Truck driver shot, critically wounded at N3 off-ramp

2017-04-28 16:18
A truck driver was shot and abandoned on the N3.

A truck driver was shot and abandoned on the N3. (Graphics24)

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A truck driver was rushed to hospital after he was shot in the abdomen on the N3 just outside Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Thursday morning, paramedics said.

The 29-year-old foreign national had stopped at the Church Street off-ramp on the N3 at about 2.28 am when his attacker climbed into the passenger side of the truck and shot him, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.

The truck driver managed to flee from the vehicle despite being shot and made his way to a nearby service station to get help. When paramedics arrived at the service station they found that the man sustained a life-threatening injury, said Botha.

“A Netcare 911 advanced life support paramedic and his team worked fervently at the scene to stabilise the critically wounded man before they transported him to a specialised hospital for the care that he required,” he said.

Employees of the service station were reluctant to speak about the incident when The Witness visited the station yesterday.

A case of attempted hijacking and attempted murder is being investigated.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane told News24 that police were still searching for the suspect. By Thursday afternoon, there was no update on the driver’s condition.

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