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Fuel tanker explosion kills 10, injures many in South Africa

Johannesburg: At least 10 people died and several others injured in an explosion of a fuel tanker in the South African city of Boksburg on Saturday.

“Reports from the scene are that a tanker carrying L.P gas caught fire following a collision which led to it exploding… Ten people suffered fatal injuries. Several others were treated for injuries ranging from minor to moderate,” Emer-G-Med, an ambulance service operating in Boksburg, said, as reported by Sputnik news agency.

Country’s local media said that the tanker became stuck under a railway bridge, caught alight and exploded, completely destroying the bridge.

“Apparently, a gas tanker drove under the subway bridge and got stuck in there, and due to friction, it caught alight,” emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi told South African media.

He said six firefighters were called to the bridge to help. “While doing the fire suppression, there was an explosion that took place.”

He added that a fire engine and two motor vehicles were destroyed by the blast.

The injured were transported to the nearby Tambo Memorial hospital.

Several houses, cars and a hospital in neighbouring areas were also affected by the explosion

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