Chabane crash: Truck driver to appear in court tomorrow

The truck driver has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide.

FILE: Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabene. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - As police probe whether the driver of the truck that caused yesterday's accident had consumed alcohol the only skid marks and small debris remains visible on the N1.

The roof of the Volkswagen Touareg that Chabane and his body guards were traveling in was almost completely ripped off by the collision.

The roads were subsequently closed for nearly the entire Sunday.

Traffic volumes have quickly picked up early this morning and several other vehicles can be seen also attempting to turn around on the highway.

The truck driver believed to have caused the cash is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

Chabane and his two bodyguards Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck making a U-turn on the N1 near Polokwane early yesterday morning.

The truck driver has since been arrested and charged with culpable homicide.

Officials say he tested positive for alcohol.

The police's Ronel Otto says pathologists are expected to confirm this.

"A breatherlyser test indicated that he might have been under the influence of alcohol as well. So following the arrest he was taken to the hospital for blood tests. The tests will now be sent to our laboratory in Pretoria, and we awaiting the results."

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Chabane will be honoured at an official state funeral.

The announcement was made on Sunday.

Radebe said he was unable to confirm as yet whether or not the driver of the truck that struck Chabane's vehicle was drunk.

Whether the driver was within the legal limit or not remains to be seen.

[UPDATE] Police confirm that truck driver involved in #Chabane accident has been arrested: http://t.co/TyBoAJsIBf. pic.twitter.com/qjIgskVw58

First photo of #CollinsChabane accident scene by @Beeld_Nuus reporter @MarietieLouw pic.twitter.com/UH6oUuYjTb @Netwerk24