Truck explosion kills 8 in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (HPD) — A truck filled with liquids exploded in South Africa on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 50, authorities said.

The event occurred in the town of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

The top of the truck brushed against a low bridge and the friction caused sparks that sparked the explosion, emergency services said.

Video of the event posted on social networks show passers-by running in terror and other vehicles fleeing at full speed. Homes and vehicles were damaged, according to local reports.

The truck was reportedly headed to the nearby OR Tambo hospital, where some of the victims were taken. Some sections of the hospital had to be evacuated due to the explosion and fire, according to local press.

“I was walking around here and it’s a picture of absolute devastation, I’ve never seen anything like it,” local resident Simon Lapping told the local Citizen newspaper. He narrated that he saw the bodies of six adults and two children.

The incident is under investigation, said Tania Campbell, the mayor of Ekurhuleni, the municipality that includes Boksburg.

“The disaster management unit is on the scene, assisting the victims of this tragedy and investigating the causes of this accident,” Campbell said. “On behalf of the municipality, the mayor’s office is committed to assisting all those affected and conducting a thorough investigation in order to assign responsibilities.”

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