A major crash on one of Cape Town’s most iconic roads has caused something of a traffic nightmare for locals on Tuesday. Victoria Road, which connects Hout Bay, Llandudno, and Camps Bay to Cape Town, was temporarily closed to traffic following a major vehicle collision.
TRAFFIC – ACCIDENT: Victoria Road Between Camps Bay and Hout Bay is closed to traffic due to a serious accident. All services responding.
Use alternative routes!
— Jacques Weber (@jacquesweber) July 9, 2019
Cape Town traffic latest on Tuesday 9 July
We are still attempting to gather all the details, but at least one vehicle has caught alight in the carnage. Sirens have been blazing all across Cape Town throughout the morning, as medical personnel rush to the scene.
Victoria Road accident updates
The alternative route in question would involve commuters from either end of Victoria Road having to use the M62 and M3 through Constantia to complete their journeys. The volume of traffic on both routes is set to increase, causing a headache for commuters approaching the city from the south. There are also disruptions in Table View.
It’s understood the accident involves two cars, possibly crashing head-on into each other. The low-lying fog that shrouded Cape Town on Tuesday may have played a part in reducing visibility on the road. All emergency services are at the scene, and even the NSRI have been put on standby. We are waiting on official confirmation of any deaths.
— Rob Beezy (@TrafficSA) July 9, 2019
Cape Town traffic – Victoria Road affected again
This is the second such incident to occur on the same stretch of road within a 12-hour period. Fire services on Monday night used specialised equipment to free a man from a vehicle after a three-vehicle collision on the M6 Victoria Road between Camps Bay and Llandudno.
Three people were critically injured, with one man trapped inside his vehicle and a woman in a critical condition found lying near another vehicle, while a second woman sustained moderate injuries, ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said.
When ER24 medics, along with the Life Healthcare, Metro Rescue and Cape Town Fire Services arrived at the scene, medics found the three vehicles in the middle of the road. One of the vehicles had caught alight in the collision. The patients were transferred to nearby hospitals for further care.
[Additional reporting from ANA]