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.

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