1 Killed, 1 injured after a shipping container is blown onto the roof of a car

A man has been killed and another injured after a 12m shipping container fell onto the roof of their car near the Durban harbour.

Reports from the scene allege that during the storm a forty foot container which was stacked on top of other containers was blown over and landed on the car.

The incident and preceding events will form part of a police investigation.


Paramedics attended to the two occupants of the car. The first man, who was approximately thirty years old, had sustained relatively minor injuries but was trapped inside the car when the roof collapsed under the weight of the container. He was in a stable condition and was transported by ambulance to hospital for further assessment and care.

Tragically the second occupant, believed to be in his forties, had sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

To access the victims, the container first had to be removed from the vehicle and then fire fighters and rescue personnel used the “Jaws of Life” to free them from the wreck.

The SAPS were also at the scene.

Several other large and heavy stacked containers in different areas were also blown over by the strong winds.

Durban storm

Some of the containers that were blown away by the strong winds. Pic: Supplied