Motorists warned after N2 protests near Sir Lowry's Pass

2016-06-22 14:37
Sir Lowry's Pass Road. (Cape Town FMS, Twitter)

Sir Lowry's Pass Road. (Cape Town FMS, Twitter)

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Cape Town - Motorists travelling on the N2 outbound near Somerset West were warned on Wednesday to be cautious following protest action at Sir Lowry's Pass Village at the foot of the pass.

"Protesters have now started throwing stones at passing vehicles. Heavy police presence and the road is still open but it is best to avoid that area if possible," EMR Private Ambulance services posted on Facebook early on Wednesday.

Since then, commuters have been urged to be cautious when travelling on the N2 just before the pass.

"Protest action on N2 near Houw Hoek farm stall. All seems to be calm. Police on scene and road is open. Approach with caution," another post read as at 11:00.

"Section on the right lane of Sir Lowry's Pass from Somerset West side is closed and causing slow moving traffic. Be cautious and patient please," Caledon FM reported.

A commuter told News24 on Wednesday that he saw police and traffic officials engaging a group of protesters while on his way to Hermanus from Cape Town.

He said it looked to be local community members protesting over service delivery who had been burning trees around 09:00.

Train derailment

A train assistant meanwhile remains in a stable condition in hospital, while a driver was discharged on Wednesday morning following a derailment of a cargo train at Sir Lowry's Pass on Tuesday, News24 reported.

Transnet spokesperson Meryl Pretorius told News24 the cause of the derailment was under investigation.

Engineers were at the scene after a train with five locomotives derailed at the N2 near Blue Rock, resulting in the partial closure of Sir Lowry's Pass Road, which runs parallel to the highway.

The two casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance, safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said.

The roadway was reopened on Wednesday morning.

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