A seven-vehicle pile-up has closed the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban on the eve of what is traditionally the official start of the festive season.
Details were still emerging on the specifics of the incident‚ but officials have confirmed that the road is closed in the vicinity of Van Reenen’s Pass due to an accident involving seven vehicles.
About 2km away from that scene there was another accident involving two trucks.
The accident took place on the Durban-bound lanes‚ but has affected the entire road.
Reports have suggested there has been at least two fatalities however officials have not yet commented about that.
It is unclear how many people have been injured‚ or how long the scene will take to clear.
The first notification of the accident was posted on the official N3 Toll Concession Twitter account shortly after 4am. Eight hours earlier the Concession had warned of misty conditions at Van Reenen’s.
An update at 5.20 on the @N3Route account said: “Entire road closed. All traffic stacked. Please be cautious.”
The December 16 weekend is one of the biggest and busiest in Durban‚ and is usually the first weekend when visitors from other parts of the country flock to the coastal city.
06h45 #Crash update N3-6X 60.0 Caltex #VanReenenPass: Please avoid the area between Montrose Shell Ultra City and #TugelaPlaza as there is an extensive crash whereby the entire road is closed. Backlogs from the crash scene are many kilometers long and will take time to clear.
— N3 Toll Concession (@N3Route) December 15, 2017
This is a developing story…