Sec­ond ac­ci­dent af­ter truck crash leaves spill

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Gareth Wil­son

THREE peo­ple were in­jured af­ter a truck crashed into a con­crete bar­rier on the R75 in Despatch, spilling diesel and oil over the road.

The road was closed for sev­eral hours af­ter two other ve­hi­cles col­lided as a re­sult of the slip­pery road sur­face.

The Mediter­ranean Ship­ping Com­pany (MSC) truck crashed into the bar­rier at about 5am yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials on the scene, a mix­ture of diesel and oil leaked onto the road when its tank split open on im­pact.

Au­thor­i­ties are still try­ing to de­ter­mine what caused the truck’s ac­ci­dent.

Within 30 min­utes of the leak­age, one car rear-ended an­other be­fore over­turn­ing af­ter the driv­ers lost con­trol of their ve­hi­cles on the slip­pery road.

The road was re­opened at 1pm yes­ter­day.

Metro po­lice chief Yolanda Faro said: “The [sec­ond] ac­ci­dent al­legedly oc­curred due to spillage on the road.

“Two oc­cu­pants in the one [car] were [se­ri­ously] in­jured as it over­turned on im­pact.” They were taken to hospi­tal. “The oc­cu­pants of the sec­ond [car] were un­in­jured.”

The truck driver sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

MSC Uiten­hage de­pot re­gional man­ager Eu­gene Blig­nault said the truck had been on its way to their yard in Uiten­hage with an empty con­tainer.

“At this stage, we do not know what hap­pened.

“We will have a bet­ter idea [of the cause of the ac­ci­dent] af­ter we have spo­ken to the driver.”

Blig­nault said the road was be­ing resur­faced by the SA Na­tional Roads Agency Lim­ited (San­ral), which had opted to clean the road af­ter the ac­ci­dent as they were still busy resur­fac­ing.

DAN­GER­OUS LIQ­UID: The truck with its split fuel tank af­ter crash­ing into a bar­rier on the R75 in Despatch

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