Brake failure may have led to N12 horror crash

A truck driver has since been arrested after the incident in which two people died and 18 were injured.

Emergency vehicles and people stand on the scene of a horrific accident on the N12 East after a truck swept several cars after failing to stop on 14 October 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says a preliminary report shows brake failure is to blame for today's multi vehicle crash in Alberton which left two people dead and 18 others injured.

A truck ploughed into several cars on the Voortrekker Road offramp during rush hour traffic.

EWN Video: Aftermath of N12 accident

A man described how he survived the crash.

"I was in the middle lane and I could see in my rear view mirror this huge dust and cars being hit one by one. Cars were hitting me from the back and the sides."

A woman says the crash unfolded right in front of her.

"I heard cars hooting and the truck kept going. It ploughed into cars and then there was smoke and silence."


Peters says the driver of the truck has acknowledged the brakes failed on the N12 highway and he has since been arrested.

The minister says she's shocked by the sheer scale of this morning's crash.

She has revealed that brake failure appears to have caused the massive crash.

"There was no way the truck could have stopped."

Peters says while the driver has been arrested, authorities need to act against the owners.

"The owners of the truck must be held responsible and they should be charged with what the driver will be charged with."

Three people involved in the accident are still in a critical condition in hospital.

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