A driver and two male passengers were killed around 19.30 hrs last night after the car they were in slammed into the back of a parked truck on the Soesdyke/Linden highway, near Kairuni.
None of the victims were identified but police said that one of the men died at the scene, while two others succumbed at the Mackenzie Hospital.
The truck driver, a 32-year-old Kara Kara, Linden, resident, reportedly told police that he was proceeding toward Linden when in the vicinity of Kairuni, his ‘low-bed’ truck, GPP 2993, developed mechanical difficulties.
He then stopped and placed two yellow five-gallon jars near his vehicle as makeshift reflectors. He alleged that he was attempting to contact his mechanic when he heard a loud impact, and saw that a car, PHH 9398, already crashed into the back of his truck.
One of the occupants was killed on the spot.
The driver assisted passersby in placing the other two injured passengers in a vehicle, which transported them to the Linden Hospital, where they subsequently died.
There have been several similar tragedies involving trucks on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.
Last October, two Mahdia residents perished after the Route 72 (Georgetown-Mahdia) minibus crashed into a parked, log-laden truck near Moblissa.
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