Friday, 6 September 2013

27 people killed as truck crashes into traffic in South Africa

Twenty-seven people were killed when a truck ploughed into traffic west of Durban in South Africa.

A government spokesman said about another 30 people had been injured, some critically, in Thursday's crash.

"Close on 30 others sustained injuries ranging from critical to serious and minor," department of transport spokesman Tiyani Rikhoto said.

The 18-wheeler truck allegedly failed to stop at a traffic light and collided with four mini-bus taxis and a car, said Chris Botha, spokesman for a paramedic service.

He said the scene in Pinetown, 16 kilometres west of Durban, was "absolutely horrific".

It is alleged the brakes on the truck failed, said Kwanele Ncalane, a spokesman for the provincial transport ministry.

The driver has been arrested.

South Africa has a high rate of road fatalities, with about 38 lives lost per day, a report said this week.

Friday 6 September 2013


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