Truck driver injured in crash

07 April 2016 - 02:49 By Jerome Cornelius

In the 36 years he has lived in Kloof Nek Road, Bill Bendix has tended to injured children at least five times after road accidents outside his house.Yesterday his property was the patient when a truck demolished its garden wall after losing control descending the steep slope into the city centre and crushing six cars."I was taking a nap when I heard two loud bangs," said the 74-year-old.When he went outside to see what had happened, he saw a man lying on a corner about 6m from the truck."I'm a long-time first-aider, and got my kit. I held his hand and waited for the ambulance to arrive. Only then, when I turned around, did I see the truck. I was in shock," he said.The man, who turned out to be the truck driver, was taken to hospital.He was the only person injured in the accident, at 3.15pm, but Bendix said it could have been much worse because four men who should have been working in his garden had not arrived."I shudder at the thought ... those men with their electrical equipment busy in the garden when the truck hit," he said.The accident caused traffic chaos in the evening peak traffic, with both sides of the road blocked by emergency services. The truck's brakes are thought to have failed.In August 2005 a bus driver and three pupils from a Strandfontein primary school were killed when a bus with faulty brakes lost control on Kloof Nek Road.

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