Western Cape teacher crushed to death

2012-09-12 10:01

Johannesburg - A teacher was killed when a truck crushed her bakkie on the N2, near Sir Lowry's Pass village, on Tuesday morning, paramedics said.

"It appears that the large, fully loaded container truck drove completely over the tiny Nissan 1400 bakkie," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said in a statement.

The bakkie was ripped into three parts and its contents were strewn across the highway.

The truck overturned during the accident. The driver sustained minor injuries and was able to climb out of the cab.

Paramedics found several schoolchildren's books at the scene and determined that the 26-year-old woman had been a teacher.

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  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-12 10:12

    More info please? What caused the driver to drive over the bakkie?

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-12 10:32

      The truck ran a red light - driver claims the brakes failed.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-09-14 11:52

      The tik he was using.

  • delish7564 - 2012-09-12 10:46

    How horrible. R.I.P

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-09-12 10:49

    So so sad.She was doing a good and much needed job.

  • Derek - 2012-09-12 10:50

    I saw the scene, that truck just came off the mountain and probably didn't know about the new traffic light, which he took out along the way. He was definitely not prepared to stop, whether his brakes failed or not, the truck was lying a good 50m beyond the intersection. If he had slowed down on the gears he could have hooted and flashed and warned. Witnesses would have confirmed that... This was poor driving.

      Melissa Yvette Calitz - 2012-09-12 11:30

      thanx for that update about what you saw it helps. ekt haar laas jaar goed leer ken, en kani glo sy geneem van ons nie, is nog steeds n skok. Sy was n baie goeie mens. RIP my vriendin!! sal jou eendag weer sien.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-09-12 10:54

    news24, get your facts straight, IOL reports and pictures verify this was nowhere near Sir Lowreys Pass village, but actually on the other side of the mountain going towards Grabouw, I know the road very well. Secondly, it was not a container truck, but a Gaffleys Bus.

      tracey.baard - 2012-09-12 11:05

      sorry schalk - think you have the wrong accident there. accident was at the crossing of sir lowry's pass village road and the n2. i drove past it yesterday morning. seems you got your facts wrong or mixed up with another incident.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-09-12 11:18

      I do apologize, what are the chances of two bakkies being on Sir Lowreys Pass and one at the GB - SLP intersection. My most sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. May your departed loved ones rest in peace.

      Corne van den Heever - 2012-09-12 12:28

      iol must get theire facts straight

  • tracey.baard - 2012-09-12 11:01

    Rest in peace Thelana Kotze. She was a beautiful, vibrant and caring person. So sad that a young person's life had to end so tragically.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-09-12 11:05

    Murder hang him for this.

      monti.montanari - 2012-09-12 11:13

      You must be a lawyer. Brakes failed teacher in the way of vehicle out of control

  • nicole.trigg1 - 2012-09-12 11:29

    I live about 800m from the intersection (on a smallholding). I drove past the scene of the accident and it sent shivers down my spine. The residents of the area pleaded for MANY years to have traffic lights erected at the intersection, which was finally done. Although I am MOST grateful, as there have been less accidents, I still cannot understand why, when they were busy with the traffic lights and construction of the roads, they didn't construct a "slip" for the trucks coming down Sir Lowry's Pass (a slip is a stretch of gravel on the side of the road filled with soft sand with a sand bank at the end). Apparently the trucks hydrolics failed, which means no brakes (and in some trucks no clutch in order to gear down). One can understand the mechanical fault, but then surely the truck driver should've hooted, flashed lights, whilst coming down the Pass. Trucks need a lot more distance to gear down and/or brake, so why did he not warn the cars infront of him? Did he leave it too late? Questions only he can answer. A young woman, in the prime of her life, has been taken. My condolences to the family, friends and the Grade 1's of SomerStrand College. May her death not be in vain. I hope SANRAL realise the need for a "slip".

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-09-12 12:56

      It is more often easier to say the "brakes failed" and/or mechanical failure than to admit that the brakes were OVER HEATED due to continuous use coming down the hill. The driver SHOULD have GEARED DOWN at the top of the hill, with minimum use of the brakes on the decent. That's the BOTTOM LINE.

      nicole.trigg1 - 2012-09-12 13:20

      I was merely attempting to shed some light on the subject, Arthur. I used the word "apparently". All "facts" stated in these comments regarding the truck are all hear-say. The only FACT is that a young woman lost her life. No one, not even the investigators at THIS point, know for a FACT what happened to the truck, hydrolics, brakes, etc.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-09-12 12:15

    Horrible... Rest in Peace..

  • Corne van den Heever - 2012-09-12 12:27

    ive actualmet her. she was suppeose to be my little one's teacher next year. its a real tragidy!

  • arthur.marks.754 - 2012-09-12 12:58

    Condolences to the family, and M.H.D.S.R.I.P

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