Cape Town – A Pietermaritzburg family is reeling in shock but lucky to be alive after a 24 wheeler truck accidently crashed into their home on Wednesday.
The truck reportedly plunged into the Boughton family home following a suspected brakes failure while driving down Sweetwaters road, reports said.
The Witness reported that the truck was seen driving at a high speed down the hill, with smoke coming out of its wheels.
“We could smell the brakes burning and there was smoke coming from the tyres…. Then suddenly, it went around a corner and we did not see it,
“We passed the police station and still did not see the truck. We wondered where it could have disappeared to, and then we heard the reports that it had ploughed into the Linwood Drive property,” the report quoted Gerry van Zyl who was driving behind the 24 wheeler as saying.
House owner, Bright Saurombe was thankful his wife and children were delayed at a church holiday programme and were not home at the time of the incident.
According to Capital Newspapers, Saurombe urged the South African National Roads Agency Sanral to “do something soon” as they had anticipated such a disaster.
The report said due to traffic congestion caused by roadworks along the Town Hill secton of the N3, Hilton and Old Howick Road, residents have noticed more trucks driving in the area to avoid the traffic.
They also claimed trucks could damage the already fragile road infrastructure in the area, reported the Capital Newspapers.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe