Truck carrying chemicals crashes on N3

2012-02-16 13:34

Durban - A man was killed and another was in a critical condition after a truck carrying chemicals hit a stationary container truck on the N3 in Peace Vale, near Durban, on Thursday morning, paramedics said.

"Reports from the scene indicate that a truck with a container was stationary in the breakdown lane when another 18-wheeler with a load of chemicals smashed into him from behind," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said.

Paramedics and fire services found the driver of the chemical truck trapped in the wreckage of the cab, and his co-driver lying on the embankment covered in chemicals that leaked from the truck. Botha said the truck was carrying phosphoric acid and chemicals used in the production of glue.

The critically injured co-driver was stabilised at the scene taken to RK Khan Hospital in Chatsworth, Durban. The other driver died on the scene.

Botha said a specialised clean-up crew was sent to the scene and the N3 south was closed for several hours while the wreckage and chemicals were removed.

The clean-up crew told Botha the chemicals were "not going to affect the environment at all", he said.

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  • Janice - 2012-02-16 14:34

    Now we can see why some companies dont allow their drivers to use the yellow lane. Very sad incident...

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-16 14:34

    My condolences to the families. What a terrible tragedy. I feel incredibly sorry for these drivers. They work extremely long hours and their pay is quite low as well. It is expensive to get the licences and they deal with a lot of pressure and very little downtime with their families. There are so many of these accidents lately.

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-02-16 14:41

    I can see the accident scene from where i am sitting and cannot understand how the lorry hit the other ,it is a 4 lane highway and Key Ridge must be a 45% incline......

      Manny - 2012-02-16 15:00

      One does not need to be at the scene to fathom out the cause. Quite simply put - SPEED, SPEED, SPEED AND ZERO POLICING We are only concerned about the Xmas road fataties, and as for the rest of the year - ZERO POLICING & TOTAL TOLERANCE FOR RECKLESS DRIVERS (TRUCK AND OTHERWISE)

      Nosiphom - 2012-02-16 15:09

      Speed cannot be the cause Manny. Reckless driving is the cause. If the trcuk was where it was supposed to be, namely on the correct lane instead of cruising on the emergency lane, it would not have crashed into the other one.

  • STYLEbudd - 2012-02-16 14:54

    Im not surprised given the way these 18wheelers and other large trucks drive on the N3 and the M7. We nearly got pushed off the road about 2 weeks ago by an Engen tanker that pulled infrong of us. Last nite on the N3 westbound another truck also pulled into our lane infront of a car infront of us. Many of these drivers dont know what in indicator is or how to use them

  • cruywagen - 2012-02-16 18:46

    Is anybody going to do something about the inconsiderate truck drivers on the N3. How many more innocent people have to die? Everyday you get onto the Durban or Johannesburg bound N3 you are possibly getting into your coffin. Somebody...Anybody start taking this seriously. "The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Cabinet today (Wednesday, 19 October 2011) heard of radical measures to be employed by the provincial Department of Transport in an attempt to put an end to fatal road accidents. Head of Department Chris Hlabisa tabled a report with shocking statistics of how many people have been killed on KZN roads. Between April 1 and 17 October this year, a total of 1,310 people were killed in 732 accidents. He said there have been accidents claiming five lives or more, with 376 accidents claiming 456 lives from August 1 to 17 October."

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