the laws, being struck by lightning on a clear day. Lets not kid ourselves - somebody caused this, it was no accident. And a tragedy for those that were killed because they were the innocent victims of somebodies negligence, one way or another

      lisha.samsunder - 2012-07-04 14:18

      hard to leave the government out of it azande... if they put more effort into the country and it's wellbeing we wouldn't have so much of so called "accidents" aswel as crime and corruption... like it or not, in the end it all boils down to the useless ANC anyways.

  • aluwis.shayawabaya - 2012-07-03 19:44

    shame this so painful , may their souls rest in peace

  • glenn.vredenburg - 2012-07-03 20:05

    I drove past this accident today as I travel this road everyday. It's the worst highway in South Africa, specially because of the new bridge that they building at Umgeni. People die on this road weekly and there are so many trucks it's quite scary. I feel for this people that died today, a family thats scattered so my condolences goes out to them. Another thing ER personal could not even reach the accident due to cars and taxi's travelling in the Emergency lane. How much more people have to die on this road before the goverment realises that it's a huge problem. Maybe a solution would be that trucks aren't allowed to travel on the N2 in peak hour traffic, 6-9 and 4-6. Don't see that ever happening though.

      les.oolaganaden - 2012-07-03 22:56


      rowan.maulson - 2012-07-04 08:39

      So the same issue as the accident last week on the N3 with the Taxis blocking up the emergency lane because they think they're better than the rest of us who have to sit in traffic? I am getting to the point where Taxi's need to be targeted heavily for traffic offences, they NEED to be brought into line.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-03 20:15

    This is really bad, when will people learn...

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-03 20:17

    Peace is with their souls. Now is a every week event in Natal province, they drive those trucks like maniacs, don’t they know that a machine like just doesn't stop like a car?

  • keith.staniford - 2012-07-03 20:19

    It's a bloody war scene on our roads with truck drivers, taxidrivers, drivers using cellphones whilst driving, and those who blatantly disregard the rules of the road. It is probably safer living in Syria. What has to country been reduced to?

  • terry.burne - 2012-07-03 20:31

    When will the traffic authorities take action to control truck drivers on our roads. They are lethal - and they don't care, and our useless traffic cops do nothing to control their behaviour!!!

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-07-03 20:31

    He was probably tired after driving for 18 hours non-stop, because Capitalist Corporates wanted maximal profits to become billionaires. Greed=Carnage. Can we all stop caring about money and start valuing God's children. Please.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-03 20:46

    The N2 Umgeni road intersection construction causes many accidents and congestion - this place is just begging for carnage. Trucks should really not be allowed on this road during peak hours. Breaking an 18 tonner continually with cars darting all around you taxes driver and vehicle. BTW - on a weekly basis there are at least 2 truck breakdowns in either direction on that stretch. All u have to do is check traffic 24 or East Coast radio to verify this. With these simple facts at their disposal, our authorities could do so much more. This construction has taken well over a year and in Dubai, 10 times this much development takes months : does not say much for the companies awarded the contract.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-07-03 21:23

    Not surprising.

  • paul.basson.56 - 2012-07-03 21:53

    The biggest problem we have with trucks on our roads are unqualified truck drivers that have not got the exprience and qualification to handle these size vehicles.\r\n\r\nYou have incompetent truck drivers driving trucks way over the speed limit and not being able to control the truck when they lose control over speeding.\r\n\r\nWhat a senseless loss of lives. These truck drivers are a menace to our roads.

      les.oolaganaden - 2012-07-03 22:54


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  • nicholas.slabbert.9 - 2012-07-04 07:49

    This is terrible. I travel this strech of highway at least 4 to 5 times a day. The offramp is a disaster waiting to happen. On a daily basis there are numerous accidents. And to be honest it is mostly the cars and taxis causing these accidents. People must realize that you can not cut infront of a a 30ton vehicle traveling at 90km/h and then slam on brakes to cut into a cue for a offramp. The suicidal tricks that I see motorist commit at this offramp on a daily basis is a joke.

  • Dewdawn - 2012-07-04 08:01

    The safety of South Africans is impaired because the authorities will not employ sufficient law enforcement people. Nor will they pay them a decent salary, overtime or put in place benefits that will sustain families should the be killed. Please note that I am not now, nor ever was, a law enforcement officer. Bottom line again remains the indisputable fact that Luthuli House's cadre deployment team must be getting kick backs from those whom they deploy to run the country. Then again thank goodness for them as they will keep driving away ANC supporters.

  • SARealist - 2012-07-04 08:24

    What a sad event. Strangely I don't hear any loud voices from our unions calling for full investigations and that the guilty to face jail. This is just as bad as the mine gassing case but unions are very silent indeed!

  • jimmy.gounaris - 2012-07-04 09:08

    These trucks drive far to fast, no chance of stopping in heavy traffic. One of them hit my wife whilst she was stationery at a red robot , side swiped her car, and never even stopped whilst he went through the red robot.

  • krisen.pillay - 2012-07-04 10:00

    Before we blame these heavy haulage vehicle drivers, how often have we cut across their lane, just to get ahead, considering these vehicles are laden with weight. How do we expect a vehicle to halt when you reduced the drivers predetermined stopping distance.

  • lisha.samsunder - 2012-07-04 14:04

    i travel the highway daily and anyone who says its not the truck drivers fault is seriously delusional! these truck drivers drive like they get a licence in the first place is beyond me!!! innocent people die daily because of these irresponsible dogs and irresponsible companies who hire these people in the first place!

  • ricus.nieuwoudt.9 - 2012-07-05 10:11

    It is rather devastating to anybody losing a family member, there is love and emotions that had been participated in and forever lost due to accidents whereby a family member/s are taken away in a split second, however minute it is the consequences of an individual/s. The worst accident scene I have come across was on the way to Ballito from Durban, many years back, the remembrance of a Black family sobbing alongside the road after their family member having been struck, by what I am still unsure of, and scattering body bones in thousands of pieces all over the road. A Holiday Trip with a sight I never would want to see again................!

  • wendy.risi - 2012-07-05 15:54

    My heart goes out to the families involved in this accident. Innocent lives were cut short.

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