Rush-hour traffic held up as truck overturns

2012-02-09 00:00

PEAK-HOUR commuters from the Midlands were left frustrated yesterday morning after a truck overturned and left a section of the Durban-bound lane on the N3 closed for almost six hours until 10 am.

The Road Traffic Inspectorate told The Witness that the truck, carrying scrap metal, overturned near the Peter Brown Drive off-ramp at 4 am, spilling its load across both lanes.

Traffic soon backed up all the way to Hilton and cars were being diverted through Cedara Road, which also became heavily congested.

Motorists sat on the highway for up to two hours. A disgruntled resident asked if there was an end in sight.

“There seems to be a problem on this road once a month and it always involves a truck breaking down or a truck involved in an accident,” she said.

“It is fast becoming the most dangerous road in the country, which is a problem as it is the main road that people use getting to work and kids to schools. The situation is becoming untenable.”

She asked what the government was doing to intervene.

Department of Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane said programmes were in place.

“We have embarked on an intensive campaign to educate truck drivers and to try to encourage safer driving habits,” he said.

“We met drivers last year and this year we are meeting with company owners to discuss this.

“We do have a traffic hotline number which people can call to report bad driving, especially by trucks.”

However, Ncalane said that truck drivers needed to change their behaviour.

“The Department of Transport can’t be responsible for the bad behaviour of truck drivers. Enforcement is a two-way street.

“We will do all that we can to prevent these incidents, but at the end of the day truck drivers need to toe the line.”

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