Durban – A 54-year-old tanker truck driver sadly lost his life in the N2 truck accident which saw two tankers, a side tipper truck, and a car collide before bursting into flames near Hluhluwe on Sunday morning.
By 16h00 emergency services were still battling the blaze which has spread to grass and bush adjacent to the road.
The four vehicle accident occurred shortly after 10h00 between Petroport and the Hluhluwe off-ramp.
According to witnesses, the two tankers were travelling in a northerly direction when one attempted to overtake the other.
The side-tipper truck was travelling south, towards Durban, and was unable to pull into the emergency lane as this was obstructed by an abandoned motor car.
The three trucks collided and all were quickly engulfed in flames.
The car also caught fire.
Emergency services continue to battle the blaze, which has spread to bush and grass adjacent to the road.
Robert McKenzie, KZN Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson, earlier urged motorists to not venture too close to the accident scene after at least one car, parked too close to the scene, quickly went up in flames.
Reports at this stage are that one of the tanker drivers died in the horrific crash.
Hluhluwe SAPS and the fire brigade were commended by witnesses as arriving on scene within minutes of being alerted.
The N2 remains closed in the vicinity and motorists are being diverted to the gravel road via Bushlands.