Photo: Yusuf Abramjee
Photo: Yusuf Abramjee
Locals in Bedfordview have made the most of a beer truck driver’s misfortune on Friday afternoon, after the vehicle shed its load on the N3 running through Johannesburg. The containment of alcohol was strewn across both carriageways, causing lane closures on both the north and southbound routes.
Booze truck crash: Near Giloolys Interchange N3. Free Alcohol Friday for some… pic.twitter.com/jkelCTBale— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 9, 2020
The chaos was reported shortly after 13:00. Another truck slammed into the liquor-transporting lorry, and a passenger vehicle has also been involved in the carnage. No deaths have yet been reported in this multi-vehicle accident.
After crates of broken booze bottles effectively shutdown the N3, looters sensed an opportunity. Their weekend started early, as opportunists from nearby locations hopped onto the carriageway to swipe their free alcohol. That’s a few evenings on the source sorted in Bedfordview, put it that way…
! Traffic Advisory !— Jo'burg Metro Police Department – JMPD (@JoburgMPD) October 9, 2020
Multi Vehicle accident on N3 in both directions at Van Buuren Rd involving a truck. 6 lanes closed. Both the north & southbound affected & looting taking place.#JHBTraffic
Drivers planning to use this stretch of the N3 are still being advised to use alternative routes. This is the third major booze spill that has led to widespread looting in Gauteng since June. With no alcohol ban in place at this stage of lockdown, the thrill of some free liquor certainly isn’t lost on those who grabbed whatever they could on Friday.
DRIVERS BEWARE: An accident on the N3 near Van Buuren Road affects four lanes in the northern direction and two in the southern directions.— CITY OF EKURHULENI (@City_Ekurhuleni) October 9, 2020
The accident involves two trucks, one carrying a load of alcohol, and a vehicle.
Be safe out there! pic.twitter.com/ygM1kHK9zF
09/10/2020#LOOTING— RIOT & ATTACK info South Africa (@RiotAndAttackSA) October 9, 2020
MVA, Bedfordview on the N3,Van Buuren Rd.
Truck lost its load and people are looting alcohol.
Both North & South lanes affected.
Please use alternative route. pic.twitter.com/efx6fng477