Man dies as trailer ploughs into his car

A MAN died and four others were seriously injured when an out-of-control articulated truck rammed into two vehicles on the N2 near Zinkwazi on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast yesterday.

A MAN died and four others were seriously injured when an out-of-control articulated truck rammed into two vehicles on the N2 near Zinkwazi on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast yesterday.

The truck was travelling south when the trailer began to snake and swung into oncoming traffic.

The truck driver lost control and it overturned and rolled several times before coming to a stop about 150metres further on and blocking the north-bound carriageway.

Traffic was obstructed and the road closed for hours.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeff Wicks said the steel trailer veered on to the north-bound carriageway. The driver of a light motor vehicle was unable to avoid it and was sideswiped.

The right side of the car was torn open by the jagged edges of the trailer and the driver was killed on impact.

Wicks said a passenger in the car sustained serious injuries.

"The driver of a bakkie heading north was unable to stop in time and collided with the overturned trailer. He was seriously injured.

"The injured people, including the truck driver and his passenger, were stabilised before being taken to hospital."

In a separate accident 10 people narrowly escaped serious injury when the minibus taxi in which they were travelling collided with a stationary bakkie on the N2 between Nandi Drive and the M25 off-ramp.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks said the injured people were all passengers in the taxi.

He said emergency personnel found the taxi in the middle lane of the freeway and the bakkie lying below an embankment.

The injured people were taken to hospital.

"The bakkie is believed to have broken down in the middle lane of the freeway. The taxi could not avoid it and slammed into it. The impact forced the bakkie off the freeway and down the embankment," Banks said.

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