Truck driver in cuffs over fatal N3 Greyhound accident

A 30-year old truck driver is in police custody in connection with the horror crash that claimed the life of a Greyhound bus driver on the N3 on Tuesday, 22 December 2020.

Free State police spokesperson, Motantsi Makhele says the 30-year old truck driver is facing culpable homicide charges and will appear before the Harrismith Magistrate Court within the next 48 hours. 

THE HORROR CRASH

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Greyhound bus which was headed in the Harrismith direction reportedly collided with the trailer of a truck that was making a U-turn next to the Caltex Garage outside Van Reenen.

Makhele says the 54-year old Greyhound driver was killed on impact whilst seven passengers were moderately injured and received medical attention at the scene. The name of the deceased is yet to be released. 

A SECOND BUS ACCIDENT

The South African reported on a second bus crash on the N1 North near Ingwe Hotel outside Makhado towards Musina. The bus overturned in that incident, forcing the road closed 

READ: SA traffic: Fatal bus crashes cause road closures on busy N1, N3 routes

Meanwhile Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has released the preliminary road fatality statistics for the festive season indicating that 690 people have so far died in car accidents. The fatalities took place between December 1 and 20. He says this is a decline of 5.7% from the same period last year.

According to Mbalula the busiest route has been the N3, from Joburg to Durban, which recorded 1 547 vehicles an hour on average. The decline in road traffic over the festive season has been expected due to the second wave of the Coronavirus and restrictions placed on popular holiday destinations – the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape.