Car dragged under truck following collision on Memel Road

Car dragged under truck following collision on Memel Road
According to emergency personnel on scene, the motorist claimed she was driving in between two trucks when she attempted to overtake the one in front of her. During this process, the truck driver she was overtaking allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a pothole.

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A collision between a motor vehicle and a truck on the Memel Road this morning, 19 February 2021, saw a motorist narrowly escape a blazing inferno.

According to emergency personnel on scene, the motorist claimed she was driving in between two trucks when she attempted to overtake the one in front of her. During this process, the truck driver she was overtaking allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a pothole.

This resulted in the motorist’s car being hit by the truck, lodged underneath the large vehicle, and dragged for several metres before the truck could stop.

Minutes after coming to a standstill, the motorist exited her vehicle before her car erupted in flames.

While the matter is being investigated, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution on the Memel Road. 

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13 Responses

  1. The trucks dont allow space between each other. The driver of the truck could see the car passing, why swerve to avoid the pothole, that the big truck would not even feel. The Road is bad again and the big trucks dangerous!!

  2. It is time to get this road repaired they are playing with our lives.
    This road is very dangerous.

  3. Having driven on that road 2 days ago, with a car, it is almost impossible to be safe. At times having to come to a complete stop to go over/avoid the potholes. There are potholes which cover half the road and are extremely deep, such that would either damage your rim/tires or even cause you to have a puncture. It is absolutely horrible that there are roads like this and no attempt to fix them as they only get worse.
    This needs to be addressed! Before more lives are lost on that road ?!

  4. Road of death! The truck drivers seem not to care because what chance does a motor vehicle have against them.😒

  5. I’ve travelled many times on this road. The potholes need 2 be sorted out. There are various sections where your are forced to go onto the oncoming lane because of the potholes. At times Trucks are going between 100 and 120 on this road.

  6. The municipality should be sued ! Those roads ARE A DANGER we use them often AND ALWAYS NEAR TO DEATH EXPERIENCES WITH POTHOLES REGARDLESS HOW SLOW YOU DRIVE, SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T MISS ONE YOU JUST HAVE TO CHOOSE WHICH WANT TO GO THROUGH ! SERIOUSLY ! HOW MANY SHOULD DIE BEFORE THEY FIX THE ROAD

  7. This road was sub contracted not 2 years ago by a well known Company in the Newcastle area. When we had issues with car damage, because of the lack of proper road traffic adherence by the Sub contractor while resurfacing, we were silenced by threats of lawyers. Thus, this Country will keep killing its own residents with the current BBBEE regulations, constant corruption and pop-up sub-level Companies everywhere.

  8. Who is suppose to inform who to start start fixing this road (again) as it seems as if the authority who is responsible either turn a blind eye or dont have the money and or management skills to fix this road…again…doubt if the Memel road is designed for all the truck traffic.

  9. The problem with the road maintenance is that the road is only tarred over, and that causes the new tar to shift when trucks with heavy loads drive on them, which causes those humps and potholes to grow bigger. They should just scrape off the old tar and re-tar how it should have been done the first time. But these contractors just know how to make money, an afrikaans saying: Goedkoop koop is duur koop. It goes the same with re-tarring a road and buildings etc. if you do a shitty job the first time, it will just be done over and over again. Until you get the proper guys to fix it expensively and right, how it should have been done the first time. The road by the first Ingogo turn off on the Memel road is a good example of cheap tarring. And people drive like a bunch of street racers on double lines and take over on those lines when they can’t see bugger all in front of them.

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