A Rather Weird Accident Near Mthatha
I was on my way to visit my grandma and family for Christmas. To get to my grandma’s place, I have to use the N2 Route from East London, pass through the small towns such as Butterworth, Dutywa and Mthatha. I knew since it was Christmas eve, accidents are bound to happen, but this one was really unexpected and it ended up being a lose-win situation (I will explain this in this post).
I was kind of glad the Mthatha traffic was not as insane as it usually is (this is due to Madeira Street being made a 1 way road), we passed the town with ease. Shortly after passing the town (I would estimate about 10km after town), there was a huge pile up in traffic. Normally when there is a huge pile up in traffic, you would expect it being some horrific accident or the police have set up a road block to iron out all the drunk drivers. This was not the case for this incident!
I started noticing the locals around the area all had at least 1 case of beer. I was not sure why this was the case….did they genuinely buy booze? Was there some give away? The question was floating in my head. As I got closer and closer to the disaster zone, I started seeing some fragments of shattered beer bottles….not just a few, but a lot of them! Then it made sense to me that there must have been an alcohol truck that capsized or collided with something. The moment I saw how messy the road was, I rolled down my window and took a picture and a video (which I cannot upload due to “legal” issues):
What was weird about this accident is that the nearby locals didn’t waste this opportunity – they helped themselves to the beer bottles that have not been cracked or spilled on the road. I saw one granny who had 6 cases of beer for herself….6 cases. She must have called a friend to come and help her collect her “Christmas”. You could hear locals shouting to each other “Today, is going to be like a township” or “This is what I call Christmas”. At the end of all this, the company probably lost a bit of money, while the nearby locals, gained a lot of free booze 😀
I must mention that there were quite a number of brave people who hopped out of their cars, picked up and empty case (one was using a towel) to clear the lane which they are supposed to use. These guys did a stunning job, traffic flow got a lot better and I am sure other drivers were happy a temporary solution was created.
I must appologize for the crappy image below….my phone was on video recording mode and it doesn’t do HD video’s 🙁
I hope that everyone was safe and no one died on the scene. I am happy for the locals; despite the situation here being real bad, they got to benefit from it. I hope they enjoyed their Christmas responsibly….. 🙂