Arrive Alive on Wednesday morning, 17 March 2021, shared a video on social media of two trucks colliding. Here’s what you need to know.
Trucks collide, burst in flames
The video shared by Arrive Alive was taken by Dave Steele on the N3 highway near Van Reenen’s Pass, the main route between Durban and Gauteng in KwaZulu-Natal.
The team reports that the fire has been extinguished. Clean up operations will commence, however, the southbound lanes are still closed.
In addition, “north- and southbound traffic will contraflow in this section”. Arrive Alive reports:
“Northbound lanes at the Tugela Plaza and Tugela East Ramp Plaza will remain closed until the current traffic backlog is cleared”.
Watc: Trucks on fire
WATCH: Two heavy duty vehicles that collided earlier have caught alight on the Van Reenen’s Pass. pic.twitter.com/gxs2oEfdIc
— ECR_Newswatch (@ECR_Newswatch) March 17, 2021
Emergency responders also warn that “heavy rainfall is currently being experienced in the area resulting in decreased visibility and dangerous driving conditions”.
“All lanes of the N3 Toll Route on Van Reenen’s Pass are currently closed to traffic due to a serious crash incident involving two trucks which are on fire”.
Road Traffic Management Corporation, @TrafficRTMC.
It’s not clear at this stage how the incident occurred or if anyone sustained injuries.
This is a developing story; more to follow.
How to stay safe on the road
A timely reminder to adjust your driving speed and following distances to give yourself time to stop. Allow four to eight seconds between your car and the one in front.
Don’t forget to buckle up as it greatly reduces the change of death and serious injury if you’re involved in a crash. And always adhere to the rules of the road, including the speed limit.
Drinking and driving never mix well, and always remember to pay attention to your surrounding. If you’re tired, it’s advised to stop and rest. In addition:
- Wiper blades must be in good condition.
- Avoid the build-up of fog on the inside of your car windows; use the anti-fog features or open window slightly.
- Check for enough tread on your tyres to minimise chances of aquaplaning.
- Worn shock absorbers also increases the chances of aquaplaning.
- Be extra careful when passing other vehicles
- Avoid abrupt acceleration, brake, and steering movements.
- Avoid oily patches on the road as they’re slippery.