Startling CCTV footage has emerged, shedding light on the tragic accident in Pietermaritzburg, where a side tipper truck careened out of control, plowing into a residential house and claiming the life of one person on Wednesday afternoon.

The video, made available to the public by the Pietermaritzburg security company, Mi7, offers a harrowing glimpse of the ill-fated truck’s descent into chaos.

In the footage, the out-of-control vehicle is seen hurtling down Howick Road, with plumes of smoke billowing from its tyres, a clear indication that the brakes were failing to function properly.

The truck’s alarming speed through the busy street suggests that the driver had already lost control of the vehicle, setting the stage for the calamity that would soon unfold.

Moments later, in a heart-wrenching turn of events, the truck collided with several parked cars before slamming into a house, causing extensive damage to the property and leaving the neighbourhood in a state of shock and disbelief.

Read | One Dead as Truck Crashes into Home on Old Howick Road in Pietermaritzburg

KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Emergency Medical Services spokesperson, Roland Robertson, described the chaotic scene that greeted first responders. “When paramedics arrived at the scene, they found the driver and a passenger entrapped in the wreckage,” he said.

It was a race against time to extract the trapped occupants and provide them with the necessary medical attention.

Tragically, despite the tireless efforts of the emergency response teams, the passenger succumbed to their injuries before they could be successfully extricated from the mangled wreckage.

As emergency crews worked diligently to free the driver from the wreckage, there was a collective sigh of relief when they successfully completed the extraction.

The driver was immediately transported to a local hospital to receive further medical care, his condition at the time of the report remained unclear.

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