Parts of the N3 remain closed due to snow
Parts of the N3 Toll Route between Johannesburg and Durban were closed on Wednesday morning due to the snowfall, the N3 Toll Concession said.
"We have had to close the N3 Toll Route from the Wilge Toll Plaza to the Cedara Interchange near Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal," spokeswoman Andy Visser said.
"This is due to heavy snowfall and treacherous weather conditions. Vehicles have already been snowed-in overnight close to Mooi River."
Visser said they needed to ensure the conditions were safe before they could send emergency vehicles to assist stuck motorists.
"We understand that it is a long weekend, but we urge motorists to please not travel until the weather conditions improve in the interests of their safety," Visser added.
ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said various cars and people were trapped before the Mooi River Toll Plaza on Tuesday night.
"Trucks, light motor vehicles, taxis, emergency vehicles and rescuers were all stuck in the snow," Jackson said.
"Either having slid into each other, off the road into ditches or just could not travel any further due to the chaos in front of them."
Jackson urged motorists trapped not to panic and to stay calm until emergency services can reach them.
Meanwhile, Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar urged motorists to be extra vigilant as more rain was expected.
"Roads are slippery when wet, motorists should reduce travelling speed, keep their headlights on and maintain a safe travelling distance when it rains," said Minnaar.
Meanwhile, several ambulances and paramedic cars were snowed in at Nottingham Road on the N2 on Wednesday morning, after responding to an accident, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics said.
"Paramedics were responding to a truck accident near Mooi River when the vehicles became bogged down in the heavy snow," Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said at 2.30am.
"At the moment they can't move. Disaster management and a toll concession team have gone to assist them but we will wait for daylight to see how to get in there to get them out."
Botha said a four-by-four ambulance arrived at the scene and transported an injured man to a local medical facility for further treatment.
Emergency services urged motorists to stay out of the area until the roads are cleared.
"If you do get trapped in the snow please don't leave the vehicle on foot, stay where you are until help arrives to assist you to safety," he said.
Botha said no other people were injured.