A TRUCK driver narrowly escaped serious injury in an unusual accident at the Chota Motala off-ramp bridge yesterday.
The tipper truck driver was travelling southbound towards the Manning Avenue bridge when the truck’s automated load bed lifter was activated, unbeknown to the driver.
The raised load bed hit the edge of the bridge, lifting the cab four metres into air, where it struck the bottom of the bridge.
A witness who was walking along the N3 when the accident happened, and who asked not to be named, said: “The truck was moving and I saw the back end of it moving. I first thought that he was offloading something, but then I heard banging noises and saw the stuck truck and wondered how it had happened.”
The man added that rescuers had used a forklift to lower the driver from the cab.
The man had sustained minor leg injuries, while the truck’s cab was also damaged.
The process of freeing the truck attracted workers from factories alongside the N3, who spent their lunch break watching the police and tow truck drivers sweating to move the truck.
The accident happened at around 11 am, but the police and the breakdown services only managed to retrieve the truck at around 1.30 pm.
This involved the use of two tow trucks, positioned at either end of the stricken vehicle. The tow trucks pulled in both directions to carefully extract and lower the truck.
Motorists driving past slowed down to gawk at the spectacle, exacerbating the traffic jams which the crash had caused on the N3 and feeder routes.