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Truckers urged to stay off N3 south as backlog from Peter Brown crash nears Mooi River

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Transporters have been urged to pull their trucks off the N3 south before sunset and park at safe places due to the huge backlog stretching over 60km from Townhill where the road was closed last night due to a fatal truck crash.

Truckers are advised to find safe parking before Mooi River to ensure they don’t spend the night on the road and risk falling victim to crime.

The N3 was closed last night after a truck experienced a mechanical fault going down Townhill and collided with three other vehicles.

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KwaZulu-Natal Road Traffic Inspectorate Spokesperson, Zinhle Mngomezulu, said preliminary information from the scene shows that a crossborder truck suffered axle failure while moving causing it to crash.

The truck driver was buried in the spilled cobalt and sadly died on the spot.

A lengthy clean-up operation is still ongoing to clear the cobalt strewn all over the road.

A massive backlog of trucks developed from the crash scene and as of 16h00 today, Friday 24th, it had reached Nottingham Road which is about 60km away.

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Quoting an official from the Department of Transport, Fleetwatch also called on all truckers heading south on the N3 towards Durban to find a safe place to park and to continue their journeys in the morning.

“Those who haven’t left Johannesburg as yet, delay the journey until tomorrow,” said Patrick O’Leary, Fleetwatch editor.

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