CNS Reporter
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15 Oct 2015
3:24 pm

M1 open again following bridge collapse

CNS Reporter

The M1 freeway in Johannesburg was reopened this afternoon following the collapse of the Grayston Bridge yesterday.

Bystanders watch as paramedics and firemen work to extricate a passenger of a taxi after a scaffolding bridge collapsed on the M1 next to the Grayston Ave offramp in Sandton, 14 October 2015. Two people died and 23 people were injured when the scaffolding fell on the busy highway. Pic Neil McCartney

The City of Johannesburg confirmed the roadway was reopen for traffic at about 3pm after urging motorists to use public transport or alternative routes earlier in the day.

Early morning traffic was affected on Thursday resulting to heavy delays and the closure of roads. Some of the routes proposed by the city included the N1, Rivonia Road, Jan Smuts and Louis Botha roads.

The bridged collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, reportedly killing two people and injuring 23 others but, in a twist, it was revealed the third person did not die as a result of injuries sustained during the collapse, Kempton Express reported.

Earlier, Johannesburg mayor, Park Tau, and officials from Murray & Roberts – the company responsible the bridges construction – said a third person had died. Tau’s office has since retracted this statement.

Speaking at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where he was visiting some of the people injured in the collapse, the mayor confirmed a third person did not die this morning.

Meanwhile, Gautrain Management Agency has offered to operate their bus service free of charge.

“Following the collapse onto the M1, The Gautrain Management Agency has decided to operate our bus service free of charge for tomorrow only,” Gautrain tweeted.

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– Caxton News Service