An accident involving an 18-wheeler truck and 6 other vehicles has left 80 injured and 27 dead in Pinetown, a small city near Durban in South Africa. Four of the vehicles were minibus taxis, carrying a number of passengers, presumably some of them tourists. Two cars were also involved in the accident.
Reporter Gio Stolley told IOL News: “Two of the taxis had their roofs and sides completely ripped off. Bystanders were helping paramedics by holding drip bags; there were bags and clothes and shoes everywhere.”
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters ordered a high-level investigation. KwaZulu-Natal Police Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the driver was charged with homicide, negligence, and reckless operation, as reported by All Africa. If it is determined that the cause of the crash was brake failure, Evergreen Transport company may also be charged.
According to Democratic Alliance Councillor Rick Crouch, and as reported by eNCA, this road is not suitable for trucks because of its steeply-graded hill. For trucks with heavy loads, this can be particularly problematic if it needs to make an emergency stop. He said this is not the first truck accident to occur on this road.
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