The N4 toll road between Nkomazi toll plaza and Malelane is closed on Monday due to a MASSIVE head-on collision between two trucks.
WATCH AS TRAFFIC WAS SEVERELY AFFECTED ON MONDAY
Motorists were advised to avoid the area and to use alternative routes.
According to the Mpumalanga Department of Community Safety Security and spokesperson Moeti Mmusi, both trucks are on fire.
It is not yet clear if anyone has been injured or what the trucks were carrying at the time of the accident.
Emer-G-Med spokesperson Kyle van Reenen said paramedics responded to the scene of a serious motor vehicle collision on the N4 national highway between Malelane and Komatipoort.
TRUCK DRIVER BURNT BEYOND RECOGNITION
“On arrival on the scene, paramedics were met with absolute mayhem as two coal trucks were to have collided head-on, at high speed.
“As a result of the impact, one of the trucks caught fire, engulfing the occupant, a male driver believed to be approximately forty years of age. Unfortunately, he was burnt beyond recognition and declared dead on arrival of paramedics.”Kyle van Reenen
Van Reenen said the driver of the second truck was treated for minor injuries only.
A LIGHT MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHED INTO THE TWO TRUCKS
“In a second incident, a light motor vehicle crashed into the two trucks, resulting in four adult occupants suffering moderate injuries. They were treated and stabilized on the scene before being taken to a nearby hospital for further care.”Kyle van Reenen
He said traffic in the area was severely affected as the roadway was closed to allow emergency personnel to work.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT:
- Stop your car and stay at the scene
- Firstly, stop your vehicle and, in the interest of road safety, switch on your hazards to warn other drivers. Climb out of your car if it is safe to do so and check if anyone has been hurt. If you can, take pictures of the damage to all the vehicles involved in the incident.
- Help anyone who has been hurt
- While you can only be criminally charged for causing the accident and any resulting injuries. As a bystander, you have a moral obligation to help someone who has been hurt in a road accident. Help includes contacting an ambulance or rescue unit, even if the injuries do not appear to be serious. It’s critical that you don’t move the injured party and that you do not administer first aid unless you are qualified to do so.
- Get the details
- Record the information of everyone involved in the road accident, including personal details, vehicle registration numbers, tow-truck information, and insurance details. Take note of all road names, landmarks, intersections, and robots. You will have to draw a sketch and description of the accident on your police report and for insurance purposes.
- Report the accident
- Inform the police within 24 hours of the road accident. If the police come to the scene, don’t move anything until they say you may. Ensure that you get an Accident Report (AR) number, as this is needed for any insurance claim or third-party claim you may lodge.