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New footage of Pinetown 'horror crash' released - VIDEO

By Sowetan LIVE | 2013-09-11 13:41:52.0 | COMMENTS [ 67 ]

New footage of the accident that claimed many lives on Field's Hill has emerged. [This video is not for sensitive viewers]

The footage, released by the PE Herald, shows the truck hitting four taxis and a car.

The latest reports indicate that three people died upon arrival at a hospital and 57 others were being treated for their injuries after an accident which claimed 22 lives last week in Fields Hill, Pinetown, the health department said on Monday.

Nineteen people were admitted to the RK Khan Hospital, department spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi said in a statement.

Three people died on arrival, nine were seriously injured, two were transferred to King Edward Hospital and one was discharged, Mkhwanazi said.

The remaining four were in a stable condition.

Four people were taken to InkosI Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH).

"Three are critical and one is stable," Mkhwanazi said.

The King Edward VIII Hospital had admitted 16 people.

Twelve people were treated and discharged and the remaining four were stable.

The other 18 were either taken to private hospitals or treated on the scene, Mkhwanazi said.

On Thursday, 22 people died when an articulated truck's brakes failed on Field's Hill.

The vehicle careened down the M13 and smashed into four minibus taxis and a car at an intersection at the bottom of the hill.

The truck driver Sanele Goodness May appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The 23-year-old Swaziland national cried when he was brought into the court.

May was arrested on Thursday on 22 counts of murder and one of reckless or negligent driving.

He was initially charged with culpable homicide, but National Prosecuting Authority spokeswoman Natasha Ramkisson confirmed that the charges had been upgraded to murder.

The case was postponed until September 16. May remains in custody at the Pinetown police station holding cells.


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i feel for this guys, weather or not the brakes failed its still to be said. My view is Y is he sitting i that court for all those counts alone, id put the Company owner, supervisor, security guargd that opened for that truck even the mechanic also to face those 22 charges. coz the truck was also not registererd to be on the roads.

2013-09-12 10:40:02.0 | 0 replies

buddydee -

The video has been removed from youtube.
Which is probably why you cant access it.

2013-09-11 15:50:10.0 | 0 replies

CharlesTaylor2 - Hehehe, no problem.

2013-09-11 15:47:30.0 | 0 replies

can someone send me the Accessible link please

2013-09-11 15:46:46.0 | 0 replies


If your brakes have failed and you have 40 tons of goods pushing you down a hill - you're likely to be going fast!

2013-09-11 15:45:33.0 | 0 replies


oh yes since you know everything hey

you so sure of everything youd swear you were there yourself...i use public transport and taxi drivers have at least displayed 12 different ways of causing an accident but even this accident doesnt account for an example of careless driving...but hey we'll soon find out what realy happened

i hope he doesnt go to jail though poor thing....and just quit being mean gorsh!

2013-09-11 15:43:11.0 | 0 replies


Might as well be International "Friendly Fire Apologies" day.

2013-09-11 15:38:59.0 | 0 replies

Zuluchick, like I stated, he was coming down that hill too fast, inexperience yes, took a chance yes, now he must face the music.

2013-09-11 15:36:42.0 | 0 replies


Sorry also to you, because I have already weared at you on the other article.

2013-09-11 15:23:15.0 | 0 replies


The hill is about a kilometer long, and the robot is down the hill on the off-ramp entering Pinetown. The stupid driver should have drove straight the road and not take the off-ramp. It was the peak-hour for god sake.

I pray God, I was driving in the same route less than 5 minutes later and I got there with the first ambulance.
U the lucky one my chief that was horrible i saw the clip once and never repeat people are dying a violent death

2013-09-11 15:20:36.0 | 0 replies

Those two pedestrians who were crossing must have been crappiing briicks! Talk about a near miss!

I still don't understand how they can charge the driver with murder if it was a mechanical fault. Maybe that will become clearer during the trial.

2013-09-11 15:20:30.0 | 0 replies