Close calls at Grimthorpe low-level crossing

2015-03-06 00:00

THE overflowing Duzi River at the low-level bridge on Grimthorpe Avenue caused mayhem this week as two drivers almost fell victim to the strong current.

The river has engulfed low-lying bridges across the city after recent heavy downpours, leaving some drivers contemplating whether to take their chances in crossing.

“Don’t take the chance,” warned Daniel Kellerman yesterday after his car was caught in the middle of the bridge, leaving him stranded as the water reached his door.

“Don’t make the same mistake I did and think you can judge the height and speed of the water,” he said.

Kellerman said the water was at tyre level when he first entered over the bridge, but as he approached the middle, the level rose.

The car had to be towed out of the raging torrent yesterday morning by Police Search and Rescue and local tow-truck drivers.

Kellerman pleaded with authorities to reconstruct the bridge and raise its height so that motorists could pass safely.

Georgie’s Towing driver Keeolyn Moodley said that Search and Rescue officials braved the current to attach the tow rope to Kellerman’s car. Kellerman said the police helped him “a lot”.

His was the second vehicle caught in the same position on the bridge this week.

On Monday, Joey’s tow-truck driver Kavish Ramnarayan walked through the gushing water to attach a tow rope to the first vehicle.

“It was scary, but it is part of the job. You have to do it,” Ramnarayan told The Witness yesterday.

Nobody was hurt in either incident and both vehicles were recovered.

After Kellerman’s vehicle was pulled out yesterday, The Witness observed three other cars crossing the bridge, bypassing the boom gate that blocks the road.

Concrete barriers have been erected to bar access to the low-level bridge on Woodhouse Road, the scene of several drownings over the years.

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