Image via: ER24
Image via: ER24
A truck, allegedly carrying explosive materials, blew up on the R50 between Delmas and Leandra on Thursday night 12 November 2020. According to ER24, several motorists escaped severe injuries.
It is alleged that the truck caught alight and exploded shortly after.
ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene shortly after 22:00 on Thursday to find a crater spanning several metres in the middle of the road with debris from the truck spread across the entire scene.
“Medics assessed the motorists and truck driver on the scene and found that no-one sustained any injuries, although some were visibly shaken,” ER24 said in a statement.
“It is understood that the driver noticed flames on the trailer whilst he was driving. The man was able to stop the truck, exit his vehicle and warn other motorists of the impending danger,” it added.
The details surrounding this incident are not yet known, however, local authorities were on the scene for further investigations.
Colonel Donald Mdhuli confirmed the incident saying police in Mpumalanga are investigating the cause of the explosion which occurred yesterday.
“The preliminary investigation has since indicated that the police were notified of an explosion that occurred and upon arrival, they (police) found the truck driver who narrated that the truck he was driving was involved in the explosion,” he said.
“The said truck was burned down with pieces of the wreckage scattered around. The road was severely damaged but no injuries were reported at the time. Reports also show that the truck was transporting explosives at the time of the incident,” he added.
One explosion many of us will remember was the Milnerton oil-refinery incident. Back in July, police confirmed that there had been an emergency situation whereby two people lost their lives and six others were injured.
“Two people (man and woman) were killed and six other injured in an explosion at the Astron Oil Refinery in Milnerton in the early hours of Thursday, 02 July 2020 at approximately 4:00. The cause of the explosion is still the subject of an investigation,” the South African Police Service said in a statement.
Astron Energy South Africa also confirmed the tragic incident saying that it occurred at its Milnerton Refinery at approximately 4:00 on 2 July 2020.
“Astron Energy immediately activated its emergency response procedures and notified the relevant authorities,” it said.