A Durban truck driver has sadly passed on in hospital where he was recovering from injuries sustained during a horrific crash on N3 earlier in the morning.
The driver, known to SA Trucker but cannot be named at this stage, initially survived the head into tail crash that happened this Thursday morning.
He however succumbed to his injuries in hospital a few hours after the crash.
He was among three men who got injured, when his truck rear-ended another on the N3 highway near the Mariannhill toll plaza in Shongweni, KwaZulu Natal.
ER24 paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene shortly before 07h00 to find one truck crushed against the ARMCO barrier while a second truck had come to a stop some distance away on the side of the road.
Scrap metal from the one truck had been spread across the highway in the collision.
Two men were found walking around on the scene while the driver was found lying trapped inside the one truck in a critical condition.
Rescue services used specialised equipment to free the him from the truck wherafter he was provided with advanced life support interventions before he was transported to a nearby hospital where later died.
The two remaining men were treated for their moderate injuries and were then transported by another service to a nearby hospital.
The traffic in the area was affected for some time to scene management and clean-up.
Local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.