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A miracle – Kids survive after truck lands on top of their house

Ward councillor Spha Madlala rushed out of his home in Copesville‚ Pietermaritzburg‚ when he heard a massive crashing sound on Friday morning.

Truck on top of house
An articulated truck flattened a house in Copesville, Pietermartizburg, on Friday morning. Four children who were inside somehow survived.

As he ran down Kyanite Road‚ he saw what had caused the sound: a truck had lost control and come to rest on top of a flattened house. While he rushed to the scene‚ he heard a chilling sound coming from the rubble.

“We heard the children crying‚” said Madlala‚ who is a paramedic by training. “They were under the bricks.”

Fortunately‚ the four children – who were home alone because their father had gone to work – were spared because a cavity had miraculously formed around them.“There was a small hole. We pulled each of them out‚” Madlala said.

Crushed house

He said the children appeared to have no injuries‚ but were “in a state of shock”. They were taken to a local hospital. They are aged between 4 and 14.


The truck driver was in a serious condition‚ said emergency services spokesman Robert McKenzie.

The children’s grandmother‚ Bongi Nxumalo‚ said she collapsed out of shock when she saw the state of the house.

Granny Bongi Nxumalo

“When I heard that the truck had come through my house‚ I thought of all my grandchildren that were in the house. I cried very loudly‚” she said.

Nxumalo said her son‚ the children’s father‚ was taken to hospital – also because of shock.

Truck flattens house in Copesville

“He is currently in hospital with all the kids. I am the only family member left here. We don’t even know where they are going to sleep because even at my home we are full. All the rooms are full. Nothing could be saved. Everything that was in the house was destroyed. There is nothing‚” she said.

Another neighbour who rushed to the scene‚ Thasmia Mohamed‚ said she heard the truck screeching down the road at 5am and hitting a speed bump.

“He was probably speeding‚” she said.

Madlala said a traffic light was needed on the road to prevent this from happening again.

“There have been a number of accidents in the same area‚” he said.


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