N3 Closed at Ashburton Following LPG Tanker Truck Crash

N3 Closed at Ashburton Following LPG Tanker Truck Crash

The N3 freeway is still closed this Saturday morning at Ashburton after being closed on Friday night following an accident involving a truck carrying the highly flammable Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mali, confirmed there was a heavy traffic build-up after the truck travelling towards Durban overturned.

“We are not doing the recovery and that needs to be done first before the road can be opened for use,” said Zinhle Mali, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson.

She said they were not sure how long it would take for the N3 to be reopened. “We are not doing the recovery and that needs to be done first before the road can be opened for use,” said Mali.

A one-kilometre exclusion zone was put in place in case the truck exploded while authorities cleared the road. Traffic was diverted to the R103. Some motorists were stuck on the road for hours waiting for the road to be re-opened.

The R103 was heavily congested as motorists avoided the N3.

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