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M1 reopens to traffic after deadly bridge collapse

Several teams worked into the night and through today to clear the rubble near the Grayston exit.

An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed temporary bridge over the M1 in Sandton where scaffolding caved in passing cars, killing three people and injuring 22. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The M1 highway has been reopened this afternoon following the deadly scaffolding bridge collapse, which claimed the lives of two people.

The two were killed, and 23 people were injured, when the scaffolding around the 'under construction' bridge caved in yesterday afternoon.

Several teams worked into the night and through today to clear the rubble near the Grayston exit.

Traffic has started flowing on the highway, almost 24 hours after the deadly accident.

WATCH: M1 shock: Bridge collapses on major JHB highway.

Mayor Parks Tau says the highway has been inspected and is now safe for use.

"We have now come back here [and] we have received a full report from the engineers."

Tau says contractors worked extensively to ensure that the highway is declared safe for the public before taking the decision to reopen it.

Traffic officials have been working around the clock to ensure an easy traffic flow in and out of Sandton on Thursday, following the deadly bridge collapse on the M1 highway yesterday.

The road was closed off on the M1 South at the Buccleuch interchange and on the M1 North at Athol Oaklands until the debris is cleared away.

LISTEN: Murray & Roberts: We never blamed the wind.

Meanwhile, Tau has thanked all of those who were involved in ensuring that the M1 is re-opened to traffic this afternoon.

Traffic is now running smoothly in both directions on the highway which was the scene of a scaffolding collapse.

LISTEN: EWN's Mia Lindeque gives update on M1 bridge.

The mayor says the work carried out in the past 24 hours exceeded his expectations.

Workers removed the rubble and then inspected the highway to ensure they are safe for public use.

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