N12 fatal crash case postponed

The state is opposing a bail bid by driver Isaac Maruding, arguing he's a danger to society.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Judgment in the bail application of an Alberton truck driver who's accused of causing a multi-vehicle accident on the N12 highway has been postponed by a Palm Ridge magistrate.

At least three people died when an 18 wheeler truck crashed into gridlocked traffic last week, while seven others remain in a critical condition.

The state is opposing a bail bid by driver Isaac Maruding, arguing he's a danger to society.

State prosecutor Fundile Ntuli has told the court that Maruding fled the scene after the crash and may try to abscond from standing trial.

He argued that the case is in the public interest and releasing him on bail would create the wrong impression of South Africa's justice system.

Ntuli also revealed that the truck driver had been previously acquitted of culpable homicide in an incident in which he'd been accused of driving his taxi drunk, causing the death of one person.

Maruding's lawyer has argued he is prepared to hand his driver's license over to authorities and report to a police station on a daily basis.

Judgment in the bail application is expected to be handed down next week.

Meanwhile, the courier company that owned the truck which caused the accident continues to remain silent despite mounting calls from government and survivors for Benusi Cargo Carriers to be held accountable.

Video: Carnage on the N12.