A section of the M1 motorway north in Johannesburg was closed due to a diesel spill following an accident involving a tanker truck and five light motor vehicles on Saturday.
The traffic is strongly safeguarded on the highway. No injuries were reported.
Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Wayne Minnaar said the diesel tanker was leaking diesel on all tracks.
“There is a major obstacle to exiting the M1 north of Oxford due to an accident involving five cars and a tanker. The diesel tanker is now leaking diesel on all lanes and all lanes are now blocked. Motorists can exit the freeway at Empire Road and enter Jan Smits Avenue, then Athol Oakland, where they can again merge onto M1 north. “
Oil tanker catches fire in KZN
Meanwhile, recovery operations are still ongoing on the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal after a diesel tanker overturned and caught fire.
N2 MTHUNZINI ACCIDENT
The tank truck caught fire. Emergency teams from the city of uMhlathuze are on the scene. Both limits are closed. Used R102 until the fire is out @ZOPublications @ecrtraffic @ ayandamsweli46 @TrafficSA @GagasiNews @GagasiTraffic pic.twitter.com/0cnb6VDu5O
– uMhlathuze (@UmhlathuzeM) May 29, 2021
Provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate spokesman Zinhle Mali said the road was closed and traffic was diverted.
“An oil tanker loaded with diesel overturned and caught fire on the N2 between Empangeni and Umthunzini. It is alleged that the driver lost control. The road is currently closed to traffic for recovery. Traffic is diverted to the R102 Umthunzini. No injuries at the scene. “