KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department Launches Probe into M41 Crash Involving Multiple Cars
The KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department ordered a full investigation into a massive car crash on the M41 highway near Umhlanga, north of Durban, on Monday morning. According to reports, a tipper truck that experienced brake failure collided with more than 40 vehicles, with 49 cars involved. The accident left scores of people injured and brought traffic to a standstill as reported by SA News.
The investigation will focus on the alleged failure of the truck’s braking system, the driver’s condition, and other defects. The government is also considering pressing charges against the truck owner if the truck is found to be unroadworthy.
The Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison MEC, Sipho Hlomuka, expressed concern about the growing number of truck accidents on provincial roads, emphasizing that Monday’s accident could have been avoided.
Hlomuka has already taken statements from eyewitnesses, and the truck will be taken for forensic inspection while the investigating team reconstructs the scene.
Hlomuka has wished all those affected by the accident a speedy recovery and appealed to motorists to be extra vigilant on the road at all times.
In a separate event, Hlomuka led Operation Siyahlola and rolled out crime-fighting initiatives in Sweetwaters-Mpumuza under the Msunduzi Local Municipality, Pietermaritzburg.
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