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Truck catches alight on M7 freeway, driver allegedly flees scene

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A truck caught alight on the M7 west bound before the N3 in Pinetown on Sunday morning and according to emergency workers the driver was nowhere to be found.

The truck caught alight on the M7 on Sunday morning. Picture: ALS Paramedics

A TRUCK caught alight on the M7 west bound before the N3 in Pinetown on Sunday morning and, according to emergency workers, the driver was nowhere to be found.

According to Garrith Jamieson from ALS Paramedics, the incident took place before 6am.

The truck caught alight on the M7. Picture: ALS Paramedics

“On arrival paramedics found the Durban Fire Department in attendance tackling the blaze.

“Paramedics searched for the driver, however, it is alleged that he absconded from the scene when the vehicle started burning.”

The entire M7 was closed while the fire department extinguished the blaze.

Jamieson said that at this stage the cause of the fire is unknown, however, all necessary authorities were on the scene and will be investigating further.

In another incident, one person was killed in a head-on collision on Saturday night.

The KwaZulu Private Ambulance Service responded to the R102 near Empangeni for reports of a collision.

Spokesperson Chantell Botha said that when emergency services arrived they found that two vehicles had been involved in a head-on collision.

“Paramedics quickly assessed the scene and found that two patients had sustained serious injuries. The patients were treated on scene before being transported to the hospital for further treatment.

“Sadly one occupant had sustained fatal injuries and succumbed to their injuries before emergency services arrived.”

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