Tanker truck explosion kills 10 in South Africa | news

Rescuers say the deadly blast happened after a tanker carrying LPG became stuck under a bridge near a hospital and houses.

At least 10 people were killed and 40 others injured in a tanker truck explosion in a city near Johannesburg in South Africa, according to the emergency services.

The explosion happened in the city of Boksburg on Saturday morning after the tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) got stuck under a bridge near a hospital and houses.

“We received a call around 7:50 a.m. (05:50 GMT) telling us that a gas tanker was stuck under a bridge,” William Ntladi, spokesman for the area’s emergency services, told AFP.

“The fire brigade was called to put out the flames. Unfortunately, the tanker exploded,” he said.

One of the injured was the driver, who was taken to hospital, he added.

He said the death toll had risen to 10 from the previously reported nine.

Videos shared by residents on social media showed the dramatic blast, with pedestrians running from the blaze and cars dramatically speeding away.

Several homes and vehicles were damaged in the blast, according to local reports.

The tanker was reportedly delivering gas to the nearby OR Tambo Memorial Hospital, where some of the injured were being treated. Patients in some departments of the hospital had to be evacuated because of the explosion and fire, media reports said.

“Walking through here was just a sight of absolute devastation. I’ve never seen anything like it before,” local resident Simon Lapping told local newspaper Citizen.

He said he saw the bodies of six adults and two children.

Of the 40 injured, 19 are in critical condition, while 15 others are seriously injured but in stable condition, Ntadi of the emergency services said.

Six firefighters were also slightly injured, he said.

There was no immediate information about those killed in the blast.

The truck had loaded 60,000 liters of LPG, which is mainly used in cooking and gas stoves.

The incident is being investigated, said Tania Campbell, the mayor of Ekurhuleni, the municipality to which Boksburg belongs.

“The Disaster Management Cluster is on the ground to assist the victims of this tragedy and determine the cause of the accident,” she said.

“On behalf of the city, the office of the Lord Mayor undertakes to support all those involved in ensuring that a comprehensive investigation takes place and that those responsible are held accountable.”

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