15 December 2017

South Africa: N3 At Van Reenen Reopen Following Truck Crash

The N3 at Van Reenen's Pass in KwaZulu-Natal, was reopened on Friday afternoon after two trucks collided, resulting in a 4km-long diesel spill on the road.

In a statement, N3 Toll Concession's (N3TC) commercial manager Con Roux said motorists should, however, continue to expect delays as the traffic backlog starts to clear.

Delays should be expected between Harrismith in the Free State and Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

11h30 #Crash update N3-6X 60.0 Caltex #VanReenen: The entire #N3TollRoute is now open in both directions, north and south. Please beware of slow moving traffic on the south bound with slight backlogs still being experienced. Travel safely!-- N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) December 15, 2017

"N3TC wishes to express its gratitude toward emergency services and rescue teams who have pulled out all the stops to speed up the recovery and mop-up operations," Roux said.

"They did a sterling job in the shortest possible time."

One person died in the N3 crash, while two people were killed in a separate incident at the Caltex Petrol station in Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Robert McKenzie told News24.

McKenzie said seven vehicles collided at the petrol station, injuring 11 people.

Meanwhile, Roux warned motorists to expect high traffic volumes along the N3 over the upcoming weekend as holidaymakers head toward KwaZulu-Natal.

"We thank our road users for their patience and understanding under trying circumstances. Please keep safe on the road," he said.

Source: News24

South Africa

NGOs Chose Patients Like 'Slave Owners Choosing New 'Possessions'

A former director says court cases and provincial power prohibited national officials from stopping the Gauteng health… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.