N3 Accident: Truck jackknifes, causing rush-hour slow-down in city

2009-05-21 00:00

MORNING rush-hour traffic snaked through Pietermaritzburg’s city centre at a snail’s pace yesterday when the southbound highway was closed after a truck jackknifed on the road .

A horse and trailer jack-knifed on the N3 between Orthman and New England roads, causing backlogs on the southbound lane.

The N3 accident had a massive impact on traffic flow in the city. Vehicles were diverted from the Liberty Midlands Mall onramp into Chatterton Road and through Boshoff street.

Msunduzi Municipality Traffic officials had their hands full trying to control droves of vehicles passing through the city at the same time. Traffic police were deployed at intersections to direct traffic.

The accident happened at 6 am when the truck’s brakes failed. The truck driver realised that the brakes were not working but could not do anything.

It appears that he steered the truck across the Msunduzi river bridge and up the incline, but the truck failed to get to the top and rolled back. On its way back, the trailer went off the road, crashed into the rails and jackknifed.

The truck was fully laden with bags of PVC resin and some of the bags fell onto the road. It took more than four hours to clear the road and remove the truck.

While cars were diverted through town, an emergency lane was opened for trucks.

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