In Bedfordview at the N12/R24 interchange, road users were shocked when a Ford Figo apparently ploughed into the back of a stationary truck.
Almost immediately afterwards another truck then drove into the rear of the Ford, compacting it between the two trucks.
The 1.5 ton sedan, measuring a little more than 3.7m from bumper to bumper when new, had no chance.
“Paramedics discovered the deceased had sustained severe injuries and Jaws-of-life equipment was used to free his body from the wreckage,” said ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring.
Spokesperson for Ekurhuleni metro police Superintendent Vusi Mabanga said following distance between the three vehicles may have compromised the drivers’ reaction times.
In another incident a truck lost its load on the N17 which fell on top of a VW Caddy.
“As a result one person died on the scene and another was airlifted to hospital,” said Mabanga.
On the N12 east near Southgate, a three car pile-up between an Audi sedan, a Toyota Hilux and a van caused multiple injuries.
“Six women and nine men in the taxi sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital,” said Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
He said it appeared as if a front wheel on the Audi had blown out which then led to the subsequent pile-up.
The Automobile Association of South Africa claimed in a recent statement that collisions cost the country R300 billion last year.
“Traffic fatalities rose from 9 068 in 1998 to probably at least 15 000 last year, although the real death toll is currently unknown,” said the AA.