Suspected drunk truck driver arrested for causing accident in Pietermaritzburg

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Truck accident on Friday evening on the corner of Alexandra and Camps Drift roads in Pietermaritzburg.
Truck accident on Friday evening on the corner of Alexandra and Camps Drift roads in Pietermaritzburg.

A 36-year-old truck driver is expected to appear at Pietermaritzburg’s Magistrate Court on Monday facing charges of reckless and negligent driving and drunken driving after he allegedly lost control of his truck on Friday evening on the corner of Alexandra and Camps Drift roads.

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said two passengers were injured in the crash and the truck driver was placed under arrest.

Eyewitnesses told The Witness that the driver of the truck, which was carrying logs, failed to negotiate a turn and crashed the truck near the Tubby Land preschool. Others said the truck driver reeked of alcohol when he was pulled out of his truck by bystanders before the police and emergency workers arrived at the scene.

Gwala said Alexandra Road police are investigating charges of reckless and negligent driving and drunken driving.

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