Pinetown crash caught on video

South Africa
Shocking footage of the Pinetown truck accident. The accident claimed more than a dozen lives on Thursday night. Warning: The visuals you are about to watch are of a graphic nature.

PINETOWN - A driver with a camera attached to the dashboard of his vehicle, has captured the horror crash that claimed 22 lives on Fields Hill, in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal.

Rock Solid Industries captured the video that shows the moments before a runaway truck hurtles down the M13, across a major intersection, through a red traffic light and wipes out four fully laden taxis and the occupants of VW Jetta.

Nineteen people died at the scene, while three people died in hospital. An estimated 32 people sustained various injuries, said paramedics. The accident happened at about 9pm on Thursday.

Meanwhile, on Friday, the DA said they had warned the MEC for transport in KZN Willies Mchunu, of the dangers of allowing heavy-duty trucks to use that stretch of highway. 

DA councillor Rick Crouch said residents lived in fear and the only reason why truck companies allowed their drivers to use Fields Hill, was to bypass the toll booth on the N3.

Bystanders helped paramedics

Chris Botha, spokesperson for Netcare911, told eNCA on Thursday that those who witnessed the incident had helped paramedics triage patients. He said the scene was of utter carnage.

Driver has been arrested

On Friday morning, Mchunu said the driver would face charges of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving. A high-level investigation into the incident has been launched.

-eNCA

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