The driver of the bakkie which overturned in the KZN Midlands at the weekend, killing three people, has no driver’s licence.
In addition, it is believed that he may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said yesterday.
The driver has not yet been arrested and is recovering from injuries in hospital.
There were six occupants in the bakkie, including the driver. It is alleged that he lost control of the Isuzu bakkie and it overturned. A woman and her 11-year-old niece died at the scene while the child’s mother died in hospital, said Chinaboo.
He added that the bakkie did not belong to the driver. He said it still has to be determined how it came about that the unlicensed driver had possession of the bakkie.
The incident happened on the Dargle road, the P134.
Chinaboo said it is believed that the occupants were informal traders who went to buy eggs in the Dargle area. They were on their way to Howick when the bakkie overturned.
Investigations are ongoing, Chinaboo added.
Robert McKenzie, spokesperson for KZN EMS, said one person suffered minor injuries, two people were critically injured and two were declared dead at the scene.