Major traffic jam after N3 oil spill
AN oil spill along the N3 northbound at Townhill yesterday morning saw a major backlog in traffic of up to six kilometres.
KZN Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) head Victor Chetty said the news of the spill came in at 6 am yesterday morning.
He said it is believed that a tanker carrying cooking oil spilled some of its load while driving up Townhill and left a trail of oil about 1,6 km long.
He said the trail stopped just after the Peter Brown bridge.
“We have been out there since 6 am with Msunduzi traffic, fire, RTI and specialised clean-up units. The official clean up started at around 8 am after we cordoned off the road and made sure road users were safe.”
The spill happened in the slow lane and initially only the fast lane was open.
By 4 pm yesterday, he said the middle and fast lanes were open and that they were expecting the clean-up to be completed by 5 pm.
He said there were no injuries and the tanker that spilled the oil had not been found as the spill stopped just past the bridge and nothing could be seen past Cedara and Hilton.
The backlog of traffic yesterday morning following an oil spill on the N3 northbound on Townhill. Officials spent the better part of the day directing traffic and cleaning up the spill.