A heavy duty truck driver escaped injury when the superlink mechanical horse and trailer he was driving caught alight on the R102 northbound lane between Cornubia and Gateway, near Mount Edgecombe, on Friday.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA), who were traveling on the R102, stopped to assist when the reaction officer noticed smoke billowing out of the horse.

Head of RUSA, Prem Balram, said, “The driver escaped injury and said the truck was loaded with tiles and sanitary-ware in Johannesburg.

The load was destined for delivery in Durban. Whilst driving, he noticed smoked and pulled over. The horse then burst into flames. Firefighters from eThekweni Fire Department responded swiftly and doused the flames. The truck was extensively damaged. Fortunately, there were no injuries.”

KZN VIP spokesman, Romano Naidoo, said, “KZN VIP Medics and Security Teams were dispatched to the fire scene where the fire had begun spreading to the trailer of the truck. Quick response from firefighters ensured that the fire was swiftly contained and extinguished. The driver of the truck was treated by KZN VIP Medics as he complained about having difficulty in breathing.”

“It is believed that whilst the truck was parked on the side of the M41 and the driver was working on the
navigational device, he noticed smoke coming through the vents. Once he got out to investigate, the vehicle was ablaze within minutes. The driver was in a state of shock after the incident. SAPS, Metro, Netcare, KZN VIP and RUSA were on scene,” said Naidoo.