South Africa 21.10.2014 02:56 pm

4 injured in KZN truck crash – report

A picture of the wrecked furniture truck following the crash. Pic: IPSS Medical Rescue.

A picture of the wrecked furniture truck following the crash. Pic: IPSS Medical Rescue.

The N2 northbound remained closed for two and a half hours last night after a truck smashed into another truck near the Mvoti Toll Plaza in KwaZulu-Natal.

IPSS Medical Rescue’s Paul Herbst said the coal truck and the furniture removal truck collided at about 9pm, spilling oil across the road, North Coast Courier reported.

Herbst added the driver of the coal truck and his passenger had been critically injured.

The driver and passenger of the other truck had sustained minor injuries.

The road has since reopened. Investigations are ongoing.

Last week, in a separate accident, a truck crashed into oncoming traffic on the N12 on Alberton, leaving the road closed for the entire day following a massive pile-up that left four dead and numerous others injured.

The trucks’ failed brakes were believed to have been the cause of the crash.

Truck driver Isaac Wade Moruding was arrested the next day. Moruding is due in court again tomorrow.

N12 crash truck driver Isaac Maruding in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court. Pic: Tracy Lee Stark.

N12 crash truck driver Isaac Maruding in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court. Pic: Tracy Lee Stark.

Democratic Alliance KZN transport spokesperson Rafeek Shah said it does not take a rocket scientist to realise there was a culture of blatant noncompliance with Road Traffic Regulations and the Road Transport Quality System.

“This includes speeding, a lack of vehicle maintenance, reckless driving under the influence, overloading, false licences for both drivers and vehicles, insecure loads, bribery and corruption and last but not least driver fatigue,” said Shah.

“The solution in stemming the tide of road carnage lies in answering these questions openly and honestly, and taking responsibility for our own failings.”

– Caxton News Service

 

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