One of the trucks involved in the crash on Tuesday near Harrismith in the Free State, after falling down an embankment. Picture: Emer-G-Med.
One of the trucks involved in the crash on Tuesday near Harrismith in the Free State, after falling down an embankment. Picture: Emer-G-Med.

1 dead, 2 injured after trucks collide near Harrismith

By Jehran Naidoo Time of article published Aug 18, 2021

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DURBAN - One person died while two others were left with moderate injuries after two trucks, one from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), collided on the N3 near Harrismith in the Free State on Tuesday.

Paramedics on scene from Emer-G-Med said in a statement that upon arrival they found the two heavy motor vehicles had collided on high impact before going off the motorway and down an embankment.

“The incident occured on the N3 South to Durban at the infamous S-bends between Harrismith and Montrose, ” said Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.

Mahkele said the driver and passenger of the SANDF truck were treated and stabilised on scene and taken to Thebe Hospital before being transferred to Busamed Private Hospital in Free State.

Makhele said the driver of the private vehicle, carrying cement, died instantly after being crushed by the load of cement.

The SANDF truck after it collided with the cargo carrier on Tuesday. Picture: Supplied by Emer-G-Med.

“The truck that was loaded with cement was following the SANDF truck in the same direction to Durban on an S-bend. The driver of the truck allegedly lost control of his truck and bumped into the soldiers truck and both overturned into a river,” Mahkele said.

He said a case of culpable homicide is being investigated.

African News Agency

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