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WATCH: Truck driver dies in freak Pinetown accident with four cars

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Durban – A truck driver has died in Pinetown while trying to stop his runaway truck before it collided into a residential property on Monday night.

According to paramedics, his truck crashed into at least four cars, including a police vehicle, before crashing into a house.

The truck crashed into two vehicles on the road, before it veered into a residential property where it collided with two cars in the yard and caused significant damage to the property.

Aside from the truck driver who died at the scene, no other injuries were reported in the freak incident that was captured on video with several people expressing shock at the incident.

In the video, the truck is seen crashing into a VW Golf before crashing into a metro police vehicle. The truck the veers down an embankment and into a residential property before coming to a stop.

Life Response paramedics said the accident happened on the intersection of East and Stapleton Road in the Pinetown area.

“The truck collided with four vehicles in the intersection, the driver of the truck got out of his truck and was speaking to metro police.

“When he got back in and tried to reverse his truck, the truck gained momentum going down Stapleton Road pushing the cars with it.

“The truck driver attempted to stop the truck and when doing so fell out the truck and hit his head on the road.

“The truck went down an embankment and into a residential property causing severe damage to the property and two vehicles inside the property,” said Life Response paramedics in a statement.

The paramedics said the truck driver was declared dead on the scene and was not injured by the truck as some have said on social media and on videos captured from the scene.

“The truck driver passed away while his truck was out of control. The truck driver was not injured by the runaway truck.

“Life Response paramedics attended to the truck driver, and attempted to resuscitate the driver, but sadly he passed away.

“Fortunately, no one else was injured in the initial accident or when the truck went down the embankment,” said the paramedics.

Traffic in the area has been severely hampered.

Police are at the scene investigating the cause of the crash.

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N2 Kei Cuttings bus accident leaves 27 dead

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At least 27 people have been killed in a bus accident on the N2 at Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the Eastern Cape on Monday afternoon.

The death toll has been revised from earlier reports which indicated that 10 people have died.

Eastern Cape transport department spokesperson, Unathi Binqose, says the number of the deaths could increase as more people were still trapped inside the wrecked bus.

A large number of search and rescue personnel, traffic officers, firefighters and paramedics are on the scene.

Binqose said the death toll is likely to increase as search and rescue personnel plan to flip the bus over to see whether more people are trapped underneath.

The accident took place on the notorious section of the N2, known as the Kei Cuttings, north of the Kei River, which is known for its perilous twists and turns.

Binqose said the driver of the bus is among those who died.

The driver is believed to have lost control of the long-distance passenger bus before it plunged 200 metres down a steep embankment.

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“He lost control just before he could cross the river on the last curve,” said Binqose.

Chief director of clinical support services for the health department, Kidwell Matshotyana, told TellitallSA that 22 people were stable and did not want to go to hospital.

“In terms of the injured people, we have five patients admitted at Frere Hospital and one at Life St Dominic’s Private Hospital [both in East London],” he said.

The department will arrange transport for the 22 people, who don’t want to go to hospital, to the nearest town. They will be given accommodation.

The bus is understood to have been transporting passengers from Cape Town.

Hospitals and emergency services in the area and further afield were offering help with triaging patients.

He said the police had the grim task of going through the luggage to find identity documents, in order to begin informing the next of kin of the tragedy.

The department would also work with the bus company to establish a contact centre for worried families checking up on people who were on the bus, and those details would be announced later.

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Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news

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Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.

Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.

Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.

Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.

She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.

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Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in

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Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.

Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.

He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.

Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.

“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.

Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

This is a developing story.

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