Town Hill Carnage

2008-05-15 00:00

A 1930’s photograph from The Witness archives of the mangled wreckage of a motorcar involved in a fatal accident on Town Hill underlines the notoriety of that stretch of road. Despite a slew of measures to improve the situation, the Town Hill section of the N3 continues to be a red zone, a fact underlined by Monday’s dramatic and tragic accident which cost one life and closed down the Durban-bound lane of the highway for six hours.

There is also a grave need to offer inducements to exporters and importers to make more use of rail. Besides this, more should be done to upgrade the N3. Investigation suggests that, had a second arrestor bed on Town Hill been better maintained, Monday’s accident might have been averted. Those commuters who regularly have to endure the chicken run with strings of heavies all intent on lumbering past one another on the narrow roadway between Cato Ridge and Pietermaritzburg would probably add widening that section of road to their list of priorities.

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