Accident: traffic cops too late to avert jam

2010-05-19 00:00

THERE was traffic mayhem when the municipal traffic department was late attending to a car accident that left Topham Road in Pelham jammed yesterday morning. They later said they were unaware of the incident.

Four people were injured and treated by ER24 paramedics, who arrived “some five minutes” after being summoned at 7 am.

An eyewitness confirmed that “paramedics and fire engines were there almost immediately, but there was no sign of municipal traffic cops to direct traffic”.

The eyewitness said a parent who was taking his child to school in Topham Road and another man parked their cars at the side of the road and directed traffic to try to ease the congestion.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks confirmed that they were first on the scene shortly after 7 am.

Municipal traffic department spokesperson Kwenza Khumalo said traffic officers responded within a reasonable time when they got a report almost an hour later.

“We only received a report at 07:50 and by 07:56 our traffic officer was on the scene,” Khumalo said. “Less than 10 minutes is a reasonable time to respond to an accident.”

He also said many of their traffic officers were directing traffic to ensure that the World Cup trophy was transported with ease.

“We don’t want the trophy to be stolen like it was once in Brazil.”

Khumalo said the traffic jam was a result of peak hour traffic in the area between Girls’ High and Maritzburg College.

He said anyone wanting to report accidents, should call the municipal public safety unit at 033 392 2900.

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