Another truck accident at Koeberg junction
A TRUCK lost its load on the N1 at the problematic Koeberg Interchange yesterday, causing havoc with the Friday afternoon traffic.
This comes exactly two weeks after another truck accident in the same place caused a similar traffic jam.
The truck lost its load of steel frames in the narrow lanes under the Koeberg Interchange bridge on the N1 outgoing lane at 3pm as motorists started heading home. To add to the turmoil, another truck rammed into the load which tipped into the second lane.
This was the scene of a similar accident two Fridays ago when a truck carrying bales of grain overturned and another truck also slammed into it.
Yesterday, early afternoon traffic was already backing up into the city centre before the truck lost its load.
It is not known why the truck lost its load and traffic spokeswoman Merle Lourens said they were still investigating. The driver of the second truck was slightly injured and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.
“The link to the N1 at Koeberg has been closed and we are diverting traffic in the direction of Milnerton. We suspect that the load shifted and it landed in the next lane. We are sitting with a problem now because we can’t move the load and we are getting a crane there as soon as we can,” Lourens said at the time.
She said traffic was “already hectic” just after 3pm when they were trying to get the crane to the scene.
Other main routes out of the city were also affected by late after noon as motorists took alternative routes to avoid the N1. The crane arrived just before 4pm to remove the steel frames from the N1, which was opened again at 5pm.
However, traffic was moving very slowly on some roads more than two hours later.
Lourens said: “We can’t change anything with the road works. We have all the big signs up telling motorists about the road works and asking them to slow down, but people are just not taking any notice of it”.
Earlier this month a Translux bus overturned into a concrete barrier at the same interchange.
It was believed that the driver failed to take note of the signage warning of the deviation and the recommended speed limit of 40km/h.
Several passengers were injured but only a baby girl was taken to hospital for treatment. The child was trapped in the bus and broke both thigh bones.
Motorists have been confused by the deviation.
The spot saw seven accidents in the first 48 hours that the deviation was put in place.
TRUCK TURMOIL: A truck lost its load on the N1 outgoing at the Koeberg Interchange, exactly two weeks after a similar accident there.