KwaZulu-Natal police are working to clear an extensive backlog of trucks on the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass.

The truck blockade has also forced the closure of the Tugela Toll Plaza.

At this stage, the cause of the blockade remains unclear.

Police Spokesperson Jay Naicker says traffic is being diverted to alternate routes.

“In the early hours of this morning, the N3 at Van Reenen’s was blocked in both directions by truck drivers. It’s alleged that the truck drivers parked their vehicles on the road and in most cases removed the keys from the vehicle. At this stage, SAPS is on the scene and attempts are being made to remove these trucks we’re advising people to avoid that area traffic that is backed up in that area is currently being diverted to alternative routes.”