In a harrowing incident on the N2 highway, a three-truck collision occurred just past 11:30 AM on Wednesday, resulting in one driver suffering a partial amputation of his right leg and losing much of his left calf.
The accident, caught on video footage, happened on the N2 highway south of Pongola, turning a routine drive into a terrifying ordeal.
The sequence of events leading up to the collision is depicted in the video footage that has since gone viral, capturing the terrifying moments that unfolded on that fateful day.
The first truck involved in the accident was stationary, partially blocking one lane of the highway.
It remains unclear why the vehicle was not completely off the road or if there were any warning signs for approaching traffic.
The second truck, a side tipper, found itself in a predicament as it approached the scene.
Realizing that there was no room to pass the stationary truck safely, the driver made the prudent decision to stop behind it, waiting for a chance to proceed safely.
However, tragedy struck when the third truck, as seen in the video footage, approached the scene and seemingly failed to notice the stationary and stopped trucks ahead.
The third truck collided with the rear of the second truck, causing a chain reaction that propelled the second truck forward into the first.
The impact was devastating, particularly for the driver of the third truck who bore the brunt of the collision.
He was trapped in the mangled wreckage of his vehicle, requiring first responders to swiftly assess the situation and work diligently to free him from the wreckage.
The rescue operation was a challenging and delicate one, given the severity of the accident and the injuries sustained.
Paramedics on the scene immediately tended to the injured drivers.
However, it was the driver of the third truck who suffered the most serious injuries.
Reports indicate that he sustained a partial amputation of his right leg and lost a significant portion of his left calf. He was quickly transferred to a nearby medical facility for emergency surgery, where his condition remains critical.
Local authorities are currently investigating the incident to determine the exact cause of the collision.
Preliminary reports suggest that weather conditions could have contrinbuted to the incident as the road was wet at time of the crash.
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