N12 accident: Truck driver apologises

Isaac Maruding has apologised to the victims and families of the deceased following the crash.

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 - The lawyer representing the truck driver accused of causing a fatal accident on the N12 Highway in Alberton last week says his client is doing well and has apologised to the victims and families of the deceased.

Isaac Maruding was driving an 18-wheeler truck, when it crashed into gridlocked traffic.

It's suspected his vehicle's brakes failed.

Three people died and seven others remain in a critical condition.

Although Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi previously said four people died and 16 were injured in the crash, prosecutors say they only recorded three fatalities.

Maruding applied for bail in the Magistrates Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday, where he revealed he will plead not guilty and prove he did not cause the crash.

His lawyer Mokhele Salemane says, "He is doing quite well. He's also apologised for what happened to the deceased's families. I think there is enough evidence before the court and the court will decide whether he must be released on bail or not."

SHOCKING DETAILS EMERGE

Further shocking details about the 44-year-old truck driver's past were revealed in court on Wednesday.

The state said Maruding was convicted of causing a fatal accident while he was a taxi driver in 1996.

He was then also convicted of reckless and negligent driving as a truck driver.

The state is opposing bail and has argued that Maruding is a danger to society.