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12 injured as truck collides head-on with fully loaded scholar transport taxi in KZN

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Ten school children have been injured after their minibus taxi collided head-on with a truck on the N2 at Wilson’s Cuttings in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday morning.

According to KwaZulu-Natal Ambulance Service’s Chantell Botha, the taxi driver and a pedestrian were also injured in the serious accident.

“Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found that one patient sustained serious injuries and 10 sustained minor injuries.

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“One pedestrian was knocked over by the truck following the collision and became trapped under the truck (and was) in a critical condition.

“Paramedics and Ray Nkonyeni Fire and Rescue services worked to stabilise and free the patient,” Botha said.

She said the truck driver was unharmed.

12 injured as truck collides head-on with fully loaded scholar transport taxi in KZN
12 injured as truck collides head-on with fully loaded scholar transport taxi in KZN

She said the patients were treated and taken to hospital.

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“The cause of the collision is not known but authorities are investigating,” Botha said.

12 injured as truck collides head-on with fully loaded scholar transport taxi in KZN
12 injured as truck collides head-on with fully loaded scholar transport taxi in KZN

Just yesterday, a laden side tipper truck crashed into 49 vehicles leaving a trail of distruction on the M41 in Umhlanga Ridge, also in KwaZulu-Natal.

Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Sipho Hlomuka has called for a full investigation into the crash.

“Part of the investigation will look at allegations of a total failure of the truck braking system, condition of the driver, and various other defects.

“If it’s found that the truck was unroadworthy, the government could also advocate for charges to be pressed again the truck owner,” the MEC said.

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The investigating team is already taking statements from the witnesses and will reconstruct the scene. The truck will be taken for forensic inspection.

Several videos have emerged on social media showing the trailer brakes which seem to not have been working at the time of the crash.

Commenting on Monday’s crash, the Road Freight Association said it was time for local and provincial authorities clamped down on unroadworthy vehicles, reckless and negligent driving and those who use roads in a selfish and illegal manner.

“The causes of such crashes need to be identified and then actively addressed. Those transporters, or any road user for that matter, who choose to be non-compliant need to be held liable and culpable. They also need to be removed from the road. In addition, the road where the crash occurred was congested for a while – but also damaged. South Africa cannot afford this,” said RFA CEO Gavin Kelly.

Road safety is a pressing matter that the incoming Minister of Transport Sindisiwe Chikunga, has to attend to as crashes involving trucks, often fatal, are occuring frequently.

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