'Truck surfer' and driver killed in N3 horror crash

Suthentira Govender Senior reporter
The scene on the N3 near Van Reenen's Pass on Wednesday night.
The scene on the N3 near Van Reenen's Pass on Wednesday night.
Image: Emer-G-Med

A man who hitched a ride on the back of a heavy-duty vehicle unbeknown to the driver, was killed when another truck crashed into them on the N3 highway near Van Reenen's Pass on Wednesday night.

Kyle van Reenen, spokesperson for Emer-G-Med, said the incident took place at about 10pm.

“On arrival on scene on the Johannesburg-bound carriageway, in the vicinity of Van Reenen, paramedics found two articulated vehicles had collided.

“One of the vehicles rear-ended the other, causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle which careened off the roadway, smashing into the barrier. The driver was found to have sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased on arrival.

“On further inspection, a second male was found pinned between the two wreckages.

“Reports from the scene suggest the man to have been truck surfing at the time of the collision — an act where pedestrians climb onto the rear of heavy-duty vehicles and hitch rides without the driver of the vehicle knowing.”

Van Reenen said the man was also declared dead at the scene.

“The roadway remained closed for several hours to allow emergency services to clear the scene and the SA Police Service to conduct the necessary investigations.”

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