Van Reenen's Pass closed following multiple accidents, diesel spill

2017-12-15 08:21
The N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass in KwaZulu-Natal has been closed following two multi-vehicle crashes and a four-kilometre-long diesel spill. (Arrive Alive)

The N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass in KwaZulu-Natal has been closed following two multi-vehicle crashes and a four-kilometre-long diesel spill. (Arrive Alive)

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Pietermaritzburg – The N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass in KwaZulu-Natal has been closed following two multi-vehicle crashes and a four-kilometre-long diesel spill on Friday morning. 

Heavy traffic delays are to be expected on the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass between Harrismith and Ladysmith following the separate accidents. 

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KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie said there was a crash involving seven vehicles at the Caltex at Van Reneen which resulted in two deaths and several injuries. 

In a separate incident just two kilometres away, two trucks collided resulting in one death.

"The entire road had to be closed for recovery. [The] N3 [is] closed indefinitely at this stage," said McKenzie.

There has also been a diesel spillage on the N3 from a tanker that was leaking. 

"At the top of Van Reenen’s Pass, in a southbound direction, a four-kilometre diesel spill is compounding the traffic problems currently being experienced.

"Mop up operations are under way - all resources have been deployed, and good progress is being made, but it is expected to take a few hours before the entire route can be cleared and re-opened to traffic," said McKenzie.

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