N3 reopens for traffic

2017-08-10 06:04
The scene of the bridge collapse on the N3 highway in Bedfordview. (Supplied)

The scene of the bridge collapse on the N3 highway in Bedfordview. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – The N3 highway reopened for traffic on Thursday after a pedestrian bridge in Germiston collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The stretch between Van Buuren Road and the M2 Geldenhuys interchange was closed for several hours.

Four people were injured in the incident. The pedestrian bridge was lying across the highway in both directions. Three trucks and a Mercedes-Benz sedan crashed into the bridge, metro police spokesperson Inspector Kobeli Mokheseng told News24 on Wednesday

"We heard rumours that there was a tremor in the area. We are not sure if it was an explosion," Mokheseng told News24.

There were no fatalities. The injured people were transported to hospital.

Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi, along with members of SANRAL and senior officials from the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and Ekurhuleni Municipality will visit the site on Thursday morning.

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