There were scenes of utter carnage on both carriageways of the N1 in Johannesburg on Wednesday, when a truck overturned and sparked an inferno earlier this afternoon. The tragic incident has forced emergency crews into a rapid response, but there are some serious fears for the driver of the lorry that erupted into flames.
Preliminary data has revealed that the truck was carrying two trailers, before it ploughed into oncoming traffic. We are yet to establish if any deaths have been reported, but several injuries have already been registered with the first responders.
On Tuesday, we saw a fire engulf a chemical plant in New Germany, KZN, causing a traffic nightmare on the outskirts of Durban. A similar event has taken place in Johannesburg, and cars remain gridlocked near the junctions for Allandale.
Alternative routes to this stretch of the N1 are also now filling-up, as drivers look for a way around this devastating incident. Police remain on the scene and they have ruled out ‘criminal activity’ during the early stages of their probe.
Avoid N1 N and S just before Allandale JHB: pic.twitter.com/xvIV420Lnn— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) December 9, 2020