A truck driver is in hot soup after dashcam footage revealed that he got up from his seat, left the wheel unattended and crashed his truck in Mpumalanga.
In the video, the truck driver can be seen reaching for an item in the cabin. He eventually gets up from his seat, while the truck is in motion to find his cellphone.
The truck veers off the road and despite the driver’s attempts to counter-steer, the heavy vehicle rolls and crashes off-road. The incident took place on Monday.
According to the driver’s official accident report seen by SA Trucker, the driver said: “I was trying to get my phone on the bed behind me. It was ringing. I did this while I was driving. I’m sorry about this I should have stopped the truck.”
This just proves how extremely dangerous it is to not pay attention while driving.
It emphasises the importance of continued driver training for truck drivers to avoid distractions while on the road.
Frans Massyn, HR and Financial Manager at Massyn Vervoer told News24 that the company does not condone the driver’s behaviour.
“It is simply unheard of that someone will move away from his driving position to do something else.”
He said the driver was found guilty of gross negligence after a disciplinary process.
“He was dismissed immediately from the company. We have also opened a criminal case against him for negligent driving at the SAPS.”
The accident happened at 06:00 on September 10, just after the Middelburg mall off-ramp.
The driver was on-route to Nelspruit.
“The driver did not sustain any injuries and luckily there were no other vehicles or people involved in the accident,” Massyn said