The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) advises that due to the severity of the crash on the N1 Section 25 at kilometre mark 80.20, North of Mokopane, both the North and South bound carriageways in this vicinity are presently closed to traffic.
"We are saddened by the traumatic crash that occurred on 27 February at approximately 01:00 in the morning.
"Improved road safety is a key objective in realising our core business of providing a superior national road network which promotes mobility and economic development", said Vusi Mona, General Manager of Communications at SANRAL.
The accident, which involved the detonation of explosives, resulted in the loss of five lives. The National Route N1 is the link between South Africa and the rest of Africa and forms an essential link to stimulate economic growth in Sub Sahara Africa as well as local economic development in the metropolitan area of Polokwane.
SANRAL has a 30 year strategy whereby continuous upgrading of the N1 Great North Toll Road is taking place. SANRAL has upgraded sections between Makhado and Musina, as well as the section between Beit Bridge and Musina.
As a result of the accident, the road has been damaged. Road users are encouraged to use the R101 National road as an alternative route. This road runs parallel to the N1 and it is in a good condition.
"Once our investigations and road repairs are in progress, we will be able to inform road users when the work is complete and the N1 is reopened in both directions - possibly over the weekend," said Mona.
Road users are urged to take note of this arrangement.
SANRAL wishes to thank all road users for their patience and understanding during this time. SANRAL urges motorist to be patient during the period of our investigations and to adhere to all road signage.
Issued by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited