Cor­rec­tional truck rolls with four in­mates

Sunday Observer - - NEWS - BY SIFISO NHLABATSI

Atruck from His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (HMCS) car­ry­ing four in­mates over­turned yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at Gil­gal.

The in­mates and the warder, who was driv­ing, were all in­jured and rushed to Raleigh Fitkin Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where they were treated.

Ac­cord­ing to well- placed sources, the truck which was headed to Big Bend was dis­turbed by an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle which was try­ing to over­take an­other and when the driver swerved to avoid it, he lost con­trol and it rolled.

The truck was be­ing es­corted by a sedan from the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices, which how­ever, was not in­volved in the ac­ci­dent. The four in­mates and warder, who came worse off, were treated and dis­charged at Raleigh Fitkin Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, said the source. Po­lice at the scene con­firmed that the driver had the most vis­i­ble in­juries, where- as the in­mates’ ones could not be as­cer­tained as they were still be­ing at­tended to by med­i­cal per­son­nel.

At 7pm the truck was be­ing towed from the ac­ci­dent scene by a break­down ser­vice ve­hi­cle from the Um­butfo Swazi­land De­fence Force (USDF).

Chief Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Khu­lani Mamba con­firmed the ac­ci­dent, say­ing he had been briefed by of­fi­cers at the scene.

How­ever, he said de­tails of what ac­tu­ally hap­pened were still scanty as po­lice were still to con­duct their own in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Mamba could not be drawn to com­ment on whether or not there were sus­pi­cions of foul play re­sult­ing in the ac­ci­dent. His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices’ PRO Gugulethu Dlamini said she had not yet been in­formed about the ac­ci­dent yes­ter­day. She promised to give full de­tails once she has gath­ered all the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to­day.

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