Accident closes N3, again

2011-07-19 00:00

THE N3 southbound was closed for about four hours yesterday after a truck plunged off the Chatterton Road bridge.

The accident, in which two people were injured, delayed work on the N3 upgrade project.

This is the third major accident to close the N3 in July and the second accident near the construction site of the Chota Motala bridge.

Group Five site manager Bradley Naidoo said accidents cannot be predicted and they set back progress of the construction.

“If we send any earth-moving machines to assist the operation planned for that machine will be affected and we would lose a day’s production.”

A mechanical broom and loader were sent to help in the cleaning of the road. The crashed truck was carrying a load of manganese.

Naidoo told The Witness that the previous week’s accidents did not affect construction because they required N3 to be closed on the southbound carriageway and material deliveries are made along the northbound carriageway.

“Road work on Chota Motala Road is progressing well and within the next month we will have areas on the westbound widening to Greytown asphalted,” Naidoo said.

Temporary traffic will then switch to new works to create space for the construction crews to widen the east-bound carriageway into Pietermaritzburg.

Naidoo said the bridge structures are progressing well, with four of the six piers for the incremental launch bridge and the median concrete walls completed.

Meanwhile, in the early hours of yesterday morning 80 people were injured, 11 seriously, when a passenger bus belonging to Siyaya Coaches overturned on the N2 near Amanzimtoti while travelling from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape to Durban.

Road Traffic Inspectorate chief provincial spokesperson Rajen Chinaboo said it seems a “bad tyre” was the cause of the accident and that the bus service will face a police investigation.

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