Two truck drivers have sadly been killed in two separate crashes in Kwa-Zulu Natal today, Friday the 5th of October 2018.
In the first crash witnesses reported seeing the truck an International Eagle 9800 spiralling out of control down the Amajuba steep between Volkrust and Newcastle.
Upon investigation the driver’s lifeless body was found lying on the road several metres before the final resting place for the truck.
The witnesses could however not confirm if the driver jumped from the runaway truck or if he was thrown out.
The truck wreckage as seen on the footage of the horrific crash scene looked like it was bombed. Video at end of post.
The cab came off from the chasis and got squashed while the front axle was nowhere to be seen. The triaxle trailer was only left with one axle intact while the other axles came off.
It could not be immediately established as to what caused the crash but witnesses suspected brake failure.
In a separate crash, a man sadly passed away while another was taken to hospital with serious injuries in Pinetown.
The accident which was reported to have been caused by a front tyre blow out happened just before Richmond road off ramp on N3 Durban bound around 11:46hrs.
The truck collided with a sign post and burst into flames entrapping the driver in the process.
The fire quickly spread to the trailer which was loaded with hay bales.
When fire rescue arrived they put out the fire only to find the driver had succumbed to his injuries.
The N3 was closed due to the Fire as well as the unstable Road sign.