ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

05 AUGUST 2015

N2 Freeway Cleared After Fire On Bridge 

The N2 freeway has been cleared and structural bridge repairs have been completed after two articulated tanker vehicles collided yesterday, 04/08/2015.

The City Fire department was notified of a collision between two trucks on the N2 National route at approximately 04h30. 

Investigations revealed that two articulated tanker vehicles that had collided on the N2 freeway - Northbound carriageway after a tanker carrying petrol stopped on the left of the carriageway and was hit on the rear by another tanker, causing the stationary tanker to overturn and ignite. 

Four rescue pumps, foam generating and foam carrying tenders, water carrying vehicles and command and control units were used to manage the incident and ultimately extinguish the fire.

The fire also resulted in the concrete disintegration of the Sarnia Road bridge undersurface. Fire Services, with assistance from the Metro Police Unit, closed both carriageways of the N2 given the extent of the incident and the damage to the overhead bridge. 

Engineers from the South African National Roads Agency and the City were called to do an assessment of the structural stability of the Sarnia Road bridge and to determine whether its structural condition posed an intolerable risk to traffic on the N2 should this be opened. 

Repairs to the concrete were conducted and the freeway was cleared for traffic late yesterday.

ENDS

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email:gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za