Sun. Sep 27th, 2020

Watch: Fatal crash covers highway in debris, disrupts Midrand traffic

According to JMPD the truck was carrying scrap metal, which was then strewn across the N1 in Midrand following the crash.

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A horrific crash in Midrand, Gauteng has claimed the life of a truck driver early on Thursday morning, 27 August. Scrap metal which the truck was carrying, was also strewn across the N1 on impact, leaving lanes blocked to traffic. 

WATCH: DRIVER KILLED IN MIDRAND CRASH 

In the video, other cars can be seen parked between the wreckage. The truck can also be seen against a pole. The trail of scrap metal appears to be strewn across the N1 for many meters. On the opposite side of the road, traffic can be seen backed up. 

According to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Wayne Minaar, the truck was travelling from Zambia to Gauteng, transporting scrap metal. 

“A truck transporting scrap metal from Zambia to Gauteng collided with a pole on the N1 between Allandale and Buccleuch Interchange before 6:00 this morning [Thursday],” he said. 

“The truck driver died in the accident and there is still scrap metal which is strewn all over the N1 north affecting traffic lanes going north,” he added. 

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Minaar said motorists can use the R55 as an alternative route while the scene in Midrand is being cleared.  

The South African contacted Brigadier Mathapelo Peters for further comment, however, he did not respond at the time of publishing. 

TRUCK CARRYING BOOZE LOSES ITS LOAD 

Just last week on Tuesday 18 August, a truck transporting alcohol, lost its load in Krugersdorp, Gauteng. Funnily enough, Tuesday was also the first day that South Africans could purchase alcohol following the lifting of the nationwide ban the night before. 

According to reports, a car collided with the beer truck on the corner of Voortrekker Road and Frederick Cooper in Krugersdorp, losing its load. Bystanders were more than happy to dig in and skip standing in queues at liquor stores. At the end of July, almost three weeks earlier, another truck carrying alcohol lost its load in Rosslyn, Gauteng. 

On 15 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the ban would be lifted under Level 2 but with strict conditions. The conditions were listed as; 

  • Alcohol must only be sold by liquor stores, bars, taverns, or restaurants; 
  • On-site consumption is only allowed until 22:00;
  • Liquor stores can only operate from 9:00 to 17:00; and
  • There will be a four-day window to buy alcohol, running from Monday – Thursday every week.

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