ALERT: N3 highway in Germiston closed after pedestrian bridge collapses

A pedestrian bridge has collapsed across the N3 highway. Photo sent to the GCN by Wendy Morgan.

A pedestrian bridge has collapsed across the N3 highway in Germiston.

The highway is closed to traffic in both directions and motorists are advised to avoid using N3 highway through the Geldenhuys Interchange as it will take time to clear up the debris.

Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) received a call at 1.23am this morning (Wednesday) and both Germiston Central and Bedfordview Fire Station rescue teams swiftly responded for intervention.

“On arrival, rescue team found that four vehicles, three trucks and a sedan had crashed onto the concrete bridge lying across the both sides of the highway,” said William Ntladi, district manager media liaison for DEMS.

“A total of five patients were accounted for from all the vehicles.

“Three patients from one truck were still trapped inside the cab and two others from different vehicles escaped with minor injuries.”

 

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Rescue teams had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue those trapped inside the cab of the truck.

The teams battled for two hours to extricate the female passenger who was trapped in the cab.

The driver and a seven-year-old girl were transported to Bertha Gxowa Hospital in stable conditions while the adult female passenger was airlifted to the Netcare Linmed Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of one of the other trucks sustained injuries and was transported to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg for treatment while the fifth patient who was in a sedan sustained minor injuries and refused transportation to hospital.

Investigations are underway to determine what caused the bridge to collapse.

Motorists are advised to use the following alternative routes:

Southbound:

From the Linksfield Caltex, turn left onto Civin Road
Turn left onto Van Der Linde Road and drive southeast
Turn right onto Van Buuren Road
Turn left onto Cleveland Road
Turn left onto Francois Oberholzer ramp.

Northbound:

Keep left onto the M2 and drive west
Turn right onto Cleveland Road and drive northeast
Turn right onto Jules street
Turn left onto Geldenhuis Road and drive northeast
Turn left onto Van Der Linde Road and drive north
Turn right onto Boeing Road West and drive northeast
Get onto Civin Drive and then turn right onto Club street.

 

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