Driving behind a swerving truck, 15-year-old Tom Kruger and his mom, Libby, were first puzzled as to why the truck was driving in such a fashion.
But it wasn’t long until they noticed men clambering about on the back, attempting to steal the goods.
Tom decided to record the incident with the hopes of providing the driver with proof that he tried his best, explains News24.
Aaah, what would we do without the young’uns, huh?
The Kruger family was driving from PE to East London last Friday when they spotted the truck, driving with its hazards on:
“We were probably about 60km outside of East London,” Libby Kruger, who was driving the vehicle, told News24. Her son Tom was in the passenger seat.
“We saw four males on the back of the truck. One of them jumped off fairly quickly, but the other three remained,” said Libby. She says they were on a steep uphill and couldn’t have been driving more than 25km/h at that point in time.
The men used a knife to cut through the tarp and gain access to what looked like bags of samp or corn.
“They were throwing these bags from the back of the truck onto the highway,” Libby said.
The two cars immediately behind the truck “deliberately drove over the bags to keep the looters from collecting them”.
Operational manager at Kestell Logistics, Douw Steyn, confirmed the truck belongs to his company:
“It’s not a route we drive often,” Steyn said. The truck was transporting sugar. Steyn confirmed that a total of 28 bags were missing from the load.
He was on the phone with his driver while the looting took place.
“I know it was reckless, but I asked the driver to snake and try and throw them off. There is always the possibility of a hijacking, so the outcome could have been far worse.”
“My driver deserves an A+,” said Steyn.
Here’s what went down:
Libby explained to News24 how the men were clearly not working alone:
“There were men positioned alongside the route, waiting to collect the stock from the highway. This was no random act, they were very organised.”
The looters then changed their game plan and began loading the bags of sugar into a large bag. They eventually also dropped this load onto the highway. One of the vehicles driving in front of the Krugers lost part of its bumper in an attempt drive over it with their car.
The looters then started pelting the samaritans’ cars with stones. That’s when Libby drove off.
“Tom felt so sorry for the truck driver, and was worried that he’d be penalised. I mean how does he prove he did everything in his power to protect the load?”
Steyn eventually came across the video after Tom uploaded it to social media, and was extremely grateful to all the parties involved:
“It’s nice to know there are still people out there who try to help and are willing to help. Thanks to them.”
A far happier ending than that car – train collision from yesterday.
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