- Two trucks were involved in an accident on the N1 near the Koppies off-ramp in the Free State province
- Drivers have been warned to avoid driving in the vicinity of the area and traffic diversions have been put in place to allow congestion to clear
- The accident resulted in one of the drivers burning to death and the other sustaining serious injuries
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KOPPIES - An accident involving two trucks has occurred on the N1 near the Koppies off-ramp in the Free State. The SAPS has warned drivers to avoid the area and take different routes instead. Routes have been diverted to the north and south of the off-ramp.
The traffic to the north has been redirected from the off-ramp to the Heilbron Koppies road. The southbound traffic is diverted from the Vaal Toll Plaza.
Further details of the accident
In a statement, SAPS said that one of the truck drivers sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in a Kroonstad hospital. The other truck driver burnt to death.
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The cause of the accident is currently unknown but SAPS have started an investigation into the case. They have also announced that a case of culpable homicide will be opened.
Briefly News contacted Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, a spokesperson for SAPS in the Free State, who said that there is no further information available at the moment as the investigation is ongoing.
Reactions to the truck accident
Jeff Isaacs said:
"Too terrible for words. Best we wait the outcome of the investigation before we make our own judgements and conclusions."
Teecoh Jnr shared:
"What a terrible accident!"
Cheryl Bezuidenhout Jack believes:
"This so sad and I'm my deepest sympathy to the deceased family. However, trucks need to stop speeding and trying to overtake each other."
Jen Douglas said:
"How sad and unnecessary."
Louis Adriaan Johannes Visser shared:
"And this before Christmas. Sad."
Truck driver, 24 arrested after lorry kills 4 people near KZN supermarket
Previously,, Briefly News reported that police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a 24-year-old truck driver collided with multiple vehicles along Durban Street in the Greytown CBD.
Witnesses report the truck hit parked cars and local street vendors near a KZN supermarket, killing at least four people in its path.
Among the victims was a mother and her young child, IOL reports. Several other bystanders also sustained serious injuries.
Source: Briefly News