Pinetown accident: A violent and fatal truck crash in Pinetown, South Africa, left 27 dead and over 80 people seriously injured this week. It is believed that brake failure from the truck’s end prevented the driver from stopping and slamming into four minibus taxis and another vehicle near Pinetown of the KuaZulu-Natal province, Yahoo! reports this Friday, Sept. 6.
The Pinetown accident is being called a real “tragedy” by police. It occurred late this Thursday night when a carrier truck crashed into five motor vehicles when its brakes failed, killing 27 on impact and hurting dozens of others (an estimated 80 people). Law officers are holding an investigation into any other factors, other than brake failure, that might have led to the tragic truck collision.
Each of the four taxi minibuses were nearly full with passengers, noted the report, leading to the high number of injured victims and fatalities in the truck crash.
Another deadly road accident also occurred near Pinetown just last weekend, when a bus carrying several girls along with their mothers suddenly overturned on the way home from a dance event, leaving 10 dead in another road-related tragedy.
Vehicle accidents are becoming some of the most prominent causes for deaths in South Africa, with poorly maintained roads, unknown traffic safety rules, ineffective road laws, and old cars all contributing to the recent rise in tragic deaths. The story concluded that it is hopeful these tragedies will make South African lawmakers realize the importance of improving these conditions for the well-being of people throughout Pinetown and other provinces.
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