UPDATE: SANDF chopper crashes near Worcester

The traffic department says that an SANDF helicopter has crashed in Worcester near the side of the Huguenot tunnel on the N1 highway.

An SANDF helicopter crashed near Worcester on 10 December 2017. Picture: JP Smith/City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - The traffic department says that a South African National Defence Force (SANDF) helicopter has crashed in Worcester near the side of the Huguenot Tunnel on the N1 highway.

One person has sustained serious injuries following a South African Air Force helicopter crash on the N1 highway between Worcester and Paarl in the Western Cape.

Seven others have sustained minor to moderate injuries during the accident.

ER24 spokesperson Russell Meiring says: “ER24 paramedics along with several other services arrived on the scene to find a large helicopter lying across the entire highway. Debris from the highway was spread across the scene. Paramedics on the scene provided the seriously injured with advanced life support intervention before they were transported to the nearest hospital for further care.”

The Du Toitskloof Pass and Huguenot Tunnel have both been closed following the crash.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa: "Currently we have a situation just outside the Huguenot tunnel next to the N1 where a chopper went down. The chopper struck overhead power cables. We're urging motorists coming from Cape Town to please make use of the Sir Lowry's Pass, Grabouw-Villiersdorp road towards Worcester or from Cape Town via Paarl, Wellington, Tulbagh, Wolseley to get back to Worcester."