Shortly before 01:00 this morning, six trucks were set alight on Van Reenen Pass by a number of arsonists who fled the scene. The N3 Toll Route is currently closed in the area. Northbound traffic, heading to Johannesburg, is being stopped at Tugela Plaza, while southbound traffic, heading to Durban, is stacked at the top of Van Reenen Pass.

All authorities and emergency services are on scene. They have secured the area, and the fires have been doused. The clean-up and recovery operations are underway. Every effort is being made to reopen the N3 Toll Route as soon as it is safe to do so.

Road users are advised to delay their travels to the area until further notice.

For real-time traffic updates, to report problems or obtain emergency assistance, please contact the 24-hour N3 Helpline: 0800 63 43 57 or on Twitter: @N3Route.