CT truck accident victim critical

The man whose car was crushed in the N1 truck accident on Tuesday is in a critical condition.

A motorist trapped in a bakkie on Lower Church Street following an accident on 15 October 2013. Picture: Zain Johnson/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The man who was injured in an accident involving a cargo truck on the N1 Highway on Tuesday remains in a critical but stable condition.

The man was driving his bakkie behind the truck when a 24-ton barge, which was being transported on the truck, fell onto his vehicle.

The truck's load was too high to fit under a bridge and fell on impact during peak-hour traffic.

The N1 outbound had to be closed for about three hours, resulting in major traffic delays across the City Centre.

City of Cape Town traffic spokesman Richard Coleman says, "I was told the gentleman that was involved in the accident is in a critical condition, but he is stable."

A probe into the accident has since been launched by Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle.

Meanwhile, a motorist who witnessed the accident described to Eyewitness News how the incident unfolded.

Simon Pfotenhauer said, "We just stopped and I literally hit the brakes. I had just started to accelerate and slipped in behind the bakkie. I believe there was a motorcyclist nearby who had an injury."