Truck crash brings city traf­fic to a grind­ing halt

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

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.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

HEADACHE: The scene on the N1 af­ter two trucks col­lided at the Koe­berg In­ter­change.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE

CHAOS: Traf­fic backs up af­ter the col­li­sion.

PIC­TURE: PETER LLOYD.

ROAD­BLOCK: A truck lies over­turned on the in­ter­change.

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