4 injured in bridge collapse on N3 highway in Germiston

N3 bridge collapse: find alternative routes on Thursday

N3 bridge collapse: find alternative routes on Thursday

According to Nick Dollman, media liaison Inland of Netcare, at approximately 2am on Wednesday, August 9, Netcare 911 responded to reports that a bridge had collapsed across both sides of the N3 in the Bedfordview area.

The stretch between Van Buuren Road and the M2 Geldenhuys interchange had been closed.

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) said the bridge was out of use because of changed land use development alongside the freeway.

The pedestrian bridge was built in 1978 but has been decommissioned for many years.

"It would take tremors of over 6 or more to have caused the bridge to collapse".

By the time debris was removed from the surface‚ the road was open to traffic in both directions by 6am.

Three people were seriously injured.

The bridge, he said, was on Central Rand where there had been a lot of mining activity many years ago but which has since not occurred.

Sanral's General Manager of Communications Vusi Mona said yesterday: "We can not speculate as per the cause of the bridge collapse, our engineers have been deployed on site to determine the cause".

Engineers worked until after midnight to ensure that the freeway was operational.

"We want to emphasise that we don't know what caused it." said Mona.

DEMS said it was alerted about the bridge collapse at 01:23. "We wish them a speedy recovery and are keeping them in our prayers".

The exact cause of the collapse is still being investigated.

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