Truck crash brings city traffic to a grinding halt
TRAFFIC ground to a halt in Cape Town yesterday after an accident on the N1 led to the artery being closed and diverted drivers clogging other routes out of town.
A truck carrying bales of grain overturned on the outgoing carriageway near the Koeberg interchange at about 10am, only to be hit by another truck.
Traffic spokeswoman Merle Lourens said the first truck was back on its wheels about three hours after the accident, but the road was still littered with bales of grain. No one was injured in either incident and no other vehicles were involved.
Lunchtime traffic backed up, and the blockage had not been cleared by the time the afternoon rush hour began. As traffic was diverted from the N1, other routes out of town backed up as well, with people complaining it had taken them hours to move just a few kilometres.
Lourens said traffic had returned to its normal flow by 6pm.
Motorists complained that they tried to call various traffic numbers but could not get through.
Lourens, however, said she had not received any complaints.
The blog site Twitter had hundreds of people asking about the delays and others replying.
Mark Becker, who was trying to get from Salt River to Tyger Valley, said it took him an hour to cover just 3km.
HEADACHE: The scene on the N1 after two trucks collided at the Koeberg Interchange.
CHAOS: Traffic backs up after the collision.
ROADBLOCK: A truck lies overturned on the interchange.