Mini fuel tanker trailer explosion on N1 in Johannesburg injures one
One person was injured when a vehicle towing a trailer transporting fuel exploded on the N1 highway near the William Nicol Drive off-ramp on Friday, 17 February 2023. Johannesburg Emergency Services spokesperson, Xolile Khumalo, said it was not a tanker explosion as initially believed. “It is not a petrol tanker that exploded; it was... a vehicle transporting petrol in a trailer. A Mahindra truck pulling a trailer that was containing a small tanker that was about a thousand litres got involved in an accident ... between William Nicol and Malibongwe Drive.”
According to Kyle van Reenen of Emer-G-Med, their emergency services’ personnel and multiple emergency service agencies responded to the scene. “One person was treated for moderate injuries and taken by Emer-G-Med ambulance to a nearby hospital for further care,” van Reenen said.
Further comments on Facebook and Twitter stated that it was a ‘mini tanker’ trailer pulled by a bakkie. “The tanker dislodged, flipped onto N1 north and exploded. Seems very few if any legally compliant dangerous goods placards are displayed on vehicle combinations. Tanker obviously destroyed.”
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