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Water tanker involved in fatal Verulam accident does not belong to the city, says eThekwini Municipality

A woman was killed in a crash involving a VW Polo and a water tanker in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa.

A woman was killed in a crash involving a VW Polo and a water tanker in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa.

Published May 19, 2022

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Durban - The eThekwini Municipality confirmed on Thursday that a water tanker involved in a crash with a light motor vehicle on Todd Street in the vicinity of Oaklands in Verulam at the weekend, was not part of the city’s fleet.

Reaction Unit South Africa spokesperson Prem Balram reported that the accident occurred on Saturday night just before 7pm.

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He said a woman, believed to be in her thirties, was killed in the crash.

“Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) arrived on scene at approximately 6.59pm and found that the driver of the extensively damaged silver VW Polo had been fatally injured.

“It is alleged that the light motor vehicle was travelling in the direction of Redcliffe, when it collided into a water tanker that was proceeding in the opposite direction,” he said.

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Balram said the occupants of the water tanker were not injured.

Provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed that a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by Verulam SAPS.

“It is alleged that on 14 May 2022 at 7pm, two vehicles collided on Oaklands Drive in Verulam. A 30-year-old driver sustained injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene,” she said.

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Gwala said the matter is still under investigation.

The municipality said the truck involved in the accident does not belong to the city.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased,” said the municipality.

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A woman was killed in a crash involving a VW Polo and a water tanker in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa.
A woman was killed in a crash involving a VW Polo and a water tanker in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa.
A woman was killed in a crash involving a VW Polo and a water tanker in Verulam. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa.

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