Cape Town pile-up causes massive traffic gridlock

Cape Town - Traffic on the N2 inbound to Cape Town's city centre was severely gridlocked on Tuesday morning after a four-car pile-up near the Bhunga Avenue turnoff near Langa left 24 people injured.

ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said paramedics, along with other services, arrived on the scene to find three lanes of the highway blocked by four wrecked vehicle. Debris from the vehicles were spread across the three lanes.

"Metro services had to close three lanes of the highway while paramedics began their assessment of the scene.

"On assessment, they found that 24 people had sustained minor to moderate injuries when a taxi, transporter and two light motor vehicles had collided. Most of the patients were found sitting in the emergency lane of the road."

Patients were treated on the scene before being transported to various hospitals.

Traffic was backed up for kilometres, with the tail starting way beyond Cape Town international airport.

"It took me two hours to get into the city off peak, and that is having taken a detour. If I had not taken the first available exit, I am sure I would have been stuck in traffic for hours," News24's day editor Essie Moses said.

"There are going to be a lot of people who will be very, very late for work today."