Ma­jor traf­fic jam af­ter N3 oil spill

The Witness - - NEWS - CHELSEA PIETERSE

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.

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