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27 July 2011

Troops help snowed-in travellers

Image: Van Reenens Pass is blanketed in snow. The SANDF sent soldiers to help snowed-in motorists on the N3 in the Free State after heavy falls there. Photo: Mike Tippett

Johannesburg - Soldiers helped motorists caught in thick snow on the N3 on Tuesday afternoon, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) said.

The SANDF was called in to help on the N3 between Villiers and Harrismith in the Free State, spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said in a statement.

Members of the infantry battalion based in Ladysmith helped to dislodge vehicles stuck in the snow on Van Reenen's Pass.

“Heavy duty trucks have blocked the road and SANDF members have managed to clear the route to allow for the free flow of traffic,” Dlamini said.

The second field engineer regiment was removing trucks stuck at Masilonyana municipality in Brandfort.

Snowfalls led to the closure of the N3 between Ladysmith and Heidelberg on Tuesday afternoon.