Free State accident stops N3 traffic

2014-10-31 13:13
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Johannesburg - The N3 was closed in both directions between Montrose and the Tugela toll plaza on Friday due to an accident on Van Reenen's Pass, the N3 Toll Concession said.

Although details were still scanty it was known that multiple vehicles were involved in the accident, spokesperson Andy Visser said.

Initial reports indicated that 13 vehicles were involved.

"Traffic is stacked, nobody is moving," she said.

The accident happened around 08:00 and traffic remained at a standstill at 11:00.

Free State police spokesperson Sergeant Mmako Mophiring could not immediately provide further details but said it was believed the accident was due to reduced visibility because of morning mist.

He said conditions were difficult for police responding to the accident, and some officers had to walk for kilometres to reach the scene.

Travellers took to Twitter, looking for answers about the delays, while others tweeted photographs purportedly from the scene.

The photographs appeared to indicate that at least one truck and several cars were involved in the accident.

Further details were not immediately available.

Visser appealed to those planning a trip via Van Reenen's Pass to postpone their journey until the scene was clear.

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