A man was hit and killed by a truck after he allegedly jumped off the Atterbury bridge and landed in front of a speeding truck on the N1 in Pretoria on Saturday night.

According to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Duane Lightfoot, the man was declared dead on the scene.

Lightfoot said the highway was closed off to traffic and road users were diverted to Garsfontein off-ramp.

While authorities were busy on the scene, a secondary accident happened when a truck drove into a towing truck and a third truck also couldn’t stop in time, and drove into a lot of cars.”

He said 2 trucks and 29 cars were involved in the secondary pileup crash and the highway was closed until approximately 23:00 to clear the ensuing wreckage.

“Multiple people were treated for mild to serious injuries, and some patients were taken to hospital.”

According to paramedics, the accident involving multiple cars was reported around 20:43 on the N1 north near Lynnwood Road off-ramp in the east of Pretoria.

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