WATCH | CCTV footage shows truck ploughing into dozens of cars at Durban mall
CCTV footage of a truck smashing through the barrier of a bridge and ploughing into dozens of vehicles at the Flanders Mall off the M41 in Mount Edgecombe, north of Durban, on Thursday evening has gone viral on social media.
Three people were injured when the driver of the articulated truck lost control and crashed into the parking lot of the mall.
WATCH| Three people sustained minor to moderate injuries when a driver lost control of his truck, smashing through the barrier of a bridge and ploughing into dozens of vehicles at a Durban mall on Thursday evening. The clean-up is still underway. @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/ezX6QQiyaP— Orrin Singh (@orrin417) October 11, 2019
Netcare 911's Shawn Herbst said the crash could have been much worse and was very close to mimicking the notorious Fields Hill crash, in which an articulated truck went through a red light at high speed, killing 22 people in Pinetown on September 5 2013.
“The driver sustained moderate injuries while two people, who had just driven around the corner before the truck ploughed into their vehicle, sustained minor injuries. It could have been very bad though,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal: Reports of a heavy motor vehicle that has collided with approximately 20 cars and crashed into the Flanders Mall in Mount Edgecombe North of Durban. Update ls to follow. @ecrtraffic @durbannorthnews @northglennews @EWNTraffic @IOL @SABCNewsOnline @FatalMoves @eNCA pic.twitter.com/CovTS1Js7B— Netcare 911 (@Netcare911_sa) October 10, 2019
Herbst said the truck had been carrying resin, which is used as an agent to stabilise ink used in the printing industry.
He said parts of the clean-up began on Thursday night, with experts assessing what sort of effect the resin would have on the environment.
“Most of the scene is still cordoned off. The entire walkway was destroyed and I don't imagine it will be open to the public until everything is clear and safe,” he said.