Accident on the N1 Highway this morning
April 9, 2009 in Uncategorized
A runaway cement truck ploughed into 20 cars on the N1 highway near Pretoria on Thursday morning, causing the highway to be closed off for most of Thursday.
Pretoria Metro officials said the crash happened at about 2am, between the Rigel and Atterbury offramps. Five people in total, the truck driver included, were hurt in the accident which saw several cars catching alight.
Tshwane Metro spokesperson Console Tleane said the cause of the crash was not yet known.
“It is estimated that clearing-up operations may last the entire day. Alternative routes to be used are R21 and R101 northwards directions,” he said, urging motorists heading towards Limpopo to drive with care and be patient.
Talk Radio 702’s traffic commentator Aki Anistasiou(corr) was on the scene and described the series of burnt out car wrecks as “like nothing I have ever seen in all my years”.
“There are burnt out cars all over. It looks like a massacre,” he said, shortly after arriving on the scene after battling through traffic which had backed up for several kilometres.