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Flood-ridden R30 road closed indefinitely near Allanridge

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The R30 road has been closed indefinitely due to flooding at Allanridge which is situated between Bothaville and Odendaalrus in the Free State.

The Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport (DPRT) announced the road closure on Monday following a fatal crash involving a 22-seater Iveco midibus on Saturday. The crash was one of many caused by floods in the area.

“The DPRT hereby notifies motorists that the R30 between Allanridge and Welkom has been officially closed until further notice,” spokesperson Hillary Mophethe said.

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“The R30 has been flooded several times during the rainy season by the dam and lack of cooperation from road users has resulted a number of fatal crushes and fatalities in that area”

“In the most recent incident on Saturday 23 April 2022, six people died and five were seriously injured when a white Iveco 22-seater midibus that was travelling on the R30 from Bothaville overturned at a low bridge site and plunged into the adjacent dam about 5km from Allanridge.” Mophethe added.

The DPRT is concerned about the lives of road users and, as the R30 is deemed not safe to use, motorists are urged to make use of the following alternative routes:

  • Vehicles travelling between Allanridge and Bothaville should use of the S1075 secondary road and the R719.
  • If you are travelling between Welkom and Kroonstad, the R34 is the indicated route.
  • Motorists travelling to Orkney in the Northwest should use the R76 via Viljoenskroon.

DPRT added that additional measures were being looked into to make the alternative routes safe and extra road traffic signs will be erected on the R30 to ensure that motorists are aware of the situation.

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Read also: Intercape Bus Trapped in Flash Floods After Driver Ignores Road Closure Signs on R30

The department pleaded with motorists to cooperate for the sake of everyone’s safety and not to unlawfully remove road signs and illegally make use of the R30.

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