O­ver­tur­ned truck cau­ses 12h de­lay

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

GRAAFF-REI­NET — Traf­fic was bac­ked up in both di­recti­ons for se­ver­al hours on Tu­es­day, af­ter a truck o­ver­tur­ned on the N9 be­t­ween Graaff-rei­net and A­ber­deen, a­bout 25km from A­ber­deen.

The truck was lying rig­ht a­cross the ro­ad. Cars and small de­li­very vehi­cles we­re a­ble to pass on one si­de of the ro­ad, but den­se bush on the ot­her si­de pre­ven­ted any vehi­cles pas­sing t­he­re.

The e­mer­gen­cy ser­vi­ces we­re very con­cer­ned a­bout the high risk of mo­re ac­ci­dents, but for­tu­na­te­ly mo­to­ris­ts we­re ge­ne­ral­ly pa­tient and furt­her ac­ci­dents we­re a­voi­ded. Trucks we­re u­na­ble to pass the ac­ci­dent sce­ne until the vehi­cle was e­ven­tu­al­ly mo­ved.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pe­ned at a­bout 04:20 on Tu­es­day mor­ning and was re­por­ted to the po­li­ce by dri­ver Ti­nas­he D­hi­wand, who was for­tu­na­te­ly u­nin­ju­red. He was dri­ving the fur­ni­tu­re re­mo­val truck from Jo­han­nes­burg to Ge­or­ge, and lost con­t­rol of the vehi­cle. No ot­her vehi­cle was in­vol­ved.

Ac­cor­ding to Pro­vin­ci­al In­spec­tor Kays­ter of the Traf­fic De­part­ment, the ro­ad was e­ven­tu­al­ly re­o­pe­ned ful­ly at 16:00, af­ter the ne­ces­sa­ry e­quip­ment and bre­ak­do­wn ser­vi­ce ar­ri­ved from Port E­li­za­beth.

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