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.
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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