Rain causes Johannesburg traffic chaos

2011-12-09 14:43

Johannesburg - At least 30 road accidents were reported as heavy rain continued to fall in Johannesburg on Friday morning, paramedics said.

"A clear increase [in accidents] has been seen this morning," said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

An accident in Lenasia saw 11 people injured when a truck skidded on a wet road and hit a minibus taxi. Four people were treated for possible neck and back injuries, while the others sustained mild injuries.

Only slight injuries were reported in the other accidents.

Johannesburg Emergency Services said while it had attended to a number of accidents on Friday, these had been mainly minor "bumper bashings".

Flooded roads, shacks

Emergency services spokesperson Synock Matobako said traffic would be diverted in Pennyville after a car was left stranded when New Canada Road flooded.

"[The occupants] saw the road was flooded but they took a chance. They got stuck in the middle and then just jumped out of the car and fled to safety," said Matobako.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said the flooding of New Canada Road meant traffic flowing to and from Soweto and Main Reef Road was now being diverted.

She suggested people heading into Soweto use the N17, while those driving in the opposite direction use the Elias Motsoaledi or Nasrec roads.

Emergency Services also attended to 16 shacks which were flooded near Dobsonville in Soweto. Matobako said only the floors of the shacks had been damaged and there was no need for residents to be evacuated.

He urged motorists to act with caution on the roads and to especially look out for pedestrians.

"The schools are closing today so there will be a lot of children in the streets," he said.

The SA Weather Service said wet weather could be expected to persist in the east of the country until at least Sunday.

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  • wnkambule - 2011-12-09 15:16

    So Lil Wayne was right by saying *he'll make it rain*

  • Cameronl - 2011-12-09 15:41

    about that taxi that got hit by the truck, where exactly was that taxi stopped (I assume it was stopped?) the problem lies in the fact that it was a taxi, those things stop wherever they please without ANY concern for their surroundings. So Im gona take an educated guess based on tons of previous experiences with those bloody things that it was more than likely one of those "lets stop NOW!!!" scenarios

  • Thozi - 2011-12-09 16:33

    I drove from Pretoria through Jo'burg this morning using the N1. You'll be surprised how fast some drivers push their vehicles despite near-zero visibility and the slippery surface. Near Kroonstad I can across one 4x4 that had flown over the bridge, landing into a grazing camp some 50 metres from the high-way. No matter we have these accidents.

  • Heinrich - 2011-12-09 17:47

    this is what happens when idiots on the road don't know the relation between use of their brakes and a wet road...sorry this may seem insensitive but I have no sympathy..people get told there will be consequences but they ignore it...and this is what you get for stupidity...

  • Thandi - 2011-12-09 20:19

    What a dof headline - rain doesn't cause accidents, incompetent drivers do.

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-10 09:01

    Stay home if it is at all possible.

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