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‘N1 truck didn’t need an escort’

Robin Carlisle says the truck that lost its load on the N1 Highway didn’t need an escort.

The heavy-duty truck involved in the chaotic accident on the N1 earlier this week did breach some permit rules. Picture: Zain Johnson/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said on Wednesday while the heavy-duty truck involved in the chaotic accident on the N1 earlier this week did breach some permit rules, it didn't need an escort vehicle.

The truck lost its 24-ton load while travelling on the N1 Highway on Tuesday.

The barge it was transporting fell onto a bakkie behind the truck, crushing it and severely injuring a 40-year-old man, who is now in a critical but stable condition.

The accident also caused a three-hour traffic snarl up, paralysing traffic flow from the City Centre.

Carlisle says the truck was on its way to the West Coast.

"I thought there had been a requirement for an escort but in fact there was no requirement for an escort because this load would have travelled up the R27 at normal speed."