TRAFFIC in and around central Cape Town ground to a halt when the N1 was blocked to evacuate a seriously injured motorist who had to be cut free from his bakkie, crushed when a 24 ton barge fell on it yesterday.
Transported on a flatbed truck, the barge was too high for an overhead bridge.
“The traffic situation in town is terrible. The accident affected traffic in and out of town, especially roads like the elevated freeway, Christiaan Barnard and the Lower Church Street link on to Table Bay Boulevard. Nelson Mandela Boulevard is chock-a-block and can’t take the volume of traffic,” Cape Town Traffic
spokesman Richard Coleman said. Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Theo Layne said the accident happened at 3pm where the Lower Church Street bridge in Woodstock crossed the N1.
“The bakkie’s cab was crushed by the weight of the steel structure. Jaws of life were used to get the driver out.”
“It was a 24 ton barge on a flatbed truck and it (hit) the bridge and landed on a bakkie travelling behind the truck.”
ER24 spokesman Christo Venter said: “The driver is a man in his 40s. He was seriously injured.
“It is (a) miracle he survived. He had to be cut free from the bakkie. They had to put him on life support.
“There was also a secondary accident, a man and woman on a motorbike not seriously injured when their bike went into a barrier.”