Emergency vehicles snowed in

2012-08-08 07:09

Johannesburg - Several ambulances and paramedic cars were snowed in at Nottingham Road on the N3 on Wednesday morning, after responding to an accident, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.

"Paramedics were responding to a truck accident near Mooi River when the vehicles became bogged down in the heavy snow," Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha said at 02:30.

"At the moment they can't move. Disaster management and a toll concession team have gone to assist them but we will wait for daylight to see how to get in there to get them out."

‘Don’t leave vehicles on foot’

Botha said a four-by-four ambulance arrived at the scene and transported an injured man to a local medical facility for further treatment.

Emergency services urged motorists to stay out of the area until the roads are cleared.

"If you do get trapped in the snow, please don't leave the vehicle on foot, stay where you are until help arrives to assist you to safety," he said.

Botha said no other people were injured.

Meanwhile, parts of the N3 toll route between Johannesburg and Durban were closed on Wednesday morning due to the snowfall, the N3 Toll Concession said.

"We have had to close the N3 toll route from the Wilge Toll Plaza to the Cedara Interchange near Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal," spokesperson Andy Visser said.

‘Don’t travel in bad weather’

Visser said they needed to ensure the conditions were safe before they could send emergency vehicles to assist stuck motorists.

"We understand that it is a long weekend, but we urge motorists to please not travel until the weather conditions improve in the interests of their safety," Visser added.

Meanwhile, Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar urged motorists to be extra vigilant as more rain was expected.

"Roads are slippery when wet, motorists should reduce travelling speed, keep their headlights on and maintain a safe travelling distance when it rains," said Minnaar.

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  • Gladwin Stoba Molamu - 2012-08-08 07:28

    hecTic eh

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-08-08 08:34

      I'll keep it clear for R100 mil per year, you can afford it GOV! Come talk to me, you have my details......

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-08 07:34

    Call in the super heroes, the chopper pilots of the SAAF!

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-08-08 14:52

      Most of the choppers are grounded due to lack of maintenance, I hear. Just when they could be of service, too. This is Africa, after all!

  • - 2012-08-08 07:43

    The only Province where there is no snowfall is my Limpopo, we have butiful sky blue and sunshine, there is no sign of clouds, interesting what God can do, miracles Amen

      bulelani.silangwe - 2012-08-08 07:57

      Curriemafia, you have just made my day.......LOL..

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-08 08:24

      becos malemba is there so no snow will fall in lipop which means the Gods will not bless you.If it snows there then malemas cows would all die and Zuma will not be getting any fresh milk from Malema

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-08 08:26

      kwaaaak lol currie mafia you jsut added some chillies what happened with the text books?? and now they have to appoint another team to investigate why no snow kwaaak

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-08-08 08:38

      No snow in Limpopo : Govt officails are dumping the snow elsewhere : Just like the textbooks

      jowza1 - 2012-08-08 09:28


  • nadine.delarey - 2012-08-08 08:13

    are they still closed and when will the roads open, please advice as we suppose to drive to durban tomorrow

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-08 08:27

      only open next year with the next snowy season

      sara.m.pires.9 - 2012-08-08 09:02

      i also want to know

  • cheyenne.lentz.5 - 2012-08-08 08:15

    Do like they do in America, use trucks to throw salt on the road.

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-08-08 08:37

      We have to pout out a tender for the Trucks and salt : Lol

  • alfonso - 2012-08-08 08:25

    It's time to introduce all year arroud tyres in SA! This tyres can be used in all road conditions including snow!!! Than they would not stuck in there!! Get more clever SA!!??

      koo.doyle - 2012-08-08 08:45

      Yes because the two times it has lightly snowed in Joburg in my lifetime would make it worth it :/

  • Bosvark Van Rensburg - 2012-08-08 08:33

    Post what make sense kids!

  • izan.moller.7 - 2012-08-08 08:55

    I need to drive to Bloem from dbn today. please help me with alternative routes. its my brothers wedding

  • sara.m.pires.9 - 2012-08-08 09:03

    we must drive from JHB tomorrow to Durban - what roads can we drive?

      jowza1 - 2012-08-08 09:30

      try heidelberg,standerton,newcastle

      Charmaine Hasell - 2012-08-08 09:31

      Ermelo route thru Pietr retief onto N2 via Pongola. Come down the N2 from Pongola into Durban

      Charmaine Hasell - 2012-08-08 09:34

      Ncstl might get closed too, often does, been a lot of hail and snow from Vryheid towards berg

      sara.m.pires.9 - 2012-08-08 09:43

      someone told me to go though newcastle? you think its open there?

      paul.c.wadsworth - 2012-08-08 09:46

      Plan like South Africa Plans, OK!

      sara.m.pires.9 - 2012-08-08 10:36

      what u mean Paul?

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