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N1 South to Pretoria Closed after Two Trucks Collide and Burst Into Flames

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The N1 south is closed north of Pretoria after two trucks collided and burst into flames on Monday morning.

Motorists are being warned to expect significant delays and to plan for extra travel time as the N1 Southbound is completely closed underneath King’s Highway bridge between the N4 and Lynnwood off-ramps.

The collision occurred early this morning, resulting in one driver being taken to the hospital and the other driver and passenger fleeing the scene.

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The N1 Southbound is currently closed, and traffic is being rerouted through Hatfield or to Watermeyer Street. The closure is expected to continue until mop-up operations are completed. The N1 Northbound remains open to traffic.

Tshwane Emergency Services spokesperson Charles Mabaso said one truck rammed into the other just after 1am.

N1 South to Pretoria Closed after Two Trucks Collide and Burst Into Flames

“One truck collided into the back of the other truck. Upon arrival on scene, both trucks were on fire, the one was fully engulfed by the flames and the truck in the front only had parts of its trailer on fire.

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Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire on both vehicles,” Mabaso said.

One of the trucks was transporting cement pipes, while the other was carrying used motor oil and other parts. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, and authorities have not yet released any information regarding the identities of the drivers or the reason for the fleeing.

N1 South to Pretoria Closed after Two Trucks Collide and Burst Into Flames

The collision has caused significant traffic congestion, with many motorists taking to social media to express their frustration at the delays. The authorities are advising drivers to avoid the area if possible and to take alternative routes.

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SA Trucker will continue to provide updates on this story as more information becomes available.

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