The horrific Pinetown crash

This is an entertainment and lifestyle site, whereby I share my experiences of working in this industry; who I get to work with and interview etc. Today though, I feel it is necessary to take a break from that, to highlight the importance of road safety. This isn’t limited to South African road users, but rather to everyone else out there. On Thursday evening 22 people lost their lives in the KwaZulu-Natal area, when a truck driver jumped a red light, wiping out four vehicles in the process. Reports suggest that the driver’s licence had expired and that the breaks of the truck had failed, but the investigation is ongoing. He survived the crash, but 22 people did and dozens of others are injured, some critically.

When I watched the clip above (warning it’s spooky and terribly sad, horrific) I was left stunned, moved and shocked! It’s scary to think how a truck moving at such a speed can inflict such destruction. It literally took out the four vehicles in its path. The jetta was virtually non existent afterwards. The reason I’m sharing this is because I really want to stress to drivers out there to be vigilant and cautious on the roads. If you think your car has any mechanical issues, for goodness sake GO AND CHECK IT OUT. Make sure your licence is up to date. If you’re tired, hire a cab or ask someone for a lift. If you’re drinking, leave your keys with someone who isn’t drinking and catch a cab too. There are so many services out there, so you really have no excuse. If you’re at a busy intersection and the light turns green, just check that there are no cars coming at high speeds, jumping lights. It’s my biggest fear and I’d rather drive slowly and make sure I’m not about to be taken out by a reckless driver, who seems to be in a hurry. Life is busy, I get that, but you don’t need to drive like a doos to get to where you need to be!


That’s how I feel about this situation. My heart breaks for the families of those lost and injured in this terrible incident. I hope justice prevails. It wont bring back their loved ones, but the dialogue about road safety really needs to be had, especially with December and ‘silly season’ approaching. Be safe out there friends!

Author: Jason Von Berg

Digital content marketer. Mobile App Editor. Entertainment, travel and New York City lover. #Triathlete, #Ironman, health and wellness advocate, @Futurelifeza ambassador

One thought on “The horrific Pinetown crash”

  1. Thank you for posting this, I literally burst into tears when I watched the video, we all should have more respect for other people’s lives and be more responsible towards safety, my thoughts are with all the families that suffered from this tragedy.

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