Cape Town traffic officials have been diverting congestion away from the scene of a potential hazard, after a truck carrying gas cylinders capsized in Vredehoek, on Thursday.
UPDATE: Following a brief closure, the accident scene was finally cleared and affected roads were reopened. Read the original story below.
Road closures to avoid in Vredehoek, Cape Town
Motorists travelling along Highlands Avenue in Vredehoek had to find alternative routes to either make it home or connect to key outbound routes on Thursday afternoon.
As seen in this picture, Cape Town law enforcement and rescue services came out in numbers to prevent a potential hazard, after a gas truck capsized in the leafy suburb.
The circumstances of the accident were unclear when this article was published.
However, according to the City of Cape Town’s traffic alerts, road closures were set up between Seymour Avenue and Florida Road, as well as the route between Deer Park Drive and Fitz Herbert, to minimise risk.
Vredehoek residents were also advised to stay indoors until the scene was cleared.
While not the same, the City’s urgent response to the situation could be observed as a means to avoid the tragedy that still haunts Boksburg residents to this day.
Back in December 2022, a large tanker truck carrying LP Gas caused a deadly hazard when it attempted to drive through an underpass near OR Tambo Memorial Hospital on Saturday, 24 December 2022.
The blast claimed the lives of at least 38 people including healthcare workers who were stationed at a public hospital near the incident.