UPDATE: R21 could be closed for most of the day following pylon accident

The R21 between Olifantsfontein Road and Nellmapius Drive is still closed in both directions after a truck collided into a high voltage pylon earlier on Friday morning.

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Avoid the R21: the highway has been closed following accident

According to Ekurhuleni Metro Police spokesperson, Kobeli Mokheseng, ESKOM is currently on site trying to figure out what to do to reset the pylon to its maximum height so trucks can also pass underneath once the road has been cleared.

“This is a very big problem and will probably take the whole day. We advise motorists travelling towards Pretoria to take the Bapsfontein (R25) off-ramp towards Old Pretoria Road,” said Mokheseng.

Apparently cables have fallen onto the roadway.

Trying to get more information from the emergency services, Kempton Express was referred to Tshwane EMS by Ekurhuleni EMS en vice versa.

“Hopefully between 1pm and 2pm this afternoon the road can be cleared for cars to go through,” Mokheseng said.

According to an information desk clerk at OR Tambo International Airport they have noticed a spike in passengers missing their flights this morning.

Updates will follow as more information becomes available.

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