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20 Nov 2020 | 04:04 AM UTC

Arson attack on trucks in Heidelberg (Gauteng province) causes travel disruption November 19-20

Arson attack on trucks in Heidelberg (Gauteng province) blocks N3 highway on November 19-20; residual disruptions expected over the coming hours

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Event

Travel disruptions were reported along the N3 highway in the Heidelberg area (Gauteng province) on Friday, November 20, after an arson incident targeting trucks on Thursday night, November 19. Police confirmed that at least nine trucks had been torched after the perpetrators used their vehicles to block the road between Heidelberg and Vosloorus and threw petrol bombs at the haulage vehciles. The motive for the arson attack has not been confirmed. Traffic along the N3 remains suspended in both directions on Friday morning and was being diverted along the R103 and the N17 via Brakpan.

Residual delays to transport are expected to continue in the area in the coming hours. Further attacks targeting haulage vehicles are possible.

Advice

Those in the Heidelberg area are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate disruptions to transport, plan alternatives routes if necessary, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.