An­other truck ac­ci­dent at Koe­berg junc­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

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.

PIC­TURE CINDY WAXA

TRUCK TUR­MOIL: A truck lost its load on the N1 out­go­ing at the Koe­berg In­ter­change, ex­actly two weeks af­ter a sim­i­lar ac­ci­dent there.

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