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Due to a nitric acid spill on Saturday, the Huguenot Toll Plaza on the N1 has been closed.

The Cape Winelands District Municipality encouraged motorists to use alternative routes until further notice. The suggested alternative route is the old Du Toitskloof Pass.

Although the municipality’s fire services were on the scene, a time hasn’t been given as to when the toll plaza will be opened again.

“Due to the dangerous nature of the hazardous chemical, the road has been closed in both directions. Authorities are currently on the scene assessing the situation. Commuters will need to make use of the old Du Toitskloof Pass,” said Jo-Anne Otto, the municipality’s fire services spokesperson.

The Huguenot Toll Plaza is a gateway to the tunnel that provides a route through the Du Toitskloof mountains. The mountains are the natural border that separates Paarl and Worcester in the Western Cape.

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