Two still critical following deadly N12 crash

Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says the injured are receiving specialist medical care.

FILE: Several cars were involved in a massive accident after a truck lost control and crashed into about 50 other vehicles on the N12 East at Voortrekker in Alberton on 14 October 2014. Picture: EWN Traffic

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says 16 of the people recovering in hospital from yesterday's N12 crash in Alberton sustained injuries ranging from serious to critical.

Four people were killed when an 18-wheel articulated truck crashed into gridlocked traffic on the Voortrekker offramp.

A total of 49 cars were damaged and the driver of the truck has since been arrested.

Police say he may face multiple charges including murder.

Vadi visited the injured at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital this morning and described the accident as one of the worst Gauteng has ever experienced.

He says the injured are receiving specialist medical care.

"At this particular hospital there are three patients that were brought in. These were the critical care patients. Two are heavily sedated. They have just gone through a number of operations and procedures."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has also expressed concern after visiting the accident site yesterday.

Peters says her ministry plans to enforce stricter regulations on truck driving schools.

"The rate at which crashes are happening in South Africa is actually shocking. The behavior and alertness of our people on the road is worrying."

TRUCK DRIVER ARRESTED

Police say the driver of a truck has now been formally arrested and will appear in court on Thursday.

The man was taken into custody for questioning after yesterday's accident and was then released.

The identity of the driver is still unknown but he is the first person to be arrested and charged with culpable homicide for the killings.

The police's Doniah Mothutsane said, "The driver will face a charge of culpable homicide and will appear in the Palm Ridge Court tomorrow."

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has called for the owners of the Benusi Courier Company, which owns the truck, to be held lawfully accountable.