Fifteen persons have been reported dead with about 40 others sustaining various degrees of injuries following a fuel tanker explosion near a hospital east of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Reports say the tanker got stuck under a low bridge on December 25 in Boksburg city, about 100m from Tambo Memorial Hospital.
Patients were evacuated from the hospital’s casualty after part of the roof collapsed following the blast.
The truck was carrying liquid petroleum gas.
“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 was quoted as saying.
Footage apparently taken in the immediate aftermath of the blast shows a number of dazed and burned people stumbling around a residential area near the epicentre.