Truck driver killed trying to stop runaway vehicle
THE driver of a runaway truck died while trying to stop the pantechnicon before it crashed into a metro police vehicle and two Pinetown homes on Monday night.
It was the second time a vehicle had ploughed into one of the properties.
Life Response 24/ 7 operations manager Leon Fourie said paramedics were dispatched to a crash at the East and Stapleton roads intersection in Pinetown on Monday evening.
Fourie said the truck had collided with four vehicles at the intersection. The driver got out of the truck and spoke to metro police before getting back into the vehicle and trying to reverse it to assess the damage. He jumped out of the truck, which then started to roll down Stapleton Road, pushing cars with it.
“The truck driver attempted to stop the truck and when doing so fell out and hit his head on the road,” said Fourie.
He said the truck then went down a bank and into a residential property, causing severe damage to the house and two vehicles on the property.
Fourie said no one was injured in the initial crash or when the truck went down the bank.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said Pinetown police were investigating a case of culpable homicide.
Metro police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad said the metro police vehicle was a write- off after being struck by the truck.
“The metro police officer tried to jump in the runaway truck to stop it, but didn’t succeed,” he said.
Sizakele Makhanya said it was the second time a vehicle had crashed into their home. The first time a vehicle coming up Stapleton Road crashed into their gate and intercom and got stuck in their neighbour’s property in rainy weather.
Makhanya said she was on her way to bed when she heard a bang. Checking their CCTV footage, she saw there had been a crash on the road, and then spotted the truck headed for the house.
“I was screaming and saw it come directly to my bedroom. I grabbed my husband and ran outside. We heard a bang outside and the truck had already hit the wall and the cars,” she said.
Makhanya said they were not protected because there were no barriers along that stretch of road.
She it would cost a lot of money to repair the wall and vehicles.
The trucking company declined to comment on the matter.
LEFT: One of the vehicles which were damaged in the crash.
THE Makhanya family’s boundary wall and two cars were damaged when a runaway truck crashed into their property on Monday night.