A crash which took place on Wednesday August 30th on the M1 highway just before the Woodmead off-ramp serves to act as a reminder to all truck drivers to please take care of their health.
Although not officially confirmed, reports from the scene allege that the driver may have suffered a medical emergency while he was driving causing him to lose control of the truck as the truck suddenly veered to the left causing two other motorists to be involved in the crash.
It then proceeded over the Armco barrier, through a fence and crashed into a boundary wall before it came to rest perpendicular to Western Service road, blocking the entire road. The incident occurred near to a pedestrian bridge which is used by learners at a nearby school.
The truck driver’s treatment was managed by a Netcare 911 Advanced Life Support paramedic and he was treated for serious injuries while another driver was treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Both men were stabilised at the scene before being transported by ambulances to hospital for further assessment and care.
The Fire Department and the JMPD also attended the incident and traffic during the busy afternoon rush was severely disrupted by the incident. One lane of the highway northbound was closed to traffic.
FleetWatch has always advocated the highest attention be paid to driver health and yet it is still an area of concern for all. Please take care out there.