Motorists stuck in traffic after truck loses load

2014-09-27 00:00

FRUSTRATED motorists were stuck in traffic for hours yesterday after an abnormal truck lost its load on the N3 northbound just outside Pietermaritzburg.

To compound their frustrations, the R103 soon became gridlocked too.

Yesterday traffic was backed up all the way to the Umlaas Road off-ramp and motorists had to endure the scorching Pietermaritzburg heat while the road was closed to salvage the load.

One frustrated motorist was former traffic head in Pietermaritzburg, James Mills. “During our time when there were such incidents there was a speedy response,” he said.

Mills said when there is an emergency traffic officers should be out in their numbers to inform motorists of what is happening and also to divert traffic.

“Officers need to effectively communicate with road users to ensure that people are aware of what is happening so that they can make other arrangements,” he said.

Mills said during their time they had an N3 incident manual to assist officers in a programme of action to take when there was an emergency.

He said officers should think how they would feel if they found themselves in a similar situation.

RTI spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said they had to close the road because a truck accident had blocked the road.

“Our officers did their best under extremely hot conditions diverting the smaller vehicles and leaving the trucks to ensure that there was a smooth flow of traffic,” she said.

She said it was easy to blame officers, but people don’t understand their work.

The road was cleared four hours later.


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