A truck driver burned to death in a two truck horror crash on N3 freeway near Ladysmith on Friday night (27/04/2018).

According to Philip Hull of Community Medical Services, first on scene, the probable cause was a head-tail collision with the one truck careening into the rear of the other.

The cab of the rear truck burst into flames and the driver was trapped in the cab and burned to death as a result, his co-driver escaped death but sustained burn injuries.

There was nothing that could be done for him as no-one could get close due to the intensity of the fire. The driver of the front truck managed to pull away but his rear trailer had by then caught alight.

He drove for a few metres then stopped and unhitched the rear trailer to prevent damage to the total rig.

Truck driver burns to death in two-truck crash

TRUCK DRIVER BURNS TO DEATH IN TWO-TRUCK CRASH ON N3April 28th: Fleet Watch is saddened to report that a truck driver burned to death in a horror crash between two trucks which occurred late last night (April 27th) on the N3 near Ladysmith. His co-driver escaped the inferno but sustained burn injuries. Philip Hull of Community Medical Services – along with other services – was on the scene and told FleetWatch that the probable cause was a head-tail collision with the one truck careening into the rear of another. The cab of the rear truck burst into flames and the driver was trapped in the cab. There was nothing that could be done for him as no-one could get close due to the intensity of the fire. The driver of the front truck managed to pull away but his rear trailer had by then caught alight. He drove for a few metres then stopped and unhitched the rear trailer to prevent damage to the total rig. FleetWatch extends it sincere condolences to the family of the deceased driver; may he Rest-in-Peace. We also wish the injured co-driver a speedy recovery. And we salute the driver of the front truck for his quick action in unhitching the burning trailer thereby saving the rest of the rig. Please take care out there. We have received too many reports of head-tail collisions between trucks over the past few weeks.

Posted by Fleetwatch on Friday, 27 April 2018

Rest in peace Trucker. We also wish the injured co-driver a speedy recovery.

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