Footage of a horrific crash that left 27 people dead and over 30 injured in South Africa has emerged.The incident took place in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal region. The video has been uploaded below this news article.
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The video has been captured on a driver's dashcam and it has been posted by Rock Solid Industries, according to ENCA.
It reveals a snippet of the moment when a truck totaled four mibinus cabs and a Volkswagen vehicle. The motorist shooting the footage is waiting at a red light, right behind one of the cabs that is about to get shattered.
As the rogue truck passes him at high speeds, it ploughs through the vehicle. The video has been captured in a busy intersection on the M13 highway, in the Field's Hill area.
As we reported, the driver of the lorry did not stop at a red light. He was arrested for reckless driving and homicide.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has prompted an investigation into the cause of the crash. The KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate has noted that the brakes on the lorry have malfunctioned.
"The ANC [in KwaZulu-Natal] is concerned with the growing number of people dying on our roads. We call on law enforcement agencies to work hard in making sure that those who disregard the rules are put behind bars," comments African National Congress spokesman Jackson Mthembu in a statement.
An unspecified number of schoolgirls have died in the crash. They were returning from the Annual Reed Dance in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal.
"The DA in eThekwini believes that law enforcement agencies must be given space to investigate the cause of the incident. The DA joins in mourning the loss of these loved ones with those affected and the broader city of Durban during this trying and difficult time," adds the leader of the Democratic Alliance in eThekwini, Zwakele Mncwango.